Title: Dead and Gone
Author: Charlaine Harris
Publication Year: 2009
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Source: Borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
When the weres and shifters finally come out, the residents of Bon Temps, Louisiana, must deal with the violent aftermath. But a far greater danger threatens. A race of unhuman beings – older, more powerful, and more secretive than vampires or werewolves – is preparing for war. And Sookie will find herself an all-too human pawn in their battle…
(This is the ninth book in The Southern Vampire Mysteries series, after Dead Until Dark, Living Dead in Dallas, Club Dead, Dead to the World, Dead as a Doornail, Definitely Dead, All Together Dead, and From Dead to Worse.)
The focus on the “other supes” in Dead and Gone is still ongoing from the last book, but it doesn’t have quite the same oomph. The possible hate-crime angle against weres is kind of interesting, but I felt almost like it was a stand-in for the series not having shown the “coming out” of the vampires right in the beginning. I feel like it served basically the same purpose, though it also led to some interesting subplots … so I guess I’ll call it even.
I’ve gotta say … I don’t love Harris’ fairies. Really. I like that she takes them in a slightly different direction than the usual canon, but I just don’t find myself invested in their plotlines like I am with the other supernaturals. Having said that, this book takes what fairy folklore Harris has chosen to include in Sookie’s background and turns it into a crazy, all-out action sequence that I actually wasn’t really expecting.
There’s quite a bit of intrigue in Dead and Gone, some of it a long time in coming. The difference between some of these characters in the books and in True Blood is quite pronounced in this book, so I’d definitely recommend reading it for context if you get the chance. It’s quite interesting how the two works have gone in quite different directions in some ways.