Dead Ever After is the final book in the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampires series by Charlaine Harris. It released in 2013 to much hue and cry over the content of the book. As such I delayed reading it for some time, fearing that it might not be the best book. I finally picked it up this last week and read it on a trip to the mountains.
While not a perfect book, and certainly not the best in the series, it was a far cry from the awful book that people were making it out to be…for this reader, at least.
* Spoilers ahead for those who have not read books one through twelve in the series *
Sookie has always been stuck between two worlds. Being a telepath and a human with faerie blood, she has never fit in with humans. After the revelation of the supernatural populace, Sookie found love as well as friendship in many of them. Her first love, Bill, widened her world, showing her possibilities of which she never dreamed. Her current love, Eric, defined it, carving a groove into her life. Now, with her relationship with Eric on the rocks thanks to age-old vampire politics and forgotten commitments, she begins to assess what truly matters in her life.
Then an old friend returns to Sookie’s world and is discovered behind Merlotte’s bar where she works, her life snuffed out. Accused of murder, Sookie spends time in jail and court alike, but the evidence is circumstantial and Sookie is released on bail. With limited time at hand, and others threatening her very life, Sookie must discover who the real murderer is to clear her name in Bon Temps.
Much of the plot is centralized at Sookie’s home as Sam has sent her away from the bar, refusing to speak to her as much as possible. There are a lot of previously absentee players in this book and it serves as a tender good-bye to many of them. People come and go. Some characters have tender moments, others not so much. Sookie cements everyone as she retains her pragmatic optimism through the worst. There are many slower spots of pacing in the book, but these pauses reward the reader with explosive moments rich in plot progression. There are highs and lows like all of the books. I don’t think that it’s the best book in the series, but it certainly was not the worst.
That said, the hue and cry of internet outrage must be addressed.
I have always noted that whenever there is that much anger over the ending of a beloved series it comes down to only one thing – the chosen love interest at the climax. In this case, the love interest that Sookie ended up with makes perfect sense. The series felt as if it were pointing towards this direction for the last several books anyways. So, why the anger? Why the annoyance and the defiance from all of her ardent fans?
Sookie was going to always end up with the character that made the most sense for her. She is a woman of practicality and perseverance and she deserves someone worthy of her laborous fortitude. With this book the die has been cast and the decision is final. Why it resounded as such a negative choice within most of her readership I’ll never know. There were worse choices that could have been made. I spent the last two years avoiding the book because I thought it might be one of those and it wasn’t (thank the faeries). It was who I suspected from the first book. So why this ending angered people is one of those fandom things that I will never fully understand but have to bow to the power of. The book was not horrible despite her decision. It was a final book and it felt very much like one. I am very glad that I finally read it.
It makes me want to go on and read new (to me) series by Harris. It also makes me want to fill the void with another series of this nature. Any suggestions?
For this, this final book, 4 out of 5 stars.
At least she is consistent.
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