Review: Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson

Posted August 29, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 3 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Elysian Fields by Suzanne JohnsonElysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson
Series: Sentinels of New Orleans #3
Published by Tor on August 13th 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: ARC
Source: Author
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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.

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I loved returning to NOLA in the well-written 3rd installment of the Sentinels of New Orleans series by Suzanne Johnson.

Johnson takes DJ and the gang through the streets of NOLA trying to solve the case of the serial killer, the Axeman. At first it looks like a copy cat serial killer since the real Axeman has been dead since the early 1900s. But if the undead pirate, Jean Lafitte can cross over from the Beyond into NOLA why can’t the Axeman?

So far in the series we’ve seen wizards, undead pirates, weres, shifters, vampires and now we get Elves and  necromancers thrown at us. And more sexy alpha males than we can shake an elf stick at. Just when I think I have a “team” picked one of the other guys does something to make me swoon and I want to change teams. DJ even has snarky thoughts about a threesome a few times in Elysian Fields and I was totally there with her. LOL DJ finally gets some smexy time with one of the guys in her life. (You’ll have to read to find out which one.)

Elysian Fields is full of action, snark, mystery and a dash of romance through in. It’s the prefect balance for an urban fantasy read. If you like your heroines to be smart, sassy, kick butt and grow over the span of a series you NEED to read Suzanne Johnson’s Sentinels of New Orleans series. Many are comparing this series to Sookie Stackhouse. But I say DJ is WAY BETTER than Sookie.

About Suzanne Johnson

Suzanne Johnson is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series from Tor Books. Royal Street, book one, came out in April 2012; River Road in November 2012. Book three, Elysian Fields, will be released on August 13, 2013.

A longtime New Orleans resident, Suzanne is a veteran journalist with more than fifty national awards in writing and editing nonfiction for higher education, including the Robert S. Sibley Award for the best university magazine in the U.S. and Canada, for the Rice University Sallyport.

Suzanne is an active member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and is a member of the Georgia, Southern Magic, and Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapters of RWA.

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3 responses to “Review: Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson

  1. i haven’t started sookies series yet but i don’t mind this series is full of action, humour and romance and i LOVE It!! i want more jean!! ( so glad we got the free novella jackson square free on the author website for august!!)

  2. One reason I think DJ is so much better than the mixed up SOokie in my brain (b/c TV Sookie and book Sookie are the same and yet no the same) is that DJ isn’t always struggling to accept who she is. She has a place within the magical community. She is struggling with that pointy eared part of herself but in general doesn’t worry too much about being the odd girl. Oh and the men around her are not constantly screwing and biting her.