What I liked:
-Many characters from previous books made an appearance
-Loose ends were finally tied up, especially with the local fae
-Some people/vamps/fae/shifters/etc. finally showed their true colors (though it had been obvious to readers for quite awhile)
-The ending seemed to solidly round out the story, while showing promise for the next and final book
-Sookie did NOT get her a$$ kicked constantly throughout the entire story (she needed a break)!
What I didn't like:
-I felt like the plot of the story was easily discerned within the first few chapters, but Sookie was clueless for most of the book.
-Sookie's friends (minus one), family, and lover treat her rather carelessly and still expect a lot in return (I know this isn't new, but it's still annoying).
-There wasn't much romance or passion. Without passion, the story lacked the derived emotional response needed to conceptualize the betrayal Sookie felt.
-While a lot of Sookie's friends and family were finding or have found their "happily ever afters" in Deadlocked, Sookie barely found reason to smile (about anything personal anyway). I know Sookie will not get her happy ending until Dead Ever After, but she should have given something because the story felt rather unbalanced in that aspect.
-The business with the Felipe, his vampires, and Eric was mostly left up in the air and unfinished.
Overall, I felt Deadlocked was significantly better than the previous two installments and a solid addition to the series. I didn't love it, but I did enjoy reading it. So, I'm looking forward to reading Sookie's final adventure in Dead Ever After next year.
Finally--an almost-decent Sookie installment! The last 2 books were TERRIBLE, so by comparison, this book totally rocked.
However, it completely lacks any & all ROMANCE!!! What happened to the hot & steamy with Sookie & Bill or Sookie & Eric or Sookie & Alcide or Sookie & Quinn?!?!
Harris now seems to write Sookie wandering aimlessly without any decent male-female interaction to fuel the plot.
I agree with Shannon--Harris wraps up some annoying loose ends, and writes a decent story. Unfortunately, her Sookie's-life-sucks endings really leave a lot to be desired.
If there's a finale to this series in the works, I really hope Charlaine Harris makes it a happy one--Sookie really deserves some happiness!
Sookie has alot to be grateful for and many sad things happening in her life. Not as violent as former books,we encounter many of Sookie's friends.I got the impression of a wrapping of the loose ends and some happy endings for a few people
First and foremost, gotta' say that I like the ending. I'm sure many people will say afterward how sappy it was, but it solved many problems.
This novel started with a bang by way of murder. No, that is not giving away too much since these are vampires, shape-shifters, and other supes to deal with here. It is naturally the foundation for the storyline and continues straight through to the end with the cluviel dor as more of a side story. In fact, it becomes such a side thought that I almost forgot to mention it!
Can't say too much else without Spoilers...but here are tidbits to go on: We get a complete picture of both Claude and Dermot. Sookie has another supe ready to stab her in the back and can't honestly remember if there were signs before this storyline. Our suspicions are answered about Sam.
Oh yea...and the question about Eric (and Quinn) is obviously left open to carry us into the next novel.
I really liked this book. I enjoyed Sookie rambling on day after day, and when something popped up, she towed the line like she always does. I also enjoyed the break from the extreme violance, and her being in love with yet someone else. I've always thought she would end up back with Bill.
Sookie is my most favorite character out of all the series I read. I will miss her. Maybe Harris' new trilogy will be good. I don't read anything else she writes.