Series: Sentinels of New Orleans #5
Published by Tor on November 8th 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC, Hardcover
Source: the Author
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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.
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.
“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.
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