River Road by Suzanne Johnson

Posted April 21, 2013 | 26 Comments

River Road by Suzanne JohnsonRiver Road
Author: Suzanne Johnson
Series: Sentinels of New Orleans #2
Published by: Tor
Publication Date: November 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher

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.


26 responses to “River Road by Suzanne Johnson

  1. I love this series and i’m so happy to see that you like it too^^ it really makes me want to visit New Orleans too ( Suzanne sometimes make post on her blog with pictures from teh actual place cited in teh book and it’s so great!)
    and soon we will get a novella about Jean Lafittte to help us wait until august^^ so great!

  2. Melinda Dartmann

    I haven’t read the book or series but I love to read anything about Katrina and the people of Louisianna. I would love to read it.

    • susannah sandlin is her pen name^^ and teh legacy series is really great, you can have her spin off too it’s a serial at the moment ( available in print in june) but if you take the kindle edition now it’s obnly 1,99 dollars so a wonderful offer ( and no need to have read penton legacy series firsty because Storm force, the spin off is in teh same ” universe” but with shifter instead of vampire, a romantic paranormal thriller really wonderful!
      book two is even better by the way more humour in it^^ than book1

  3. LeKeisha Thomas

    I haven’t read the book before but it’s on my TBR list, which is growing by the second since I started following book blogs. I’m a Southern girl from Alabama, and I love reading stories with Southern settings. I’ve been to New Orleans three times. Love it there!!

  4. sarah c.

    oh i have been dying to read this book!!! i love reading about new orleans area and stuff like that..They say that area is pretty wicked and i would love to go.. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  5. wanda

    This book sounds like a great read new species and its set in New Orleans which is my absolute favorite paranormal setting .Cant wait to dive into this book.Hope you have a great week.

  6. Meghan Stith

    This is the second supernatural series that has Hurricane Katrina referenced in it. I like when authors match real history with their own supernatural story lines. The Sookie Stackhouse novels also reference Katrina. I believe it happens in book 4 but in the tv show, it occurs before the show even happens.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

  7. Tiffany Riach

    I have not read this series yet but it has been on my TBR list, it looks great. Can’t wait to read all the books.

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