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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Reprint edition (March 29 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402217080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441020157
  • ASIN: 0441020151
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"One of the reasons Charlaine Harris has been able to maintain the series so successfully is that she varies her pace between the novels, rather than bring on more massive enemies and events. Sookie has always been a very human sort of heroine and the fact that she needs a quieter time and is still recovering from what happened to her in Dead and Gone sets her apart from other heroines or urban fiction." SFX "Charlaine Harris's latest novel is as witty, quirky and sassy as ever, with strong characters and plenty of mystery and moral dilemmas to keep readers enthralled." PRESS ASSOCIATION "The normal world of barbecues and malls co-exists with the secret one of werewolves, witches and fairies in Harris's cocktail of domestic drama and supernatural adventure." THE DAILY MAIL "Sookie is the literary equivalent of TVs Buffy and is a far superior heroine to Twilight's pushover, Bella. This tenth outing tackles orgasmic Viking sexcapades, hair-curling violence and romance that doesn't make you heave. A gripping read." SCI FI NOW

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Charlaine Harris is the author of several internationally bestselling series. She is married, with children, and lives in Arkansas. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Hardcover
I'm a super Sookie Stackhouse lover...I waited AGES for this new one to come out. I got all excited...made an evening of getting ready to read this new one (especially after how good the last one was) and then I started reading....I had to keep looking at the cover to make sure this was the same writer as the rest of the series. Its as if its written by another person. Its a very depressing and uneventful book. I was so shocked! If I had to sum it up in one word it would be BORING. It seems that the book was slapped together in a few days. It also seems that there was a required number of pages so it was filled with mindless dribble. I'm so disappointed. I really love this series....and am hoping the next book is a heck of a lot better. I will continue reading this series though. If anyone wants to decide to read this one, as I'm sure they would if they are a Sookie lover, wait for the paperback...the hardcover isn't worth the money.
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I fell head over heels in love with the Sookie Stackhouse series in a way that I haven't fallen for a book series in a couple of decades. I have reread all of the books so many times I have lost count. I advance ordered my copy of DITF, and planned a special day to read the book... and I was so disappointed.
Like other reviewers I had the impression the book was slapped together in a big hurry. Unfinished plots from previous books did not receive mention. The long awaited relationship between Sookie and Eric was told in a strange, retrospective fashion, as if the relationship were already well-established and a lot of time had elapsed. This cheated readers out of the opportunity to go along and experience the development of their connection (after waiting so long since DTTW.) The sex scenes were not up to snuff. The pacing and timelines seemed disjointed. There were inconsistencies all over the place, between the books and even between chapters. One example: In FDTW Sookie helps avoid a war between two factions in the werewolf community by acting as a human lie detector for Alcide and Patrick Furnan. Suddenly in DITF, Alcide is claiming that he can't rely on Sookie's abilities, although he had entrusted his fate and that of his followers to her hands before.
I love the series, and will surely read the next book. However, I would consider this book my least favourite so far, and would not recommend spending on the hard copy.
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By L. J. Roberts TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 31 2010
Format: Hardcover
First Sentence: 'I feel bad that I'm leaving you like this,' Amelia said.

The Fae War is over and Sookie is recovering from her injuries. In spite of the door to the Fae World being closed, it seems not all the faeries have left. Her cousin, Claude, has decided to move in with her, she suspects her great-uncle Dermot may still be around and, perhaps, one other. Sookie's vampire lover, Eric, is also still recovering. Although he is pleased when his 'maker' appears, Sookie isn't happy particularly with vampire child of Russian nobility who is with him.

As if that's not enough, Sookie tries to help a human child who shares her telepathic abilities, is asked to act as Shaman for the Wares and everyone is concerned about a government bill which would require all Wares and Shifters to register as such.

It is interesting that, while many people didn't like this book, I felt it was one of the better books in the series.

The consistent thread was families, all types of families, and the relationships within them. For that reason, I felt there was more depth to this book than some. At the same time, it is not easy to take vampires, wares, faeries and humans and make the paranormal seem normal, realistic and logical. Harris does it with style, aplomb and humour.

The book deals more with characters and less with edge-of-the-seat action. Most of the gang is here but there is just enough detail provided about each character for new readers. Harris makes you believe in these characters. More than that, she makes you cheer for the 'good' characters and when Sookie says she wants one of the 'bad' characters to die; so, too, do you.
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Format: Hardcover
I too was excited to get the next installment in the series and was completely let down. As others have noted, it felt rushed, disjointed and out of sync with the previous books: for example Dermont - we met him in the previous book as someone capable of charming two of Sookie's close friends, but suddenly he's insane and incapable of completing sentences, and has meant to have been this way for years?

Without even trying I count 13 separate sub-plots that are introduced and go unresolved. I was shocked to realize I'd made it to the final 20 pages with nothing really advancing - one long build up to no resolution. Less action, less sex, less humour than we've come to expect and enjoy. Too bad.
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Format: Hardcover
There will be some spoilers in the review so if you don't want to know what happens, don't read. I am not revealing the ending or anything, but I do reveal a few things.******

I love the sookie series as it is one of my favorites but after the first eight books it seems that Charlaine is running out of ideas. There is a great storyline here but it is slow and there is very little action. Harris should take a much needed break from this series, work on something else and return to it when she has something concrete.
I loved that Hunter was inserted in the story because there is something to be developed in the story. gives a chance to sookie to be somewhat of a caregiver. I loved that sookie explored the idea of becoming a vampire. She doesn't seem averted against it like in previous books. Bill should be taken out of the story since this storyline is stale. He is her past and he should go. Hopefully his reunion with someone from the past will end his relationship with Sookie. Eric and Sookie's relationship should have been sizzling hot but Harris doesn't explore the relationship the way it should have been explored but there are alot of tender moments and I love how her friendship with Pam deepened, as did her friendship with Claude, her fae cousin. So there are many great things in this new installement but this book would have been wayyyyyyy better.
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