Book Review: True Blood: Dead and Gone (Novel 9)

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  • Author: Charlaine Harris
  • Series or Standalone: Book 9 in the Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood series
  • Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult
  • Source: Bought
  • Goodreads Rating: 4.01 
  • Buy it on Amazon here
Read my reviews of books from the same series:
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“I don’t know anyone who Is worthless”

Synopsis: 

“The vamps have been out for years, and now the weres and shifters have decided to follow the lead of the undead and reveal their existence to the ordinary world. Sookie Stackhouse already knows about them, of course – her brother turns into a panther at the full moon, she’s friend to the local were pack, and Sam, her boss at Merlotte’s bar, is a shapeshifter.
The great revelation goes well at first – then the horribly mutilated body of a were-panther is found in the parking lot of Merlotte’s, and Sookie agrees to use her telepathic talent to track down the murderer. But there is a far greater danger than this killer threatening Bon Temps: a race of unhuman beings, older, more powerful, and far more secretive than the vampires or the werewolves, is preparing for war. And Sookie is an all-too-human pawn in their ages-old battle…”
My Review: 
This is the final installment in the True Blood series book boxset. After reading them all, this one is a favourite. After the success of the Vampires coming out, the Weres do the same, ultimately leading to a crucifixion style murder scene outside of Merlotte`s bar. The great threat to Sookies life, however, comes from her fairy relatives who want to cut the cord between the human and fairy worlds. This prompts the need for protection from numerous supernatural species. 
Eric gets more airtime in this book and manages to trick Sookie (for her protection) into a “vampire marriage. Sookie takes it better than I would have expected. It is made clear that Eric did this, not just for his own gain, but to keep her safe. She also seems to come to peace with Bill in this book as he comes to her rescue, whilst endangering his own life. 
The key death in this book is a significant one to Sookie’s family so I was surprised to see how little it seemed to affect her. I did note that this book was markedly darker than most of the others especially towards the end when the Fairy war begins to impact the key characters. 
I feel like overall this book helped to tidy up a few plot points, whilst leaving enough open to entice us to read follow up novels. I really enjoyed it and managed to get it finished in just a few days which is testament to the ease of reading associated with this series/author. 

To Conclude: 

This book was nicely wrapped up with an open ending which left me wanting to read more. As with the rest of this series, I would recommend this to teens and upwards due to some of the more mature themes. A great read for any True Blood fan! Happy Reading!

My Rating: 3.5/5

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