Series: Sentinels of New Orleans

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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5 Favorite Scenes: BELLE CHASSE by Suzanne Johnson

5 Favorite Scenes: BELLE CHASSE by Suzanne Johnson

Posted December 2, 2016 by Jennifer in Blog Tour, Giveaway | 4 Comments

  5 Favorite Scenes: BELLE CHASSE   Scenes are hard-working things. They all serve a function in a novel: to move the story along from one point to the next. They are the building blocks upon which any work of fiction is created. If they don’t do their job properly, the story stalls or heads off in the wrong direction. They have to be herded like sheep. But like any flock of sheep, some scenes are the favorites of the shepherd—or border collie, or novelist, in this case. Here are five of my favorites from BELLE CHASSE (sans spoilers), in no particular order. 1) Surgery by Dr. Strangepirate. Heroine DJ has a bullet in her thigh that needs removing. There is no anesthesia. There is […]

Ahoy, Matey ! Pirateship Down by Suzanne Johnson

Ahoy, Matey ! Pirateship Down by Suzanne Johnson

Posted November 25, 2015 by Jennifer in Book Review | 4 Comments

    Pirateship Down is a collection of stories within the Sentinels of New Orleans world. All are short stories and all of them are fun and fans of the series will want to read the whole collection. Talk Like A Pirate – A fun story about two roommates meeting the infamous Jean Lafitte when one of them summons his for a pirate themed party. We a glimpse of DJ’s Uncle, Gerald St. Simon in this one. Alex, the Pig – DJ’s some-thing-other (boyfriend) Alexander Warin stops by to trick DJ into pig sitting for him. The pig in question is not a normal pig but a leprechaun that’s been turned into a pig. Renee Delachaise stops by and that’s all you need to know. Hilarious! Cat Mon Dieu […]

Pirate’s Alley by Suzanne Johnson

Pirate’s Alley by Suzanne Johnson

Posted May 1, 2015 by Jennifer in Book Review | 8 Comments

      The streets of NOLA is running amuck with paranormal creatures like wizards, elves, merman shifters, vampires, and faeries. And this time there’s a freak snowstorm in NOLA that’s making things interesting for DJ and the gang. I love Suzanne Johnson’s Sentinels of New Orleans and I’ve been stalking her site for a release date for Pirate’s Alley ever since I finished the 3rd book, Elysian Fields. It’s been a long wait but all is forgotten and forgiven while I lived and breathed DJ and her inner circle of friends. While DJ is usually involved in more physical action, this time around she’s having to work around interspecies political crap and mind games.  This all comes about after the events in Elysian Fields. DJ is dealing with what […]

Review: Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson

Review: Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson

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

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 […]

Review: River Road by Suzanne Johnson

Review: River Road by Suzanne Johnson

Posted December 19, 2012 by Jennifer in Book Review | 1 Comment

I was a little surprised when I started reading River Road that it takes place 3 years after Royal Street. A bold move by Johnson in my opinion. DJ still has her training wheels on when it comes to being the sentinel of New Orleans; the sexy and heavily armed shifter, Alex is still in the picture as DJ’s partner and best friend. After becoming stronger but magically and physically, DJ in true Urban Fantasy kick ass chick from, gets down and dirty in River Road showing that she can hold her own against the bad guys. But DJ is far from being alone; along with Alex, the sexy and some what smarmy undead pirate, Jean Lafitte is still around. And after DJ and Jake become friendly again after a long […]

Review: Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson

Review: Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson

Posted December 6, 2012 by Jennifer in Book Review | 6 Comments

I’ve had Royal Street on my TBR list after seeing it around on Goodreads and after hearing Suzanne Johnson do a reading from the book and hearing her talk about it at AADNOLA back in August I grabbed a copy at the signing. BOY, AM I GLAD I DID. I loved how Johnson mixed the real life events of Hurricane Katrina with the urban fantasy world she built. She takes New Orleans history and myths and makes them her own with great world building and characters. While reading Royal Street I felt like I was reading about a real person’s account of the time in New Orleans during Katrina. It brought me back to all the news reports but it was entertaining to read about […]