From Dead to Worse (Review)

Book cover for "From Dead to Worse" by Charlaine Harris.Title: From Dead to Worse

Author: Charlaine Harris

Publication Year: 2008

Pages: 321

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy

Source: Borrowed from the library

From the cover:

After the natural disaster of Hurricane Katrina, and the manmade horror of the explosion at the vampire summit, Sookie Stackhouse is safe but dazed, yearning for things to get back to normal. But her boyfriend Quinn is among the missing. And things are changing, whether the Weres and vamps in her corner of Louisiana like it or not. In the ensuing battles, Sookie faces danger, death – and once more, betrayal by someone she loves. And when the fur has finished flying and the cold blood ceases flowing, her world will be forever altered.

(This is the eighth book in The Southern Vampire Mysteries series, after Dead Until DarkLiving Dead in DallasClub DeadDead to the WorldDead as a DoornailDefinitely Dead, and All Together Dead.)

I really loved how the focus in this series moved away from “just” being about vampires and grew to encompass so many other supernaturals. There’s no other place that it’s quite as obvious as in From Dead to Worse, when so many of the supernatural communities tie into each other in Sookie’s life. Vampires, fairies, weres of different stripes … I love them all.

In this book, I particularly liked the focus on some of the more political and interpersonal ties in this book. There’s conflict both within and between supernatural types, intrigue, war, and some mythical folklore to go along with it all. There’s also something very special that happens between Sookie and Eric. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who doesn’t already know, but let’s just say that it answers some of my long-standing questions about how the frequency that Sookie is “healed” by vampire blood would affect her, and it’s not quite what I expected it to be.

From Dead to Worse is a great novel to tie everyone and everything in the series together. It brings a whole lot of loose ends to a head and really makes sure to keep the reader’s interest in all of these people alive.


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