Mr. Cataliades apparently is responsible for her ability to read minds. It seems that he has been watching her, her entire life though there was no indication about this before. He performed a ceremony with her grandmother and Fintan, which resulted in anyone being born with the essential spark having the ability to read minds, this btw is brand new terminology in the series. Even though Mr. Cataliades has supposedly been guarding her for her entire life, given her the best gift that he can, and bothered to stop and visit her, though he was clearly running for her life, once again Sookie was completely ungrateful.
I know that fiction is only make believe, but Harris apparently decided that sticking to her own cannon was completely unnecessary. How is it that all of a sudden Niall and Eric had Terry Bellefluer watching over Sookie? What about the fact that Claude and Dermott cannot return home, but yet there is an entryway in the woods by Sookie’s place big enough to throw a body threw? Really? Btw apparently this opening was only supposedly large enough to send letters, but when necessary suddenly became large enough to allow a body, but not a gun, ’cause that would be littering. It also seems that for the purposes of adding a bit of bulk to the book, Sookie had to tell Bill twice that Eric had to marry the queen of Oklahoma.
Finally, in a last bit of Harris fuckery, she had a vampire fighting a battle in a sari. Yep, a sari. I mean, what if the reader didn’t know that the character is Indian? Yep, the best way to make sure that there are markers of culture is to have them dress in traditional clothing. To make sure that the sari didn’t seem out of place she decided to have the character use it as a weapon – yeah that makes it soooo much more believable. Just to make sure that Asians were fully represented Harris threw in the character of Akiro who was openly armed. “He was carrying a sword, like one other Asian vampire I’d met,” Harris wrote. Don’t tell me that when she sat down to write that fuckery she didn’t know it was full fail. Then in what quite possibly was the biggest race fail in the book was the description of what happens when a Black person becomes a vampire.
Dark-skinned vampires undergo an interesting change in a few decades after they’re turned. If they were a very dark shade in life, they become a light brown, sort of a milk chocolate. Those who were lighter skinned become a sort of creamy ecru.
Why was that necessary? Oh I know, because Harris has no idea how to write characters of colour. Look, I am more than willing to give her a pass and read her books with all White characters because it would be so much better than her attempting to be inclusive.
The other inclusion cookie she should stop seeking comes from the LGBT community. Having a same sex relationship where one partner dies is NOT a positive. This trope where gay people have to constantly walk around sad and tortured has to stop. Harris of course trumped this by making Pam’s love interest a terminal cancer patient, so that the reader would know from the beginning that the relationship would not last.
All in all, the book was full of the usual Harris problems, but it was difficult justifying continuing to read it because there was no real plot. Sookie defending herself against Debbie Pelt just felt like a ridiculous addition, and her sitting in judgement over Eric when she herself has killed people just read as judgement for the sake of judging. Hey Sookie, what did you do for fun on the weekend? “I judged people cause judging is fun.” Releasing a book to keep pulling in dollars, when you have no longer have in the characters, just ruins the whole story. I started this series and so I will finish it, but I refuse to pretend it isn’t painful.