Review: Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson

Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson
Series: Sentinels of New Orleans (# 3)
Release Date: August 13, 2013
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages: 352
Source: book provided by the author for review



An undead serial killer comes for DJ in this thrilling third installment of Suzanne Johnson’s Sentinels of New Orleans series

The mer feud has been settled, but life in South Louisiana still has more twists and turns than the muddy Mississippi.

New Orleanians are under attack from a copycat killer mimicking the crimes of a 1918 serial murderer known as the Axeman of New Orleans. Thanks to a tip from the undead pirate Jean Lafitte, DJ Jaco knows the attacks aren’t random—an unknown necromancer has resurrected the original Axeman of New Orleans, and his ultimate target is a certain blonde wizard. Namely, DJ.

Combatting an undead serial killer as troubles pile up around her isn’t easy. Jake Warin’s loup-garou nature is spiraling downward, enigmatic neighbor Quince Randolph is acting weirder than ever, the Elders are insisting on lessons in elven magic from the world’s most annoying wizard, and former partner Alex Warin just turned up on DJ’s to-do list. Not to mention big maneuvers are afoot in the halls of preternatural power.

Suddenly, moving to the Beyond as Jean Lafitte’s pirate wench could be DJ’s best option.


Review:  After reading books one and two, I was so ready for Elysian Fields.  And let me tell you, I was not disappointed.  While book one was mostly set up for the series and book two was mostly about DJ’s growth, book three throws everything out the window.  There was seriously so much happening in this book, my head was spinning.  But it was in such a delicious way that I was riveted to the page.

I just love DJ.  She’s definitely flawed, but she’s been growing over the course of the series.  In this installment, she’s tested beyond belief.  She’s up against a serial killer who seems to be aiming at DJ.  She’s trying to figure out her feelings for Alex.  And to top it all off, she’s been told she has to learn more about Elven magic.  DJ has so much she’s juggling, it was amazing she even crawled out of bed in the morning.  And then of course, Ms. Johnson had to go throw a major twist into the plot.

I really did enjoy this book.  My mind was blown as to where this series has gone.  She even managed to engage all my emotions as I read.  I laughed at DJ’s antics and cried during some pivotal moments. During some of the action scenes, I could almost feel my skin crawl as the descriptions were just so…real.  I felt like I was standing right in the middle of the action and could vividly picture what was happening around me.  And sometimes that wasn’t a wonderful thing.  I’ve said before in prior reviews that I’m not a fan of horror.  Every once in a while, I felt that it was toeing the line to crossing over to horror it was that graphic.  And in the end, that really is my only complaint with this book.

At the end of the story I was so ready for book 4, I immediately picked it up to see what was going to happen next.  The story does mostly wrap up, but I was definitely left with lots of unanswered questions.  While I think the book can stand alone, I don’t recommend it.  So much of what happened in this story was built to in the prior books.  But for urban fantasy fans, I do highly recommend picking up this series…. and this installment was my favorite to this point.



One thought on “Review: Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson

  1. you are so right this series deserves to be read in order ( and book 4 really can’t stand as stand alone) each book get better than the precedent
    i LOVE this series!!

    thank you for your honest review and i hope you will be enjoying Puirate’s alley even more ( and soon some novella to wait before Belle Chasse)

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