Friday, July 19, 2013

Review: Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson

Title: Elysian Fields

Author: Suzanne Johnson
Series: Book Three in the Sentinels of New Orleans Series
Published By: MacMillian/Tor Books (August 13, 2013)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!

Book Description:
An undead serial killer comes for DJ in this thrilling third installment of Suzanne Johnson’s Sentinels of New Orleans series

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.

Combatting 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 could be DJ’s best option.

My Thoughts and Review:
I fell in love with this series after reading the second book River Road and I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. After the ending I just needed more. I wasn't ready for it to be over and I just knew I would completely devour this as soon as I opened it. Suzanne is an amazing writer, she truly is one of my favorites, whether it is this series or her other series, she is just fantastic and I look forward each time I open up one of her books to get pulled into one of her worlds and am ready to get a story that I know will blow my mind and get the characters I have come to care about and  love. In other words, I know I will get my fix. I will get action, romance, the paranormal kick I love, some mystery and really, a whole lot more. I get everything I love to read about in one fantastic read.

As always the setting of this one is in New Orleans and Suzanne once again takes so far into the city that we feel like we have been transported right into the heart of the city. You can smell the water and taste the salt on your tongue.  Hear the rich dialect of the speech and feel the energy of the city as it buzzes with constant chatter, excitement and movement. And most of all you can feel the strength of the town and people as they rebuild their lives and move on from the devastation and heartache that tried to overtake them. A place so magical you can feel it in the very air you breathe. 

I absolutely loved the direction this took. Not only did the romance heat up, in more ways than one but I got a ton of questions answered and more importantly we got some Jean time. Ahem. I mean...yeah. Most importantly DJ continues to grow and kick serious prete butt. Her powers start to develop more as she learns about her heritage and did I mention the Jean time? Although if I am being brutally honest here, we didn't get nearly enough time with the sexy pirate. I can't help it, the little pirateer has stolen my heart and once again he proved himself an ally to DJ and I can't help but not like him for that. 

I did love the Alex time, oh yeah and I even liked Rand believe it or not and thankfully, all of my questions about him were answered as well. So much happens in fact that I don't even know where to begin. Jake is...well, Jake is still struggling but he is getting better in his own way and my heart did go out to him and I really hope we get more Jake time in the next book as well because I really do love him, faults, anger, loup, and all. 

Suzanne has blown me away with this series and I can for sure now say that this one is right up there in my top ten favorite urban fantasy series. I love everything about this one and I can't wait to get more. I hope Suzanne can write quickly!

*All opinions and thoughts are my own, I was not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensate for this review in any way*


  1. I've heard great things about this series and I love New Orleans as the setting of books. Great that many of your questions were answered and the romance really heated up! That is what I'm always hoping for in the end of a series. I don't think I have read anything with a sexy pirate yet!

  2. Oh more Jean i can't wait for that^^ i absolutely love this series and i'm so happy the publisher asked for book 4 and 5 ( but yes now we must let suzanne some time to write them^^;;)

    thank you for this wonderful and honest review

  3. Book three already! Shoot! I feel like book 2 just came out and I was already behind with that one and now I'm even more behind. I just need to read all day instead of work ;-) Love that the romance heats up in this one, I'm all for a few more sexy moments for DJ!

  4. Oh man, I can't believe book 3 is coming out already! I've been wanting to read this series!

  5. Try it Candace, I know you will love it!!

  6. Squee, now admittedly I only read your opening and closing paragraphs..because this is next up in my reading queue and my review won't post till August 8th, so i will stop back for the rest of your thoughts..but I am so excited you liked it!!

  7. I am excited for you Kim, you are going to LOVE it!!

  8. I am so glad that you are loving this series. I really like the New Orleans setting. Great review.

  9. I'm glad this series is still going so strong for you. I keep promising to read it and I have book 1 right here, but I never seem to get around to it. I PROMISE to fix that soon.

  10. Yay! Love this series so much. I am loving her relationship with Rene too. Makes me laugh. My review is scheduled later this month.

  11. I have this series for review and I will be featuring this book during Something Wicked. I am totally excited to start it. I loved New Orleans!

  12. I keep hearing such wonderful praise for this series and your review is making me wish I was caught up! I'll have to get on book one immediately. Fabulous review!