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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (22 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755397673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755397679
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 3.1 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,065,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A lively tale jam-packed with action, magic, and intriguing plot twists.' (Publisher's Weekly on Royal Street. Starred review,)

'[A] paranormal fantasy for readers who like to savor wry humor and vivid characters as much as dark magic.' (The New York Journal of Books on Royal Street) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The sensational new urban fantasy series that's bound to be 'a sure hit with fans of Charlaine Harris and Jim Butcher' - Jeri Smith-Ready, award-winning author of the SHADE and WVMP RADIO series

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 3 May 2013
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There must be lots of readers out there wondering what they'll do when the Sookie Stackhouse series draws to a close. Where are we gonna get our Deep South spookynatural kicks from in future? Well, River Road is the second in a very promising series. It's not got the bite (sorry) of the True Blood mythology, but it's certainly heading in the right direction.

River Road is more focused than its predecessor, and wisely skips over a couple of years when trainee sentinel DJ moves from being a novice to rather more experienced Green Congress magician. The plot introduces a couple of novel paranormal species and a neat mix of myth/modern world interface. Suzanne Johnson is building a credible and comprehensive, multi-layered universe - at its heart we're following the investigation of a young female empath, but there's an awful lot of interest shuffling around the shadows.
The writing is easy going and accessible; the dialogue can be snappy and entertaining; the supporting cast make more sense this time around. DJ has stopped bickering with her partner and her immortal pirate beau - but inevitably encounters new threats. As with Ms Stackhouse, DJ kinda falls for every fella she meets and they all drool over her, so there's a definite leaning towards the romantic side of things in here. The action is also nicely flavoured with the atmosphere of New and Old Orleans and the backwaters of the Atchafalaya Basin. Jazz and beignets all round...

I would have liked to explore more about the aquatic characters and their life-styles and powers. That part felt a little thin; they were basically normal people who happen to go a bit finny. And indeed, it'd be nice if the supernatural folks in future episodes are made to feel *special*.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AyJay TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 May 2013
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I'm in two minds when it comes to RIVER ROAD; I love the world settings, the mystery elements, anything to do with Jean, and the fact that the main characters interact with merpeople make a nice change from the usual vamps and werewolves.

RIVER ROAD is told from DJ's pov, but this time around we get a better look into the lives of some of the secondary characters, so they feel like actual players rather then cardboard cutouts. I had a problem with the pacing in the previous book too, but am pleased to say that RIVER ROAD does not suffer from the same problem - it hits the ground running and never looks back.

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Sadly there is a but coming... Like in the previous book I dislike the time wasted that we spend on DJ's love life - especially since it's so messed up because of her own actions and in-actions. I want to read a urban fantasy, not some supernatural soap-opera, so became bored with her seemingly endless rambles over how hot Alex, Jake and Jean are..

I've got very little sympathy for DJ in the 'romance' subplot, because I'm a very right and wrong, treat-others-as-you-want-to-be-treated person - I just ended up frustrated at her thoughtlessness and blatant selfishness, as she encourages the men and sends out mixed signals, but sulks when they look at other women. So at times I came to almost dislike DJ.

***

The tired old multiple-love-interest angle both irritates and bores me, so I kept on finding myself somewhat distanced from the story. It's a shame as this series contains all of the ingredients to be something really special, but I failed to become fully immersed in the story.

As it stands I don't think that this is a series that I'm likely to stick with, even though this book is a lot stronger then the first one. This isn't down to the author's writing style though - it is just my personal reading preferences clash with the ongoing subplots.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Addict TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Nov. 2012
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Set 3 years after the events in book 1 "Royal Street", Drusilla Jaco (aka DJ) is again neck deep in trouble when she is called in to hopefully halt a brewing war between 2 factious Mer clans who each claim the other is poisoning the water. DJ's investigation goes from bad to worse when out collecting water samples she stumbles across the body of a murdered wizard.

DJ is also juggling an increasing amount of men in her life; Alex the shape shifting Enforcer, his cousin Jake who was so abruptly thrust into the supernatural world in book 1 and dashing but dead pirate Jean Lafitte. These relationships are explored further and it'll be interesting to find out who DJ finally falls for considering the appeal of each of these men.

I thought book 1 set the scene well, contained some interesting ideas and introduced some intriguing characters, but I had problems with the overall pace. This certainly isn't the case with book 2; there is an attention grabbing twisting plot containing plenty of explosive action, plus DJ has further opportunities to explore her Elven magic whilst her research enlightens the reader to additional supernatural species. 4½ stars
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sammee, I Want To Read That VINE VOICE on 20 Feb. 2014
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I'm really enjoying this series and it was great to catch up with DJ and co. I liked that it was set a few years after the first book - it meant that the relationships had move forward more - and I have to say I am actually really enjoying the 3 love interests! Yes I do have my favorite (let's just say I know exactly who I'd like to play ball with...!) but I like the way DJ is conflicted - it makes the whole will they/ won't they thing a bit more interesting. Plus I really like all three.

This outing is much more action packed - I really enjoyed it - plus it was really funny in places too (the pink Gandalf thing? I was crying with laughter!) I also like the way they have both been self contained stories - they were resolved in the end but at the same time I was left wanting more and there were still unanswered questions (yes Rand I'm talking about you!)

Can't wait to read the next in the series!
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