Belle Chasse by Suzanne Johnson

Posted January 7, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | , , , , | 12 Comments

Belle Chasse by Suzanne JohnsonBelle Chasse by Suzanne Johnson
Series: Sentinels of New Orleans #5
Published by Tor on November 8th 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 336
Format: eARC, Hardcover
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With the wizard-elven treaty on the verge of collapse, the preternatural world stands on the brink of war. Unless former wizard sentinel DJ Jaco manages to keep the elven leader, Quince Randolph, focused on peace and not personal matters.

With no one on the throne, Faerie is in chaos, with rival princes battling for power. The still-undead pirate, Jean Lafitte, is building his own army of misfits, and DJ—stripped of her job and hiding in the Beyond to avoid the death sentence handed down by the wizard Council of Elders—can’t get anywhere near her beloved New Orleans or her significant something-or-other, Alex.

It's time to choose sides. Friends will become enemies, enemies will become allies, and not everyone will survive. DJ and her friends will learn a hard lesson: sometimes, even the ultimate sacrifice isn’t enough.

I received Belle Chasse for review but with the end of the semester finales and paper writing I didn’t get to read it as fast as I wanted. Then I had issues with the eARC formatting not working well with my Kindle Paperwhite so I purchased the hardback. I had plans to do that anyway since I love the series and I have all the other books in hardback. Why in the day of ebooks do I own the series in print even after reading a few in eARC format? Because the Sentinels of New Orleans series is a great Urban Fantasy series that is worthy of a reread. This series will always be on my “keeper shelf” and Belle Chasse is just as wonderful as the other books in the series.


Belle Chasse takes place just a few weeks after Pirate’s Alley with DJ and Team Lafitte (her words) dealing with the events in Pirate’s Alley. They are hiding out in Jean Lafitte’s home in the Beyond. DJ is on everyone’s most wanted list thanks to some frame jobs by some of the preternatural groups.

All the kiddies are playing this time around and some of them do not play well with others. We had the Elves, Wizards and Faeries fighting to be the biggest bully in the sand box and DJ is trying to keep everyone she cares about alive in the mean time. Belle Chasse is full of the hallmark snark and humor from the Sentinels of New Orleans series.

“What are your Blue Congress wizards doing to stop this?” I leaned farther in, trying to find them.

“Standing around with their thumbs up their asses, apparently.”

[. . .]

“Pardon, Monsieur Hoffman, but why would these wizards place their thumbs up their -“

Oh, Jean, he is so funny when he does not get the modern-day slang.

Belle Chasse also had me on the edge of my seat a few times. Ms. Johnson liked playing with my emotions when it came to a few of the secondary characters. Belle Chasse is definitely a turning point in the series and I cannot wait to see what is next for DJ and the group.

With so many series becoming forgettable, Suzanne Johnson continues to keep me waiting for the next release of her Sentinels of New Orleans series. The wait it hard for the next installment, but I always close the books feeling entertained and fulfilled. If you have not started this series you really should, pick up a copy of the first book, Royal Street.


ICYMI:  5 Favorite Scenes from Belle Chasse by Suzanne Johnson

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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Overall: four-half-stars
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12 responses to “Belle Chasse by Suzanne Johnson

  1. This one really turned up the heat so to say… I cannot wait to find out how it all shakes out in the end!! This is a great series… so original and entertaining. Great review.

  2. Suzanne Boyd

    Suzanne is my favourite author. I have the print and the same ones on my Kindle. Can’t wait for the new ones coming out this year.

    • This is one of my favorite UF series and I wish it was on audio. I think it would be fantastic on audio with the right narrator.

  3. Wonderful review. I have only two series that I own the eCopy and paperback versions too and that’s because as you said some series are well worth the reread. I’ve not tried this series yet, but I’ve had my eye on it for sometime. I will have to give this one a try very soon.

  4. Roger Simmons

    Thanks for your nice review. I also purchased the hardback, looks good on the keeper shelf.