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Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
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Jun 25, 2012

really liked it
Read in June, 2012

I have been a big fan of the Sookie Stackhouse series since I first started reading it, and this has proven to be a nice addition to the series. Sookie, as usual, is being drawn into the dynamic politics for the vampires, weres, and fae of Louisiana. Her friends seem to have been drawn into every aspect of the challenge.

The fallout of the murder of Victor, the personal friend and trusted employee of the king who now rules Louisiana takes a risky turn when Eric is trapped into drinking the blood of a young were woman who is tainted with fae blood. The result is a murder investigation after her body turns up dead in the front yard during a party Eric is hosting to greet the king and his entourage.

Something odd is going up with the remaining fae living in the area. They have clustered around Sookie's uncle Claude and his strip club since the doorway between Fairy and the regular world was closed by Sookie's grandfather. Something suspicious seems to be going on, and that becomes even more clear when grandpa Niall shows up to take Claude away for a while.

The local werewolves of Shreveport seem to be as unstable as ever, even with Alcide as their pack leader, but no one is really sure how tough things are going until other problems Sookie is facing start to become clearer.

All of this is made much more challenging as it becomes clearer to Sookie that more and more people know that she has her grandmother's cluviel dor. This was a gift for her grandmother from her faerie grandfather, and it is the last of its kind anywhere. It is supposed to be able to use immense magic based on love to fix a challenge, and it can only be used a single time. Everyone one is hoping to get their hands on its power.

This is filled with the usual mix of danger and humor. There is also the usual everyday drama in relation to Sookie's friends. Romance and relationship issues seem to be at the core of the story. This is true of Sookie and Eric after she catches him drinking the blood of the were woman as well as a number of her friends.

This was a nice addition to the series, which is at a point where it differs so much from True Blood series on HBO. That doesn't mean that either is better than the other, but it can be a little confusing.
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