Mar 292012

Royal Street (Sentinels of New Orleans #1) by Suzanne Johnson
Source: Review copy from Tor Books via Netgalley
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website

As the junior wizard sentinel for New Orleans, Drusilla Jaco’s job involves a lot more potion-mixing and pixie-retrieval than sniffing out supernatural bad guys like rogue vampires and lethal were-creatures. DJ’s boss and mentor, Gerald St. Simon, is the wizard tasked with protecting the city from anyone or anything that might slip over from the preternatural beyond.

Then Hurricane Katrina hammers New Orleans’ fragile levees, unleashing more than just dangerous flood waters.

While winds howled and Lake Pontchartrain surged, the borders between the modern city and the Otherworld crumbled. Now, the undead and the restless are roaming the Big Easy, and a serial killer with ties to voodoo is murdering the soldiers sent to help the city recover.

To make it worse, Gerry has gone missing, the wizards’ Elders have assigned a grenade-toting assassin as DJ’s new partner, and undead pirate Jean Lafitte wants to make her walk his plank. The search for Gerry and for the serial killer turns personal when DJ learns the hard way that loyalty requires sacrifice, allies come from the unlikeliest places, and duty mixed with love creates one bitter gumbo.

This book was an exciting start to a new paranormal series. It had a little bit of everything you could want: action, magic, love triangle, realistic setting, emotional events, humour and an actual ending.

First up is the setting. Set in New Orleans during and after Katrina. This is sure to resonate with many readers in a very emotional way. I am pretty removed from the actual event, but the emotions and actions of the characters seemed very real and realistic. I can only imagine what people went through during and after Katrina, and this book helped give my imaginings more depth.

Next up, the love triangle. This is almost a given in most books, and was done quite well here. The guys were quite different, and while I didn’t like Alex in the beginning, he did grow on me over time. Of course, Jake was a sweetheart from the start. The romance was understated and very steamy, yet the story still had a clean read feel. I kept waiting for the “dirty” to start, and yet it never did. Maybe in the next book?

Something I need to mention: the humor. This is quite the amusing and fun story. Yes, there are serious parts, but there is also quite a bit of fun banter and giggle worthy moments.

Overall, I was very impressed with the story. The story ended well, with the main plotline resolved, and yet there was still lots left to explore in future books. I will definitely be checking out book #2 when it comes out.

Challenges read for:

 Speculative Fiction Challenge 2012

2012 Ebook Challenge

  2 Responses to “Royal Street”

  1. *Nods, nods, nods* I totally agree, excellent review! I loved where they all landed at the end, all the possibilities for the next book. Ooh, I'm excited for it!

    Hey, maybe there'll be a quadrangle with that sneaky pirate who can't seem to stay where he's supposed to? 😉

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