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Royal Street (Sentinels of New Orleans) Paperback – April 10, 2012
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“Equal parts paranormal romp and homage to NOLA, I raced down Royal Street. Not only is this book an enchanting urban fantasy debut, but it's also one of the most sensitive and honest depictions of post-Katrina NOLA I've read.” ―Nicole Peeler, author of Tracking the Tempest
“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
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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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.
Top Customer Reviews
The reason for my feelings is for the world building of Royal Street. Wizards exist and they police the borders of the Beyond--where wizards, elves, vampires, werewolves, famous ghosts (or undead), and even gods reside and sometimes cross over onto the human plain. It was shear brilliance that Johnson had the book take place during the events of Hurricane Katrina. It was haunting and truly heart breaking at times, and painted the most realistic picture for a fantasy novel to take place. In that alone I will always love this book.
From there everything else just goes stale. Characters who were truly fascinating--a swashbuckling-sexy-violent pirate--didn't get enough page or development time. The lead DJ is so immature throughout the book and just didn't have a strong enough voice. It was nice to have a lead female who wasn't tough as nails and taking on the world with gun and metal, but she just didn't have enough presence. The love triangle (though pretty sure it was a square) is nothing special. Alex is the enforcer that comes to town to help her out and she immediately dislikes him. Though she will admit he's hot, but she has eyes for his cousin Jake the ex-marine. It seems like every male became infatuated or lusty after DJ, who is unaware of her sexual appeal. (That got old.)
Everything else for the book was stale as well.Read more ›
The worldbuilding was the real strength of ROYAL STREET, with a fascinating bureaucracy of Wizards governing all the preternatural creatures worldwide and policing the beings who crossover from the Beyond (like sexy, violent pirates who sadly didn't get anywhere near enough page time), and a really intriguing idea to play off the Hurricane that devastated New Orleans in 2005. Wonderfully realistic and perhaps unknown details are woven throughout ROYAL STREET to convey a high level of authenticity to the setting that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Aside from the setting and worldbuilding, there were too many apathetic elements in ROYAL STREET to win me over. The beginning was a bit slow, and unfortunately DJ's voice rang a tad immature and a little too antagonistic (without legitimate reasons) towards the guys in her life. The plot also never really grabbed me and I had to fight the urge to skim constantly. There weren't any obvious pitfalls that I can point to, but there weren't any real high points either. Scenes and setups that could have gone in extremely fun and entertaining directions never did. For example the game of Truth or Dare between DJ, her new partner Alex, and his ex-marine cousin Jake started out promising some juicy revelations, but then just ended. It felt like a tease.Read more ›
Drusilla Jaco, known as DJ, is a Green Wizard and a Sentinel in New Orleans. Her boss, Gerry gives her an assignment to capture and send the famous pirate, Jean Lafitte back to the Beyond. Lafitte threatens payback, but she sends him on his way. Then hurricane Katrina comes along, and DJ is ordered to evacuate. We all know what happens to New Orleans after Katrina - it flooded. DJ can't locate her boss, Gerry, and she's afraid he's dead, but she tries to hold on to hope that he's not. The Elder's, however, believe Gerry is hiding, and that Gerry betrayed them.
Now DJ's in charge of the New Orleans area, and her assignments are to send the dead back to the Beyond and plug all the breaches from where they came. Plus she's not giving up hunting for Gerry. Her new partner, Alex Warin is an Enforcer for the Elders, but that's not all he is - he's HOT! Alex and DJ spend a lot of time together helping each other along the way. They run into all sorts of problems such as Voodoo and National Guard killings.
I can't give too many details or I'll ruin this wonderful story for you. And take it from a reader who's been hunting for a book such as this one, I don't want to give anything away. I rarely read novels in one sitting, but I just couldn't stop reading Royal Street. I was fascinated by DJ, Jean Lafitte, her delicious partner, Alex and his sexy cousin, Jake. Oh, I forgot to mention, Louis Armstrong, he's in there too. As well as a famous restaurateur. Hurricane Katrina has a major role and Suzanne captures it well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pretty good. Entertaining enough that I'll probably read the next in the series. Makes me think of a "lite" version of the Mercy Thompson books, which I love. Read morePublished 3 days ago by B. D. Burrough
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jen @ booksthathook dot com
First off, a warning: lots of implied rape threats herein, particularly by the undead pirate other reviewers speak of as "sexy". Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cissa
First new series that I have really gotten excited about. Wonder how long the sexual tension (23 ways!) can last?Published 6 months ago by C. Schmidlin
An interesting start to a series....but ultimately I can't totally recommend because I didn't like either of the main characters -- DJ or Alex. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kaley Quinn
I have never read a book written by Suzanne Johnson but it won't be my last. I'm almost sorry that I read this book because now I will have to get the rest of the series. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Y. Huff
I bought this book on a whim, looking for a new series to read and I am so very happy that I did.
The lead character DJ, is likeable and you can identify with her. Read more
I am an independent reviewer for 'Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock'. I received this book from the author and from 'Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock'. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ann Ellis
Set in New Orleans during and after Katrina, this novel, the first of a series, drew me in immediately. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Elenora R. Sabin