Saturday, October 26, 2013

Book Review: Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson

About the Book

Title: Elysian Fields
Author: Suzanne Johnson
Series: The Sentinels of New Orleans #3
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: August 13, 2013
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 352 Pages

An undead serial killer comes for DJ in this thrilling third installment of Suzanne Johnson’s Sentinels of New Orleans series
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.
Combatting 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.
The Sentinels of New Orleans is one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series. I swear it is not just because of Jean Lafitte’s bad boy pirate charm, although some of my favorite scenes involve the historically dead pirate. I have a hit of a history nerd in me and reading about the historical characters in a new fictional light is always a kick. Suzanne Johnson uses a lot of history of New Orleans I this series plus many popular spots in New Orleans. If nothing else, this series has me craving to visit the wonderful city of New Orleans. 

DJ has endured a lot in the last two books, but Elysian Fields is the first book where DJ is sole Sentinel of the New Orleans area. This puts her in charge of protecting humans from the preternatural mostly on her own. She still has Alex and Jake Warren as enforcers but as a Loup-Garou, Jake comes with his own set of complex issues. Of course, there is the ever flirtatious relationship with the dashing pirate Jean Lafitte. 

When murders similar to the Axeman from 1918 start showing up around New Orleans, DJ is concerned that may be the original Axeman is back from the Beyond. When rumors start to surface that a necromancer is involved, it is up to DJ to find out who is behind this before she ends up one of his victims. 

Again Suzanne Johnson had provided an addicting story with another ending I did not see coming. Elysian Fields has many twists that will take readers by surprise. I can only hope that the next book in this series will be release soon, I am dying to continue DJ Jaco’s adventures. 

**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review** 

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1 comment:

miki said...

^^ i love jean too and i can't wait to read about his revenge^^. this book was really perfect though darker than teh precedent one and i do want more!

thanks for the honest review!

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