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“The fourth book in the Southern Vampire Mysteries series. Poor Sookie never gets a break. After her break up with Bill, Sookie is looking forward to a little peace and quiet. Hah! On the way home from work she notices a naked man on the side of the road. The poor fellow doesn't remember who he is...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I love Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire Mysteries. Sookie Stackhouse is down-to-earth and no nonsense and Harris creates such an engaging voice for her. And for someone like me, who likes a blend of genres, well this series is a fusion of romance, mystery, fantasy and humor. This is the fourth in the series, and you should really read the others first.
At the beginning of this novel, Sookie finds the vampire Eric Northman, naked and stripped not just of his clothes but his memory. This brings a very different Eric to the fore, and as the summary in the back of the book states, the vampires, weres and witches aren't as great a danger as this Eric is "to Sookie's heart--because this version of Eric is very difficult to resist..." And that, in a nutshell, is what makes this book in the series my favorite to date and made me an Eric fan and initiates a tension between Eric and Bill as rivals to Sookie's heart (and the readers) from here on end.
It's not just that romantic strand though which stands out in these books. I think one of the things that keeps me coming back to this series is all the recurring minor characters that create a sense of the small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana as a community. There's this small moment toward the end of the book that encapsulates it for me. Sookie is a telepath and knows more of the secrets of this community than anyone--including Sookie--really wants to know. Two very minor characters that reappear from time to time are Kevin and Kenya. Kevin is white and Kenya black. And Sookie knows something they don't--that they both are in love with the other, but both their families would fiercely oppose an interracial union. It's a very small moment, a paragraph or two, but an example of how Harris bonds me to even characters with very short moments in these books--let alone major ones like the vampires Bill, Eric and Pam or Sookie's boss and friend Sam and her brother Jason.”
“I loved it. Eric has lost his memory and is staying with Sookie. The Eric and Sookie romance is so cute. The ruthless viking Eric has become the sweet and thoughtful Eric since he has lost his memory. Witches are a big part of this book along with telepath Sookie and weres and shape shifters. Sam is so good to Sookie. ”Mousumi wrote this review Thursday, August 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Sviđa mi se veća Ericova uloga :)”Tamara wrote this review Thursday, August 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“There Were Witches. I Love Witches. ”Vanese Yvette wrote this review Thursday, July 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another enjoyable read in the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse.”Sheela wrote this review Wednesday, July 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A continuation of the Sookie Stackhouse series and as good as the rest
An exciting story which will keep you reading until the end
Fans of supernatural/Trueblood the series, will not be disappointed
“Well, let's say that I've decided to take a break from reading this series now. I mean there are 13 books in this series! Guess I will resume reading Sookie series after I finish one more romance book (a vampire-free book!). We will see. ”Marie G wrote this review Tuesday, July 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I found myself wanting to get through this book more than I probably should have.
In this one, Witches come into play and Jason, Sookie's brother, goes missing. The Witches have come to Shreveport to try and take over the Vamps businesses. They end up erasing Eric's memory and Sookie finds him running along the side of her road.
A paw print and a spot of blood are found on the dock at Jason's house, but nothing further is found. He wasn't in the lake. Sookie takes Eric in and houses him. Bill really wasn't in this book either. He was, somewhere on business and I can't really remember where.
The Vamps, Weres, Fairies and Witches all ban together to fight the bad Witches at their hide out and they win. They hold the main Witch, Hallow, hostage so she can reverse the spell she put on Eric. Alcide brings his ex, Debbie along, but then he "abjures" her so she can no longer change. He does this when Bill (who comes back to help fight) mentions that she's tried to kill Sookie twice.
The good guys win and Eric and Sookie head back to her place. They go in the back and there is Debbie waiting to shoot Sookie. Eric jumps infront of her and takes the bullet and Sookie grabs the shot gun and kills Debbie. Eric's wound heals quickly and expells the bullet. He helps Sookie clean up, and he hides the body and her car on his own. when he wakes up the next morning he is the old Eric again. He left her the money promised her to keep him safe. He wonders if they did anything, which they did, but Sookie tells him no. The "erased" Eric was so kind and sweet, she couldn't help it. She also realizes that the only person who knew where Debbie's body and car were, didn't remember.
At work again, Sookie and Sam figure get to talking and believe that Jason is in Hotshot being held hostage by a Were-panther. One that didn't like that his girlfriend was hanging out with Jason, so he wanted to turn him into a Were-panther too, so they couldn't procreate. With the help of Calvin, the head of the group at Hotshot, they got Jason back, but he was bitten a lot and would most likely become a Were-panther at the next full moon.
And at the very end Eric bought Sookie a new coat because her old one had Debbie's brains and blood on it.
Overall, not too bad, but not as good as the last one. I really enjoy Alcide and I hope he sticks around. ”
“Very fun read. Brainwashed Eric isn't as funny as normal Eric.”MiamiPrice wrote this review Thursday, June 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Probably my favourite book in this whole series. I loved seeing Eric this way. He's always a good guy, though I know other's either don't see that or believe it, but I loved this even more. Some people say that Eric's mean and tough, and cares only about himself. But this is because he's been "living" for over 1000. He's needed to adapt. He's needed to take care of himself, and not worry about others--this is how he's managed to survive. After 1000 years of living like this, do you think he can just switch it off? NO! He does love Sookie, I know he does, but he can't just change back. With this spell put on him though, he was able to forget about everything he's had to learn the past millennium, and just be himself.
I found it absolutely adorable, and this should be proof enough, that he 100% loves her. The spell was meant to "take him home". SHE is his home! :)”