Pirate’s Alley by Suzanne Johnson

Posted October 17, 2016 | 37 Comments

Pirate’s Alley by Suzanne JohnsonPirate's Alley
Author: Suzanne Johnson
Series: Sentinels of New Orleans #4
Published by: Tor
Publication Date: April 21, 2015
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 350
Source: Publisher

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.

I love The Sentinels of New Orleans series, but totally dropped the ball with Pirate’s Alley. It sat neglected for well over a year. There’s no excuse, so I take full responsibility for this horrendous act. 😀

I was worried it would be difficult to jump back in after such a long stint, but everything rushed back once I started reading. It felt great to be transported back to New Orleans with DJ and the rest of the crew!

This is an awesome set of characters. Including the assholes. They all have their rolls to play, and they play them well. It stresses me out sometimes not knowing if certain characters can be trusted, but that’s what makes it so good.

Whew! There’s a lot that goes down, and I enjoyed every moment of it. Power plays, action, humor, danger … yup, there’s no shortage. It’s completely engrossing!

I love DJ! She has to juggle so much and constantly needs to outwit … basically everyone this time, even when it comes to her love life. She’s a heroine that is easy to root for, and she’s proving to quite formidable.

Jean Lafitte is one of my favorite characters, so I love that he’s such an instrumental part of the story. He’s as cunning and devilishly charming as ever. I picture Jason Momoa as Lafitte ever since I watched his episode of Drunk History. Mmm … don’t ruin my fantasy!

Seriously, Pirate’s Alley rocked! Now I’m eagerly looking forward to what is sure to be an explosive series finale.

Like most UF, this series needs to be read in order.

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37 responses to “Pirate’s Alley by Suzanne Johnson

  1. the positive is that you won’t have to wait to long before Belle Chasse now^^ but yes it’s wonderfull how easy it is to jump back in this universe i LOVE it and recommend it without hesitation

    • Roger Simmons

      There will be at least one more book in the series after Belle Chasse, it’s working title is Frenchmen and Rampart.

  2. Roger Simmons

    Love all of Suzanne’s books. Pirate’s Alley is wonderful. Belle Chasse next. There will be at least one more book in the series after Belle Chasse, it’s working title is Frenchmen and Rampart.

  3. I haven’t ever heard of this series or author before so it looks like I’m missing out. I’m going to look the series up though. Great review, Christy!

  4. Nathan

    I am not familiar with this series but it sounds good. I probably wouldn’t have trouble getting back into a series I left a while ago, with my memory. This is a good review.

  5. I basically picture Jason Momoa as all the heroes in ever book because sweet baby Jesus is he gorgeous 🙂 I’m way behind on this series, I read the first book and really enjoyed it and then have failed to pick up the others. WTH?! Must remedy that, especially now that I can picture Jason Momoa as Lafitte.
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  6. I think the BEST UF series are the ones where the authors actually make it easy for the reader to jump back into the series without having to have past books sitting next to you so you can refer back to them. Very few do that so I’m glad to know Suzanne can pull that off… I’m a wee bit behind on this one. I’ve only read book one but I loved it!!

    Great review, girlie. You make me want to ditch all my review books to go back to this series 😉
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  7. Nice. New Orleans plus lots of factions- I likey. And pirate. Nice cover too. Whatever a wizard sentinel is if they look like her I’m in. lol

    And isn’t Jean Lafitte like a real guy (pirate) from back then?seems like I read that. Anyway- sounds fun!
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  8. I own several of these books and with all the glowing reviews from you guys I have no excuse to why i have not read them yet >.< heh… oh well even if it took a year 😛 at least you picked it back up!
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  9. I love a series that has well developed assholes D Usually the more sinister characters don’t get afford that same kind of rich backstory. It sounds incredible! I think I have the first one on my Kindle already and love a well written Urban Fantasy, I must push this further up the list. Wonderful review Christy, so glad you’re enjoying the series <3
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