Author: Suzanne Johnson
Series: Sentinels of New Orleans #2
Published by: Tor
Publication Date: November 13, 2012
Hurricane Katrina is long gone, but the preternatural storm rages on in New Orleans. New species from the Beyond moved into Louisiana after the hurricane destroyed the borders between worlds, and it falls to wizard sentinel Drusilla Jaco and her partner, Alex Warin, to keep the preternaturals peaceful and the humans unaware. But a war is brewing between two clans of Cajun merpeople in Plaquemines Parish, and down in the swamp, DJ learns, there’s more stirring than angry mermen and the threat of a were-gator.
Wizards are dying, and something—or someone—from the Beyond is poisoning the waters of the mighty Mississippi, threatening the humans who live and work along the river. DJ and Alex must ﬁgure out what unearthly source is contaminating the water and who—or what—is killing the wizards. Is it a malcontented merman, the naughty nymph, or some other critter altogether? After all, DJ’s undead suitor, the pirate Jean Laﬁtte, knows his way around a body or two.
It’s anything but smooth sailing on the bayou as the Sentinels of New Orleans series continues.
Oh New Orleans, I need to visit you soon. Since I can’t right away, I’ll let Suzanne Johnson take me there through her books. I love the Sentinals of New Orleans series! This author really has a way with pulling the reader in and making you not want to leave. I honestly wasn’t worried whether or not River Road would hold up as a sequel, because I could tell from Royal Street that Johnson has that indefinable something that I love. And I definitely loved River Road.
River Road picks up three years after Royal Street left off. DJ has been appointed Sentinel of New Orleans, but since the Counsel doesn’t think she can handle it alone, they assigned Alex as her partner. The boarders between here and the Beyond has opened, which means a huge influx in preternaturals are coming through. Some causing more trouble than others. Merpeople are running amok fighting over territory, people are getting sick, mutilated bodies are surfacing in the bayous, and that’s not even half of DJ’s problems. She definitely has her hands full.
The mysteries were done really well. I loved how so much was going on, and that there were a lot of characters to be suspicious about. Even if there is one you think is for sure guilty, it’s always questionable whether any of the others were too. And if so, how were they connected. A book that keeps me questioning and guessing absolutely gets bonus points from me. I think it’s safe to say there wasn’t a dull moment in River Road.
On top of everything that’s happening, DJ also has to figure out just what the heck is going on with the men in her life. DJ and Alex had decided to keep it strictly as a friend-with-no-benefits situation, but something seems to be changing. After not seeing or hearing from Jake for three years, feelings are starting to brew between them again. Then there is Jean Lefitte, the sexy historical undead pirate, who makes is very clear that he wants some booty time with DJ. Okay, at first I thought it was a tad strange that after three years of nothings, that suddenly all three guys are right back in the game with DJ, making moves. However, it so works. I love the chemistry between everyone. I kind of don’t want DJ with any one of them, because I seriously enjoy the flirting and banter that goes on with each one. I would totally take all three.
Besides the regular group of characters, there were a few new ones introduced. I can honestly say I loved them all, even the ones that aren’t supposed to be very likeable. Suzanne Johnson does a great job with her characters, and it’s one of my favorite aspects about her writing. I also loved the foreshadowing she did for an upcoming story, and integrating certain characters in just the right ways.
What can I say? Sentinals of New Orleans is a series you should be reading! River Road was an excellent follow up to Royal Street, and I know the third book, Elysian Fields, will be great too.