Review: River Road by Suzanne Johnson

October 18, 2013 2013, B-, book rating, reviews 0

river-road-loresRiver Road
by Suzanne Johnson
Series: Sentinels of New Orleans, Book 2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Tor, 2012
E-book, Purchased
334 pages
Grade: B-
Synopsis: Hurricane Katrina is long gone, but the preternatural storm rages on in New Orleans. New species from the Beyond moved into Louisiana after the hurricane destroyed the borders between worlds, and it falls to wizard sentinel Drusilla Jaco and her partner, Alex Warin, to keep the preternaturals peaceful and the humans unaware. But a war is brewing between two clans of Cajun merpeople in Plaquemines Parish, and down in the swamp, DJ learns, there’s more stirring than angry mermen and the threat of a were-gator.

Wizards are dying, and something—or someone—from the Beyond is poisoning the waters of the mighty Mississippi, threatening the humans who live and work along the river. DJ and Alex must figure out what unearthly source is contaminating the water and who—or what—is killing the wizards. Is it a malcontented merman, the naughty nymph, or some other critter altogether? After all, DJ’s undead suitor, the pirate Jean Lafitte, knows his way around a body or two.

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What worked for me:

  • Jean Lafitte returns in book two! He’s one of the best characters in these books.
  • The merpeople were interesting. I like the way Suzanne Johnson portrays the preternatural characters.
  • New Orleans is a great setting and made even more interesting now (after Hurricane Katrina) because the Beyond is now open to the preternatural characters.

What didn’t work:

  • The book has a love triangle and the relationships don’t move forward very much.
  • This book takes place several years after the first book and while I don’t mind that nothing much seems to have happened in the intervening years.

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My thoughts:

I like the series and this story was interesting, but I don’t like love triangles in books. I’m looking forward to book 3 which was published in August. I’ve bought the book and will start it soon!

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Do you read this series? How did you like book 2?

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