Review: Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson

Title: Elysian Fields {Sentinels of New Orleans #3

Author: Suzanne Johnson

Published: Tor Books August 2013

Read an Excerpt

Status: Read from August 13 to 14, 2013 — I own a copy {Courtesy the Publisher/Netgalley}

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed the debut of Suzanne Johnson’s Sentinels of New Orleans series, Royal Street and made sure I picked up the second book, River Road shortly after it was released. Unfortunately I didn’t have the opportunity to read it before the review for this third installment, Elysian Fields was due, luckily though the gap didn’t seem to matter much.

Elysian Fields opens with DJ and Jake attending a bloody crime scene, the most recent of a string of homicides linked by an axe left at the scene. The police think the murders are being committed by a copycat but DJ suspects they are dealing with a Historical Undead, an axe wielding serial killer who has crossed over from the Beyond. Tracking down the Axeman becomes easier when he turns his murderous attention to DJ but capturing the Undead figure becomes far more complicated when she learns he is being controlled by a Necromancer. Trying to figure out who wants her dead, while under the threat of turning furry at the next full moon and being forced to take lessons in elven magic from the wizard she holds responsible for Tish’s death has DJ reeling.

It’s a busy plot combining preternatural political intrigue, murder, betrayal, strained friendships and romance, but Johnson handles it well.

I really like DJ, despite her propensity for chaos. Mostly she isn’t at fault, as a New Orleans Sentinel, and a Green Wizard with Elven ancestry, trouble seems determined to find her. DJ is smart, resourceful and willing to throw herself into the breach to protect those she cares about.

The setting of this series, in post-hurricane New Orleans and Johnson’s unique mythology is a huge part of the attraction for me. I like the way in which the author mixes wizards, vamps, elves, shifters and the Historical Undead like Louis Armstrong and of course the notorious pirate, Jean Lafitte.

Fast paced and action packed Elysian Fields is an entertaining urban fantasy adventure with great combination of interesting story and appealing characters. I am looking forward to the next one (and promise to get River Road read before then!)

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. miki
    Aug 15, 2013 @ 19:24:07

    I loved this book!!! It’s darker than River Road but still i loved it and i admit teh historical undead are also a huge plus for me^^

    If you haven’t read it yet you can find a free short story Jackson Square on Suzanne official website ^^ it’s free only this month and it’s a short novella about Jean ( i never have enough of him) really fuinny one

    thank you for this review!



  2. Patty
    Aug 15, 2013 @ 22:42:38

    I have not ventured into this series but it loos so good!



  3. Patty
    Aug 15, 2013 @ 22:43:14

    Do you like The Bone Season? I have that one, too!



  4. Reviews with Andrea
    Aug 16, 2013 @ 03:11:12

    Your review has introduced me to a new author. Thank you!



  5. evamillien
    Aug 16, 2013 @ 05:35:03

    I haven’t read it yet, but I know I will love it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. evamillien at gmail dot com



  6. Liz S
    Aug 16, 2013 @ 08:55:03

    I think Elysian Fields is the best of the series so far! Can’t wait for the next one!



  7. blondieblack
    Aug 16, 2013 @ 11:46:57

    Elysian Fields was awesome! I loved it!



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