Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris (2012)

“Sookie,” Sam said. I turned and smiled at him, though he wasn’t looking at me. His eyes were shut and his voice was already slow and thick with sleep. “You have to tell me what the cluviel dor is all about. How you made it work.”

That was going to be a delicate conversation. “Sure, Sam.” I said, very quietly. “Another day” (p 327).

deadlockedFelipe de Casto, King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town investigating the disappearance of his man Victor. This creates problems for Eric and Sookie, who were part of the group that killed Victor and his men. Add to this someone targeting Sookie again and you have a lot of opportunities to ponder how Sookie might use the cluviel dor, the magical fae item in Sookie’s possession. It will grant one wish.

A lot happens, and a lot doesn’t happen, in this latest installment of the Sookie Stackhouse series. Sookie’s sweet girl persona is gone as contemplating murder becomes routine rather than shocking. And yet she has the audacity to hope for happy days in the midst of crisis.

Sam remains the one constant and I admit to liking his book character a lot more than the True Blood character. I’m hopful for Sookie on this front. Eric fails Sookie’s test of love as she fails his. Their relationship seems clearly unhealthy and at an impass.


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