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Elysian Fields (Sentinels of New Orleans) Hardcover – August 13, 2013
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Johnson returns to New Orleans (or rather, the underworld known as Old Orleans) in this third installment of her Sentinels of New Orleans series (after Royal Street and River Road, both 2012). Many of the same pirates, elves, wizards, and mermen appear, this time stalked by an undead serial killer known as Axeman. DJ, a Sentinel wizard charged with keeping the two worlds separate, finds herself Axeman’s main target. She already has enough to deal with—she’s terribly worried about her friend Jake, who can’t control his werewolf tendencies; undead pirate Jean Lafitte is still trying to seduce her; and her shape-shifter partner, Alex, is as gruff as ever. Johnson has a real flair for world building and keeps the plot in this adventure/romance/fantasy humming along smoothly. Readers will want to start at the beginning of the series to get the full story. --Rebecca Vnuk
“Solid plotting and a well-described, consistent setting make this a strong and intriguing addition to the genre.” ―Publishers Weekly on River Road
“[Johnson] does a brilliant job of bringing her fantasy version of New Orleans to life. An enchanting examination of magic and the people who wield it, River Road is a book to be savored. This second novel in the Sentinels of New Orleans series is a page-turner all by itself, but don't cheat yourself by missing out on Royal Street, its predecessor.” ―RT Book Reviews, on River Road
“A vivid debut. . . . Sympathetic, entertaining DJ is the perfect narrator.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review, on River Road
“A resourceful heroine who relies on her magical ingenuity. . . . The author captures Katrina's devastation and the long recovery of a city's resilient people.” ―Library Journal, starred review on Royal Street
“Suggest this fast, fun, and engaging fantasy-thriller to fans of Charlaine Harris and Cat Adams.” ―Booklist on Royal Street
“Deft humor, creative plot twists, sure-footed use of language and quirky characters. . . . Likely to remind readers of Charlaine Harris's fun True Blood.” ―New Orleans Times-Picayune 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
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Sassy lead - check
More twists than a country road - check
Yes it's another instalment of this series and yes it's just as good as the others. We have new prete's, more politics, some weird occurrences and all is not as it seems
The author continues to build on this, so far excellent series with a rich and complex world and its larger than life (and in some cases death) characters
Strong plot and strong characters lead to a page turner that you can't put down until it's done
She also has her usual man problems. She is juggling Jake Warin who has turned loup-garou and who is having trouble controlling the anger issues that come with it, Alex Warin who was her former partner and who is now her next door neighbor, new neighbor Quince Randolph who is dating her best friend and who sets of her creep meter, and historical undead pirate Jean Lafitte who has a very flexible moral code but who is devoted to her.
This story is action-packed and fast paced. DJ seems to go from one hazardous situation to another as she tries to figure out how to permanently send the Axeman back to the Beyond before he kills her, tries to figure out what the elves want with her, and tries to figure out the complex set of alliances that are being formed in the preternatural world in the wake of Hurricane Kristina. Oh, yes, she also has to figure out what to do about being scratched by Jake and possibly turning loup-garou herself.
DJ is not the usual kick ass urban fantasy heroine. She seems to draw trouble like a magnet and gets out of it again through a combination of brains, magical potions, and the help of her friends. She is concerned with her appearance and has a quirky turn of phrase. She is fun to read about.
I recommend the whole Sentinels of New Orleans series and highly recommend this entry into the series.
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