Title: Elysian Fields Series: Sentinels of New Orleans #3
Release Date: August 13th 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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.
Also by this author: Royal Street, River Road, Pirate's Alley, Pirateship Down, Belle Chasse
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*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
Elysian Fields is the third book in the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series by Suzanne Johnson. In this story, D.J. has to deal with the Axeman (a historical undead) who has returned from the Beyond to kill her, while dealing with growing political tensions between the wizards, elves, and vampires.
One of the things I loved about Elysian Fields was how it jumped right into the action. It picked up right where River Road left off. There isn’t a big gap in time between the books like there was between books one and two. D.J. is still recovering from her injuries, and now she has more stuff to deal with. Poor D.J. never gets a break. Just when she solves one problem, she’s knee-deep into another. That’s part of what makes it a good read; the stakes are high and things just get worse.
There is a lot of mystery and suspense in Elysian Fields, especially surrounding Jake’s lack of control and Quince Randolph’s intentions and nature–what is he and what does he want? Of course, there’s also the question of who is controlling the Axeman and who wants to kill D.J..
The only disappointment I felt when reading this book was about the relationship between Alex and D.J.. They finally become intimate, and it’s skipped over. I didn’t expect or want explicit details, but I wished there had been a little more before-the-act description.
Overall, I was very satisfied with Elysian Fields. It has a lot of action and danger, mixed with a little romance. The ending wraps everything up nicely without cliffhangers. This was a great addition to the series. If you haven’t read the Sentinels of New Orleans series, I strongly recommend it.