I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson
Series: Sentinels of New Orleans #3
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Tor on 13 August 2013
The axman cometh and DJ is determined the hunt him down. This creepy killer may have been dead for the better part of a century but with the help of a necromancer, he is happily biding his time chopping up the good citizens of New Orleans while he narrows in on DJ. If DJ had been at the top of her game, I have no doubt she could have handled him with aplomb but her problems are multiplying exponentially and she is stretched to her absolute limits.
DJ remains an absolute treat. She’s the Sentinel for New Orleans and a Green Congress wizard. This means she specialises in the geekier side of magic and relishes potions and rituals etc rather than brute physical strength of a Red Congress wizard. A good portion of the novel is devoted to DJ refining her skills with her staff (Charlie) which I appreciated as I hate automatic power-ups. She receives a nasty shock as a result of trying to help Jake (resident loup-garou) and this revelation has the potential to change her life considerably. She has matured over the last few books and handles things with far more equanimity than I would have expected.
There may be lots of contenders for DJ’s harem but there is only one that consistently holds my attention. I can understand why Johnson limited the amount of Jean Lafitte page time as he has a tendency to steal every scene he’s in but I can’t help wishing though we could have had a little more though. We finally find out what the deal is with Quince “Rand” Randolph and more importantly what he is, which added an extra layer of complexity to the plot. His duplicitous nature ought to have earned my wrath but things aren’t always quite what they seem (especially in this series) and I started to empathise with his situation.
Johnson’s love New Orleans shines through every page and makes her world both richly detailed and evocative. The humour helps to counteract the dark tone of the Axman’s acts. There was a lot happening in this novel and I was impressed with how Johnson was able to bring the disparate threads together. The final fight scene was fantastic as it showcased DJ’s growth.
Although I read this novel via NetGalley, I will be buying a copy to join the other two in the series on my ‘absolute favourites’ bookshelf. If you start the series with this book you will unfortunately be missing out on two very entertaining novels – I recommend you start with Royal Street.