This book was a lot better than the HoN Fledgling Handbook which was just an utter disappointment. I loved that there was a new short story involved, and that you really got an idea of where Sookie came from and the reasons Ms. Harris does certain things. Some of it I didn’t care for, like the reference of characters, I’m sure its useful if you’re writing some sort of paper on how Sookie impacted pop culture or something, but for the average reader who devours the books it’s really not needed. Especially all the minor characters, people who don’t even have whole names and barely appear in the books? Why bother with those? To be thorough I suppose, but really not my cup of tea. Also, the book recaps. I really didn’t need these, but someone who’s less familiar with the series, or writing some sort of paper, might find them helpful. Basically half the book is great, the other half is cliff notes with a vampiric twist.