Dead Ever After Spoilers – Prologue Now Online

April 24, 2013 in Book Spoilers, Dead Ever After - Book 13, Sookie Stackhouse

With less than two weeks to go, I’d pretty much given up hope that the publisher might see sense and release something….ANYTHING…to generate some buzz for this damn book.

It seems the marketing department have finally realised that keeping it in a dusty box under the bed probably won’t cut it. Penguin have released Dead Ever After’s prologue on their official site, and it’s kind of juicy.


So it seems we have the set up for a good versus evil showdown of epic proportions in the pipeline.

  • Cope Carmichael (Amelia’s father) and Tyrese have sold their souls to a devil for a questionable price.
  • Mr Cataliades is all over “Just call me Cope” like white on rice.
  • It’s highly likely that Cope’s rage at not obtaining the cluveil dor before Sookie used it will result in her having the crap bashed out of her…again.
  • The Devil saw fit to inhabit the body of someone “standing behind” Sookie either just before, or at the time she was using the CD on Sam. At that time, both Alcide and Eric were in her immediate proximity. Now I’m wondering who else has “sold their soul”…Alcide….cough.
  • Steve Newlin is off sunning himself on the beach somewhere, lamenting opportunities lost when he’s approached by a man who fits the physical description of Johan Glassport – Sophie-Anne’s lawyer from All Together Dead. Glassport specialised in vampire law. Cast your mind back, and you’ll recall that Mr Glassport was seriously injured in Steve Newlin’s bombing of the hotel in Rhodes – and swore to exact revenge. Now he’s accosting an unsuspecting Newlin on a beach. Chew that over for a bit.
  • Amelia has once again proven that she has a yap-hole the size of the Grand Canyon, and is not to be trusted for any reason whatsoever. She MUST be the Crappiest Friend, Ever.
  • This Devil is all up on Sookie – he knows who she is, and finds her “interesting”. Just add the devil to an endless list of supes who can’t seem to resist the charms of everyone’s favourite telepathic waitress
  • Crossroads are mentioned as preferred meeting places for the devil. This adds some clarity to the frequent references in earlier books to a crossroads existing outside Hot Shot.

There’s quite a bit to digest here, for a prologue. It certainly seems like the set up for something rather awesome – what do you think?

Dead Ever After – Synopsis for the Final Sookie?

November 16, 2012 in Dead Ever After - Book 13, Sookie Stackhouse

An astute Sookieverse reader emailed me in the dead of the night with an interesting little find from the Rising Shadow book blog. Those of you who were around last year will recall that they had the first unofficial synopsis for Deadlocked.

This synopsis is by no means official, but if past experiences serve as a guide, it’s probably more or less correct. Any changes will just give less away.

Sookie finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.

Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.

But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough…

We learned from Charlaine a few months back that Arlene would appear in the final instalment. Sookie’s being arrested would also tie in neatly with comments in that interview about Sookie’s friends rallying around and things “looking very, very bad” for her.

So…seems legit?

I know there’ll be widespread panic about Eric keeping his distance, and Sookie’s “devastation” on discovering his reasons. Sure, this is meant to look like Eric capitulated to Freyda’s demands and went through with the marriage…which is why I’m pretty sure that’s NOT what happens. You don’t sell books by being that obvious, I’m afraid. Along with the final line (which could be a veiled reference to Eric, but could also just as easily relate to Bill), I’m calling it as one big ole trollin’. Who knows, there’s still time for Bill to show his true colours. Just sayin’.

AND SOMEONE’S GONNA DIE. DUN-DUN-DUN-DHUHHHN. Any takers on that one? It feels like a major character to me.

So what do you think? Let us know below!

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Charlaine Harris talks Dead Ever After

July 27, 2012 in Dead Ever After - Book 13, Secondary Characters, Sookie Stackhouse

Gollancz UK  have put up this short little vid during which Charlaine answers some fan questions about the final Sookie book, Dead Ever After.

Don’t expect anything too earth shattering in here (anyone notice that she’s keeping things very close to her chest when asked about this next book?!) but there are a few little spoilers:

  • Arlene will make an appearance.  We can only assume she escapes from prison since I’d hope that, even in Charlaine’s world, attempted murder via public crucifixion attracts more than a six month prison sentence.
  • There are going to be a few characters returning in Dead Ever After that Charlaine “is going to bet you never expected to see again”.
  • Charlaine:  ”Almost all Sookie’s friends will gather, because things are looking very, very bad for Sookie…she’s a rallying point for all the people that love her.”

It sounds very much to me like Sookie will be going missing under some rather grim circumstances.
The Maker also answers the standard question about the end of the series:

“Since the second or third book, yes, I have had an overall arc for the books.  I haven’t known every detail or exactly how I’d get to where I was going…but I’ve known where I was going.  And I’ll end up there for sure.”

You know, she’s always been so consistent on this point and when you watch the video you’ll see that she really does mean every word.

Slightly off topic, but for everyone who has emailed or messaged on Facebook to check that I’m not dead, thank you for checking in! I am still around, still following what’s going on. A new business venture (completely unrelated to vampires) is taking up a huge amount of my time at the moment but rest assured, I still have an ear to the ground and will continue to post anything book related and newsworthy here on the blog.

Will Arlene be the final Big Bad? I kind of like the idea of the big bad in the last book being FOTS and Arlene related – it’s like coming full circle, and casting all the way back to Living Dead in Dallas.

So what do you think about Arlene’s return? And who else do you think we might see back in Bon Temps for one last hurrah?

The Child Formerly Known As….

May 18, 2012 in Deadlocked - Book 12, Secondary Characters

EOC (Eric’s Other Child), now has a name! And she shall be called….”Karin”. With an “i”.

Thank the goddess we don’t have to keep calling her EOC for the next 10 months.

Ms Harris confirmed the name on her forum earlier today.

3087 Maker 2012-05-17 12:20
I will reveal Eric’s other child’s name. It’s Karin.

Charlaine Harris

While this may hardly be newsworthy for some, those of us who have already spent too much time talking about this woman (and will likely spend much time discussing her in the future!), are quite thrilled to at least have something to call her by!

Karin was first mentioned by Pam in All Together Dead, and mentioned a second time by Niall in Deadlocked. A brief summary of what we know of her to date:

  • She’s female (Pam)
  • She left Eric to strike out on her own (Pam)
  • As a vampire, she doesn’t “rival her maker” (Niall)
  • Thanks to Eric & Sookie Lovers for the heads up.

    Eric – Between a Rock and a Hard Place

    April 20, 2012 in Deadlocked - Book 12

    With just two weeks left until the release of Deadlocked, we’re anticipating a slew of interviews with the Maker over the next month or so.

    The Examiner’s Jeffery Pritchett recently interviewed Charlaine Harris, and while his line of questioning makes it pretty clear he’s more familiar with True Blood than the books, he did manage to obtain a few quotes of note on Sookie, Eric and Deadlocked.

    Don’t worry, it’s not really spoilery.

    Q: In Deadlocked is this an old villian or a new villian that shows up against the main characters? Even though many of the characters in the main ensemble are heroes and villians. What can you tell us about the main protaganist who Sookie comes up against?

    CH: Very few of my characters are totally heroic or totally villainous. But the villains in DEADLOCKED aren’t straightforward, but devious.

    Q. What would you like to share with us about Eric from Deadlocked?

    CH: Eric is truly caught between a rock and a hard place.

    She ain’t kidding – nothing’s ever simple for our big Viking. And the more drama Charlaine slings at him without Sookie cutting him loose, the better I feel.

    Q. Are Eric and Sookie still lovers in Deadlocked and how has that evolved since that began from then to now and what are some complications?

    CH: That’s a question it would take a very long time to answer. Their relationship in DEADLOCKED is troubled.

    It sure would – thirteen books, to be exact.

    You can read the rest of the interview here.

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