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A vivid debut that's far more than the sum of its parts… Sympathetic, entertaining DJ is the perfect narrator for a lively tale jam-packed with action, magic, and intriguing plot twists. (Publishers Weekly, Starred Review on Royal Street)

Rarely has an urban fantasy so moved and entertained me on the very same page! Royal Street offers an insider's view of post-Katrina New Orleans, in all its heartache--and all its heart. A witty, resilient heroine and an irresistible cast make this a sure hit with fans of Charlaine Harris and Jim Butcher. (Jeri Smith-Ready, award-winning author of the SHADE and WVMP RADIO series, on Royal Street)

Unplug the phone. Turn off the TV. You won't want to be interrupted. I read it in one sitting. A thoroughly enjoyable world and a likeable heroine make for a fun read. (Cat Adams, author of Siren Song, on Royal Street)

Royal Street is a great book, bringing totally fascinating magic and people together in a wonderful setting in a perfect storm of urban fantasy. (Susan Sizemore, USA Today bestselling author of Primal Instincts, on Royal Street)

About the Author

SUZANNE JOHNSON is a magazine editor and feature writer with more than fifty national writing and editing awards. A longtime New Orleans resident, she helped rebuild for two years after Hurricane Katrina. Royal Street was her first novel and is the first book in an urban fantasy series about the Sentinels of New Orleans, wizards who guard the storied city against preternatural dangers. As Susannah Sandlin, Suzanne is also the author of The Penton Vampire Legacy, a series of popular paranormal romances.

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Product Details

  • Series: Sentinels of New Orleans (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765327805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765327802
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,798,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Suzanne Johnson grew up halfway between the Bear Bryant Museum and Elvis' birthplace, but was also a longtime resident of New Orleans, so she has a highly refined sense of the absurd and an ingrained love of SEC football, cheap Mardi Gras trinkets, and fried gator on a stick. She currently lives in Auburn, Alabama.

PIRATE'S ALLEY is the newest in the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series, published in April 2015 (following ROYAL STREET in 2012, RIVER ROAD in 2012, and ELYSIAN FIELDS in 2013). Book five, BELLE CHASSE, is due November 2016. She also is the author of a paranormal short, Christmas in Dogtown. Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she's the author of the best-selling paranormal romance Penton Legacy series and the romantic suspense series, The Collectors.

ELYSIAN FIELDS is the 2014 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence award winner for fantasy, futuristic, and paranormal fiction.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mother/Gamer/Writer on November 20, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Originally Reviewed At: Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source: Blog Tour
Reviewer: Heather

River Road is the second book in the Sentinels of New Orleans series by the very talented Suzanne Johnson. Please, if you have not read the first in her series Royal Street do so now. If you love fantasy and mystery then you shall not be disappointed at all.

River Road picks up with Drusilla Draco (DJ), and the rest of her gang years after the Katrina aftermath we saw in Royal Street. She is now the lead Sentinel for her area, but is a bit miffed that the Elders have kept steamy, shifter, enforcer that is so-still-off-limits on as a Sentinel too. DJ feels she is strong enough, smart enough, and a powerful enough wizard to take care of business without his help, plus he makes more money than she does.

With two murdered members of the Green Congress, polluted rivers, a crazy-sexy famous undead pirate that she made endless promises to when she thought he would die in the beyond, plus the rivalry stewing between Jake and Alex Warin over her, DJ really has her hands full in this novel. I know, it's a bit of a mouthful, but I promise you a lot of action, magic, preternaturals of the fin, fur, and underworld kind, and the mysterious elven staff is back at it again! Even watching her cat through the book brings a chuckle or two, so there is plenty of wit to keep you amused as the story progresses.

Ok onto my thoughts before I am tempted to give far too much of this wonderful story away. First of all I am in love with this series. When emailed asking if I would like to review the second book, I jumped at the chance. The world building is phenomenal, I mean really I want to live in this world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By miki on November 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Fabulous! Above all my expectations; I'm used to Suzanne`s writing style and so far she never disappointed me so I couldn't wait to read this book. However book 1 "Royal Street" was really well written with a great story and I though book 2 was going to be playing in the same league: a really good book. Big Mistake, "River Road" is even better a "must have" for any urban fantasy fan.

This story takes place 3 years after the events of "Royal Street", DJ is still the Sentinel of New Orleans with Alex as a partner since the elders don't trust her enough to handle the job yet. Their relationship has calmed down a bit and now they do trust each other and don't regret their assignment.

We discover a more responsible DJ, not as impulsive as before. She has learned from her mistakes, or is sometimes still trying, and does her best. Still wound by the lost of Gerry, DJ is still afraid to loose someone else or to see someone dear to her being hurt or leaving her. It's the reason she tries her best to stay professional with Alex and when she knows she is doing something that could endanger his position she prefers to let him know afterwards.
She is also more attentive to the "reality" around her and can put the elders and their system in question, discreetly of course - Who wouldn't want to hit Hoffman?-. She is using her own talents and gifts when it's needed; she has accepted her difference and heritage. She still has her pet - or little master ^^- Sebastian, so funny little thing and I understand her feeling when he makes his stink eyes...mine acts more friendly but also part Siamese and I know those eyes too well *brrr*
Now, as for her heart, it's more complicated.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jen Twimom on November 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 4.5 stars: Loved it - enthusiastically recommend (A)

The story opens with a meeting between our heroine, Drusilla Jaco (aka DJ) and the historical undead pirate Jean Lafitte. The scene is detailed beautifully, and I felt as if I was party to the entire interaction. Jean shares with DJ that 1) there are merfolks living in the New Orleans area, 2) there is something polluting the waters in the area, which is a threat to both pretes (preternatural beings) and humans, and 3) there is a brewing war between two of the mer-factions. Suddenly, DJ finds herself in the middle of a dangerous whodunit mystery with dangers at every turn.

Although I didn't read the first book, Royal Street, Ms. Johnson does a marvelous job of integrating past actions and world-building details into the current storyline. In addition, the descriptive detail provided is beyond marvelous. Similes and metaphors compliment sharp dialogue, fierce action and an intriguing mystery. When put all together, the author paints a richly illustrative image in my mind's eye.

Although one can jump in the series with River Road, there is a bit of a learning curve. The mythology is distinct, and although there are familiar characters such as shifters, wizards and merfolk, their origins and many of their characteristics are unique to Ms. Johnson's series. I had to tweet the author a few questions during the course of reading the book.

Without going into a lot of detail about the different factions and pretes, I will mention a few things I liked a lot. First... I enjoyed the whole wizard congress political set up. It reminded me a bit of Harry Potter in that there is a very complex governing body for all things magical. I love that DJ even wears a pair of Harry Potter PJs!
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