“Sookie Stackhouse is certainly a magnet for the weird and wild. While driving home from work late one night she stumbles upon a barefoot and bare-chested man running along the road leading to her house. It turns out to be Eric Northman - vampire Sheriff of Area 5 in Louisiana - and he has lost his memory. Soon after Sookie takes him in to keep him safe, her brother Jason disappears. Once again, Sookie and the supernatural community in Bon Temps, Louisiana must work together, to restore Eric's memory and locate her missing brother.
Finally Sookie is back in Louisiana - which is exactly where I like her! And the entertaining cast of characters in her world is growing by leaps and bounds. In Dead to the World Charlaine Harris introduces us to a new colony of shapeshifters: the were-panthers from Hotshot, LA. An inbred and eccentric group, the panthers are looking to add some new blood to their gene pool.
There was plenty of man-candy to go around in Dead to the World. I was happy to spend more time with Eric - he was basically the leading man of the piece - and Alcide was back with the Shreveport werewolves to help Sookie with her problems. I just love the way Charlaine Harris develops her characters! She masterfully creates original and enigmatic but believable characters.
The Southern Vampire Series is delightfully easy and fun to read. Being absorbed into Sookie's world is not only exceptionally diverting, but also impossible to resist. I'm moving on to the next book just as soon as I finish this review!”