Friday, September 6, 2013

Book Review: Elysian Fields (Sentinels of New Orleans) by Suzanne Johnson

Today we're reviewing Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson.  To learn more about the series, don't miss this interview with Suzanne from our archives and our character interview this week with Drusilla "D.J." Jaco.

Elysian Fields (Sentinels of New Orleans #3) by Suzanne Johnson.

An undead serial killer comes for DJ in this thrilling third installment of Suzanne Johnson’s Sentinels of New Orleans series

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.

Combatting 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.

Release Date:  August 13, 2013.

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Book Review:

This review contains SPOILERS for books 1 and 2.  If you haven't read Royal Street and River Road, what are you waiting for?

Elysian Fields is the third book in the Sentinels of New Orleans series.  After reading the first two novels, Royal Street and River Road, I had high expectations and Elysian Fields didn't disappoint.

Suzanne Johnson has created a modern-day, post-Katrina New Orleans filled with supernatural creatures.  Drusilla "DJ" Jaco, newly appointed sentinel of New Orleans, is a Green Congress wizard of limited ability who continues to struggle with her recently revealed elvish powers.  Unfortunately, the council has decided that DJ could use some pointers from their resident elf-lore expert, Adrian--the same Adrian who failed her on her last big mission.  As if that wasn't bad enough, there's a psycho serial killer on the loose the press have dubbed The Axeman.  Bodies are piling up and tensions are rising.  Add to that four guys with the hots for DJ--a loup garou, a shapeshifter, a historical undead, and an elf--and you have a fast-paced, edge of your seat, omg can't sleep until I've finished, book.

While not always a fan of love triangles, and this folks is a love pentagon, each of these potential suitors lends their own tension and personality to the book.  Jake's struggles to tame his wolf, Alex's protective devotion, Jean Lafitte's charisma and Quince Randolph's single-mindedness all lend something to the story.  I love Alex and can't help but drool over Jean Lafitte, but if you're not a fan of love triangles (or pentagons), then this one may not be for you. 

Elysian Fields is my favorite book in this series and I can't wait to read more about DJ, Alex, and Jean Lafitte.  The world building continues to impress, the characters are beginning to grow, and the relationships are becoming much more complex and intriguing.  Plus, this book is chock full of witty banter, something I absolutely adore.

Overall, Elysian Fields is a fabulous addition to the Sentinels of New Orleans series that leaves you wanting more.  I highly recommend to readers who enjoy urban fantasy with well developed characters, quirky dialogue, and a modern-day world populated with a wide variety of paranormal creatures.

Recommended to readers of urban fantasy.  Fans of the Dresden Files, Arcadia Bell, Ivy Granger, October Daye, Jane Yellowrock, Alex Craft, Charlie Madigan, and The Hollows should give this series a try!

Rating:  5 Shadows

Warning:  Moderate Violence

Genre:  Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

Books in this series:  Royal Street, River Road, and Elysian Fields.

Have you read the Sentinels of New Orleans books?  Let us know in the comments!


  1. Thank you a lot for this great review!! i really loved this book that kept surprising me ( and Jean stays my favourite)
    i'm really glad we will get more ^^

    1. I LOVED this book and can't wait for more.

      You may also want to read our interview this week with DJ as she talks about Alex, Jake, Quince, and, of course, JEAN! :)

  2. Thank for this! This has just confirmed that I really need to read this series ASAP :)

    1. YES, this is a series that just keeps getting better and better.

  3. I so loved this one, it was a really nice surprise!

    1. I agree. There was so much to love in this one. I can't wait for more!

  4. I haven't read this series yet, but it looks like something I would enjoy. Glad you enjoyed this one

    Thanks for the great review! :)

    Michelle @ Book Briefs