Skip to content

Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson ~ Book Review

Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson ~ Book ReviewAuthor: Suzanne Johnson
Title: Elysian Fields
Series: Sentinels of New Orleans #3
Publisher: Macmillan
Pages: 352
Release Date: August 13th 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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.
Format: eBook
Also by this author: Royal Street, River Road, Pirate's Alley, Pirateship Down, Belle Chasse
Add to Goodreads

*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.


About Suzanne Johnson

Suzanne Johnson is the author of the award-winning Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series but perhaps is best known for her romantic suspense and paranormal romance books written as Susannah Sandlin, including the Penton Vampire Legacy paranormal romance series, the Wilds of the Bayou suspense series, and The Collectors romantic thriller series. Her awards include two Holt Medallions in 2013 and 2015, a 2015 Booksellers Best Award in romantic suspense, and nominations in 2014 and 2015 for the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award. A displaced New Orleanian, she currently lives in Auburn, Alabama. Suzanne loves SEC football, fried gator on a stick, all things Cajun, and redneck reality TV.


Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

%d bloggers like this: