Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Sentinels of New Orleans #1
Publication Date: April 10th 2012
Page Count: 336
Review Copy: Own Purchase
Reviewed by: Lynsey
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.
What a treat this was. I've had my eye on this series for a while now. Doesn't it have the most fabulous cover art? Thankfully, I found the inside of the book just as appealing as the outside. If you like any of the following in your urban fantasy, you should get along with this book (and series) very well:
- Sensible, non-stupid protagonist
- Interesting, complex and well-written secondary characters
- Just enough romance to appeal, without overtaking
- Villains you kinda-sorta have a crush on on the sly
- Interesting hierarchies within the supernatural community
- Magicky woo woo stuff
- A well-plotted mystery with a thrilling conclusion
- Vibrant and easy to visualize setting
- Great dialogue and engaging narration
- Wizards, weres, vamps, shapeshifters, and my favourite of all: historical undeads kept alive by the magic of memory (so. freaking. cool!)
If you don't like any of those things...WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?
Just kidding. But seriously, this is a great start and I enjoyed Drusilla - DJ - Jaco very much. I also have my beady eye on the hunk of man goodness that is Alex, and Jean Lafitte? What an interesting fellow. I'll reserve judgement on him for now until I delve deeper into his delicious undead brain.
I also really enjoyed the focus being on wizards for a change. And a female wizard to boot. Such a great idea to have your main character have an almost limitless potential for awesome. As long as she knows the spell for it, and can summon enough power, she can do pretty much anything. Which is so much more exciting than if she were, say, a werewolf or something.
What can you do? I can be a wolf.
What can you do? ANYTHING!
Which would you pick? Yeah, me too.
So I hope I've convinced you to go check it out. It should be on the shelf of every UF lover, without exception. I will not accept excuses.
4 Stars ★★★★