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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (13 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765333198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765333193
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 3 x 21.5 cm

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Fabulous fantasy 15 Aug 2013
By Shelleyrae - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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!)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic UF Series! 26 Aug 2013
By Mother/Gamer/Writer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating: 5 Controllers

Reviewer: Heather

First and foremost this isn't the first book in this awesome series. It's the third, so if you haven't read the first two, Royal Street and River Road, there are bound to be a few spoilers. While it can be read as a standalone, let's face it, that's not fun. Read the first two for maximum enjoyment and world comprehension.

DJ's back again and just when life begins to settle down, everything stirs back up again. This time with a supernatural serial killer from the beyond, Jake going AWOL, her best friend's boyfriend creepifying, ALEX ... and one sexy dead pirate.

I've followed the series from the beginning and Suzanne Johnson quickly became my favorite UF author. It's perfect with the blends of action, magic, and subtle romance, while enticing us with exceptional characters we love. However, this book does have more romance than the previous two in the series. I love romance and all of its angles, so I didn't find fault in the swoon worthy men. Plus I love DJ, and while she's not perfect, this is fantasy and some of these so-dubbed "flames" are really friends she finds attractive. It might seem like a lot of love interests for one woman, but if you understand DJ you'd know that she can admire, drool, and swoon without becoming romantically involved. Lafayette is a prime example, although this could change in future books.

Okay, back to the plot.

There is a bit more going on this time around and we see more of the Beyond creatures. Johnson does this well and never really introduces more than two new "species" in a book. I found her addition of the necromancer and vampires exceptional, but she could have gone a bit more in-depth with the Elves. I'm hoping she does this in the next book, and I've got a sneaking feeling we'll see it there, with Rand.

All in all, I loved it. I read it in one sitting and couldn't put it down. Life -altering interruptions is the only way a book gets 5 stars. Johnson does it again for me!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Paranormals and NOLA 29 Nov 2013
By Andrea Lynne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Oooooo I just LOVED this book. I'm a sucker for anything set in NOLA anyway but I found this a new view of the paranormal/fantasy that incorporates the considerable local environment very well without it overwhelming the story.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyable read! 27 Nov 2013
By What the Cat Read - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
There are so many things that I could say about this book, I don’t even know where to begin or how much to divulge. As has been the case with the previous two books in the series, I simply just cannot get enough of Johnson’s writing! I know I’ve said this in my other reviews, but I just love how she blends modern New Orleans with that of the preternatural world she’s created for this series. And this time around I actually pulled up information online about some of the locations mentioned in the book. Yeah, when an author manages to motivate me to really look into the history of a place, it’s a sure fire bet that I’ve become a true fan. Shame that not all of Johnson’s version of the New Orleans isn’t real. I think I’d have a lot of fun if it was.

As far as the characters go, I still very much love DJ and Alex, and it was great to finally see them act on their feelings for each other. The idea of them as a couple is one that I’m really starting to want to see. Yes, it would be interesting to see DJ hook up with Jean or Jack, but the more that I’ve gotten to see Alex in the series, the more that I’m rooting for him. I also enjoyed the play between DJ and Rene and it was great to see him return in this book. Of all the character in the book that I didn’t care for, Rand seriously got on my nerves the entire story. He seriously doesn’t get that DJ doesn’t want him around, and his blatant disregards to her requests did nothing to endure him to me. Honestly, I think I was as frustrated with him as DJ was.

Action wise, this book was jammed packed from start to finish. It didn’t really feel as though there was a lot of down time between events. Just when it seemed as though DJ had a chance to breath and relax, something would come along which required her to take action. Though most of that action seemed to be running for her life and avoiding injury…something which she never seems to have much luck doing as this series progresses.

Overall, I think this was a great installment to the Sentinels of New Orleans series and I’m greatly looking forward to seeing what Johnson has next in store for everyone. =^.^=
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An Exciting Addition to My Favorite Urban Fantasy Series! 29 Oct 2013
By Chandra Haun - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The Sentinels of New Orleans is one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series. I swear it is not just because of Jean Lafitte's bad boy pirate charm, although some of my favorite scenes involve the historically dead pirate. I have a hit of a history nerd in me and reading about the historical characters in a new fictional light is always a kick. Suzanne Johnson uses a lot of history of New Orleans I this series plus many popular spots in New Orleans. If nothing else, this series has me craving to visit the wonderful city of New Orleans.

DJ has endured a lot in the last two books, but Elysian Fields is the first book where DJ is sole Sentinel of the New Orleans area. This puts her in charge of protecting humans from the preternatural mostly on her own. She still has Alex and Jake Warren as enforcers but as a Loup-Garou, Jake comes with his own set of complex issues. Of course, there is the ever flirtatious relationship with the dashing pirate Jean Lafitte.

When murders similar to the Axeman from 1918 start showing up around New Orleans, DJ is concerned that may be the original Axeman is back from the Beyond. When rumors start to surface that a necromancer is involved, it is up to DJ to find out who is behind this before she ends up one of his victims.

Again Suzanne Johnson had provided an addicting story with another ending I did not see coming. Elysian Fields has many twists that will take readers by surprise. I can only hope that the next book in this series will be release soon, I am dying to continue DJ Jaco's adventures.
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