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River Road Hardcover – 13 Nov 2012

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  • Hardcover: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (13 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765327805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765327802
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 3 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,416,626 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 the 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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Great continuation. That was my first thought when reading River Road, that it passed the book two test with flying colours. Building on the strong start of book one - Royal Street - River Road was all that and more. Using her established template, Johnson was able to now focus more on developing relationships and characterization to great effect. I loved it!

River Road also gave us a new supernatural species to explore - Mer people. I know! So cool!

Not being wizard's greatest fans (Oh, who am I kidding? Wizards don't have fans in this series!) having to work side-by-side with two warring Mer clans to solve a series of grisly murders would be a perilous venture for most people. DJ handles it with aplomb in her no nonsense, forthright manner that seems to garner respect, however begrudgingly, from everyone she meets. Using all resources available, she again proved to be the smart, competent protagonist I so enjoyed from book one, with the added bonus of using her new uber wizarding powers as provided by Charlie, her elven staff.

One thing to note for readers moving on from book one, is that there is a 3-year time jump from the end of Royal Street. I think I know why the author did this, and that it was a good idea, but it did of course create some instances of having to play catch up. Alex and DJ, for example, have gone from almost strangers to best friends. Only friends. I can't say that didn't disappoint me, but their friendship is so lovely I'm not too disheartened. And don't think I don't see that sizzle still burning in their eyes sometimes...

Just friends my eye.

Other progression on the romance front was interesting in its complex, this-can't-possibly-be-going-anywhere way.
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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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My opinion of this book was much like that of the first in the series. I enjoyed it, but found it a little on the flat side. Granted, less here than in the previous book, as there wasn't so much time dedicated to self-discover and whinging on DJ's part. But there was still a lot of wandering about, going on dates, eating, etc that slowed the pace.

Similarly, I'm still baffled about why we need three men actively pursuing her, and the introduction of two more that will likely try in the future. It's becoming a bit like a harem and I find that annoying and distracting. Especially since this isn't primarily a romance and she isn't really all that impressive.

The mystery was interesting and kept my attention, though I thought having someone die because he was enthralled to the villain was an exact repeat of book one and the motivation for the murder seemed a bit weak. Lastly, there were three unaccounted for years between the first book and this one. That's a lot of time to pass without the reader knowing what happened. Ostensibly, DJ should have grown and improved at her job in that time. In fact, that seemed the only reason to let so much time pass. But she still seemed be floundering and hanging on by the skin of her teeth and all the men in her life seemed to have just been on pause for that time because they picked up exactly where there were left at the end of the first book, three years earlier.

All in all, I liked it enough to keep reading the series (my library has the first four), but not enough to call it a new favorite or anything.
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