Title: Elysian Fields
Series: Sentinels of New Orleans #3
Author: Suzanne Johnson
Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Published: August 13th 2013 by Tor Books
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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.
This was the first book I've read by Suzanne Johnson. This was also my introduction to the Sentinels of New Orleans series. In spite of having not read the first two books in this series prior to reading this book, I was able to pick up the story and characters as I read.
This is an action-packed book! DJ is working on perfecting her elven magical powers with the most annoying wizard ever. AND she's getting tired of rejecting advances made by her neighbor, Quince, who is supposed to be in love with her best friend, Eugenie. AND she's finding that she no longer wants to ignore her attraction to sexy, hunky Alex. AND she's investigating murders in New Orleans which seem to be committed by the famed Axeman. Thanks to a tip from the undead pirate Jean Lafitte, DJ knows that a necromancer is controlling the Axeman. However, now the Axeman is targeting DJ herself. How can she protect herself from the Axeman, and solve the murders? Whew! I was on the edge of my seat thru-out.
I have never actually been to New Orleans but I have dreamed of visiting there; I felt like this book took me there! The setting of New Orleans post-Katrina was eerie, interesting and illuminating. Living in Florida, I fully relate to the devastation that hurricanes can render. Now I am also aware and won't forget about the historical undead and paranormal characters that may also be freed by the storm's energies. Yikes! There's plenty of humor too. I caught myself laughing out loud while reading many times.
I have now picked up the first two books as I am now hooked on The Sentinels of New Orleans series by Suzanne Johnson and I want to read more about how all these characters developed, especially DJ and Alex! Those who love the True Blood series could easily get their fix with this series when True Blood is off the air.