Wednesday 4 September 2013

Review: Elysian Fields - Suzanne Johnson

New Orleans is under attack from a copycat who is mimicking the crimes of a serial killer who terrorised the streets almost a century earlier.

Drusilla Jaco could happily live without the advances of the 200-year-old undead pirate Jean Lafitte, but through him she learns the terrible truth: this is no copycat - someone has resurrected the original Axeman of New Orleans, And to make matters worse, the attacks aren't random at all. He's after her.

So there's an undead serial killer on her back. A loup-garou who's going loco. The Elders are insisting on magic lessons from the world's most annoying wizard. And former partner - and sometime Neanderthal - Alex Warin has just turned up on DJ's to-do list.

DJ is about to discover that life in Louisiana has more twists and turns than the mighty Mississippi.

Sentinels of New Orleans Series:
Royal Street
River Road
Elysian Fields

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DJ finds herself up against her most challenging enemy yet when an axe murderer starts claiming victims all over New Orleans. This isn't just any old murderer though, it's one of the historical undead and he's back to carry on the killing spree he started nearly 100 years ago. As if that wasn't bad enough it looks like DJ is his next target. Can she figure out who is behind his sudden reappearance and why they have sent him after her? She doesn't just have a killer to catch though, she also has the elven Synod to deal with and they aren't happy that their ancient staff has bonded to her.

I really enjoyed both of the previous books in this series so I couldn't wait to start reading Elysian Fields and I'm happy to say it was the best instalment yet. There are so many different plot threads going on in this story which made it faster paced and even more action packed than the previous books. We finally see DJ pick between the three men in her life, I'm not going to tell you who she chooses but I will say I was very happy with the outcome. We should know better than to expect DJ's love life to ever be free of complications though and it isn't long before someone throws a major spanner in the works. I'm not sure that I'm particularly happy about the latest development but it is certainly going to have huge implications for the rest of the series and I'll be very interested to see how things play out!

I really enjoyed getting to learn more about the elves in this book, they've been very much on the sidelines in the series so far but they definitely have a more central role to play this time around. The elves are a very secretive race who generally keep themselves to themselves and avoid the rest of the preternatural population but since finding out that DJ has bonded with one of their ancient staffs they have been watching her. They aren't happy to have one of their powerful weapons in the hands of a wizard no matter how much elvish blood is running through DJ's veins. The elves make for powerful enemies and I'm sure that DJ hasn't seen the last of them yet, in fact I suspect that they are going to be a major part of the series going onwards.

Elysian Fields is a fantastic, fast paced, edge of your seat thrill ride that will have you hooked from beginning to end. I can't wait to see how things play out and the next book will definitely be at the top of my to read pile the moment it's released. If you haven't started the series yet then I would recommend reading the books in order but it's such a fun series and I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Fans of the previous two books are just going to love reading about DJ's latest adventures.

Source: Received from Headline in exchange for an honest review

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