Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson caught my interest last year and went on the TBR list. You know how it goes though with so many books: I just didn’t find time to read it even though I owned a copy. Fortunately, I finally got around to reading it on a recent roadtrip :D. Royal Street was an excellent book for traveling since it had an interesting setting, but it was a tad too reminiscent of many other urban fantasy series I’ve read over the years.
Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson (Sentinels of New Orleans #1)
Published by Tor Books on April 10th, 2012
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Page Length: 336 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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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. -- Goodreads
- Royal Street is set in New Orleans during and immediately after Hurricane Katrina hits, which was really intriguing to read about. There were news bulletins at the beginning of a number of chapters to give you a clear idea of when in the aftermath everything was happening and it seemed a great way to bring the setting to life.
- Royal Street goes a step further by pulling from New Orleans’ lore for the plot. There was a heavy element of historical people famous in New Orleans and voodoo, which were two things I had never read about.
- I was pretty stoked to see a wizard being female and not being called some special female label such as witch.
- Royal Street sets up this series well and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next :D.
- There was some repetitive phrasing that wasn’t necessary. I understand the motivation for actions the first time it is pointed out and didn’t really need to be reminded four more times.
- Royal Street very much felt like a combination of Kate Daniels and Dresden Files. A mentor goes missing, a secret order of wizards tries to keep other forces under control, female MC has special heritage she didn’t realize…. I need some new UF plots please.
- There is a definite love triangle which really didn’t feel necessary.
Royal Street was an enjoyable fluffy urban fantasy to read, but I wanted it to get a bit deeper. There are only so many times I can read the same plot before I get bored unfortunately. If you are digging UF and don’t mind the similarities, then you’ll probably enjoy Royal Street. I’m hoping the rest of the series goes in a different direction than other ones I’ve read, since the premise of this one had so much promise!
Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson
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