by Suzanne Johnson
Series: Sentinels of New Orleans #3
Publication date: August 13th 2013
by Tor Books
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: eARC from publisher
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.
We’re pulled back into a magical blend of fantasy, mystery, action and romance with DJ and the gang, only a few weeks after the last book ended. A lot unfolds during this installment and DJ has her hands full! The Elders have decided that she needs lessons in elven magic, Jake’s loup-garou is out of control, and romance that has been budding throughout the previous books is finally developing at a faster pace. New Orleans is plagued by a serial killer whose MO closely resembles that of a serial killer, the Axeman, from long ago. He is thought to be a copycat, but with the help of the super sexy undead pirate, Jean Lafitte, we find out he’s no copycat after all, but the actual Axeman from 1918 resurrected by a necromancer. I have a soft spot in my heart for necromancers – maybe it’s the correlation to zombies and breathing life back into the dead? Yeah, I’m twisted. Get over it.
While Elysian Fields can be read as a stand alone novel, I’m so glad I recently read the first two books in the series because I was able to get the full story, watch the characters grow, and be introduced to some interesting characters along the way. You can check out my review of the first two books here. The skillful way in which the plot and characters are further developed is no surprise. I love the idea of New Orleans, and Johnson has a remarkable way of bringing all of its majesty right to my doorstep. There’s something so unique about urban fantasy that allows an author, especially one as talented as Suzanne Johnson, to combine so many different types of characters into one cohesive story and make it easy for me to slip out of my own reality and into another realm without ever leaving my sofa. Well, sometimes I get off my butt to grab a bowl of ice cream, but other than that–. It’s been one hell of an awesome ride and I am already looking forward to the next book in the series. Yes, you read that correctly — MORE Sentinels of New Orleans in our future!!
~About the Author~
Suzanne Johnson writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance from Auburn, Alabama, after a career in educational publishing that has spanned five states and six universities. She grew up halfway between the Bear Bryant Museum and Elvis’ birthplace and lived in New Orleans for fifteen years, so she has a highly refined sense of the absurd and an ingrained love of SEC football and fried gator on a stick.
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