River Road Hardcover – 13 Nov 2012
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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.
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.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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*.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
to get my teeth into. after reading the first book i had to have more. i love this kind of book and will be picking up the rest of the series. Read morePublished on 17 April 2014 by margesimpson
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... Read morePublished on 20 Feb. 2014 by Sammee (I Want To Read That)
OK after a worrying start with the first book, I was a little apprehensive at starting the second s after all, in any series its usually the second that’s the make or break, so... Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2014 by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog
Three years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans sentinel Drusilla Jaco now has to deal with feuding mer clans. Read morePublished on 5 Jan. 2014 by Mr. D. L. Rees
Book two in the Sentinels of New Orleans series and I liked this one better than the first. Sometimes sequels don't live up to the promise in the first book but with this one I... Read morePublished on 15 Dec. 2013 by Skelf
I enjoyed the first book so much I was really glad to be reading this book.
I am a lover of vampire novels and found this series a good move over. Read more
This book is set three years after Royal Street which was set in new Orleans at the time of Hurricane Katrina. Read morePublished on 25 Oct. 2013 by Anne
There's nothing better than a good sequel and thank goodness this is one because so often they aren't. Read morePublished on 19 Aug. 2013 by M. J. Saxton