Saturday, June 4, 2011
The discovery of two murder victims who were killed twenty years earlier is complicated by the body of a third, recent victim at the same location, a case that compels detective Patrik Hedstrom to investigate a feuding clan of misfits, religious fanatics, and criminals.
Ayla is training to become a Zelandoni, one of the community's spiritual leaders and healers. She becomes the acolyte to the Zelandoni for the Ninth Cave and begins the series of intensive journeys that are part of the sacred training. But as she struggles to find a balance between her calling and her duties as a new mother, her pursuits begin to take a toll on her relationship with Jondalar.
Cotton Malone is no stranger to adventure; he has defended his country in some of the world's most exotic locations. However, he now faces an enemy much closer to home, a clandestine group with considerable influence and a history dating back to the formation of the U.S. Constitution.
With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover Eric Northman and his "child" Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn in to the blot--which is much more complicated than she knows.