End paper illustration for “Dead Ever After” *spoilery*
Bookies know that Charlaine Harris has traditionally released a chapter of the upcoming Sookie Stackhouse book each December as a “Christmas gift” to the series’ fans. This year, however, The Creator has opted not to do so — whether because she fears rioting or that it will just give too much away for the final book in the series, who knows? So I think most of us had resigned ourselves to no more clues until Dead Ever After is released in May, but a nice surprise on Charlaine’s site today! They have posted the end paper illustration on the site. Check it out below:
My thoughts: The emphasis seems to be on Sookie’s romantic history, with former suitors (Sam, Quinn and Alcide) represented in their animal form, and Eric in human form. As I was thinking about the meaning of all the other suitors being in their supernatural form, it occurs to me that the first suitor — Bill — is missing from the lineup, unless we assume he is represented by the bats. It does seem significant that Eric is the only one in his human form. While Sookie seems to be chasing Sam, since everyone is moving in the clockwise direction, I don’t know if that is meaningful. I don’t think there is enough information to completely reassure my Sooric shipper heart, but I don’t see anything that alarms me, either. Any thoughts, my astute reader friends?