A Sookie Stackhouse Novel
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Fairies. Never simple. My grandmother, Adele, would definitely have agreed. She’d had a long affair with Dermot’s fraternal twin Fintan, and my aunt Linda and my father Corbett (both dead for years, now) had been the results.
“Maybe it’s time for some plain speaking,” I said, trying to look confident. “Niall, maybe you could tell us why you’re pretending Dermot isn’t standing right here. And why you put that crazy spell on him.” Dr. Phil to the fae –– that was me.
Or not. Niall gave me his most lordly look.
“This one defied me,” he said, tilting his head at his son.
Dermot bowed his head. I didn’t know if he was keeping his eyes down so he wouldn’t provoke Niall, or if he was concealing rage, or if he just couldn’t think of where to begin.
Being related to Niall, even at two removes, was not easy. I couldn’t imagine having a closer tie. If Niall’s beauty and power had been united with a coherent course of action and a nobleness of purpose, he would have been very like an angel.
This conviction could not have popped into my head at a more inconvenient moment.
“You’re looking at me strangely,” Niall said. “What’s wrong, dearest one?”
“In the time he’s spent here,” I said, “my great–uncle has been kind, hard–working, and smart.
The only thing that’s been wrong with Dermot is a bit of mental fragility, a direct result from being made crazy for years. So, why’d you do that? ’He defied me’ isn’t really an answer.” “You haven’t got the right to question me,” Niall said, in his most royal voice. “I am the only living prince of Faery.”
“I don’t know why that means I can’t ask you questions. I’m an American,” I said, standing tall.
The beautiful eyes examined me coldly. “I love you,” he said very unlovingly, “but you’re presuming too much.”
“If you love me, or even if you just respect me a little, you need to answer my question. I love Dermot, too.”
Claude was standing absolutely still, doing a great imitation of Switzerland. I knew he wasn’t going to chime in on my side, or Dermot’s side, or even Niall’s side. To Claude, the only side was his.
“You allied yourself with the water fairies,” Niall said to Dermot.
“After you cursed me,” Dermot protested, looking up at his father briefly.
“You helped them kill Sookie’s father,” Niall said.
“I did not,” Dermot said quietly. “And I’m not mistaken in this. Even Sookie believes this, and she lets me stay here.”
“You weren’t in your right mind. I know you would never do that if you hadn’t been cursed,” I said.
“You see her kindness, and yet you have none for me,” Dermot told Niall. “Why did you curse me? Why?” He was looking directly at his father, his distress was written all over his face.
“But I didn’t,” Niall said. He sounded genuinely surprised. Finally, he was addressing Dermot directly. “I wouldn’t addle the brains of my own son, half–human or not.”
“Claude told me it was you who bespelled me.” Dermot looked at Claude, who was still waiting to see which way the frog would jump.
“Claude,” Niall said, the power in his voice making my head pound, “Who told you this?”
“It’s common knowledge among the fae,” Claude said. He’d been preparing himself for this, was braced to make his answer".
From Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris. Published by arrangement with Ace, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc. Copyright (c) Charlaine Harris, 2012.
It’s bad enough that Sookie Stackhouse arrives late at a party in honor of the vampire king of Louisiana. But to walk in on her ex-lover Eric feasting on a strange woman...well, that just sucks. No matter that his victim was doped up on a substance no vamp can resist. No matter that Sookie has been forced to accept Eric’s alliance with a vampire queen—she is furious!
The party is just about over for Sookie, but it’s only getting started. Later that night, someone turns up murdered outside the house. With the cops milling around grilling everybody—and her pregnant friend Tara just about to pop—now is not the right time to deal with her feelings for Eric.
It’s a perfect storm of trouble, and Sookie’s smack in the middle of it. Her boss Sam’s werewolf girlfriend, Jannalyn, makes it clear Sookie isn’t one of her favorite people. And while an instigator stirs up trouble among vamps, weres and fae, someone is desperate to steal Sookie’s treasured cluviel dor. Beset by trickery, betrayal and danger, Sookie must start to face a devastating truth she has long denied.
Deadlocked, Charlaine Harris’ penultimate Southern Vampire novel, is a story that will leave you breathless for the final book to come!
Hardcover Book : 336 pages
Publisher: Ace Sci Fi & Fantasy/Mbr Penguin Pu ( May 01, 2012 )
Item #: 13-550373
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 inches
Product Weight: 13.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Charlaine Harris at her best!
Reviewer: Jani W
I feel sad for Sookie and hope that she can come out on top. I didn't care for Bill and was glad they split, Eric was good for Sookie but I don't believe he'll be enough. There are so many directions this could go and I am sad that it will be coming to an end. Great series and great characters.
I also wish she and Bill could try again; since Lorena is gone it might just work
I have enjoyed all of the series. I wish Sookie would go back with Bill. Maybe then there would be more of the series.
The only criticism I have is that there was not enough of Eric & Sookie in this book--OTHER THAN THAT...I could not put it down. It was a very easy read.