Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris
The 12th in the ‘Sookie Stackhouse’ series is a return to form after the wretched ‘Dead Reckoning’. Sookie finds Eric feeding on another woman who later dies, the fairies are plotting and the powerful magical artefact that Sookie possesses will grant her one wish - if only she knew what to wish for.
This was good. Everything ties together and Sookie makes her fateful wish. It is clear the ‘Sookie Stackhouse’ novels are coming to an end and I will miss them. I can recall when they were known as the ‘Southern Vampire’ novels back in 2001.
“I stomped into my room and pulled on the blue “flirty” skirt, which began well below my navel and ended about two inches below my happy place.”
“What are you doing wearing prostitute clothes?”
“There was a lot of unnecessary punching and biting.”
“The ground around your house has become soaked with blood. It will add to its magic and fertility.”
“There was going to be bleeding tonight.”
Shadows And Light by Anne Bishop
From 2002, this is book two of the ’Tir Alainn’ trilogy after the insipid ’Pillars of the World’. The witches are being slaughtered by the Inquisitors while the Fae do nothing to help. This has idiots, unsubtle metaphors, a baddie named Adolfo and endless padding. This trilogy was idiotic and dull. Anne Bishop’s other books are far superior.
“The Fae sit above it all in Tir Alainn, expecting everything to go on as it has for so long without making any effort to make sure it does go on.”
“It’s one of the few books most heads of families consider suitable material for the females in their families and have consented to permit the ladies to read.”
Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs
The 7th ‘Mercy Thompson’ novel is as dire as the 6th. Mercy’s husband Adam and his entire werewolf pack are abducted. Mercy seeks out allies to find out what is going on and uncovers a bigger plot. This was dull and Adam is a thug.
“They moan and scare silly people.”
“Clever coyote to survive so many attempts to kill you.”