Wednesday, 13 October 2010

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Dead in the Family - Charlaine Harris

Release Date: 10/06/10


If you think your family relationships are complicated, think again: you haven't seen anything like the ones in Bon Temps, Louisiana. Sookie Stackhouse is dealing with a whole host of family problems, ranging from her own kin (a non-human fairy and a telepathic second cousin) demanding a place in her life, to her lover Eric's vampire sire, an ancient being, who arrives with Eric's 'brother' in tow at a most inopportune moment. And Sookie's tracking down a distant relation of her ailing neighbour (and ex), Vampire Bill Compton. In addition to the multitude of family issues complicating her life, the werewolf pack of Shreveport has asked Sookie for a special favour, and since Sookie is an obliging young woman, she agrees. But this favour for the wolves has dire results for Sookie, who is still recovering from the trauma of her abduction during the Fairy War.


Fans of Sookie, be it from the TV series, True Blood, or from Charlaines established series will really love to get their hands/teeth upon this offering. As usual it has her instantly recognisable writing style backed up with a whole host of lead as well as supporting characters. Add to that great prose, wonderful dialogue and character growth that can be surprising as well as emotionally upsetting for the reader and you know that its definitely a book that is going to garner a reaction. Great stuff.

1 comment:

Pat Hollett said...

I haven't read the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris, and have watched every episode of True Blood. I've heard the books were pretty good, but much different from the tv episodes. Reading your review makes me want to buy them and add them to my TBR pile. I've listed them for my next shopping trip. Thanks Gareth! :)