Royal Street

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Royal Street

Sentinels of New Orleans, #1

Drusilla Jaco spends most of her time as a Green Congress wizard, mixing potions instead of working with the physical magic that she craves. Her job consists of sending overly romantic undead pirates back to the beyond and unfreezing dogs when spells go wrong for the people of New Orleans. During the aftermath of the devastating Hurricane Katrina, D.J. learns that her mentor, Gerry St. Simon, is missing and the borders to the beyond are open bringing forth every magical creature imaginable. With Gerry missing, D.J. is paired with a sexy enforcer named Alex, to protect the borders while searching for her mentor and to discover the identity of a serial killer targeting strangers to French Quarter. With all this on her shoulders, she learns that she is capable of more magic than she could ever imagine and she may become the next target of the serial killer plaguing the city.

I was excited to read this novel and Suzanne Johnson doesn’t disappoint with this one. D.J. was a great character wanting to be something more than a potion-mixing wizard and she learns that she is so much more during the course of this book. Gerry was her idol and acted as a father to her at a very young age so there was no doubt that she would go looking for him when he went missing after Hurricane Katrina. She was very smart but always seemed to get into situations that were a little bit bigger than she could handle and I was glad to see that Alex always appeared at the perfect time to help her.

Alex, on the other hand, was a great mystery. You could never tell his feelings for D.J. and it just felt as though they had this big love/hate relationship. Then you add Jake, Alex’s brother, into the mix and there was the beginnings of a love triangle that hovered in the background. I loved the atmosphere of this book, especially with Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans in the background. It was a very enjoyable read and I’m looking to read more from this author.


Book Blurb for Royal Street

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.

Tor/Forge


Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2012 4.50