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10

Dead in the Family full chapter 1 in DAG Paperback!

Before I start this post, I’m going to do something I have never done before on this blog.

MAJOR MAJOR MAJOR SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The paperback version of Dead and Gone was released in the US yesterday – and it includes the FULL first chapter of Dead in the Family.

You can read it at the Unread Reader.

Hold onto your hats because this is HUGE.

* Eric’s whereabouts during Sookie’s torture explained

* Eric FINALLY admits he loves Sookie and tells her to her face

* Eric could feel everything Sookie was experiencing through the bond

* Eric cries. HE FUCKING CRIES.

Here’s a little teaser: “I hurt with you. I bled with you – not only because we’re bonded, but because of the love I have for you.”

What are you still doing here? Go read it!!!!

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281 Responses to “Dead in the Family full chapter 1 in DAG Paperback!”


  1. 1 pbt
    April 8, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Well, CH it about fu*king time. Eric finally tells Sookie he loves her. Sookie still trying to reason and sort things out in her mind. The Viking Vampire God known as Eric Northman has just told you that he loves you. And you are thinking about Bill and Lorena. God damn this telepath. I really can’t like this character sometimes. Is she really that r*tarded? OK, done venting. This tease was absolutely awesome and I am looking forward to more of DITF. I am still feeling the ultimate Shakespearean ending. Many humans and vampires by the time this series ends. And I don’t think its gonna be pretty at all.

  2. 2 MASpencer
    April 8, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Middle management’s a bitch isn’t it?

    I’m going to go change my panties now…

  3. 3 taralyns
    April 8, 2010 at 12:37 am

    *dies again*

  4. 4 Emily
    April 8, 2010 at 12:37 am

    And I thought this vampire couldn’t get anymore perfect! He deserves a happy ending, I’m more worried about his end that Sookie’s if I’m honest.

    • 5 pbt
      April 8, 2010 at 12:39 am

      I agree Emily. I am much more concerned about the Viking’s well being than the telepath.

      • 6 nskars
        April 8, 2010 at 10:35 am

        As hard as it is for me to say this: I agree with both of you. I try really hard to love the entire Sookie package. But sometimes her behaviour renders me speechless.

      • 7 Holby
        April 8, 2010 at 3:19 pm

        Yup, as always, the ladies on this page are right. Sookie is so oblivious sometimes and she has yet to put all the pieces together. Who has ALWAYS saved her ass, at both political and physical risk to himself????? Go on “wondering” Sookie, someone else will be happy to treat him well!

        • 8 pbt
          April 9, 2010 at 11:58 pm

          That’s easy Holby. The biggest piece of this puzzle is the gracious plenty for sure. LOL. And Sookie still hasn’t figured this out. Yes, she was tortured. Yes she has a traumatic incident in her life. But GD Sookie wake up and realize what you have not what you don’t have.

          I am feeling that Claude is behind the “rat” at Fangtasia. I have no idea why I am saying that but just a gut feeling here.

    • 9 kealeagh
      April 8, 2010 at 11:28 am

      I totally worry more about Eric than Sookie at this point. I’m terrified about her breaking his heart. Which is awful that I don’t care about the main character’s feelings first. Maybe cause I feel like Sookie will ignore the pain of their break-up so long that we won’t see her deal with it until like, the series ends and nobody is reading anymore. I think, though, at this point, it’s pretty obvious where Eric is held in Sookie’s heart, even if her head is all twisty at the moment. I can’t see how she can just go to anyone else at this point. It has to be Eric (I’m not saying I’ll never have a DOUBT again, but really, to me, this first chapter showed everything Sookie wants and needs in a man and more).

      Nevertheless, there WILL be a break-up. If you love something and let it go……

      Ah, we’ll see. This year wait between them really adds to my doubt. I was more calm and objective about the series when I read the first nine books at once. Now, I’m all twitchy and frothing…

  5. 10 Pogonip
    April 8, 2010 at 12:41 am

    He has a way of getting to you, doesn’t he? Or Charlaine Harris has a way of writing him so that he does. Maybe she will give Sookie a little shake for us. How about a bitch-slap, too?

  6. April 8, 2010 at 12:46 am

    I don’t even know where to start. I’m (supposed to be) working late on a project for an early morning meeting, but HOW am I supposed to concentrate on work when Eric is FUCKING CRYING? OMG. Seriously, I’ve already read those scans like 5 times. And while I was ready to murder Sookie during the first two scans, the final paragraph in the third scan gave me some hope that she is not completely hopeless.

    VICTOR is a total douche…not that we didn’t know that already. But trouble ahead on that front for sure.

    I need to hear Sookie say it. I mean, I already knew Eric loved her. I have way more doubts about Ms. Stackhouse than about the Viking.

    Alright, back to work…more later.

    • 12 Dan
      April 9, 2010 at 6:22 am

      I am day late here. And I have not read all 229 post yet. In the beginning of this chapter, Sookie does admit to Amelia that she loves Eric. We have known that since January. Sookie used to question Eric’s sincerity and motives. That is no longer the case and she trust him more than anyone else now, but will she ever recover from the torture enough to allow those deeper emotions?

  7. April 8, 2010 at 12:50 am

    Ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ah ahhhhhh

    Can’t breathe —

    Whew, okay, I think I’m recovered now. Is it just me or does it seem almost like a completely different writer came up with this? It’s very different from CH’s normal voice, which I guess it to denote the change in Sookie, but it’s quite off-putting at first. I guess it might take me a few chapters to warm up to it (like “Dead Until Dark”)…

    But, in the words of Lafayette, HALLELUJAHS HELLELUJAHS! I’m glad Eric admits his feelings, FINALLY, and explains to her where he was, FINALLY. Even though I get the feeling that Sookie still has her misgivings. I just have to wonder why she’s having so many trust issues with the one person that’s been there for her unequivocally? Someone that she needs so much that she stays with at his house, and craves his comfort when she wake up from night terrors? I get it, I know she’s “damaged” now, and maybe part of the story arch will be her regaining this trust… After all, he’s showing her a side of himself that I for SERIOUS doubt anyone else has ever seen and he’s gladly letting her stay with him, in his very private home.

    (As an aside, I totally see Eric as a guy with black silk sheets – real silk, not like Jason’s percale fakers – and a big, 4-poster bed. All the better to restrain you with, my dear. WAIT – WHO SAID THAT?! Goodness, the things you ladies come up with around here…)

    • 14 Ashley H.
      April 8, 2010 at 1:50 am

      I totally agree with everything you said, Lena!
      and Amen! to your [HALLELUJAHS HALLELUJAHS]!
      This is what we’ve been waiting for! So bring on the trust Sook (despite what any troll below may say.) *snicker snicker :p

  8. 15 Eva
    April 8, 2010 at 12:56 am

    The “he made me do it” excuse is okay for Eric, but not for Bill. She gives Eric a chance to explain, but never Bill. He manipulated her into a fucking lifetime blood bond/marriage and she forgives that. Nothing Bill did, under orders, was ever as bad. No lie Bill told to protect Sookie from charging into a dangerous situation was as bad. Bill was tortured to protect her, Bill almost died saving her and he gets nothing? Bill loved her,it didn’t take him years to say it, or feel it. Sookie’s freaking double standard. Unless this is leading up to a big-assed apology to Bill in the next chapter, this is total bullshit. Thank God and AB that the show will get it right.

    • April 8, 2010 at 1:00 am

      Riiiiiight…

      *pats you on the head, gives you a cookie, and rejoins the real world*

    • 19 MASpencer
      April 8, 2010 at 1:01 am

      That marriage/blood bond ended up saving her life. I wouldn’t be too upset by it, either. Just sayin’…

      • April 8, 2010 at 1:09 am

        Not to mention, it’s not a “lifetime” things. Charlaine Harris has said several times that the blood bond will be broken and I can’t imagine Eric keeping her in the vampire marriage if she truly didn’t want to be in it. After all, he’s always been very considerate of her wants and needs, even her unspoken ones, rather than getting to know her for nefarious reasons, trying to control her life while ignoring her personal problems, breaking her heart, and raping her in a trunk.

        • April 8, 2010 at 1:18 am

          OMG STFU!

          BILL IS TOTALLY AWESOMEST PAWSOMEST. Stephen Moyer is sooo hot and plays him so well, I can’t believe you all are caught up by a pretty face and can IGNORE the POWER that IS MR. WILLIAM COMPTON. Just because Stephen doesn’t run around getting drunk and being shirtless doesn’t mean that Bill can’t be WORTHY OF LOVE, too. Jeeze, you guys are so shallow.

          Why don’t you pay attention to True Blood, WHICH IS AMAZING AND THE TRUE SOOKIE AUTHORITY, and ignore this stoopidity? It’s obvs that Bill + Sookie = meant 2 b 4 ever. I mean, she saved herself for him. I bet Eric would’ve done something stupid and not had sex with her right after her grandmother died, because he always HAS AN AGENDA. Bill was there when she needed comfort, ERIC WASN’T.

          And I don’t know about you, but I like my man to care enough to have a say in my life. Does Eric try to know where she is at all times to ENSURE HER SAFETY? Noooo, he doesn’t care if she’s at work or out with Tara, where SHE COULD GET HURT. Bill always looked out for Sookie and made sure that she was with him all the time so he could PROTECT HER. AND SO WHAT IF HE “RAPED” HER?!?? He was tortured, and crazy, and starving!! Not like she did much to stop him, did she?! Bill deserves an apology from Sookie, not the other way around.

          You guys so need to get a life.

          • 22 vikingvampgirl
            April 8, 2010 at 1:22 am

            Just spit coke all over my computer screen laughing.

          • 23 kealeagh
            April 8, 2010 at 1:26 am

            ……

            Is this a joke?

            • 24 Ashley H.
              April 8, 2010 at 1:56 am

              HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! “AhLurveBeehl”— FTW!

              [I bet Eric would’ve done something stupid and not had sex with her right after her grandmother died]

              [AND SO WHAT IF HE “RAPED” HER?!?? He was tortured, and crazy, and starving!!]

              [It’s obvs that Bill + Sookie = meant 2 b 4 ever.]

              Loved this 😀

              • 25 Gigi
                April 8, 2010 at 4:10 am

                Does Eric try to know where she is at all times to ENSURE HER SAFETY? Noooo, he doesn’t care if she’s at work or out with Tara, where SHE COULD GET HURT. Bill always looked out for Sookie and made sure that she was with him all the time so he could PROTECT HER. AND SO WHAT IF HE “RAPED” HER?!?? He was tortured, and crazy, and starving!!]

                HHHAHAHAHHAHAHHA OMG HAHHAHAHAAAAAAA I can’t laugh anymore HHHHAHAHAHA I swear I’m crying hahahahaaaaaaa!!!!!!

          • April 8, 2010 at 1:59 am

            OMFG…so hilarious. A great way to diffuse this.

            • 27 Gigi
              April 8, 2010 at 4:34 am

              HAHAHHAAHAHA When I was reading the scanned pages I was just thinking how did BL’s could feel after reading them, but I didn’t have to wait for the answer HAHHAHAHAHA! They went completely insane!!!

          • 28 PrettyVikingChains
            April 8, 2010 at 2:18 am

            Haha, my favorite part was:

            [Why don’t you pay attention to True Blood, WHICH IS AMAZING AND THE TRUE SOOKIE AUTHORITY, and ignore this stoopidity?]

            Hilarious! Are we living in an alternate reality where TB was actually made (& completed) before the books were written? That just made my night! Weren’t we just talking today about crazy BLs?

            • 29 Gigi
              April 8, 2010 at 4:05 am

              HAHAHHAHAHHAHAH I almost pee myself laughing with the stoopidity part HHHHHHHHHHHHAHAHAH

            • 30 VikingLover
              April 8, 2010 at 4:17 am

              [BILL IS TOTALLY AWESOMEST PAWSOMEST. Stephen Moyer is sooo hot and plays him so well, I can’t believe you all are caught up by a pretty face and can IGNORE the POWER that IS MR. WILLIAM COMPTON. Just because Stephen doesn’t run around getting drunk and being shirtless doesn’t mean that Bill can’t be WORTHY OF LOVE, too. Jeeze, you guys are so shallow.]

              This was my absolute favorite part of that post! Notice the contradiction: “Stephen Moyer is so hot and plays him so well, I can’t believe you are all so caught up in a pretty face.” WHAT?!? Did you even read what you posted, you strange person you?

              And what does Stephen Moyer and AS have to do with Bill and Eric?? VERY BIZARRE! LOL I really hope this post was a joke because otherwise, it’s just plain scary.

              • 31 PrettyVikingChains
                April 8, 2010 at 4:20 am

                I did a double take on that part too! Actually on several parts of that posts, lol. Am I the only one that thought her avatar was Eric when I first looked at it? Interesting picture choice…

              • 34 Ashley H.
                April 8, 2010 at 4:23 am

                Definitely a joke. I mean who could actually type [AWESOMEST PAWSOMEST] and be for real. Maybe a 12 y.o. in 1988.

                • 35 Ashley H.
                  April 8, 2010 at 4:28 am

                  Lena, you rock by the way! Best BL comeback ever 🙂

                • 36 VikingLover
                  April 8, 2010 at 4:31 am

                  {Maybe a 12 y.o. in 1988.}

                  LMAO!

                • 37 ericrocks
                  April 8, 2010 at 12:17 pm

                  I watched a show with my 12 year old called awesomest pawsomest just a couple of days ago. It was about 4 tiger cubs hand raised by humans. I guess ahlurvebeeehl must watch animal planet, too.

          • 39 Sarah
            April 8, 2010 at 9:58 am

            “She saved herself for him.”
            Wow….Simone de Beauvoir revive! We need you still on earth to fix such feminist catastrophes.

            ” Bill always looks out for Sookie”
            criminologist call this stalking, my dear.

            “Not like she did much to stop him, did she?! Bill deserves an apology from Sookie, not the other way around.”
            Yes, sure that whore with her short skirt provoked him. The fundamentalist are so right: send these bitches to abbey or stone them to death like in the good old times…

            I know it´s only lunch time but after this I need a class of vine..maybe more than one. Ans I should committ a lot of sins to assure that I don´t have to share heaven with people like this 🙂

            • 40 SarahStC
              April 9, 2010 at 6:04 am

              Your comment made me imagine Simone de Beauvoir living forever as a vampire. Now that would rock!

          • 41 Dwimordene
            April 8, 2010 at 10:54 am

            This really is so funny! I was socked the first time I read it.. So I read it a second and… This is not a BL, But an Eric’s. It is joining in one amazing post every explanation that BLs believe and says us.
            Great IRONY… Even sarcasm

          • April 8, 2010 at 11:38 am

            That was pure WIN!!! You my love get to take the cake home!! *Hands Chocolate cake over*

          • 51 nskars
            April 8, 2010 at 11:43 am

            This entire comment wins at life.

            PS Why are Bill Lovers still stalking us?

          • 52 ericrocks
            April 8, 2010 at 12:12 pm

            Ah, I just gotta say that Charlaine Harris’ SVM books are the authority on Sookie, not AB’s fanfic.

            Good Gawd. Poor disillusioned BL’s.

          • 53 VampirePamsGirl
            April 8, 2010 at 1:32 pm

            I don’t know who you are, but I love you! Hahaha. This the most awesomest pawsomest post ever! 😀

          • 54 Sonia
            April 8, 2010 at 9:46 pm

            I love you, AhLurveBeehl, your post is so full of win. +1,000,000 internets to you!

          • 55 loveskilts
            April 8, 2010 at 10:06 pm

            You can not be serious? So WHAT HE RAPED HER? Every person who has ever been in a rape situation deserves an apology from you! He wasn’t tortured in the graveyard when Sookie had to fear for her life and he had his way with her. I’m sure you are one of those people who think NO means yes and Yes means Bill can do whatever he wants because he is BEEL.
            Have you forgotten that there would be no TB without CH’s SS Novels.
            What exactly do you think Sookie could have done to protect herself from him in the trunk? She barely had any air and had no room to run! I will say I agree with you on AB’s next season coming up. Bill is going to be eat on by the were’s and BADABADABa We Are LovingIt
            Oh yea please tell me who Bill had to take Sookie to, to save her from the maenad. OH yea Eric. Who had to save Sookie and Bill at the hospital after the torture? Oh yea Eric.

            Seems like you might have the same life we do, since you are here posting also. JUST SAYING :).

        • 58 Ashley
          April 8, 2010 at 3:22 am

          Totally agree….Eric and Bills situation was completely different. There was no cheating and lying involved. How could he have escaped? OMG…im so over these BL comments that make no sense at all.

        • 59 Ashley
          April 8, 2010 at 5:07 am

          Yes Eric will let her get out of the marriage if she wants, which makes the rant from above BL totally pointless.He said as much when she asked him about it after it happened. It doesnt have to be a lifetime thing. Sookie barely ackowledges it herself, and yet BLs make a big deal about it. Whatever.

    • 60 vikingvampgirl
      April 8, 2010 at 1:16 am

      Let me explain the difference Eric wasn’t fucking Victor but Billy boy was Fucking Lorena. So the my maker/boss made me do it is not quite the same but I suspect that Sookie (unlike you) will figure it out.

    • 61 legalease
      April 8, 2010 at 1:51 am

      How in the world are the two situations the same? Eric’s explanation goes way beyond “he made me do it” and Sookie realizes that as she continues to listen to him. He didn’t just listen to Victor’s command and sit twiddling his thumbs. He was restrained by silver! Please, Bill fan, explain to me what more he was supposed to do? As soon as he knew what was up he called Niall and then he was chained. If the situations were reversed and it was Bill restrained by silver, I wouldn’t hold him responsible and think that he was betraying Sookie by not showing up to help. How in the world is this Eric’s fault? Both the books and TB have shown us how completely incapacitated and immobolized vamps become when wrapped in silver. How in the world can Bill fans think this equates to what Bill has done and that Sookie is somehow a hypocrite for listening to and understanding Eric’s explanation? Their logic is not earth logic!

    • 62 Ashley
      April 8, 2010 at 3:11 am

      Was the rape under order too?….Bill never apologized for it…And as far as AB ad the show getting it right…LMAO

    • 63 Ashley
      April 8, 2010 at 3:19 am

      Oh and in case you forgot, the books came first, not the show…so saying that AB is getting it right doesnt make any sense…basically you think hes just going to do what you want….once again LMAO. Bill and Erics situations were totally different. Eric was held in silver chains, which he could definitely not escape from. Bill went willingly to Lorena and fucked her and was going to leave Sookie for her, but its okay because “it was for her own good.” So youd be okay with your boyfriend doing that if it was for your own good or protection? And you’d be okay with getting raped by that boyfriend, even if it wasnt his fault? I dont think so. You might forgive him, but you wouldnt go back.

    • 64 Ashley
      April 8, 2010 at 5:04 am

      @Eva “Nothing Bill did, under orders, was ever as bad?” HMMMM, screwing Lorena, planning to leave Sookie for her, lying to her about Uncle Bartlett (which he didnt have to lie about and wasnt for Sookies protection but Bills own protection), lying to her about his initial reason for coming to BT, pretending at first to be interested in her and have feelings for her,raping her in the trunk and not even acknowledging it except for saying “oh no”, ditching Sookie to chase after FOTS humans in Dallas, using Selah merely as a tool to make Sookie jealous (which is something a sixteen year old would do). Am i forgetting anything? All this isnt as bad as tricking Sookie into a marriage, which saved her from being forced to go to Las Vegas? You’re right Eva, its much, much worse.

    • 65 Holby
      April 8, 2010 at 3:23 pm

      *indulgent smile*

      We’re all entitled to our own opinion.

      *an aside*
      They do make medications to help you stay in touch with reality, you know.

    • 66 Janofarc
      April 9, 2010 at 2:31 pm

      “Nothing Bill did, under orders, was ever as bad.”

      Oh you mean seducing her and causing her heartache when she found out he was ordered to? The marriage is the only thing Eric manipulated her into – the blood bond was the fault of Andre trying to bind her to him, and that isn’t a lifetime CH has already stated that over time it will wear off if they stop exchanging blood. The Marriage actually saved her in this instance. What part of Bill seducing Sookie saved her? What part of Bill seducing Sookie protected her? If anything Bill’s orders and his following them are the thing that has put her in the most danger of all as they brought her into the focus of the Supe community. Eric just seems to be clearing up his mess …. if he has to use manipulation to protect her then so be it.

  9. April 8, 2010 at 1:12 am

    So who do we think the rat is? A point is made that Victor knew to be at Fangtasia.

    I knew FDC was going to be behind this somehow but I didn’t quite expect this. DO NOT TRUST HIM. Victor was always bad, but FDC is a fucking snake. I know it.

    • 68 arakha
      April 8, 2010 at 1:18 am

      I completely agree. There is a lot more to this story! And I think they’re going to cause more trouble for Eric in this book.

    • 69 MASpencer
      April 8, 2010 at 1:44 am

      It’s so funny, because usually CH’s after-the-fact explanations leave me scratching my head– but this one is a glaring exception. Having worked in the business world for long enough, I’ve seen this type of authority dynamic play out more times than I like to count. It’s eerie, really.

      There HAS to be a rat. And I get angry just thinking about it.

    • April 8, 2010 at 1:55 am

      If there was a vampire rat at Fangtasia: it was CLANCY! Either that or FDC was actually in league with the Breandan Fae contingent.

      • 71 PrettyVikingChains
        April 8, 2010 at 2:22 am

        I could buy that it was Clancy. The line from Victor about not risking vamps to save a human automatically reminded me of Clancy: “I find the idea of dying in defense of a human woman to be disgusting, no matter what her connection to you is.” Surely that’s not just a coincidence?

        • 72 VikingLover
          April 8, 2010 at 3:33 am

          I don’t know, for some reason I have a hard time believing that Clancy could betray Eric. Even though he didn’t believe in what Eric was doing he still risked his life (and lost it) with Eric. Of course he was commmanded to but still – Clancy would have had to know this was going to happen beforehand. I don’t think Clancy would have known that unless he was already in league with the fae.

        • 73 Ashley
          April 8, 2010 at 5:08 am

          Yeah i could buy that too.

    • 74 MASpencer
      April 8, 2010 at 2:06 am

      I hate to fan the flames, but Bill would have multiple motivations to do that. Eric kept him from being the hero in Rhodes, and this would constitute a little payback, with him being the obvious substitute hero in Sookie’s rescue. He’s also a name that the Vegas vampires were evidently already familiar with. But in the interest of not kicking Bill while he’s down…

      What about Quinn? He IS working in Las Vegas. And he’s got a vendetta against Eric at this point. But maybe that’s too obvious…

      I agree that FDC being somehow in league with the evil fairies isn’t a bad guess, either…

      • 75 arakha
        April 8, 2010 at 2:09 am

        Gosh, I’d hate to think Quinn or Bill knew anything about Sookie’s torture in advance. I’m not a big fan of either of them, and I can see them wanting to get back at Eric– but at Sookie’s expense? No way. At least I hope not.

        • 76 Freyja
          April 8, 2010 at 2:11 am

          No I don’t believe that. They would never do that to Sookie.

          • 77 Serena
            April 8, 2010 at 2:19 am

            What about Alcide, as he is supposed to do something devious? What if he already did it?

            • 78 MASpencer
              April 8, 2010 at 2:38 am

              Oooh, I considered this possibility, too. That would definitely be out of left field, though…

            • 79 Gigi
              April 8, 2010 at 5:13 am

              I think about CH’s “devious” comment from Alcide, but I discarded him because to our best knwoledge, he didn’t knew about Sookie’s fae heritage and the fae war, so I think she is referring to something he is going to do in the future (probably related to FDC, too). But this seems to be more like an inside job, something already settled and made by someone who knew exactly what was happening and how to really hurt Eric and Sookie (not just physical, but also emotionally). The answer seems to be between Bill, Clancy and Quinn…

              BTW, I wonder why they didn’t chained Pam, too. She used to be very fierce and loyal to Eric, so it’s kind of odd to know she was in such a passive and diplomatic mood. Not saying she would betray Eric, but just sayin’….

              • April 8, 2010 at 11:32 am

                My guess re Pam and why they didn’t chain her is that they didn’t have to. They were probably able to overpower her and keep her from leaving–unlike a crazed Viking who would have killed them all trying to get out of there. And Pam was working on getting Eric free.

                • 81 kealeagh
                  April 8, 2010 at 11:33 am

                  Agreed. Pam’s main concern was Eric – the furious 1000 year old Viking who would have ripped them all to shreds.

                • 82 VampirePamsGirl
                  April 9, 2010 at 2:00 am

                  I’ve been thinking for a while now about your comment about the “crazed Viking who would have killed them all trying to get out of there”. And I think you are absolutely right. I could just see that scene when Eric was explaining to Sookie about “when I—protested—” and the rage that she felt coming from him then. Super pissed Viking trying to take some vamp heads off, yeah! It’s stuff like that that makes me wish that the books were completely from Sookie’s pov. Oh, I really hope that DeeDeeINFJ continues her “Eric” fan-fic on through DITF! I imagine that she’d do that scene plenty of of justice!

                  • 83 VikingLover
                    April 9, 2010 at 2:10 am

                    Holy Shit VPG, you totally read my freaking mind!!! I can totally seem him ROARING as they are trying to subdue him and then see him chained to the wall. Then I can imagine his face as he’s feeling what she’s going through, knowing that he cannot get to her and that it may be too late. I really, really wish we could have gotten that scene in the books and I was hoping DeeDee was aware of the first chapter so that she could continue her DAG version.

                  • 85 Maria
                    April 9, 2010 at 2:27 am

                    I’m eagerly awaiting her next chapter as well. She’s at a good part. 😉
                    Also, here’s a link to a fun Sookie story:
                    http://www.fanfiction.net/r/5180328/

                    • 86 VikingLover
                      April 9, 2010 at 2:46 am

                      Thanks Maria! I’ve been looking for something to read. Honestly, my brain is still reeling from that 1st DITF chapter. I am just so damn happy that Eric finally declared his love for Sookie. I think I have re-read that chapter 20 times already. Sad, I know.

                      I can’t wait for DeeDee to continue DAG! It’s been a while since she’s updated the story. I thought she might be waiting for DITF to come out before she continued but I’m glad to know that maybe now she won’t have to.

                  • 87 nskars
                    April 9, 2010 at 8:09 am

                    I love DeeDee. So ready for the new chapter!

                  • 88 Dwimordene
                    April 9, 2010 at 9:52 am

                    Hey! Which is that fanfic? Where can I find it? I NEED that! lol

                  • 90 Barbara
                    April 11, 2010 at 5:08 pm

                    Amen about the “Eric” story – thinking of which – it might behoove Alan Ball to do an episode that is from Eric’s perspective … might make for an interesting twist somewhere down the line. *grins*

                    • 91 Phoenix
                      April 12, 2010 at 2:27 am

                      I would absolutely love that if he did it. They’ve done that on other shows, where it mainly follows just one of the side characters for the whole ep. You really get to know the character better that way.

              • 92 VikingLover
                April 8, 2010 at 11:40 am

                [BTW, I wonder why they didn’t chained Pam, too.] I thought of this too Gigi and for one split second I had a horrible thought. But I can’t imagine Pam betraying Eric. I would die! I think they probably told her that if she tried to escape they would kill Eric. I think that threat alone would be enough to stop her – I don’t think the chains would have been needed.

              • 93 VampirePamsGirl
                April 8, 2010 at 1:48 pm

                My first thought when the topic of a rat being at Fangtasia was brought up was “As long as its not Pam!”

                Like the others though, I really don’t think that Pam would betray Eric for anything. It would certainly shock the crap out of me if that were to happen.

                As you say, Pam is fierce, but I also think that Pam can be very patient and cunning when she wants to be. Like when Nevada took over and was holding all of them at Fangtasia. She was totally fierce when she was killing off strays, but you also got to think about how patient and crafty she was being, slipping out and then waiting for any of them to stray from the pack. So I could definitely see Pam having the good sense to play nice (enough) with their captors to get what she wanted.

                • 94 KittyKat
                  April 9, 2010 at 8:47 am

                  Pam even said to Sookie in the parking lot in Book 7 that Eric can’t control his temper. So she clearly knows that when something really affects Eric, it’s almost impossible for him to keep a level head. I guess she was trying to help her in own way (at least I hope so, and it does seem like it).

              • 95 Gigi
                April 8, 2010 at 3:16 pm

                I don’t believe she would betray him. But CH wrote that in a kind of odd way because she also wanted the readers to suspect from her 😉 . She just made a foreshadow for a HUGE and monumental betrayal and obviously is going to make the reader to be suspicious of everyone but the one who will be the real traitor.

        • 96 MASpencer
          April 8, 2010 at 2:14 am

          Well Eric did say he’d let Bill rot. Them’s fightin’ words!

          Just sayin’…

          • 97 MASpencer
            April 8, 2010 at 2:37 am

            And for the record, I don’t think either Quinn or Bill are the likely rats. Just sounding off a short list of suspects…

            • 98 kealeagh
              April 8, 2010 at 11:35 am

              I don’t think it was Bill either. I’d be very surprised if he turned into a villain. He’s good in his position as stalker/loverboy. Keep him there, one day he’ll learn and find himself another curvy Southern belle who revels in this shit. Like a Bella. Or a Bill’s Babes. They can appreciate him.

              • 99 nskars
                April 8, 2010 at 11:51 am

                HAHAHAHA!

              • April 8, 2010 at 12:34 pm

                OK so I’m fixating on this.

                Something is rotten in Denmark folks. Who else knew about Sookie being related to Niall? WHO? Only Bill and Eric? Did Sam? I can’t remember. All the random stuff in FDTW and DAG that didn’t fit: Victor knowing Bill when he showed up at Sookie’s during the takeover (“Aaah….Compton!”)…no explanation. Even Sookie takes a moment to think what the fuckity fuck is going on here? Bill stopping at that red light when Sookie was taken – plot device? Maybe not? And why the fuck is Victor calling Bill as Eric is saying here? And Bill “ignored him”? Really? Clancy’s comments about not dying for a human woman…seem to tie in with Victor’s mantra at Fangtasia. Clancy giving Bill a gutload of his blood.

                CH couldn’t kill him in DAG. She said his story wasn’t finished. But what if she killed him metaphorically as a suitor. There would be no coming back from it for Bill. It would be Game Over.

                There are alot of readers waiting for the Big Bad to come via Eric. How many of them would expect it to come from Bill. AGAIN. How insane would that be?

                I’m thinking out loud here, I expect I will babble much that makes no sense in the next couple of months…!

                • 101 MASpencer
                  April 8, 2010 at 1:13 pm

                  Oh, SVB… I would die a thousand deaths! And your line of thought is EXACTLY the one I followed.

                  As to your question, I think Sam did know SOMETHING– he had seen Niall behind Merlotte’s right? But I’m not sure he had it confirmed, so…

                  Another link? Amelia. She DEFINITELY knew… which sets up the Alcide link (indirectly, though Tray). And possibly even Cope, but that seems like a really far stretch, as I don’t see Amelia sitting down with her Dad and chatting about Sookie’s secret fairy family.

                • 102 Gigi
                  April 8, 2010 at 2:48 pm

                  [Who else knew about Sookie being related to Niall? WHO? Only Bill and Eric? Did Sam? I can’t remember.]

                  The internet geek and lurker collie knows verything about FDC AND Niall, too…

                • 103 Gigi
                  April 8, 2010 at 3:02 pm

                  Oh, I almost forgot AGAIN to say that based on the Jungian theory, the pure shape-shifters in literature are commonly related to the “Trickster” archetype.

                  In the Mitology the Trickster deity breaks the rules of the gods or nature, sometimes maliciously but usually, albeit unintentionally, with ultimately positive effects. Often, the rule-breaking takes the form of tricks or thievery. They can be cunning or foolish or both; they are often funny even when considered sacred or performing important cultural tasks.

                  In later folklore, the trickster is incarnated as a clever, mischievous man or creature, who tries to survive the dangers and challenges of the world using trickery and deceit as a defense.

                  Just sayin’…

                • 104 KC
                  April 8, 2010 at 3:06 pm

                  svb, that’s so my ff HEA: Sookie discovers Bill’s second betrayal though the database and confronts Bill, Bill realizes that Sookie is *never* going to lie with him again (remember Bill said he would do *anything* in FDTW to make that happen) and goes after Eric. Sookie saves Eric (love that) by staking Bill *with no remorse at all* and Sookie and Eric can live happily for some indefinite period of time…

                • 105 Serena
                  April 8, 2010 at 3:23 pm

                  Wouldn’t the better question be who knew Sookie got kidnapped by Neave and Lochlan, since the timing of Victor’s appearance is so circumspect? I mean, I think it is more important than who knew Sookie’s heritage.

                  And seeing as Tray went missing at the same time, Alcide could have known if he was having communication with Tray right before hand, or if he had extra surveillance on Sookie and or Tray.

                • 106 PrettyVikingChains
                  April 8, 2010 at 4:58 pm

                  Ooh, I am loving this idea! Everything is set up perfectly for it to happen, & it would be such a gigantic crush to the BLs, finally closing that door forever (at least for logical people). As thrilled as I would be to see it go down this way, I’m skeptical. The review from the advanced copy made it sound like Bill kinda got a happy ending in this book (something sweet comes out of his “illness”). I guess that doesn’t necessarily mean sweet for Bill, but I think she would’ve had a different reaction if he was exposed as setting all this up. Granted, it may not be revealed in this book, but I certainly wouldn’t be very happy if CH gives him happiness if he did it!

                  • 107 VampirePamsGirl
                    April 8, 2010 at 11:37 pm

                    “gigantic crush to the BLs, finally closing that door forever (at least for logical people).”

                    I’m glad you added that logical people thing there. I don’t think this will happen either, but even if it did I can just hear the arguments now….

                    Beeehl only did what he haad to do for luurve. Eric is evil. He had to make Suukeh see that Eric wouldn’t rescue her when she was in trouble because Eric doesn’t love her, he could never love her like Bill does. Eric is evil. See how much Bill sacrificed, how sick he is now, he did all of that for Sookie cause he loves her so much. Eric is evil. Sure Beehll helped them set it up, but he didn’t realize the extent they’d torture her, and he did what he thought best for her to make her see that she’s meant to be with him. Eric is evil. Everything Beehl does is because of his love for Suukeh, so it’s okay. Eric is evil.

                • 110 loveskilts
                  April 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm

                  Why couldn’t Bill keep up with Sookie? He could have called Eric and then at least tried to stop L and N but he didn’t because he thought he might be killed. Hum when he says he would die for Sookie it seems to me he didn’t when it really counted. Yes he showed up with Naill the big bad FAE and they rescued Sookie but he sure didn’t do it alone and he had some mighty powerful backup. Eric was hurt by silver and feeling all of Sookie’s pain but as soon as he got lose he showed up and saved all their butts. Woo Hoo Go VikingHoney!

          • 111 Holby
            April 8, 2010 at 3:49 pm

            I think Eric’s comment about letting Bill rot was more because if it weren’t for Sookie never forgiving him for it, Eric would have killed Bill much earlier (for the rape, perhaps???). If Sookie was irreparable, Eric would no longer have anything staying his hand against Bill.

            BUT…I think it would be immensely satisfying to find out that Eric was betrayed by Bill. With his history w/ QSA, we already know that he loves to court favor from the royalty of a state. And I am sure Bill didn’t expect Neave and Lochlin to get so far away and to be able to do as much damage to Sookie as they did…because I don’t think he would purposely let Sookie be tortured. But Sookie’s response to his statement,”I saw them take you,” was initially anger, remember? We may find that it was somewhat warranted!

    • April 8, 2010 at 2:20 am

      As much as I dislike Bill and Quinn, I have a hard time seeing them doing that, either. I think that, in his way, Bill actually does care very much for Sookie now (too little, too late) and Quinn has too much respect for women, no matter how much they broke his little tiger heart. Don’t kick me out of the club, but I actually saw a bit of something honorable in Bill in DAG, and I hope that he and Sookie can get to a point where they’re on better terms, considering he’s a very valuable ally to have. He can stick around and atone for his sins, I don’t mind that one bit, as long as he respects Sookie’s wish to not want to hump his vampstick again.

      ANYWAYS, the rat… I could see Clancy, but he’s already been done away with in the Fae War – where is the retribution to be had on him? I’m just not sure if someone that played that major of a role in the situation would already be out of the picture, as far as getting knowing comeuppance. I’m wondering if it was a throwaway character? Considering CH’s penchant for weaving together seemingly disparate threads into one big picture, I could see it being someone that you paid very little attention to before but the hints will be there when we look back at it all.

      • 113 VikingLover
        April 8, 2010 at 3:15 am

        My first thought was that it was Bill. Only because I thought back to when Eric leaves Sookie (the night they make love in DAG) and Sookie sees Bill in the woods looking up, watching Eric leave. That felt kind of ominous to me. Then I thought of Alcide, and now I think it may have been Dermott.

        • April 8, 2010 at 3:26 am

          I remember that! The woods-watching was very creepy.

        • 115 PrettyVikingChains
          April 8, 2010 at 3:44 am

          I don’t think it was Bill. I expect that it will take them a while to figure out who it was, but Sookie is supposed to spend part of this book looking for Bill’s “relative”, & according to the girl who got the advanced copy (sorry, don’t remember the site that was on, but it was posted on here a few days ago), “something sweet comes out of it.” I don’t think CH would give him sweet if he had set Sookie up. Plus, I just don’t see how he could do that to her, if he has any feelings for her at all.

          • 116 Sarah
            April 8, 2010 at 10:12 am

            What about Felicia?
            She never had a real story line and considering this she had a lot of “book time”. In addition she is very suspicios of Sookie and we never learned why she really left Arkansas Yes, the king was silly and annoying..come on, do you leave your country, all your friends and family only because you dislike the president(or chancellor in my case)?

            • 117 Dwimordene
              April 8, 2010 at 1:04 pm

              I would… I’m going too… The president is only a person, but rules. He can destroy a country and its people bY destroyng the public education and health, by not doing correct economy, by being idiots… Ya… And I know many people that feel forced to emigrated after finishing unversity as I’m… Whe are lucky Spain is part of Europe (which I consider my country… So you could say I wouldn’t leave home… lol).

          • 118 VampirePamsGirl
            April 8, 2010 at 1:57 pm

            Plus didn’t CH say that Bill would get a happy ending? I don’t see how that could tie-in to Bill being the rat. Not that I’d really mind him being the rat and Eric finding out and taking Bill apart piece by tiny piece, using silver to rip off his…. Okay, bad…bad…violence doesn’t solve anything! 😛 J/K. But I really don’t see Bill being the rat myself either.

        • 119 Janofarc
          April 9, 2010 at 1:40 pm

          Perhaps Bill didn’t know Lochlan and Neave would take her – perhaps Dermot (seeing as he’s been hanging around BT and learning a lot from Jason – maybe including how Bill still holds a torch for his sister) spoke to Bill about manufacturing a kidnapping so he could rescue her, L&N overheard while killing Crystal and decided to get in on the action?

    • 120 vikingvampgirl
      April 8, 2010 at 12:48 pm

      Ok here is where I’m confused. FDC wanted Sookie in Vegas but he couldn’t take her because of the marriage right. So didn’t he have to know about the marriage himself? Hmmmmmmmm

      • April 8, 2010 at 12:55 pm

        Nice catch.
        That dirty bastard FDC is in on this up to his neck. I too think (someone has already raised this) that he is playing good cop/bad cop with Victor. It’s concerning that Eric doesn’t seem to see it yet, but it is only chapter one. I’m sure he’ll be all over it like white on rice soon enough.

        • 122 Dwimordene
          April 8, 2010 at 1:09 pm

          I think he might fear that Eric goes against him sometime… (in TB Eric seems not to be that old in comparation to other vampires… but in the books he is of the eldest). But this blunder Eric might want to take revenge and think on two ways… Leavying everything and become nomade or become the king… There seems no other way to let them be a couple.

        • 123 VampirePamsGirl
          April 8, 2010 at 1:53 pm

          That definitely worries me though. With this and then his maker and ‘brother’, poor Eric’s gonna have shit coming at him from all directions in this one. Sookie better man-up and get ready to take care of our Viking now! 😀 Lol.

    • 124 Dwimordene
      April 8, 2010 at 12:57 pm

      I thought about Clancy first… But I’m sure Eric didn’t tell him about the fairies until they were in the hospital ready for the battle. Alcide didn’t know and he gets a lot of FREE help from her. Quinn… I don’t love him but I don’t hate him, he wouldn’t have done that, I think he likes her and he respects women. And Pam is just impossible, she cares for Sookie and loves Eric, hurting him would have hurt her.
      I tell you it was Bill… Is very devious but he already let the Ratts beat her up, didn’t he? This time, though, he didn’t know that it would take that long to get save her… I’m sure he thought Nial would find her very soon and he would have save her as he had done before… Even maybe Nial would have let him give her blood and rebuild the blood bound. (I’m sure he knew about the Ratts, he was waitting… Someone who does that ones, does it again… And I’m sure too that if the came together anytime he would force her and rape her as he has done so many times).

      Btw… After writting this I now believe that Nial really refered to Eric when talking about the vampire (we already discuss some of the details) because I think Bill might have tried to give her blood (a bit of silver in the teeth would have hurt at first but while in the blood system, as poison, would have take a time to act).

    • 125 Holby
      April 8, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      The rat at Fangtasia? My vote is Clancy since he objects to fighting the fae for a human woman. And…he’s had a bug up his ass ever since Eric got physically involved with Sookie during the witch wars (though Sookie has blamed it on his near death experience).

  10. 126 arakha
    April 8, 2010 at 1:23 am

    Wow, this chapter has me excited (but also slightly nervous) for the next book! Eric is putting everything on the line now. The fact that he was crying with her… that just kills me. I hope Sook doesn’t push him away. I’m worried about both of them TBH. But wow… Eric… wow.

    Yep, mostly excited.

  11. 127 Freyja
    April 8, 2010 at 1:28 am

    This was wonderful 😀 Thank you so much. I wanna give Eric a big hug :*

  12. 128 Pogonip
    April 8, 2010 at 1:33 am

    April Fool’s Day was last week, wasn’t it?

  13. 129 Moonlight
    April 8, 2010 at 1:49 am

    Oh wow, that was great! Finally the L word came from the great Viking. I just hope, hope, hope Sookie doesn´t ruin it – in her big skeptical world -. She has to learn that he means what he says… at least what he says to her. A big *sigh* from me 🙂

  14. 130 ellemoe
    April 8, 2010 at 1:52 am

    I cannot tell you how disappointed I am in this. Sookie doesn’t acknowledge that Eric says “the love he has for her,” which isn’t quite saying he loves her, but that he has love for her. I guess I can understand why she didn’t do cartwheels, but handing back his pain? That was cold, beyond cold. I’m not liking the reason Eric wasn’t there. It’s not good enough. Victor didn’t forget, he’s a vamp, they hardly forget anything. Felipe didn’t punish him for what he did, why not? If he wasn’t going to punish him, why tell him to let Eric go?

    • April 8, 2010 at 1:57 am

      I’m not sure what you mean by “not good enough”…the man (vampire) was chained down with silver and could not physically move. I would agree that the whole FDC/Victor part doesn’t quite add up and is suspicious, but I think it’s supposed to make us suspicious of them not of Eric.

    • 132 ellemoe
      April 8, 2010 at 2:01 am

      I meant Victor’s rouse to keep Eric is chains isn’t good enough. It’s not explained how or why he was there right away and why he chose to keep Eric. I think the reason is good enough for him not being there because silver would be incapacitating even for the almight Viking. Just not understanding how FdC let’s Victor get off easy (at least for now.) I can’t wait for the book so we can find out what the heck is going on with Victor and why he’s interfering in Eric’s business with Sookie.

      • 133 arakha
        April 8, 2010 at 2:11 am

        Agreed. Also– FDC is not stupid. He’s very powerful and cunning and not to be trusted. Did he really have no idea about what Victor was up to? I think not.

      • 134 MASpencer
        April 8, 2010 at 2:12 am

        If I had to guess, FDC is playing puppetmaster, and using Victor as the “bad cop” to his “good cop.” That’s usually the point of second-in-commands, when you’re dealing with weasely authority figures.

        FDC knew what was going on. It was just convenient to blame Eric’s detainment on Victor’s ignorance. He didn’t kill Victor, or otherwise remove him from authority, because Victor was doing exactly what he was told to do.

        That’s my instinctive assessment of the situation, at least.

        • 135 VikingLover
          April 8, 2010 at 3:40 am

          Hmmm, I don’t know. It sounds to me as if Victor never even told FDC that Eric was married to Sookie. And why would FDC want to have Sookie killed when she could be such a valuable asset? Especially being the Great Grand Daughter of a fairy prince. It sounds like Victor is trying to mount a coup against FDC and FDC is trying to weed out the other conspirators.

          • 136 PrettyVikingChains
            April 8, 2010 at 3:56 am

            I don’t think FDC set up the fae attack. First of all, how would that even work? I don’t think the fae would be too keen on setting up a chat with vamps, who would be salivating over them the whole time! He’s not even supposed to know that Sookie is part-fae, is he?

            I’m confused about how Victor knew, but I think he’s working on his own agenda (against FDC). I don’t think that FDC believed his story, but that for his own vampy reasons, he’s biding his time before he acts on it. Like VL said, the longer he keeps Victor around, the more info he can find out.

            I am going to die from anticipation before May 4th!!!

          • 137 MASpencer
            April 8, 2010 at 1:26 pm

            I don’t think FDC would want Sookie KILLED per se… I just don’t think he wanted his vampires anywhere near a fairy war. So Eric’s wife and the woman he swore to protect happens to be involved? Oh well.

            Anyway, from a political perspective, that excuse made sense to me. Eric provided a little bit of history in FDTW, and it sounds like the two sides decimated eachother in the past. No need to go there again. Sookie would be considered collateral in the decision to stay out of it, I’m sure.

            • 138 VikingLover
              April 8, 2010 at 4:26 pm

              Yes, but then why would he then let Eric go? Why “hide his face” and pretend he did not know what Victor was doing? It just doesn’t make sense to me.

  15. 139 Suzanna
    April 8, 2010 at 2:13 am

    It sounds to me like Sookie is suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and severe depression. The last line about her offering his pain back was sort of the clencher. When you’re depressed, it’s hard to respond emotionally. I think Sookie is able to reason with her mind but she can’t respond emotionally because of how scarred she is. She’s just been traumatized and her knee-jerk reaction is to pull inward. I think that’s why she didn’t say “I love you” back and get all happy. Also, something I noticed with Bill is that when the crap hits the fan, he says “I love you” like that’s going to fix everything. Eric, on the other hand, says “because of the love I have for you,” as if his love is this dynamic, active thing that connects them, but he isn’t expecting it to magically fix everything. I think a good part of this arc is Sookie learning how to be emotional again and reconnect with herself. I think Eric is going to show just how patient he can be. Oh, and Eric in this chapter sooooo reminds me of the Eric in Dead to the World.

    Dammit, May 4th, hurry up and get here! And this is going to suck because I work in a bookstore and my manager probably won’t even let me come within a foot of the boxes when they come in!

    • 140 PrettyVikingChains
      April 8, 2010 at 2:27 am

      Wonderful point about Bill vs. Eric! It just helps prove how real Eric’s love for her is, that he’s not trying to cover anything up, whether it be her pain or his emotions. Obviously not that he wants her to be in pain, but he’s willing to stick it out with her, just like he always has.

    • 141 VikingLover
      April 8, 2010 at 3:42 am

      [It sounds to me like Sookie is suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and severe depression. The last line about her offering his pain back was sort of the clencher. When you’re depressed, it’s hard to respond emotionally.]

      Well CH has said that Sookie is numb so you could be right. I’ll have to see if I can find that quote again and post it here. She said it in response to a question she received on her site. I can’t remember in what context it was asked though.

      • 142 Gigi
        April 8, 2010 at 5:59 am

        That “numbness” described by CH is what is actually known as Apathy, and though isn’t exclusive to depression, because it’s also associated to a lot of other patholgies, could be one of the symptoms to notice when when making a diagnose for a Major or Severe Depression (also is a consecuence of being victim or witness of extremely horrific acts as tortures or wars). In fact it was called “shell shock” after WWI, because soldiers who lived in the trenches amidst the bombing and machine gun fire, and who saw the battlefields strewn with dead and maimed comrades developed a sense of disconnected numbness and indifference to normal social interaction. It’s described as a state of indifference or insensibility, or the absence of interest or concern to emotional, physical and social life. It’s a complete lack of motivation, passion, excitement and concern as the result of the supression of emotions. It could become a very incapacitating condition by itself, and some individuals can’t overcome it without medication.

    • 143 kealeagh
      April 8, 2010 at 11:19 am

      I really like what you had said here. I can be angry at Sookie, but I really have to step back and look at it from a 3rd POV instead of inside Sookie’s head where, for the past 9 books she’s gotten over every thing that has happened to her. It’s caught up and now she has to TRULY heal unlike all the other times. You reminding me that she is suffering from a severe depression and the fact that Eric knows this, and didn’t tell Sookie as if he was expecting his ‘love’ to fix everything is a perfect example of their understanding, something that Sookie has never experienced with any other man — someone who GETS her, someone who CARES for her in this desperate time of need, not expecting anything in return, someone who CRIES with her when she is in pain and wants to SHARE the pain. To me, that is someone Sookie needs. She needs someone who understands and is willing to step back and wait for her to emotionally heal and yet, still be there whenever she needs him. And she does. She’s with him 3 or 4 times a week because she needs it. It’s not because she feels obliged, it’s not because she wants a ‘change of scenery’, it’s not because she loves Bill *eyeroll*, it’s because at the end of the day, after all the shit that’s gone down, after all her doubts and fears, and trust issues — deep down, Eric IS her anchor. He has always been there for her, even when he wasn’t so sure with himself and them as a couple, as he is now. He does love her and Sookie knows this, she believes it, she feels it. If they can survive this (apparently she gets better this book and they’re a couple, I assume, for the whole 10th one) then to me, it shows they can survive anything. Maybe they’ll not be together for the next 3 books, but maybe they can work it out. Even if they can’t (which at this point I can’t see how Eric WON’T be a part of Sookie’s life no matter what), even if she moves on (with Sam? *snort*), even if she never trusts again (I don’t think that’ll happen) — Eric will still be there, in any capacity she’ll allow for, or need for.

      I don’t know, I’m calming down after my initial response (BELOW). We’ll see how this turns out. If there’s one person that I DON’T trust – it’s not Eric, it’s not Sookie – it’s Charlaine. I hope I’m wrong about that.

    • 144 Sonia
      April 8, 2010 at 9:42 pm

      Sooooo well put!!! On all points!

  16. 145 legalease
    April 8, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Wow! I don’t know if I ever expected Eric to come off looking this well — I guess I’ve been watching too much TB! He’s still the only one of her suitors who has not betrayed her. I honestly don’t know how anyone could hold him accountable for what happened, although I’ve already seen some Bill fans doing exactly that. This is probably the most optimistic that I’ve ever been for the HEA, because if Sookie is at such a low point that she doesn’t even react to his declaration of love, it may very well take her three more books to trust him and truly believe he loves her. While I don’t like her reaction, I can understand it. It’s very human and I appreciate that CH doesn’t always feel the need to make her likeable. I also have faith in the other spoilers that she seems to be bouncing back by the end of the book and so her dark period won’t last. Oh, and as far as who the rat may be, could it be Alcide? I’m not sure how it would have happened, but CH did say that she thought less of him (paraphrasing) after this book. Thought it’s probably one of the vamps.

  17. 146 PrettyVikingChains
    April 8, 2010 at 2:29 am

    O.M.G.

    This was absolutely wonderful!!! I started to hyperventilate right after the very first sentence. I’m very optimistic about this book now! Even though it will take some getting used to dark-Sookie, I think good things are ahead!

  18. 147 Barbara
    April 8, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Well, we can’t “not like” the whole FDC/Victor explanation from just these few pages … a more detailed explanation will probably be given later on, so we will truly understand what went down and why.

    I can’t see Alcide as the rat either. He cared about Sookie and she is FotP. Clancy still looks for the rat. He may have just died early by accident … a fluke. He was supposed to hang around much longer. *shrugs* Don’t know – just guessing.

    Then again … I like the idea of “good vamp/bad vamp” with FDC and Victor. FDC figured that Thing One and Thing Two would tortured Sookie and wear her down … getting rid of her stubborn streak so she would be more easily controlled when FDC does successfully take her away from Eric. Again, just guessing.

    As for that Bill fan above. Ummmm, the true Sookie authority is the books … not True Blood. True Blood, for all intents and purposes, is just another fan fiction that got to be filmed. Charlaine Harris’ books are the true Sookie Stackhouse story. I think Stephen Moyer is doing a wonderful job portraying Bill … but the Bill in the TV show is not entirely the Bill in the books. We all know various mini stories/plots have been totally re-written in True Blood. I think “AhLurveBeehl” is either yanking our chain, or just totally has no clue about what is going on. Poor thing.

    • April 8, 2010 at 3:20 am

      Pretty sure that “AhLurveBeehl” was straight up sarcastic satire, to make fun of the outrageous claims that BLs make. Unfortunately, can’t say the same for “Eva”.

  19. 149 Kristin
    April 8, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Just a thought possibly worth exploring… is anyone else a little worried that Eric quotes Hamlet of all things?

    CH has admitted in the past–and I paraphrase, because I can’t remember exactly where and when–that every detail of her narrative is included deliberately. So here in the first chapter of DITF, which should set the tone for the entire novel, she not only chooses to have Eric quote a line from what may be Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy, but she draws attention to the quote with a typical Sookie Stackhouse aside/injection of comic relief (“somewhere along the line, my Viking honey had read Shakespeare”). CH is practically screaming at us to think tragedy of a Shakespearean scale.

    Also, in the interview recently posted on this blog from sookiestackhouse.com, CH threw the Shakespeare at us again in response to a question about what, if anything, she would like to communicate to her fans: “it has a very big ending–an almost Shakespearean ending.”

    Now if I remember correctly, pretty much everyone in Hamlet dies in the end. Oh, and most of them are related. Dead in the Family, anyone?

    • 150 Laura
      April 8, 2010 at 2:53 am

      Didn’t CH said she wasn’t going to kill Eric off?

      I could just be making that up, lol.

      • 151 Kristin
        April 8, 2010 at 2:58 am

        oh, i don’t mean to suggest that she’s going to off all the major players with another three books to go, but i am really curious to see how literal the Shakespearean parallels will be. i think you’re right about not killing Eric.

      • 152 dracodew17
        April 8, 2010 at 3:04 am

        I do believe she stated somewhere that Eric would survive throughout all the books. 🙂

    • 153 Gigi
      April 8, 2010 at 6:23 am

      Knowing by CH that Eric will survive the series, and reading that the shakesperian ending was foreshadowed in the Hamlet’s quote….

      I actually think CH is giving a foreshadow of a major betrayal within the “family” that would be able to leave Eric shocked in disbelief (as Hamlet with his uncle) and, as I said before, the establishment of a new order or goverment.

      😡

      • 154 Gigi
        April 8, 2010 at 6:27 am

        I forgot to add that a betrayal of a close relative it’s in itself a tragedy for any family.

        :X

      • 155 Gigi
        April 8, 2010 at 6:42 am

        …or the relative betrayal could happens in Sookie’s family. Could be Claude (I don’t think so), or who knows… maybe Jason being so mad with Niall’s preference for Sookie and after saying Dermot doesn’t seems to bad to him and warn him about Mel…

        Don’t forget Niall told Jason: “You are too much like Dermot.”

        • 156 Dwimordene
          April 8, 2010 at 1:45 pm

          I don’t think she refers to “the family” literally… I read some weeks ago Hamlet, which, by the way, is a very interesting and fun reading that I recomend.
          At the end everybody died. Only the friend of Hamlet survived because they needed someone who could explain that. So it won’t be literally… Or Sookie should suicide, and then everybody would want to avenge her (by different kind of whispers in everybody’s ears -from the rat/uncle- that make them all enemies when the reallity is that none of them is and the enemy is only one)… When everybody begins to die they will discover the real enemy, but is already too late.
          If she does this… The books must en in the 10th… It would be a nice end, lol…

          Sorry about the grammar… My English is too bad to try to explain that complexity, and I have yet to read it a second time and analyze it a bit… On vacation…

          • 157 Gigi
            April 8, 2010 at 4:55 pm

            hahahaa Don’t worry hon, I neither can’t explain near half the complexity of my toughts because I can’t translate them into coherent english LOL.

    • 158 MASpencer
      April 8, 2010 at 1:34 pm

      Oh, I thought of that. And sadly, it also makes a good case for PAM being the one to betray Eric.

      If it’s true, that will make me so sad. And yet, it would give Eric and Sookie one more thing in common, when in comes to having a hard time trusting those close to you.

      • 159 VikingLover
        April 8, 2010 at 4:32 pm

        NOOOOOOOO! If it’s Pam I would DIE!!!!! OMG, please let it be Bill! lol I’m thinking it’s the obvious answer though – Dermot. He found out a lot about Sookie through Amelia and Tray (not their fault) and he seemed to be sniffing out all types of information about her. He would be the only one to benefit from her death.

        I really don’t think it’s Pam because she knows Eric so well and knows the extent that he would have gone to save Sookie. He could have been killed and she loves him too much to let that happen.

        • 160 VampirePamsGirl
          April 8, 2010 at 11:41 pm

          Don’t worry VL, I’ll be dying with you if it’s Pam. I don’t think it is either though!

    • 161 Osterby
      April 11, 2010 at 11:00 pm

      Alas, not all Shakespearean plays are tragedies:

      Nevertheless, Cymbeline offers its share of delights. Imogen is a worthy creation, and she has been a favorite of male critics for centuries, who have often presented her as a kind of ideal woman. Iachimo, while hardly deep, is a fun villain to watch–clever, well spoken, and not truly evil enough to hate. And the play is entertaining, if nothing else: It is filled with plot (in fact, it is all plot), confused as this plot may be, and provides us with swordfights, disguises, poisons, and two eminently hissable villains in the Queen and Cloten. Indeed, the entire story contains many elements of the fairy tale–including the best element, the happy ending.

      The finest scene, in such a work, is inevitably the final scene, in which all the tangled strands of plot unravel in a brilliantly constructed series of revelations, and everyone receives their just reward. The villains die, Imogen and Posthumus are reunited, and King Cymbeline’s abducted sons are restored to him. Indeed, while the play invokes famous tragedies, these invocations heighten the relief at what doesn’t happen. The king errs in his marriage and his treatment of Rome, but his kingdom survives; Imogen and Posthumus both mistakenly believe the other to be dead, but they do not kill themselves out of deluded grief; Cymbeline loses his sons but gets them back; the Romans are defeated but their lives are spared. Tragedy looms but never strikes, and, instead, as Cymbeline declares, “Pardon’s the word to all” (V.v.422).

      Seems to be a good fit with the reviews and/or reviewers saying we will be happy with the outcome of this book, does it not?

  20. 162 willa
    April 8, 2010 at 3:02 am

    Having just picked myself up from the floor and put away the smelling salts, I am so pleased have read this today! Thanks SVB for the tantalizing morsel of DITF, cannot wait for the book!!! 🙂

    I seriouly pissed myself laughing at the hollow and outrageous protests from the BLs out there! I suppose there was always going to be such a strong defensive reaction when the viking vampire made his feelings known.

    About the rat at Fangtasia, I agree with previous posts about Clancy being a major suspect given his past behaviour and statements. Then again, if Eric is incapacitated and the Nevada vamps know about Bill’s feelings for Sookie and thus being a natural rival for her affections, perhaps he could have also been complicit in Eric’s detainment – which would serve to make him look all the more the hero and deserving of her gratitude??? Just saying.

  21. 163 VikingLover
    April 8, 2010 at 3:11 am

    Girls, I just finished reading the chapter and all I can say is WOW. I saw this post right after I got out of class and ran to B&N to buy DAG again just so that I could read this chapter. I am BLOWN AWAY. My mind is reeling with emotions! I am crying like a baby right now by the way. lol I just want to thank Suzanna for her post above because I was also quite disappointed with Sookie in this chapter but she (Suzanna )kind of put it into a better perspective for me. I really do hope that her arc is how to be emotional again, how to reconnect with herself, and how to trust because honestly, I need more growth from Sookie now. I hope we get that by the end of this book. I was not happy with the fact that she completely disregarded his declaration of love for her and when she offered his pain back to him. I too thought that was extremely cold and honestly, it worried me that she does not love him. He has put himself in extreme amounts of danger (again) for her by what he did. Eric has a target on his back – for her. I feel that had she put the finger to her own lips instead, it would have said they were going to share her pain, and what the future holds now for Eric, together – as partners. But she offers his back to him? I’m not happy with this.

    I was also not very happy with this line (about the marriage): “Even if I sometimes tried to forget it myself…”. She’s still thinking about the marriage like this, even after what Eric just told her?

    I understand that Sookie has gone through a lot – a terrible ordeal – and that she has trouble trusting anyone. However, while she can’t read Eric’s mind, she can READ HIS EMOTIONS. She knows without a shadow of a doubt that Eric loves her because she can FEEL it and FEEL that he’s telling her the truth. My only consolation is that she finally says she gives in with her heart and her mind. By the way, I firmly believe now that was the whole point of the stupid blood bond – so that we would all know without a shadow of a doubt that Eric loves. Since he has such a reputation of being a ruthless/devious vampire – especially among the BL’s. lol They cannot deny that he loves her now! 🙂

    I don’t know. Am I being too hard on Sookie?

    • 164 PrettyVikingChains
      April 8, 2010 at 3:38 am

      Maybe a little, but I agree with pretty much all of it, lol. I wasn’t surprised that she didn’t suddenly leap for joy when he said the L word. Looking at it in a positive way, maybe it wasn’t such a shock to her because she already knew it. She could feel his feelings through the bond, seen the proof for it time & time again, & even if she hadn’t fully admitted it to herself yet, she already knew he loved her. On the other hand, she’s probably just not in the place to rejoice about it yet. She hasn’t had the best track record with love (romantic or otherwise). Plus she probably hasn’t thought as long & hard as we have about how big of a deal it is to hear Eric say that 😉 I’m hoping that after this conversation, that she’ll (probably slowly) start being real with him. She said that she had been trying to act like her old self around him, but now that she’s seen his honesty, maybe she’ll start letting down her guard.

      It is ridiculous how happy these few pages have made me, lol. Even though things are rough, I love that they are still *together*. She still wants to be with him (at his house?!?) & finds comfort in him.

      I keep picturing the TB dream after Godric dies & she comforts him in his hotel room. *faints*

      • 165 VikingLover
        April 8, 2010 at 4:00 am

        [It is ridiculous how happy these few pages have made me, lol. Even though things are rough, I love that they are still *together*. She still wants to be with him (at his house?!?) & finds comfort in him.]

        YES! I love this part too!!! But Sookie really aggravated me in that first chapter. The man can be KILLED for what he did – shoot, he’s lucky that he AND Pam both weren’t killed for what they did. He has certainly now made an enemy of Victor.

        On a side note, I read the paragraph where he told her he hurt with her and bled with her, like 5 times and I cried harder each time. LOL

        By the way, has CH ever done this with the books before – release a chapter for the next book in a previous book? If not, my first thought was that it was a big FU to AB for spilling the beans about her wanting to kill Bill. lol

        • 166 Jo
          April 8, 2010 at 4:04 am

          [Was a big FU to AB]
          VL, I totally agree with you!

        • 167 PrettyVikingChains
          April 8, 2010 at 4:16 am

          I agree, he should get major credit for what he did, & what he went through too. He definitely deserves better than what he got in this chapter, but I don’t know how much we can expect out of Sookie this early in the book. I think/hope that she’ll come around & be appropriately appreciative, but I think that she’s just so geared to be a skeptic right now. It seemed to me that she was just completely shut down in this chapter. Normally she would at least think, “Now there’s something to think about later.” But there was none of that here, not much commentary at all. But I think she’s already made a small amount of progress. She believes him & recognized how big a deal it was that he gave her his blood when he was already weak. If she’s already getting better in Ch. 1, I think we’ll be happy with where she ends up.

          Yes, that part was wonderful…HE’S wonderful. I think our Viking needs a hug!

          And yes, she has released the preview chapters before. Idk if she’s done it for all of them, but I know she has for most of them, I want to say my paperback of CD has at least part of the 1st chapter of DTTW in it. I like your thinking though 😉

          • 168 VikingLover
            April 8, 2010 at 4:29 am

            That’s a great way to look at it PVC. I guess it was a good start and I’m soooo happy she didn’t do that stupid “I’ll think about it later crap”. If she had, I would have thrown the book out of the window! Okay, I shall be patient until the end but if I don’t see some progression at the end of this book, you guys are going to have to talk me off of the ledge. 🙂

            • 169 PrettyVikingChains
              April 8, 2010 at 1:23 pm

              Hopefully we won’t have to, but I bet we’ll all be on that same ledge together if it doesn’t go well 😦

          • 170 Ashley
            April 8, 2010 at 5:11 am

            You know what pisses me off is that her mistrust of Eric is partially because of what happened with Bill…even after their broken up she’s still experiencing the fallout. Bill and the fairy torture have totally messed her up with her trust and being able to let go.

            • 171 VampirePamsGirl
              April 8, 2010 at 3:30 pm

              It upsets me too that Eric is paying for Bill’s fuckery in a way. But at the same time, we are kinda defined by our pasts. We all tend to let the past (and especially past relationships) affect the future, which can be a good thing at times. The things that happen to us in our lives make us who we are and the people that love us just have to accept the good with the bad. Sook’s definitely got bad issues to deal with, but I think she’s got the right vamp for the job! 🙂

              • 172 KittyKat
                April 8, 2010 at 3:37 pm

                That is, if he didn’t fuck up in yet other ways.

                Why would Eric say he’d left Bill rot if Sookie was broken beyond repair, did Bill accidentally spill the beans to someone he shouldn’t have and then gone “oh shit!”. Honestly don’t believe that if he did, that it was on purpose.

                • 173 VikingLover
                  April 8, 2010 at 4:37 pm

                  This was my thought too about that line (I would have let him rot) but I think that if Bill did betray Sookie, and Eric had known at that time, Bill would not be alive at the beginning of this book.

      • 174 Dee
        April 8, 2010 at 5:10 am

        You do make an excellent point and think you are right. She also did just find out a lot of information and probably just trying to process it all. Obviously she is still traumatized by the whole ordeal and mentally is just not in the right place. I do believe that we will see her tell him that she loves him.

    • 176 Maria
      April 8, 2010 at 4:07 am

      I think Sookie’s traumatized. She went through a huge ordeal in the last book, plus she was betrayed by Bill and then Quinn. She’s always bounced back from all the bad things that have happened to her, but I think CH said this experience would definitely change her. I think we all want to slap her for being so dense sometimes. But there’s three more books to go after this one, and CH needs to draw out the E/S drama until they end up together at the end. 🙂

      • 177 nskars
        April 8, 2010 at 12:12 pm

        Sigh. I understand that CH has to draw out drama and I understand that Sookie has been through a shitload. But Eric never cops a break, y’know?

        I’ve said it over and over – Sookie has moved on from Bill’s, Quinn’s and even Alcide’s scattered betrayal/general fuckery and yet she is tougher on Eric than anyone. It just rubs me the wrong way. And until she views Eric with a crystal clear mind full of love and happiness and the realization of how good she’s got it, I will not rest.

    • 178 MASpencer
      April 8, 2010 at 1:38 pm

      Girl’s got abandonment issues. I can’t totally blame her, frustrating as it is for an outside observer…

    • 179 VampirePamsGirl
      April 8, 2010 at 3:26 pm

      “They cannot deny that he loves her now!”

      So put that in your pipe and smoke it BBs!!!! Hahahaha.

      I should got to bed; I’m getting vengeful, lol.

  22. 180 kealeagh
    April 8, 2010 at 3:26 am

    I don’t even know. This is the first time I’m considering reaching into the book and strangling Sookie, killing her and doing Felipe De Castro a favour. FUCK. I can’t even…….I am so……UGH. I’m expecting Sookie to grow up this book. Because this first chapter doesn’t show it.

    • April 8, 2010 at 3:33 am

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  23. April 8, 2010 at 3:49 am

    I want to say one thing in Sookie’s defense. It’s been years for us (reading the books) but not nearly so long for Sookie. Like maybe a year since DTTW? I’m just saying…

    • 188 Gigi
      April 8, 2010 at 3:23 pm

      You are completely right and I agree with you. The times inside the story doesn’t reflects the real time, so we can’t expect her to “heal” her emotions (without help and all by herself) in such a short period of time.

  24. 189 A. Wallace
    April 8, 2010 at 4:56 am

    I got the book yesterday and didnt even look:( So when i saw your post on facebook i got my book out right away and began reading…..all i have to say is wow the Viking God cries and tells my girl Sookie he’s got mad for love for her! Cant wait for book 10!!!

  25. 190 Pat
    April 8, 2010 at 4:59 am

    I have just LOVED this chapter, it’s like an answer to everything I’ve always believed Eric really is and feels for Sookie 🙂
    But, at the same time, it scared me to death 😦 This coming book seems to be one where Eric and Sookie really get together and admit what they feel for one another. BUT there are at least 3 more books to go so I am really afraid that CH won’t keep them together for all of those books as the romantic life of Sookie is such a griping part of the books and let’s be honest, even if I personally could read 100 more books with Eric and Sookie happy and together, CH might think she needs to keep readers hooked by keeping Sookie’s romantic options a bit more open than that… am I being too negative??? I guess it might mean that in the next 3 books they will face problems that might even make them break up temporarily, BUT then, in the last book, they overcome those obstacles and get their HEA. I could live with that! I can endure anything IF in the end Eric and Sookie are together. But what if the worst case scenario happens and CH breaks up their relationship, for whatever reason, in the next few books, and uses that to make Sookie see Eric is not her HEA and in the end she gets together with someone like Sam (I have the sneaky suspicion it mind be Alcides, he just seems to linger and never really go away or get settled with someone else)???!!! It would just kill me… IT HAS TO BE ERIC!!! Does anyone else think that this chapter is just too perfect and just what we have been wishing for since book 1 but that it happens too soon considering the amount of books still to come?

    • 191 Ashley
      April 8, 2010 at 5:15 am

      I think she’ll be with ERic in the end. I really do. Even if they break up, i think they’ll ultimately be together. I dont think the chapter seems too perfect. Sookie still has major issures to work through, so I think that that will have to be something her and Eric work through.

      • 192 Pat
        April 8, 2010 at 6:02 am

        I agree that Sookie still has issues to work through, I guess when I said the chapter was perfect I was thinking of the perfect Eric we get to see 🙂 But the question is, can those issues and all the doubts Sookie has about what she feels for Eric be draged for 3 more books?

  26. 193 ILuvEric
    April 8, 2010 at 5:00 am

    Wow…cant wait

  27. 194 Dee
    April 8, 2010 at 5:01 am

    WOW it’s even better than I thought it would be. Eric truly puts all his emotions out there and there’s no more denying his love for her. It’s actually very touching and like everyone else i get annoyed at Sookie and worry more about Eric now. In the books, i don’t think Eric has ever been in love, even when he was human he basically had to marry his bro’s wife when his bro died. He finally falls in love with some after 1000 years and I think he deserves a better reaction lol. But I think he also understands Sookie by now and knows how she has to question things. Hmmmm so much I wanna say but kind of like too many thoughts at once haha.

    The BL posts were hysterical. As soon as I finished reading it, I thought wow cant wait to hear what BL’s will have to say hahaha. Obviously we looked beyond first impressions and looked beyond the texts on the page and saw in which direction CH was going. We realized that Eric was not just using her, it wasnt that he put himself first, he always put the two of them first. Was that person serious that she excuses eric’s excuse but not Bill’s? You can’t even compare the two, Eric was chained up with silver, he physically couldn’t go to her and they did that bc they knew otherwise there would be no stopping Eric. Bill went to Lorena on his own haha this should’ve even be brought up. The 2nd BL post sounds like a child

    • 195 Ashley
      April 8, 2010 at 5:20 am

      I wont read the BL posts on other sites because they’ll just drive me insane. I knew Eric wasnt just using her. That was just what they wanted to believe because they prefer Bill.I am happy about this but Sookie also pisses me off. But i do get she has trust issues, which are in part Bills fault, and Quinns possibly, because they both up and left her. They only two boyfriends she had before Eric left her, and one for another woman. So she’s trying to protect her heart, along withe the PTSD from the fairys. But i think once she gets through it she’ll finally realize what she has. Eric loves her and he won’t leave her.

      • 196 Dee
        April 8, 2010 at 5:26 am

        I cant read BL posts either, I stay away from sites where I know there are a lot of BL’s. I understand BL’s who only watch the show but if you read the book then I don’t get it. He wasn’t even that great of a boyfriend in the books. Sookie moved on and so should they, they haven’t been together since the 2nd book and now we’re up to the 10th.

        I guess I should understand her, I have a hard time talking about my feelings and after all she has gone through well its going to be even harder for her now.

        • 197 Ashley
          April 12, 2010 at 5:27 am

          I dont even get the extremely hardcore BLs that just watch the show….Bill and Sookie is sooo boring on the show at this point…i liked Bill in Season 1 too, but Season 2 changed everything. I say Bill’s over whether you’v read the books or not.

  28. 198 vampirenerd
    April 8, 2010 at 6:43 am

    i have to say, after re-reading Dead and Gone and now seeing this new excerpt, i am excited but also full of trepidation. since there seems to be a lot of foreshadowing pointing towards her gravitating back to Bill. her seeing him as “her protector” when he was watching her in the woods, for example. and the beating he took to save her, idk, it feels like saint bill is being turned into martyr bill, and maybe for whatever reason something will happen that brings them back together. i mean, i’m a total eric fan so i hope not but i just have a bad feeling about all of this. i am hoping that, even with the blood bond broken by the witches, sookie still cares as much for eric as she did with the bond. i keep thinking back to that “Dracula Night” short story and they way they both behaved towards one another, and that was before they were blood bonded…. so yeah, fingers crossed.
    also, the preorder price for the new book is only $12 on amazon.com, so i guess i’ll be seeing my copy sometime from May 7th to 11th, hehe.

  29. 199 Phoenix
    April 8, 2010 at 6:56 am

    I was blown away by this chapter, completely blown away. I was on the Sookie tangler forum last night and someone posted some info on this scene. I was so excited, still am! The next morning (wedsday) I went to my one class, then hightailed it to the store to buy it myself.

    This is nearly exactly how I pictured how they’d be while she was healing. I had little visions in my head of Eric comforting Sookie while she cried. I even wondered if the small tear he shed in DAG was a precursor to a bigger emotional scene to come. But I didn’t expect that it would happen like this! Them crying in bed together while he tells her why he couldn’t save her. Wow…it was really intense.

    Sookie was so frosty, but I completely understand why. The girl has been through a lot in so little time. Her coldness I take as a good sign, this means (to me) that she starts this book in a very dark place and hopefully as it goes on she will get progressively better. If it started out to perfect I’d be worried that something bad would happen between Eric and Sookie, because thats usually how books work.

    But this scene was straight out of my dreams! Minus Sookie’s frostiness.

  30. 200 Dee
    April 8, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Now I am wondering who the rat might be. Lena, made a great point about it being a character we don’t automatically think of. I thought of Quinn’s sister and Sandra Pelt but then again not sure if they would know ahead of time about the fae’s taking Sookie. Sorry I cant remember who said this but somebody mentioned how “Hamlet” was mentioned and maybe it hints at someone in Eric or Sookie’s family betraying them. I remembered Claude’s part in the first chapter of DITF, and found it odd. He didn’t seem angry with Sookie, and with his personality seems like he would be and even Sookie expected it. He didn’t seem to care for humans all that much and maybe he was sucked into it by Breandan. He probably didn’t get upset with Sookie because maybe he blames himself now. If it all went as planned Sookie would’ve died and Claudine would not have gone to visit her. Not sure how likely it is that Claude would be the rat but it’s definitely possible.

    It’s also possible that Victor himself was in contact with Breandan and that’s how he knew to be there and stop Eric from saving Sookie. Even FDC is likely to be a rat and maybe he and Victor planned it out that way. They didn’t expect for Pam to call FDC and tell Victor that they owe it to her and to let Eric go. Maybe it’s also the reason why Victor was not punished.

    Then again it might not be any of them and I can be completely wrong.

  31. April 8, 2010 at 9:08 am

    I needed this. Sadly it is like crack to me..I am so impatient and another month seems like an eternity. I have great hopes for this book. The woman who had gotten the ARC & does the podcast said all of us Eric fans were going to be very happy with this book. I’m glad we got this sneek peek!! I know Sook does some stupid shit, and it is very easy for us to criticize everything she does/doesn’t do/say (because it’s messing with our beloved Viking) but she has also been in such a horrible situation that we cannot even imagine. I can see how she is still traumatized & reminded of Bill’s betrayal. Trust is a hard thing to give & even harder after it has been shattered. It’s been a rough couple years for her. But I have the utmost faith that she will come around & finally open up to Eric.

    SVB..from what we’ve seen so far, we don’t really have any confirmation that she is at Eric’s house do we? We are all assuming that she will end up spending time there..but my interpretation of this was that she wakes up with the night terrors 3-4 nights a week..not spends the night with Eric 3-4 nights a week. Although the potential is there for both 🙂

    AhLurveBill was hysterical..It was satire of all the ridiculous spewings/justifications of the BLs. (I snorted about Eric not having sex with her right after her Gma died)
    EezyPeezy Bill’s the Sheezy!!!

    • 204 KittyKat
      April 8, 2010 at 10:02 am

      It’s mentioned on page 304 of the scan that she felt like dressing and driving back to Bon Temps as soon as she had the energy. Not said explicitly but it’s pretty much assumed that she was at his place.

    • April 8, 2010 at 11:06 am

      I know VWL – I posted this up in a massive hurry after only skimming once…after a slower re read the “3 or 4 times a week” clearly relates to how often she’s waking up. Have edited the main post.

  32. 206 KittyKat
    April 8, 2010 at 9:59 am

    It was nice reading the reason why Eric wasn’t there, but somehow I knew it, form the time Niall showed up with Bill to kill the fairies. Niall had contact with Eric, not Bill, for Niall to be there, Eric would have had to have pointed him in that direction.

    And wow at the “love” part. Again, no surprise, we all knew it, since the end of book 7 that Eric loves Sookie. But it was still nice to see it spelled out unequivocally. But I am afraid, it came about WAY too early in the book. Not that I fear that he’ll stop loving her, but I fear the massive ordeal both of them will be put through.

    All I can say about BL’s: talk about a crazy bunch! So basically, when they don’t like to see it spelled out, they resort to saying that AB will get it right? How do they even know that? AB hasn’t shown them what he will really do. Where do they usually hang out? I’m feeling like a troll myself and would very much like to have a good laugh. I assume CH’s site is a good place to start (but no way in hell I’m posting there, those mods are horribly biased).

    [AND SO WHAT IF HE “RAPED” HER?!?? He was tortured, and crazy, and starving!!]

    Just….wow… [SO WHAT]???? Classic abuse victims, is that how their lives are like? I feel sorry for them. The “it happened because the abuser said ‘I had it coming'” mentality. There are a lot of studies about this but I guess it would be too much for them to read them up.

    • 207 Ashley
      April 12, 2010 at 5:33 am

      I dont get the BLs either…they think that because Bill and Sookie are together for two seasons that they will be together, and because AB had Bill run out into the sun…so what!…that means nothing, and they automatically assume he’s going to do what they want. Its so naive, its laughable. I mean they broke up in book 3 and havent been together since, but automatically on the show they assume they are bascially going to stay together with a few bumps…i mean cmon this isnt Twilight.

      • April 12, 2010 at 5:39 am

        Alot of people confuse this series with Twilight.

        If I hear one more person argue that Sookie has to be turned for her to have a vampire HEA, I think I will hit something.

        I completely blame fucking Twilight for this.

        • 209 Ashley
          April 13, 2010 at 4:25 am

          Yeah im over this whole Twilight thing. I just watched New Moon the other day and i cant stand Edward. This whole message of “im going to kill myself if you die” is just really unhealthy. And Bella is 17, i mean their relationship is strange if you ask me. They take the tormented vampire thing too far. I mean it would bother me if my boyfriend said “you’re my only reason to live” but most people seem to think this is romatic. I think it sound suicidal, but maybe that’s just me.

  33. 210 KittyKat
    April 8, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Hmmm….. are Eric’s tears the cool TB nod? Just wondering.

    • 211 VampirePamsGirl
      April 8, 2010 at 2:41 pm

      I was wondering that myself. Isn’t this the first time in the books that a vampire has cried? I can’t remember ever having another vamp in the books cry before, but it’s been a while since I read through all of them, though I am starting them again to prepare myself for May 4th, just having a hard time plowing through DUD right now, lol.

      Oh well, if it is, that’s awesome. CH knows what the goods are on TB too, lol! 😀 After all, who didn’t love that one shot where Eric turns to the door and a single bloody tear rolls down his cheek? (The time in Dallas when they were looking for Godric, right after he got rough with Stan)

      • 212 Holby
        April 8, 2010 at 5:25 pm

        I believe Hadley cried in the ectoplasmic reconstruction, but I may be wrong.

        • 213 MASpencer
          April 8, 2010 at 6:24 pm

          Yup. Eric cried a single tear at Clancy’s death, too.

          But this would be the first time we’ve seen a vampire break down like little bitch. LOL. (I kid, I kid…)

          Alexander Skarsgard’s stunning and moving perfomance last season (oh, did he cry!) certainly may have helped to inspire this scene. But I prefer to think that Charlaine Harris had it in her mind to go in this direction all along.

    • 215 Phoenix
      April 12, 2010 at 6:21 am

      Good thought, but I think CH was nearly finished writing DAG when “I Will Rise Up” aired. So she wouldn’t have seen Eric crying yet.

  34. 216 Jo
    April 8, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Can we be happy and positive thinking please? I mean very big things happened and I’m sure it will be even better, I know I have problems, but I’m pretty confident now, despite all the comments by CH, she loves Eric as much as we love.
    Sookie went through a lot, if I for example would have been traumatized since DUD with the graveyard scene or LDID with almost rape in Fots

  35. 217 Dwimordene
    April 8, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I understand her behaviour, I do… That way she protects herself. But I still find it really selfish… He is hurting a lot, because she hurts, and she doesn’t want to share, just him to protect her. I suppose is on her personality, she has been always quite selfish, so altogether with the apathy that she uses against all her terrible experiences, now she is using this too. I understand, because I experience apathy a lot, and you just don’t trust anybody… But still you care not to hurt your love ones, even if you get more hurt… Because it hurts when the people you care are hurting. And yet, she is hurting Eric.

    Wow… I’ve use that word enough for the rest of my life. lol

    I got a bit scared that maybe Sookie doesn’t love Eric, because it would be a blow to him. But then I thought that he knows the deepest feelings in her heart. She is young and not used to bonds, knowing people and reading emotions… But Eric is. He wouldn’t be in love with her as he says if she wasn’t, because being in love is a matter of two. At least that’s the way I understood his line.

    Btw. I don’t like that she is thinking about Bill all time. I hope she learns something terrible about him before the books end and go through that page. She hasn’t seen yet that he destroied her.

    PS. Now Eric spends his waking hours laying on the bed by her side?

    • 218 VikingLover
      April 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm

      [I got a bit scared that maybe Sookie doesn’t love Eric, because it would be a blow to him. But then I thought that he knows the deepest feelings in her heart. She is young and not used to bonds, knowing people and reading emotions… But Eric is. He wouldn’t be in love with her as he says if she wasn’t, because being in love is a matter of two. At least that’s the way I understood his line.]

      ^^This made me feel better. I was worried about the same thing but you’re right. He would definitely know what she is truly feeling. The fact is that Eric has known she loves him for quite some time (now that I think about it) but he knows she’s not ready to face it.

    • April 8, 2010 at 8:51 pm

      She admits to Amelia and herself that she does love Eric (in DITF’s first chapter on CH’s website)

  36. 221 VampirePamsGirl
    April 8, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    “Can we be happy and positive thinking please?”

    Definitely Jo! I know it’s easy to worry for the future and to get upset with Sookie not giving our Viking exactly what we want her to, but come on… this is exactly some of the stuff that we’ve been BEGGING for for months. And we got it! We got it! We got it!

    We got the “L” word from Eric! We basically got proof (PROOF!!!!) that amnesiac Eric wasn’t a fluke, but was just a part of Eric that he keeps hidden from everyone else, because like someone above mentioned, this snippet very much brought AE to mind for me. We got Sookie staying at Eric’s house (okay, that’s not totally proven but I pretty much feel like that’s where she’s at)! We got Eric giving her the heartfelt explanation of where he was at during her torture and BONUS we even get him fucking crying over her pain!

    For one, my mind is blown by the bounty of gifts that CH has bestowed upon us! 😀

    It’s enough that even though I should be asleep right now after working all night and having to get up in less than 5 hours now for a meeting, I’m still sitting here bouncing in my chair and typing away! I am tempted to go buy that book this weekend (even though I already have one copy of D&G) just to have that chapter in my hands, lol.

    So re-reading it again, and I gotta say too, that even though Sookie’s not as excited over his declaration as all of us (and you know she gotta be some kinda crazy right now to not getting exciting over that!) there’s still plenty about her in this chapter that makes me happy.

    “he was my anchor” — yeah, she uses it in a metaphorical way, but she knows as well as all of us that Eric is her anchor! Somebody already said this btw, but I just have to reiterate.

    “Don’t” I begged him. I had been trying so hard to act like my old self when I was with him” —She realizes that her pain causes him pain (and not just cause of the BB!) and she doesn’t want to cause him pain. Even with all of her shit, she’s been trying to be strong not just for herself, but also for him.

    “I was listening to more than his voice” She’s learning to use the bond to decipher his feelings….I took it also to mean that she’s really listening to him…all good stuff imo

    “my Viking honey” Okay, pesronally I just love that. I may start using that one myself, lol.

    She rolls over to face him, which I don’t think she would have done if she didn’t believe him. And even though she then goes on about trust, I think it’s there, she’s just scared and she’s got a right to be honestly. Blind trust and not looking at things objectively has got her burned in the past. Like once she realized she loved Bill, she let that love overwhlem her and she trusted him implicitly because she loved him. She’s just came to the realization that she loves Eric, so even though it seems like she should damn well know he’s trustworthy, she’s actually IMO doing a good thing by being cautious. It sucks, but our Viking honey will just keep proving to her that he is more than worthy of her trust and love and she’ll come to see that. 😀

    She did feel better after his explanation, but not as much as she expected, which is fine because she’ll get there.

    And she understands where he’s coming from now and even understands at least some of the sacrifice he made for her. “And I realized he’d given me a lot of blood when he himself was healing from the silver chains.” — This could also be where Pam’s comment (about Eric living on in Sookie) may have come from. Do you think that Pam may have thought that Eric might have given too much of himself and was worried about Eric’s health? That was just a thought I had while analyzing this part.

    “I believed him in my heart.” Nuff said.

    And that last part where she offers his pain back to him. The wording does kinda suck, but given what she said in the paragraph just before that, I kinda read into it as that being her accepting his apology, telling him that she didn’t need him to hurt because she knew the truth of him, but even though she understands him, she can’t get rid of her own pain because it goes deeper than him not being able to be there. That probably doesn’t make much sense, but I’m not sure how to explain it better than that, lol.

    • 222 MASpencer
      April 8, 2010 at 3:35 pm

      I thought there was something strangely tender about her wiping his tears with her fingers. Sure, the wording had a kind of an “I’ve got my own problems to worry about” vibe, but I think the larger implication is that she CAN tell the difference between his pain and her own, and while it’s naturally shared between them, she CAN make the deliberate choice whether or not to feel Eric’s emotions as her own. She was not only acknowledging his pain, but also acknowledging it as his, and his alone. Just as, while Eric knew the extent of HER pain, he was not actually there in her position… so can never TRULY understand it.

      In the context of the blood bond– and the multitude of protests that in somehow impinges on her free will– that’s a very meaningful revelation. Both Eric and Sookie are still subject to the inherent isolation that accompanies ANY traumatic event, no matter how many people are there to love and support you.

    • 223 Dee
      April 8, 2010 at 3:47 pm

      VPG-I understand the whole part about this going deeper than him not being able to be there. She says she felt better but not as good as she hoped or something like that. Her suffering right now doesn’t come from the fact that Eric was not there, maybe a part of her but this goes much deeper than that and that fact alone will not take away everything she has recently been through. Also, she already is depressed enough as it is and is having a hard time dealing with her own pain that taking on someone’s pain on top of that is something she can’t handle right now.

    • 224 KC
      April 8, 2010 at 10:53 pm

      It’s like Ms. Harris is checking off a list of the Billusional’s arguments against Eric. Today, I’m a happy woman.

      • April 9, 2010 at 12:06 am

        You know, that has totally been my thinking as well. It’s like she’s setting her chess pieces in place now.
        And I am also a very happy woman 🙂

      • 226 MASpencer
        April 9, 2010 at 10:40 am

        Oh, they’re just coming up with new ones! I was on CH’s site yesterday, and there were most definitely dreamkillers afoot! I always go out of my way to play devil’s advocate and try to look at things objectively– hard as it is, as I have been unapologetically rooting for Eric since the end of the first book– but the snarky sour grapes going around there are pretty unbelievable.

        It’s tough to bite your tongue and be a grown-up about it… but I’ve always been nice on the playground. And at the end of the day, it’s just a book, about a fictional world, with fictional characters. Still, the level of sarcasm at the release of this extended chapter– coming from moderators, no less– is seriously off-putting.

        • April 9, 2010 at 12:29 pm

          I’ve just been over there tonight MA and saw your posts. And the moderator posts you speak of. Good grief, I cannot believe she is allowed to get away with that. I was gobsmacked.

          There are some very unhappy campers, to be sure. I say they can suck it. Seriously I am beyond being gracious. Too long spent on forums like that one trying to argue what seemed so glaringly obvious to me and being told I was the one who is delusional.

          • 228 VikingLover
            April 9, 2010 at 1:12 pm

            I really hope CH closes the book on Sookie and Bill in this book. The podcast woman said that CH ties up a lot of things in this book and I hope Bill is one of them.

            • 229 MASpencer
              April 9, 2010 at 1:43 pm

              SERIOUSLY. I am perfectly happy to debate the superiority of Sam, or even Quinn, over Eric as a suitor. In fact, my strongest arguments AGAINST either of the former two are admittedly superficial– Sam’s in the “friend zone” and Quinn just grosses me out. So sure… let’s discuss. Even if I have a soft spot for Eric, I’m totally willing to concede practicality points.

              But when it comes down to arguing over which is the more desirable VAMPIRE? Look, it’s fine if someone wants to defend Bill or cut him a little slack. I’m all for not mercilessly crucifying a character who clearly had his good moments. And if you want to dismiss BOTH vampires as horrible romantic choices, so much the better. I can see your point… I can.

              However, suggesting that Bill is not only PREFERABLE to Eric, but also THE BEST choice of them all? I just don’t get it. At all. Then again, I’m sure they’re saying the same thing about us, for reasons I will never understand.

    • 233 VikingLover
      April 8, 2010 at 11:13 pm

      Beautiful post VPG! I loved everything you wrote! And you and Jo are right!

  37. 235 vampirenerd
    April 8, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    question : and my apologies on if this has been discussed to death already, but Niall’s line at the end of Dead and Gone about the vampire not being a bad man, and loving Sookie… that couldn’t possibly be Bill, right? aside from the rescue attempt, they hadn’t met at all, had they? i had always interpreted that line to be about eric, but i guess i don’t trust CH all the way on that one!

    • 236 MASpencer
      April 8, 2010 at 6:29 pm

      CH said that she feels she made the answer obvious, and probably won’t be illuminating us further. Judging from what we know (that Niall often referred to Eric as “the vampire” and that, at that time, Sookie was wholly uncertain as to Eric’s feelings for her, while Bill constantly professed his love) I’m going to say that Eric was obviously the subject of Niall’s comment.

      Plenty of Bill fans would sharply disagree with that, though. As is their right.

  38. 239 ericrocks
    April 8, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    The above is not all SM. The Viking is first!I don’t know why it says that.

  39. 241 Sibyl_Vane
    April 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Wasn’t one of the spoilers in this book about Pam going on a killing spree? Any chance she high tails it over to NO to take out Victor and his lackeys? It doesn’t specify that she kills humans does it? I think there is going to be a coup of some kind. The only other worrying thing about there being a betrayer in Fangtasia is that whoever it is might have/will be the one to also call in Eric’s maker…
    Just sayin’

    • 242 Gigi
      April 8, 2010 at 7:11 pm

      [It doesn’t specify that she kills humans does it?] Nope, it wasn’t that specific.

      [The only other worrying thing about there being a betrayer in Fangtasia is that whoever it is might have/will be the one to also call in Eric’s maker…
      Just sayin’]

      Excellent point. 😉

  40. 243 Holby
    April 8, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    I just wanna say how much I LOOOOOOVE Pam!!! I hope she gets to be more developed on TB as she is in the books, because she is my favorite book character after Eric! But I do so love her outfits in these pictures!!

    • 244 MASpencer
      April 8, 2010 at 7:34 pm

      Yeah, Pam looks hot in these screencaps. Love her.

    • 245 Dwimordene
      April 8, 2010 at 7:50 pm

      I love Pam too. She was becoming a regular, wasn’t she? So we will be getting more and more of her… And physically I think I prefer this mature one than bookie, I could never see but TB Pam when I read the books, it fits better her personality XD
      She is beautiful, but the black dress is horrible.

      • 246 PrettyVikingChains
        April 8, 2010 at 7:59 pm

        I don’t think TB is necessarily that different from book-Pam. Whenever she’s working at Fangtasia she’s in the flashy outfits, but when she’s “off duty” she dresses much more normally. For example, S2E1 (when she’s fixing Eric’s hair), she’s wearing a sweater & khakis, much more like the soccer-mom type look from the books. (I know Amelia was the one described as looking like a soccer mom, but I couldn’t remember exactly how she describes Pam, but I think it’s more or less the same idea.)

  41. 248 VikingLover
    April 8, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Great pics!!! It’s nice to see Pam in these! Of course my favorite was Eric in his car. Good Lord I love that man!

  42. April 8, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    So I re-read the earlier release of the DITF first chapter. When Sookie is talking to Amelia she says “overwhelming or not I love him” She thinks to herself “there I said it, and how she’d never said it out loud before. I guess at least she can admit it to herself.

  43. 250 ericrocks
    April 8, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    SVB/Aaine,

    My posts with the Askars pictures say “Your comment is awaiting moderation” under them. Did I do wrong? Would you prefer that I don’t post pics? Just let me know and I won’t do that anymore. I don’t want to offend anyone, just trying to spread a litte joy. You know I love your blog. Just let me know.

  44. 252 Tracey
    April 9, 2010 at 4:20 am

    that was crazy. i think sookie is right to be skeptical. she finally learned her lesson and shes growin up. i hope she kills Victor and Felipe!

  45. 253 Liz
    April 9, 2010 at 5:07 am

    i dont know if anyone is still reading this, as im coming in late, but could the rat be Bubba? He is dim witted enough to not know, not to say something, although im not sure he had much of a chance being poisoned ect… or what about Erics maker himself, perhaps he caught wind of Erics involvement with Sookie,and he thought he was doing it for Erics own good?
    I wont write bill off as the rat yet either…. CH stated somewhere that bill doesnt have a choice weather or not to keep after Sookie, that could be taken to mean, he’s not allowed, as shes married to Eric, or that he’s so off the rocker obsessed with her that he cant ignore his compulsion.
    god it was so good to *see* my Eric again.

    • 254 VikingLover
      April 9, 2010 at 1:09 pm

      It could be Liz but I don’t think so. From the way I understood it, whoever the rat was knew that Sookie would be taken before it happened. Victor was there before Sookie was taken by Neave and Lochlan – almost as if the knew something was going to go down. The rat had to have prior knowledge of the fae’s plan.

      • April 9, 2010 at 1:15 pm

        Yep. Victor was sitting in Fangtasia with his posse and silver chains at the ready.
        He KNEW that the shiz was about to go down, no doubt about it.

        My list of suspects is revised hourly, but at the moment Bill and Quinn are equal favourites. Yes, the tiger…again.

        Victor is planning a coup…and after all this crap is said and done, Eric is going to be King. Yes, that….again 😛

        • 256 VikingLover
          April 9, 2010 at 1:34 pm

          It would be awesome if it were Quinn but he doesn’t make an appearance in this book – unless the rat is not revealed until Book 11? I don’t know, I don’t think Quinn would have the means to be in contact with the fae (he’s kind of low man on the totem pole) and I don’t think he would have prior knowledge of a fae plan. I don’t think he even knew about Sookie’s heritage.

          I would LOVE it if it where Bill! Although, if I’m honest with myself, a small part of me would be sad if it were. I guess I was kind of hoping Sookie and Bill could become friends going forward – that he would accept that Sookie and he would no longer be together. Also, I think CH has said he’s going to get some sort of happy ending.

          • 257 VikingLover
            April 9, 2010 at 2:01 pm

            I just wanted to clarify my point: What I meant to say is that while Quinn does have a lot of contacts in the Supe community (he knows a lot of people due to his past and E.E.E.) I don’t think someone with ties to the fae would contact him when they could just as easily contact someone high up in the hierachy. Why go to the slave when you can go to the Master?

            What I’m trying to figure out is who the rat was trying to hurt – Eric or Sookie (or both?). The rat must have known that Eric could be killed – that he would do ANYTHING to save Sookie. Is this the point? To kill Eric? Unless they underestimated his love for Sookie which I doubt since everyone now knows they are married. Everyone, it seems, is familiar with Neave and Lochlan so the person would know that Sookie would be killed if taken by them. I don’t think Quinn would have chanced that – no matter how much he hates Eric.

            • April 9, 2010 at 3:06 pm

              Quinn is a pawn of the Nevada vamps. Don’t ever assume that he had a choice…or even that he knew the full implications of what he was doing.

              Why go to the slave when you can go to the Master?

              Whose to say they went to the slave at all? If Quinn is in on this, he is a puppet of Victor. As he has been before. Victor is pulling the strings here. Once again, Quinn is just a pawn.

              • 259 VikingLover
                April 9, 2010 at 3:28 pm

                Hmmm, unless, to your point, Quinn heard grumblings of what was going to go down, through the grapevine, and told Victor thinking that Victor would actually help Sookie. Victor, instead, uses it to his advantage and betrays Eric. Geez, May 4th is still too far away! I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

                • 260 Gigi
                  April 9, 2010 at 3:56 pm

                  I don’t think so VL. Quinn knows exactly who is Victor and what he wants from him. He is used to deal and be a pawn of vampires before. I don’t believe he was so innocent to told Victor thinking he would help Sookie, if that were tha case. It’s true Quinn seems to have feelings for Sookie, but he isn’t naive. Innocence and naivite aren’t exactly traits that helps someone to survive fighting in the pits and making deals with vampires

                  • 261 VikingLover
                    April 9, 2010 at 4:53 pm

                    Hmmm, yes Gigi, you are very right about that. By this time Quinn should know what snakes both Victor and FDC are.

          • 262 Janofarc
            April 9, 2010 at 2:21 pm

            I don’t think B&S could ever be just friends. She’s tried that with him and what did he do? He walked in on her while she was changing and basically told her he would do anything to have sex with her again. Nice.

            Maybe Bill’s happy ending is when he goes to Thailand for a massge?

            • 263 MASpencer
              April 9, 2010 at 2:43 pm

              “He walked in on her while she was changing and basically told her he would do anything to have sex with her again. Nice.”

              LOL.

          • April 9, 2010 at 3:02 pm

            Oh I don’t expect the rat to be outed in this book, no matter who it is.
            These are mysteries, after all.

        • 265 MASpencer
          April 9, 2010 at 2:41 pm

          I’m with you, SVB. Especially upon returning to CH’s “Shakespearean” reference, and her allusion to a “crazy night of resolution”… and natch, bearing in mind that when I hear Shakespeare, Hamlet is the first work to come to mind…

          My prediction: FDC’s current regime will implode, being poisoned with suspicion, and they’ll all end up killing eachother. Thus, Eric becomes the de facto King, perhaps without even having to lift a finger. TA-DAH!

          This, of course, would leave Sookie struggling with the question: Is Eric worth it? Not only are there the obvious issues that come with a human/vampire relationship, but Eric wouldn’t just be SHERIFF any longer… he’d be KING. That might make him better able to “protect” her– but it also puts a giant target on both of their backs.

          Anyway, this theory is probably all wrong. But in the interest of joining the party… 😉

          • April 9, 2010 at 3:14 pm

            I’ve always said that if Eric becomes King it will be by default, not by choice. Seeing him “step up” in the absence of an alternative is much more in keeping with his character than a blatant power grab.

            We are definitely seeing the seeds of a major political upheaval here – Victor is as good as dead and I don’t hold out much hope for FDC either.

            And yep, it definitely throws a whole new spin on the “is Eric worth it” question.

            • 267 VikingLover
              April 9, 2010 at 3:37 pm

              Very true. From Sookie we know that Eric doesn’t want to be king. If he does become King, and like you I’m pretty sure he will, then it’s just one more thing on the (long) list he will do to protect Sookie (and himself). Hopefully at the end, Sookie will understand the implications of what he has done and it will help her choose him in the end as her HEA, instead of act as a deterrent. If it does break them up at some point, I hope she thinks it through and later it helps bring her back to him. This is my hope anyway. *sigh*

              • 268 Jo
                April 9, 2010 at 5:43 pm

                apparently only I would not want Eric to be King, do not think it’s a good thing for our HEA, he did not want to be king, and despite my fear that optimistically will be but a major impediment to Sookie. I can not conceive of his idea to make every sacrifice for her. Making it safe and perhaps even to another guy.

                • 269 VikingLover
                  April 9, 2010 at 5:49 pm

                  I worry too but the problem is that it’s the only way Sookie and Eric and ever really be somewhat safe. If they are at the mercy of any king, they will always be at someone else’s mercy.

                • 271 northmanfan
                  April 10, 2010 at 2:26 am

                  “apparently only I would not want Eric to be King”

                  You’re not the only one. I don’t think eric wants to be king. I think he wants security (physically and financially), but I don’t think he wants the power (and inherent instability) that would go along with being king.

          • 272 Janofarc
            April 9, 2010 at 3:22 pm

            Talking about having targets on backs, I had a thought.

            Bill already painted a huge target on her back when he told Victor that he’d die for her and asked Eric if he’d do the same. Eric being a king may not make that much of a difference – other vamps already know that the way to the Viking and the database creator is through Sookie… threaten her and they’ll come running.

          • 273 Gigi
            April 9, 2010 at 3:36 pm

            [My prediction: FDC’s current regime will implode, being poisoned with suspicion, and they’ll all end up killing eachother. Thus, Eric becomes the de facto King, perhaps without even having to lift a finger. TA-DAH!]

            I also share this idea, because FDC could have a loyalty issue with Victor if he doesn’t want to follow his orders regarding Area 5… and probably he will see Victor as a threaten if he begins to supect he is lusting for power.

  46. 274 VikingLover
    April 9, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    I’ve been thinking a lot about Sookie’s reaction to Eric declaring his love for her. I have to say that it really bothered me – a lot. But, after reading that chapter a gazillion times now, I think I kind of understand now. At first I was pissed that Sookie glossed over it but now I’m thinking that wasn’t the case at all. I think given the timing (her healing after such a terrible ordeal) and what they were discussing, it just wasn’t the right time and conversation for it – mutual declarations of love would have been out of place just then. To me, the conversation for both of them was solely about why he didn’t come to rescue her, her needing to know the reason, and his needing to explain it to her so that she understood that it wasn’t because he didn’t care about her, that in fact he would have done anything to save her because he loves her – and her just needing to hear that. I think this was the most important thing for her to know right now, since she’s trying to heal and taking things one day at a time. I think they both understood that discussing love is really for another more appropriate time. Plus, as many of you have said, I think they both know (the first time I’m actually happy about the blood bond) on some deeper level that they both love eachother.

    Anyway, that’s the explanation I give to myself. lol I don’t know why, but I felt like posting it here. 🙂

  47. April 9, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    DeeDee updated!! Chapter 37 of ERIC is up!! http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4884694/37/
    HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

  48. 277 Dan
    April 9, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    good to see you guys dispatch the Bill apologist…It was right near the top and I was like, “is this the same board?”

  49. 278 northmanfan
    April 10, 2010 at 1:26 am

    I love sookie and eric together so much. For some reason seeing them grow to trust and love eachother is one of the best (if not the best) parts of these books for me. I also like that sookie, like most of us, recognizes that heart/head divide. She’s still obviously shaky, and not “there” in terms of recovery, but she’s forging along like she always does. I see why eric loves her. (And of course as an eric fan, I see why she loves him ;)).

  50. 279 Osterby
    April 10, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    This was posted on “Loving TrueBlood In Dallas” on April 3rd. Anyone care to guess which Kingdom Appius has been newly made ruler of?

    Dead in the Family
    Charlaine Harris
    Ace, May 4 2010, $25.95
    ISBN: 9780441018642

    Sookie Stackhouse, like many of Bon Temps, Louisiana residents, remains in shock as much from the torture she received as from the grief she feels following the fae war that left so many Dead and Gone. Among those who died is Sookie’s fairy cousin, Claudine. Much of the surviving Faes went home.

    Meanwhile the late Claudine’s triplet Claude asks Sookie if he can move in with her; she unenthusiastically agrees. The Feds want better control of the paranormal two-nature Werewolf packs with designated registries. This upsets the Were population that fears hunting season. Sookie’s lover vampire Eric Northman has problems when his creator the newly named Vampire King Appius Livius Ocella accompanied by Alexei Romanov arrives without warning, an invitation or an explanation,

    Dead in the family is a superb entry in the Sookie saga albeit a bit less action (and deaths) than the previous thriller. The story line focuses on what is a modern paranormal extended family and how politics by those claiming the righteous right of patriotism to intrude within the family under the guise of security. Fans will enjoy this thought provoking urban fantasy as Sookie has little time to heal.

    Harriet Klausner

    http://www.alternative-worlds.com/2010/04/02/dead-in-the-family-charlaine-harris/

    • 280 Sibyl_Vane
      April 10, 2010 at 10:52 pm

      He could be King in another country- like in Europe maybe.

      I think the more telling thing in this review is that it is a less actiony and fewer deaths than D&G had. That doesn’t sound very hamlet-like to me…

      • 281 Osterby
        April 11, 2010 at 4:09 pm

        Yes, maybe, but wouldn’t FDC have been aware of his arrival beforehand? Considering royal protocol, wouldn’t Kings contact one another when they intend to come for a Royal visit? I think there is something to this. Throwing this out there….did FDC keep Eric as Sheriff of Area 5 because he is a child of ALO? I want to know more about this ALO on his obsession with Princely “Children”, ie Eric Northman, son of a cheifton, and Alexi Romanov, son of a Russian Tzar.


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