All Together Dead (Review)

Book cover for "All Together Dead" by Charlaine Harris.Title: All Together Dead

Author: Charlaine Harris

Publication Year: 2007

Pages: 342

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy

Source: Borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

Betrayed by her longtime vampire love, Louisiana cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse must now not only deal with a possible new man in her life — the oh-so-handsome shapeshifter Quinn — but also contend with a long-planned vampire summit. With her power base weakened by hurricane damage to New Orleans, the local vampire queen is vulnerable to those hungry for a takeover. Soon, Sookie must decide what side she’ll stand with. And her choice may mean the difference between survival and all-out catastrophe.

(This is the seventh book in The Southern Vampire Mysteries series, after Dead Until DarkLiving Dead in DallasClub DeadDead to the WorldDead as a Doornail, and Definitely Dead.)

I feel like this book ties in with the previous installment much better than some of the other books do with the ones immediately surrounding them. The characters of Quinn and the Queen of Louisiana both figure prominently in All Together Dead – as they did in the previous book – and I appreciated the opportunity to get to know them better, rather than switching off to a new focus so soon.

Like in the earlier plotline which landed the main characters in a vampire hotel in Texas, the “summit” placed most of the main characters in the series in one place. It was nice to see Sookie, Bill, Eric, and the other key players in one larger web of characters again, as well as to be introduced to newer ones. The politics and group dynamics of vampires and other supernaturals are particularly prevalent in this book, which to me was interesting because that’s part of what I find fascinating about Harris’ books. There’s a strong focus on romance and interpersonal relationships, yes … but she also touches on power structures and traditions in a way that lots of other books about supernatural creatures don’t.

This book plays an important role in the series, as it sets up quite a few of the future plot points and conflicts. While reading it, All Together Dead definitely felt like a turning point in Sookie’s life and the events that happen in the series. Everything seemed to be shifting, and it was a nice change of pace from what had been happening in the series so far. It felt like Harris’ writing and the characters were maturing, and made me even more interested in continuing to read the rest of the series.


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