This one, I think, was one of my favorites in the series when I read it the first time. It's still a favorite. For one thing, this is the book when Sookie kills Debbie. This is also the one in which Sookie and Eric hook up, but poor Eric isn't himself. And, the supe world expands dramatically in this one. In the previous books, we learn about a couple of supernatural beings, besides the vamps, but in this one we also find out more about other shifters and the witches. A lot happens in this book, and it really sets things up for a lot of different subplots that feature in future books, which is probably why it's one of my favorites, and the one that solidified my desire to continue reading this series the first time around.