Thursday, December 6, 2012

Review: Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson

Royal Street
by Suzanne Johnson
(Sentinels of New Orleans #1)
Published April 10th 2012 by Tor Books

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.


I’ve had Royal Street on my TBR list after seeing it around on Goodreads and after hearing Suzanne Johnson do a reading from the book and hearing her talk about it at AADNOLA back in August I grabbed a copy at the signing. BOY, AM I GLAD I DID.

I loved how Johnson mixed the real life events of Hurricane Katrina with the urban fantasy world she built. She takes New Orleans history and myths and makes them her own with great world building and characters.

While reading Royal Street I felt like I was reading about a real person’s account of the time in New Orleans during Katrina. It brought me back to all the news reports but it was entertaining to read about it from a fictional aspect.

New Orleans has such a rich history that it’s totally believable that if the supernatural world was real, New Orleans would be a hot spot for paranormal activity. Johnson’s writing had me envisioning DJ driving through the streets looking for bad guys like Jean Lafitte, a sexy ghost pirate. And while I’m on the subject of sexy, DJ’s new partner Alex is the total alpha package. And there’s also his fun living cousin, Jake. DJ can’t swing her fae stick without hitting a sexy male; wither he’s, human, a ghost or something else all together different.

In true UF form, DJ is a snarky heroine with the problems of saving the world from paranormal creatures and the hard luck of having two sexy guys wanting to keep her warm at night. What a problem to have.

So if you enough UF books featuring a heroine that can weld magic while throwing smart one liners at people then you should try Suzanne Johnson’s Royal Street.

I’m off to start the second book, River Road.

If you liked Royal Street then you should try Dead on the Delta.

Dead on the Delta (Annabelle Lee, #1)


  1. I have read Royal Street and River Road. Result: I became a big fan of The Sentinels of New Orleans series. Get the books guys, you will not be disappointed. Team D.J.

  2. I agree this book is really great and I loved it as we have many interesting ideas in it. The second one is really nice as well. Hope you'll like it as much as I did.

  3. I too became a fan of Ms. Johnson's after meeting her in NOLA. I skipped Royal Street and went straight to River Road - WHICH I LOVED! I should have read RS first! Great series!

  4. great review, this is another book that's on my TBR, but I haven't gotten to it... maybe I can audiobook it.... Book Savvy Babe

  5. I really enjoyed this one as well and can't wait to read River Road! And may I just say that I loved Dead on the Delta as well...what a great recommendation for both of these books!

  6. i liked this one but book 2 is even better so don't hesitate and try this series


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