By Suzanne Johnson
(Tor Books, Hardcover, 9780765333193, 352pp.)
Publication Date: August 13, 2013
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
Categories: Fantasy - General
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Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson is the fun, fast-paced third book in the Sentinels of New Orleans, a series of urban fantasy novels filled with wizards, mermen, and pirates. These novels are perfect for readers of paranormal fiction and “fans of Charlaine Harris and Cat Adams” (Booklist) and RT Bookreviews agrees that “for readers missing Sookie Stackhouse, this series may be right up your alley.”
The mer feud has been settled, but life in South Louisiana still has more twists and turns than the muddy Mississippi.
New Orleanians are under attack from a copycat killer mimicking the crimes of a 1918 serial murderer known as the Axeman of New Orleans. Thanks to a tip from the undead pirate Jean Lafitte, DJ Jaco knows the attacks aren’t random—an unknown necromancer has resurrected the original Axeman of New Orleans, and his ultimate target is a certain blonde wizard. Namely, DJ.
Combating an undead serial killer as troubles pile up around her isn’t easy. Jake Warin’s loup-garou nature is spiraling downward, enigmatic neighbor Quince Randolph is acting weirder than ever, the Elders are insisting on lessons in elven magic from the world’s most annoying wizard, and former partner Alex Warin just turned up on DJ’s to-do list. Not to mention big maneuvers are afoot in the halls of preternatural power.
Suddenly, moving to the Beyond as Jean Lafitte’s pirate wench could be DJ’s best option.
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.
Praise for River Road
“Solid plotting and a well-described, consistent setting make this a strong and intriguing addition to the genre.”
“[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
Praise for Royal Street
“A vivid debut. . . . Sympathetic, entertaining DJ is the perfect narrator.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“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
“Suggest this fast, fun, and engaging fantasy-thriller to fans of Charlaine Harris and Cat Adams.”
“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
“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