Thursday, 15 August 2013

A Review for Elysian Fields (Sentinels of New Orleans #3) by Suzanne Johnson

Elysian Fields (Sentinels of New Orleans, #3)Posted by Melanie 
Release Date: August 13th, 2013
Finished Date: July 17th, 2013
Publishers: Tor Books 
Source: For Review
Format: ARC 
Pages: 352
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.

The Review: Wow! This was AWESOME! I think this book blew the other two out of the water and this series has definitely become a firm favourite of mine.

I can’t add anything to the synopsis because it outlines the story perfectly as we join DJ for her third and most dangerous adventure yet. I think DJ is a great character that has grown so much over the course of 3 books, really coming into her own as a Sentinel & wizard but with room to grow & progress more. I like that there was an attempt to bring her Elven powers to the forefront in this and feel like there is a lot of untapped potential there so I’m hoping for more along those lines. I loved where her love life went in this, but, felt like it was 2 steps forward and one step back and yet another complication was added to the mix which I have mixed feelings about, I’ve always liked the banter between DJ and the men in her life but I need to state that I’m definitely team Alex!

The storyline was just great, there was SO much going on that I just couldn’t put the book down – it was action all the way and seriously took my breath away. I read the first 75% of the book in one go and only didn’t finish it in one sitting because I fell asleep with kindle in hand – so yeah, it’s that good! In this series there always seems to be two threads going on at once in each book and this felt like it had even more but not in a complicated way, everything blended together seamlessly for one hell of a ride. I have always enjoyed the idea of the border between the two realms that is policed by Sentinels like DJ & I love how New Orleans & Old Orleans come together, how our world exists with the supernatural world and of course, collide, which has tons of possibilities for future books. I really liked the undead serial killer angle and that got even better when he started to target our MC which is a good enough plot by itself but then when everything else starts to pile up for DJ – she ends up with a loup-garou scare, gets herself kidnapped, becomes part of a power play, gets knocked around (a lot!) and as always finds herself in some precarious situations – it makes me wonder just how much can our favourite wizard take? But what I do know is that this book is an amazing, exciting, action packed adventure filled with lots of supernatural goodness, with many life threatening situations for most of its characters & a smidge of romance that always leaves me wanting more and I loved every second of it!! I think that the world that the author has created is just brilliant, the characters, the setting, the supernatural element & even the pacing are everything I could want it a book and that’s what I get  - Now, I WANT MORE!! 

16 comments:

Natalie Cleary said...

I'll have to add these to my list. They sound awesome. Great review Mel!

miki said...

I can't resist this series either and yes only sleep could prevent me to finish it in one sitting too.
Thank you a lot for this passionate review but i confess i'm more team Jean!

Melanie Hall said...

I do have a soft spot for Jean too, he was very sweet to her in this but I always feel he has ulterior motives :S

Melanie Hall said...

Thanx Nat x

miki said...

he said he didn't expect some benefice to come from that but at the same time he is not lying ^^
Alex is a lot more controlling

Melanie Hall said...

Oh I didn't know (how did I miss it :O), Thankyou! I will get straight over and have a look :D

miki said...

My pleasure ( it will be on sale later in september with bonus even but i can't wait that long^^)

Roger Simmons said...

Elysian Fields is my favorite book in the Sentinels series. We wait now for book four - Pirate's Alley. Team D.J.. And yes she gets knocked around A LOT in Elysian Fields. Wonderful read.

Eva Millien said...

Thanks for sharing your 5 magical flower review. I know I will enjoy Elysian Fields as well. evamillien at gmail dot com

Liz Semkiu said...

I agree the book is a wild ride. Don't start before bedtime because you will be up all night reading!

Linda Townsend said...

Awesome review! I love this series!

Melanie Hall said...

I totally agree :)

Melanie Hall said...

Thanx Eva :)

Melanie Hall said...

haha for sure!

Melanie Hall said...

Thanx Linda - me too ;)

Linda Townsend said...

Yes! I want MORE!