Release Date: August 13, 2013
Published by: Tor Books
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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An undead serial killer comes for DJ in this thrilling third installment of Suzanne Johnson’s Sentinels of New Orleans series
The mer feud has been settled, but life in South Louisiana still has more twists and turns than the muddy Mississippi.
New Orleanians are under attack from a copycat killer mimicking the crimes of a 1918 serial murderer known as the Axeman of New Orleans. Thanks to a tip from the undead pirate Jean Lafitte, DJ Jaco knows the attacks aren’t random—an unknown necromancer has resurrected the original Axeman of New Orleans, and his ultimate target is a certain blonde wizard. Namely, DJ.
Combatting an undead serial killer as troubles pile up around her isn’t easy. Jake Warin’s loup-garou nature is spiraling downward, enigmatic neighbor Quince Randolph is acting weirder than ever, the Elders are insisting on lessons in elven magic from the world’s most annoying wizard, and former partner Alex Warin just turned up on DJ’s to-do list. Not to mention big maneuvers are afoot in the halls of preternatural power.
Suddenly, moving to the Beyond as Jean Lafitte’s pirate wench could be DJ’s best option.
Elysian Fields, the third installment in the Sentinels of New Orleans series, delivers plenty of drama and entertainment with a lot of changes that will have a large impact on the series going forward.
There are new relationship developments (both good and bad) with various characters like Alex, Adrian and creepy Rand. There is also progress made with DJ's character and we discover more about her magical background and why the elves have developed such an interest in her.
A major event in this story revolves around an interaction between DJ and Jake that turns ugly and I'm not sure how in depth I'm allowed to go with it. I don't want to venture too far into spoiler territory. But something happens that has the potential to change DJ's life forever and a very large portion of Elysian Fields is spent with her worrying about the possible consequences and if she'll have to make a move to the Beyond in order to keep herself safe. (Sorry for being cryptic. Really, I am.)
In the beginning it seems as if the main theme of this story is the mystery of the Axeman, one of the historical, murderous undead who is sent after DJ, but it quickly takes a backseat to all of the other drama that is constantly unfolding in her life. Between magical training with Adrian, a kidnapping, dealing with Alex and Rand, complications with the elves and the situation vaguely mentioned in the paragraph above, the Axeman mystery began feeling less and less important until closer to the end of the story.
Overall I thought Elysian Fields was an enjoyable read, although I must admit that I enjoyed the second half a lot more than the first. Drusilla Jaco still proves to be a kickass heroine and I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of trouble she gets herself into next.
I've seen buttons on the author's site for Team Alex, Team Jean Lafitte, Team Jake, and Team Rand (not so sure about that one yet), but I think 95% of us would agree it's all about Team DJ. She's a tough chick who is awesome all by herself. Her life is complicated enough without adding romance to the mix.
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