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ARC Review: Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson

Apr 8, 2012

Book 1 in Sentinels of New Orleans series

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.
I gave this book a 3
Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson takes us on the search for a killer in a post Katrina New Orleans. Johnson takes us back to those terrible and dismal days after the destruction of New Orleans.   Drusilla, better known as DJ, will help in the search for a killer using her spells and potions. DJ's connection with her new partner, Alex was interesting, but where real heat simmers in with his cousin, Jake.  As the story unfolds we are bombarded with a slew of supernatural beings.  I enjoyed Jean Lafitte's humor and wit throughout the book, his ghost joins DJ's group.  There are parts of the puzzle that are still missing and I hope we will learn more in future books. The Sentinels of New Orleans series shows great promise.

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Publisher: Tor/Forge
Imprint: Tor Books
Pub Date: April 10, 2012

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