Sunday, 17 August 2014

Book Review: From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris (Sookie #8)

The supernatural community in Bon Temps, Louisiana is reeling from two hard blows: the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina, and the manmade horror of the explosion at the vampire summit in the up-north city of Rhodes. Sookie Stackhouse is safe but dazed, but too many vampires - some friends, some not - were killed or injured, and her were-tiger boyfriend Quinn is among the missing.

It's clear that things are changing, whether the weres and vamps like it or not. And Sookie, Friend to the Pack, blood-bonded to the leader of the local vampire community, is caught up in those changes. She's about to find herself facing danger and death and, not for the first time, betrayal by someone she loves. And when the fur has finished flying and the cold blood has stopped flowing, Sookie's world will be forever altered ...

This review contains spoilers!

My Review:

Quinn has vanished and Sookie is surprised to be introduced to her great grandfather Niall, who is fae. But before she can deal with this, she and Eric are attacked by weres. Maria-Star and Christine are murdered, and Sookie thinks that Patrick is responsible until his wife goes missing. Who is stirring up a were-war? Now Eric has his hands full with a hostile takeover, and Sookie has more family issues to deal with.

This was one of the poorer books in the series and there were a few disappointing things about it concerning plot. We are told about two things that would have been fascinating but not shown it. The first was Hurricane Katrina, which I thought we were going to see as it was mentioned in the blurb. But instead we get told what happened to Sophie Anne's troops and it felt a bit impersonal.Can you imagine instead having a book starting with a few of our loved characters stuck in the storm? Eric, Pam and Bill trapped in New Orleans perhaps? I'd have liked that. The second thing was the Battle of Fangtasia. I felt that this was a bit of a let down, just hearing second hand about Pam and the battle of Fangtasia. I'd have liked our characters to have been trapped there as it all kicked off and had the whole exciting siege thing going on. Eric getting up to date reports each time Pam killed someone would have been good! Instead we got a few characters sitting in Sookie's house and negotiating with the hostile vampires. Ah well.

There were a few other questionable things. Quinn's betrayal was a bit of a surprise and Sookie was a bit harsh on him about it. Quinn was devoted to his family and of course he would do anything to keep them safe and he did try to get word to Sookie about his betrayal. Still I never warmed to him or his sister so I won't be sorry to see them go. I'm also a bit unsure about Niall at the moment as the fae characters aren't the warmest in the world, with the exception of the brilliant Claudine. Fae characters and the continuing vampire politics are not my favourite parts of the series.

There were a few good things about the book though. Sookie is furious at Jason for making sure that she and Calvin catch Crystal cheating on him. Calvin has to take the punishment for broken vows because Crystal is pregnant, and Jason forces Sookie to do the deed. See, told you that bitch Crystal was trouble!!! I liked this storyline and it showed a bit of depth to Jason's character. The were war was also a very good storyline and it was good to see another side to Patrick and his relationship with Alcide. Alcide becoming pack leader is a good thing for Sookie at least, and we get some good were-fighting. Go Sam! And we get Eric remembering what happened between him and Sookie! Now we should get some fun...

I'm hoping that things pick up a bit as the series has been drifting along for a few books now and is not as good as the early books. 
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  1. I kinda drifted with the books I did read in this series. They were ok but never mindblowing
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    1. The author herself has admitted that not all the books were what she had hoped for...I guess that's pretty honest!