All Together Dead, by Charlaine Harris
May 10, 2007
The latest Charlaine Harris book is All Together Dead. It’s centered around the long-awaited vampire summit, which Sookie attends as an employee of Louisiana’s vampire queen. Between the events of the previous book and the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, the Louisiana delegation is in a precarious position. They face danger from other groups at the summit as well as from anti-vamp fanatics.
I read this book as slowly as I was able, since it’s one of my favorite series. Then as soon as I finished, I read it again. I rarely do that, but this is probably one of my favorite books in the series so far. There’s a good mix of story, action, and character development, the events of the summit don’t completely overwhelm everything else the way I was worried that they might.
One of my favorite things about this series is the way that Sookie’s choices always have very real consequences on her life. In All Together Dead, Sookie is dealing with her strange position with the vampires, trying to sort out her love life (as usual), and facing some social repercussions from being so involved in the supernatural world.
I’m really happy with the way these books have continued to develop. Now that Sookie is involved so deeply with the vampires, the tension between supernatural beings and humans seems to be increasing. Sookie’s personal life is also getting more high-stakes. She has two powerful, dangerous men confused about their feelings for her, and with each book she seems to gain more enemies.
I know I’m not the only one who wishes Mrs. Harris could write faster.