From Dead To Worse

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Author: Charlaine Harris
ISBN: 978-057-509-7100
RRP: $22.99

The saga of Sookie Stackhouse continues in this 8th installment of the series. Louisiana is still reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the bombing at the vampire summit in Rhodes but that turns out to be the least of everyone’s problems.

The bombing and the Hurricane have done some serious damage to the hierarchies of the different species within the supernatural community which has left Louisiana wide open to trouble from outside. Of course, Sookie with her special ability manages to wind up right in the middle of it all.

A rather large part of the storyline in From Dead To Worse is the missing Quinn. Sookie thought she had finally found someone she could build a relationship with.

He was a shifter which meant Sookie couldn’t read everything that was going on in his head but he felt strongly enough that she could read the strength of his emotion. Quinn had been injured in the bombing and been taken home to Memphis to heal while Sookie borrowed his sisters car to return to Bon Temps.

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Sookie is concerned when the car is picked up without any correspondence from anyone, one day she gets home and it’s just gone. Still the weeks roll by with no word from Quinn and Sookie’s concern evolves into anger.

None of which is helped by the emotions caused by the strengthened blood bond Sookie shares with Eric, and his spontaneous remembrance of the entire time they shared during his amnesia.

If all of this emotional turmoil isn’t enough for Sookie to contend with alongside the were war and the hostile vampire takeover there is also the discovery of family she had never been aware of.

Harris introduces us to a little more of the politics of the vampire and were worlds as we see outsiders come in to broaden their assets. The locals need to band together which is where we begin to see a little more of how the politics works.

There had been trouble in there were camp ever since the contest for pack leader saw the last leader killed in battle, From Dead To Worse sees the factions pitted against one another until they discover they ploy and realise they have to work together to defeat a common enemy.

The hostile takeover in the vampire world is fraught with casualties and sees the remaining players left with little option but to swear loyalty to a new king. This leads to many changes in the way the kingdom is run and the hierarchal positions of those in power. These adjustments lead to many distractions for our vampires.

All of these changes see Sookie becoming further entrenched in the power plays and therefore further in danger. How many close calls can our heroine manage to survive?

There isn’t too much to say really without giving away too much of the storyline. This is an interesting continuation of the Sookie Stackhouse series that introduces some new characters and allows us to get to know our old favourites a little better.

We are left with a few questions about what’s next in store for Sookie in the relationship stakes. Is it beginning to look a lot like Sookie and Eric will eventually try to make a go of it?

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