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Royal Street [Paperback]

Suzanne Johnson
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14 May 2012
As the junior wizard sentinel for New Orleans, Drusilla Jaco's job involves a lot more potion-mixing and pixie-retrieval than sniffing out supernatural bad guys like rogue vampires and lethal were-creatures. DJ's boss and mentor, Gerald St. Simon, is the wizard tasked with protecting the city from anyone or anything that might slip over from the preternatural beyond. Then Hurricane Katrina hammers New Orleans' fragile levees, unleashing more than just dangerous flood waters. While winds howled and Lake Pontchartrain surged, the borders between the modern city and the Otherworld crumbled. Now the undead and the restless are roaming the Big Easy, and a serial killer with ties to voodoo is murdering soldiers sent to help the city recover. To make it worse, Gerald St. Simon has gone missing, the wizards' Elders have assigned a grenade-toting assassin as DJ's new partner, and undead pirate Jean Lafitte wants to make her walk his plank. The search for Gerry and the killer turns personal when DJ learns the hard way that loyalty requires sacrifice, allies come from the unlikeliest places, and duty mixed with love creates one bitter gumbo.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: TOR (14 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765327791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765327796
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 14 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,603,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Equal parts paranormal romp and homage to NOLA, I raced down "Royal Street". Not only is this book an enchanting urban fantasy debut, but it's also one of the most sensitive and honest depictions of post-Katrina NOLA I've read."--Nicole Peeler, author of "Tracking the Tempest""Rarely has an urban fantasy so moved and entertained me on the very same page! "Royal Street" offers an insider's view of post-Katrina New Orleans, in all its heartache--and all its heart. A witty, resilient heroine and an irresistible cast make this 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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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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Bad things abound in Louisana... 28 Nov 2012
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Being a total sucker for Louisiana in general, NOLA in particular, and sassy supernatural stories in between, this new series could've been written with me in mind. There are moments when I wonder if the 'dark fantasy' genre isn't full to overflowing but, as Royal Street proves, there always seems to be room on top for one more.

Mind you, it is getting tough for authors to find any original wrinkles to add to the magic / monsters mix of myth in the modern world, and you won't find many new concepts in here. The standard ingredients are thrown together with some panache, however: an unready and inexperienced apprentice forced to take on overwhelming odds; an intriguing mix of supernaturals including weres, wizards and whathaveyou; an inevitable overload of love interests; an unwelcome partner; an ambivalent ruling council, and a bad-tempered cat. There's romance but it's low key, not an in-your-face shagfest as some supernatural series can be.
The author has a lively writing style, easy to get along with, and the pace of the tale is generally fast 'n' light. It's not over-burdened with deep philosophical debate or strikingly stylish prose -and I did get a little frustrated with the heroine's seemingly irrational grump towards the guy who'd been sent to help her. I'd've thought that if you're up to your ass in alligators then a guy who comes fully loaded with automatic weaponry would be seen as an asset, and got a little tired with her adolescent attitude towards him in the early stages of the book. It smoothed out as the threat developed and our heroine's hidden secrets started to bubble up until, by the end, I was romping through the pages. Really enjoyed the use of historical characters, too, which is a nice tweak to the usual format.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wizarding wizards! 15 Aug 2013
By The Demon Librarian TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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What a treat this was. I've had my eye on this series for a while now. Doesn't it have the most fabulous cover art? Thankfully, I found the inside of the book just as appealing as the outside. If you like any of the following in your urban fantasy, you should get along with this book (and series) very well:

Sensible, non-stupid protagonist
Interesting, complex and well-written secondary characters
Just enough romance to appeal, without overtaking
Villains you kinda-sorta have a crush on on the sly
Interesting hierarchies within the supernatural community
Magicky woo woo stuff
A well-plotted mystery with a thrilling conclusion
Vibrant and easy to visualize setting
Great dialogue and engaging narration
Wizards, weres, vamps, shapeshifters, and my favourite of all: historical undeads kept alive by the magic of memory (so. freaking. cool!)

If you don't like any of those things...WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?

Just kidding. But seriously, this is a great start and I enjoyed Drusilla - DJ - Jaco very much. I also have my beady eye on the hunk of man goodness that is Alex, and Jean Lafitte? What an interesting fellow. I'll reserve judgement on him for now until I delve deeper into his delicious undead brain.


I also really enjoyed the focus being on wizards for a change. And a female wizard to boot. Such a great idea to have your main character have an almost limitless potential for awesome. As long as she knows the spell for it, and can summon enough power, she can do pretty much anything. Which is so much more exciting than if she were, say, a werewolf or something.

What can you do? I can be a wolf.

What can you do? ANYTHING!

Which would you pick? Yeah, me too.

So I hope I've convinced you to go check it out. It should be on the shelf of every UF lover, without exception. I will not accept excuses.

4 Stars ★★★★
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3.0 out of 5 stars A solid series opener, but... 30 May 2013
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This series shows promise; I love the voice of DJ, most of the other characters are intriguing [especially Jean :)], the amount of other preternatural aspects for future books in the series is very interesting & is pretty much limitless, and the humour is genuinely funny and isn't forced onto every page, unlike a lot of similar books.

However, there is a but... the pace of the book is uneven - it starts slowly as we are introduced to the main characters, picks up as the mystery elements are introduced, slows again as DJ connects the dots, then ends strongly.

One star down.


I've removed another star, but bare in mind that this one is down to my personal reading preference, not down to the author's writing skills. The cliché I hate, the dreaded multiple-love-interest subplot, is present. Having to follow the thoughts of DJ as she drools over two guys is a bore, and it slowed down the book's already uneven pacing more, and distracted me from the main plot. There is also another guy waiting in the background, so I'm wary that DJ - and the author - is going to go all Anita Blake on us in the not too distant future...

Post Twilight this cliché has become over-worn and is now a common problem for me in most new urban fantasy reads; if the book has a female lead, then the authors automatically assume we all want to read about their love lives, and further assumes that we all day-dream about macho alpha types competing for us.... I'll read a romance if I want romance or smut, but when I want urban fantasy I just want to read fantasy in an urban setting.

Rant over.
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But that description doesn't do it credit.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good start to the series
I liked this one and think it's a good start to a hopefully great series. I liked the characters and DJ's voice. Read more
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I was looking forward to starting this new series but was a little apprehensive as it's touted as a mix of Sookie Stackhouse and Harry Dresden. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good move over for Vampire novel lovers
I really enjoyed this series. I'm a lover of Vampire novels and found this series a brilliant move over. There's sexual heat and supernatural entities to satisfy most. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Decent Novel for Young Adults
I was challenged to read this, and against my better judgement, I ended-up liking it - how could you not? Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good and interesting urban fantasy
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