Elysian Fields Review Tour

September 3, 2013 Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews 9 ★★★★

Elysian Fields Review Tour

Elysian Fields Review TourElysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson
Series: Sentinels of New Orleans #3
Publisher: Tor
Date Published: August 13, 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC
Source: Provided as part of book tour
Rating: four-stars
Description: 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. Fighting off 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? It could be DJ's best option.

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Good news, we broke out of the 3 star category! While the first 2 books were a little bit of a struggle for me to get through, this one got my attention right away and kept it the entire book. A great third book. At first I wasn’t sure if this was meant to be a trilogy or to continue, but if this were the end, it was a good one since it actually ended on a happy note. I did see on the author’s information that further books are planned. If they’re as exciting as this one, I’m in.

So, let’s talk about this third Sentinels of New Orleans book, Elysian Fields. One of the issues I had with the first two books was that she has a bajillion guys who wanted to get in her pants. But I think I get it now. She has elf blood, and so she’s probably gorgeous. But also, all these guys being so enamored by her is useful since she has so many people bending over backwards to help her out when she’s in trouble. I call that a win. We also see some changes in the relationships between these characters, and I am so happy she finally picked someone and things seem to be going in a real relationship direction rather than just flirting and saying “no, we can’t”. No spoilers here, but I’m very happy with how this book ends.

I also really enjoyed the loup garou story line and all the uncertainty and fear and excellent plot it brought on. I seriously didn’t expect the outcome and I think it was handled in a really cool way. I enjoyed that angle of the story. The elves, well, that was quite the plot line there. Again, trying to keep this spoiler free, but wow are they a political and scheming creatures. As far as the big bad undead serial killer, woo now that was a doozy. So much destruction caused by one undead dude! I thought the reveal of who was behind it all was interesting, even if a little predictable. But apparently in DJ’s world, money and alliances rule.

Overall I enjoyed this book and am glad I made it this far in the story and am interested in learning what the pretes have in store for DJ.


Excerpt

 

By midafternoon, I was out of ideas and full of nervous energy that finally sent me out of doors, catching up on yard work I’d neglected all season, raking the small, crunchy leaves from the live oaks into piles a kid would love to play in.

“Need help?”

I ignored the voice and counted to ten, hoping it would go away. Instead, Quince Randolph knelt next to a tall pyramid of leaves I’d erected and took the lid off the big green trash can he’d brought with him. He began scooping up armfuls and piling them in the can. “You should compost this down. It would make a good mulch for flowerbeds. Plus you need more color in your landscaping.”

“Whatever.” I didn’t know what mulch was, didn’t care enough to ask, and had such a brown thumb that flowers never survived my gardening efforts.

Rand wore a chocolate-brown sweater almost the same color as mine, with jeans in a similar wash. With our comparable shades of long blond hair, we resembled grown-up Bobbsey Twins, except he was prettier. Freddie and Flossie do New Orleans.

“Are you here for any particular reason?”

He squinted up at me against the soft afternoon sunlight. “I just want to get to know you better.”

Uh- huh. “Tell me what you are, and then we’ll know each other better. I’m betting elf or faery.” I was kind of betting elf— it might explain his interest in me although, thankfully, he’d never shown any inclination to plunder my brain.

He grinned. “Go to dinner with me and I might tell you.”

I noted the return of his peridot earrings. Big liar. Super-big cheater. “Where’s Eugenie? You know, your girlfriend?”

A flash of irritation spoiled his perfect features a half second before he answered. “Working. Can we—”

What ever he planned to ask, my answer would be no, but he didn’t get a chance because a clomping noise reached us from the direction of Prytania Street. Rand and I both were stricken speechless at the sight of Jean Lafitte sitting like royalty in the back of a gold and white French Quarter tourist carriage. It was being pulled by a light- gray mule wearing a hat festooned with

fake flowers and driven by a smiling guy who had no idea how many daggers his undead pirate passenger had hidden on him.

The ornate carriage rolled to a stop, and the mule flicked an ear at the passing traffic. Those animals pulled tourists around the French Quarter all day, and it would take more than an impatient Toyota driver to rattle one of them. The carriages were also ridiculously expensive if one commissioned a ride outside the Quarter.

Then again, Jean Lafitte was loaded. The driver probably had a reason to smile.

Jean exited the carriage with extraordinary grace for such a large man. He was tall, powerfully built, black-haired, cobalt-eyed, a shameless flirt, and talked with a raspy French accent that made me swoon even though he was technically dead. In other words, I had a bit of a problem with Jean Lafitte and my own common sense being present at the same time.

Jean said a few words to the carriage driver, then turned to prop his hands on his hips in a broad pirate-like stance, giving Rand a disapproving visual once-over. The mule backed up a

few awkward steps before pulling the carriage into my driveway.

God help me, I hoped Alex didn’t get home in time to see this. I’d never hear the end of it.

“Do you wish me to rid you of this intruder, Jolie?”


About the Author

Suzanne Johnson writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance from Auburn, Alabama, after a career in educational publishing that has spanned five states and six universities.  She grew up halfway between the Bear Bryant Museum and Elvis’ birthplace and lived in New Orleans for fifteen years, so she has a highly refined sense of the absurd and an ingrained love of SEC football and fried gator on a stick.

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9 Responses to “Elysian Fields Review Tour”

  1. Amy Pollard Woolard

    I really like what I read above!! I am looking forward to reading the book!! Thank you for the giveaway!!

  2. Eva Millien

    Thanks for sharing the great excerpt and review. I love this series and I am looking forward to reading Elysian Fields. evamillien at gmail dot com

  3. vampedchik

    Great review. I’m still waiting to start the series. I’m waiting for book 1 to come in the mail.

  4. miki

    When this book was written the publisher hadn’t asked yet for more books so Suzanne made it possible while still giving us what we want and i think she did it more than well!! i was hooked on this book since page 1^^ and i was surprised until the end so i’m more than happy to get book 4 and 5 in the futur

  5. Cheryl Hart

    I’ve never read elfin or ‘dead’ books, but this sounds interesting. 🙂 Thank you for the review, and the giveaway. 🙂

  6. Michelle Lewis

    Hi! Just wanted to say thank you for the awesome Giveaway and I LOVE the blog,super cute.

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