Review: Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson

Coming April 10, 2012Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson
Series: The Sentinals of New Orleans (# 1)
Release Date:  April 10, 2012
Publisher: Tor
Pages: 336
Source: NetGalley

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 the soldiers sent to help the city recover.

To make it worse, Gerry 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 for the serial 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.


Review: As a big fan of Urban Fantasies I was looking forward to reading this book. I love New Orleans and have visited often so the setting was pleasantly familiar. It was interesting that the story took place before and after Katrina. The concept that the worlds between the dead and living were held together by borders that were breached because of the storm was imaginative and fresh.

When Gerry, the mentor of the heroine tunes up missing after Katrina I was excited to find out what happened to him. I love a good mystery. However, I did not like how the mystery ended for Gerry.

The book started off with an action scene that was promising. Unfortunately, there was more commentary going on in the heroine’s head then anything else. I found myself skimming for dialogue. DJ, the heroine was likeable. She jumped into action, most of the time putting her self in peril and needing someone else to save her. I found Alex, the hero, to be sexy and intriguing. I wanted to know about him and less about Gerry.

In my opinion the dead pirate, John Lafitte, stole the show. His loud threats and silly flirting added comic relief. My favorite scenes were with him.

The author sets up the story making the reader think that Alex will be DJ’s love interest. Then she turns around and introduces Jake, Alex’s cousin, who takes up DJ’s interest for most of the book. Then in the end she doesn’t end up with either of them.

I found some parts of the story to be predicable. I did like the style of the author and I would read the next book in the series.

Favorite Quote: “The fight wasn’t over,” I said through gritted teeth. “I’d have won it.” Probably.

“Right,” he said. “And something just flew past your window. It was oinking”


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