Sentinels of New Orleans
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Word Count: 96,000
Goodreads Rating: 4.18
My Rating: 5.0
From award-winning author Suzanne Johnson comes the fourth book in the smart and sexy Sentinels of New Orleans series.
Wizard sentinel DJ Jaco thought she had gotten used to the chaos of her life in post-Katrina New Orleans, but a new threat is looming, one that will test every relationship she holds dear.
Caught in the middle of a rising struggle between the major powers in the supernatural world—the Wizards, Elves, Vampires and the Fae—DJ finds her loyalties torn and her mettle tested in matters both professional and personal. Her relationship with enforcer Alex Warin is shaky, her non-husband Quince Randolph is growing more powerful, and her best friend Eugenie has a bombshell that could blow everything to Elfheim and back.
And that's before the French pirate Jean Lafitte, newly revived from his latest "death," returns to New Orleans with vengeance on his mind. DJ's assignment? Keep the sexy leader of the historical undead out of trouble. Good luck with that.
Duty clashes with love, loyalty with deception, and friendship with responsibility as DJ navigates passion and politics in the murky waters of a New Orleans caught in the grips of a brutal winter that might have nothing to do with Mother Nature.
War could be brewing, and DJ will be forced to take a stand. But choosing sides won't be that easy.
My Take On The Book:
Not to long ago I he privilege of being a part of a tour that included the first 3 books of this series and it only took me reading 2 chapters to know I was in love with the series. The characters never cease to make me happy and Ms. Johnson always amazes me with her ability to create a story you can get lost in. So suffice to say, when I got the email from Bewitching Book Tours about this tour I literally jumped at the opportunity.
The story pick up not long after the previous installment and thrusts you almost immediately into the fray. Its a very high action book with little to no down time but that doesn't really take away from the story. If anything it helps fuel the 'desperation' DJ and her friends are feeling.
The Great (Pros):
- Eugenie. I swear, I must have a woman crush on Eugine cause I can't get enough of her character in this series. She is hands down the best supporting character. Her storyline was also pretty awesome and made for a better all around book. Its nice to see so genuine human interaction and reaction.
- Alex. I've loved this man and his character since book 1 so its no surprise that he continues to make me smile when he's on the page. He's not in this book as much as I would like and he does have a couple of moments where you wanna smack him upside the head but he's still utterly Alex.
- Rene & Jean. The merman Rene along with his historical undead friend Jean always make me giggle. Their antics are so childish at times you forget how formidable they really are.
- DJ. I will probably always love DJ. She's a strong character with some kick ass powers and a bad ass set of friends. She gets her butt handed to her, groans a bit but jumps right back up and brings down the bad guy.
- Storyline. This one is a double edged sword. Because I enjoyed the political route this story took and the various veins of this storyline but there was something missing that I look forward to in this series.
- Action. I loved how this book jumped right into the action. It was almost instantaneous.
The Not So Great (Cons):
- Not enough romance. While its completely understandable given the situations... I felt cheated. I waited forever for those two to get together and there just wasn't enough love.
- No real antagonist. Sure there is a ad guy so to speak but there is no mystery or crazy schemes in this one. Its very cut and dry. You basically know who the baddies are and then they're gone. It was more 'political' in a sense cause your focusing on the ins and outs of the preternatural community. And while it wasn't bad, it was my one biggest complaint cause it was missing the mystery you expect in every book. Its understandable tho, as its the only logical step for the story to take after the events that transpired in the last book so it didn't affect the rating.
It was a great book! The kinda book you don't put down that keeps you awake all night and make you twitchy and start jonesing for the next in the series to quell your thirst.
EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK
Suzanne Johnson writes urban fantasy and paranormal fiction from Auburn, Alabama, on top of a career in educational publishing that has thus far spanned five states and six universities—including both Alabama and Auburn, which makes her bilingual. She grew up in Winfield, Alabama, but was also a longtime resident of New Orleans, so she has a highly refined sense of the absurd and an ingrained love of SEC football, cheap Mardi Gras trinkets, and fried gator on a stick.
Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she also is the author of the best-selling Penton Legacy paranormal romance series and The Collectors romantic thriller series. Elysian Fields, book three in the Sentinels of New Orleans series, won the 2014 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence while her Sandlin-penned novel, Allegiance, is nominated for a 2015 Reviewer’s Choice Award from RT Book Reviews magazine.
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