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This time, war among the fairies
on June 26, 2010
This volume is quite a bit better than the disjointed # 8. Still and all, can we not have a novel conclude without another "war"? This time, two hostile coalitions of fairies, one led by Sookie Stackhouse's great grandfather, go at it, with humans and other supernatural creatures caught up in maneuvers.
Indeed, the war brings out the reality of how the parents of Sookie and brother (now, also a werepanther) Jason drowned. And fairies were intimately involved.
We have a number of crosscutting stories here: the witches living with Sookie; the shapeshifters going public--as vampires had done earlier; the hostile response in some quarters to the preceding revelation; Eric remembering his liaison with Sookie, his knife ceremony with her (the meaning of which is unclear to Sookie: Is she now his wife?); Bill's slow return to her better (if not altogether good) graces; coming to know better her fairy relatives; the murder of Jason's estranged wife; Quinn's brief return; and on it goes. . . .
Much is happening here, as one can tell. The storyline, though, holds together better than what is almost pastiche in # 8 ("All Together Dead"). The future? She wonders which vampire Niall (great-grandfather) refers to when he says at the close (Page 312): "The vampire is not a bad man and he loves you."). What about the knife ceremony and its meaning? Is Quinn out of her life completely? What will develop between Eric and the King of Nevada, who now controls Louisiana? Eric once more shared his blood with Sookie to help her heal from the torture inflicted upon her by fairies; What might the consequences be for her? Many questions yet to be answered. . . .