Elysian Fields

Elysian Fields

by Suzanne Johnson
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Elysian Fields 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
AWESOME PARANORMAL SET IN NEW ORLEANS! LOVED IT!!!!! This was the 1st book I've read by Suzanne Johnson. This book was also my introduction to the Sentinels of New Orleans series. In spite of having not read the 1st two books in this series prior to reading this book, I was able to pick up the story and characters as I read. I caught myself laughing out loud quite a few times while reading it. This is an action-packed book! WARNING!!! IF you don't want to read any spoilers, skip the rest of this paragraph. DJ is working on perfecting her elven magical powers with the most annoying wizard ever and she's getting tired of rejecting advances made by her neighbor, Quince, who is supposed to be in love with her best friend, Eugenie. She's finding that she no longer wants to ignore her attraction to sexy, hunky Alex and she's investigating murders in New Orleans which seem to be committed by the famed Axeman. Thanks to a tip from the undead pirate Jean Lafitte, DJ knows that a necromancer is controlling the Axeman. However, now the Axeman is targeting DJ herself. How can she protect herself from the Axeman, and solve the murders? Whew! I was on the edge of my seat thru-out. I have never actually been to New Orleans but I have dreamed of visiting there; I felt like this book took me there! The setting of New Orleans post-Katrina was eerie, interesting and illuminating. Living in Florida, I fully relate to the devastation that hurricanes can render. Now I am also aware and won't forget about the historical undead and paranormal characters that may also be freed by the storm's energies. Yikes! I have now picked up the 1st two books as I am now hooked on The Sentinels of New Orleans series by Suzanne Johnson and I want to read more about how all these characters developed, especially DJ and Alex! Those who love the True Blood series could get their fix with this series when True Blood is off the air. If you like books that have an historical element, if you like paranormals, or just want a good book to settle down with on a sweltering or cold day, this is the perfect choice! EXCELLENT! 5 STARS!!!!!!
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
I quite liked the first two books in this series, Royal Street & River Road, though apparently I only remembered the broadest strokes of their plots, luckily the recaps were simply and efficiently done only where really necessary. It's hard to believe that it's been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina, the event that launched the series. In the book it's been a little over 3 years and the city is still in the rebuilding and readjusting to a new normal phase. While reading this book, I was reminded about why I liked DJ so much. She's not a TSTL herione, nor is she one that takes careless chances and has to be bailed out by someone else every time she turns around. Here is a heroine that most of the time gets advice and assistance in planning and executing any plans that could be dangerous. She knows her limitations and isn't afraid to ask for help. Shocking right? Add in the variety of characters, everything from the Historic undead, to vampire, to elf, to were, some with shockingly outrageous personalities and it's a wild ride. Even at over 350 pages, it seemed like a very quick read, keeping me glued to my screen and flipping pages quickly to find out what was going to happen next. I can't believe it took me this long to come back. I won't let it be that long again before I read the next book, Pirate's Alley. I gave this book 4 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good story. I enjoyed the story line and characters. I did wish for just a bit more interaction with New Orleans tho. Why set a book in such a wonderful city when you don't tell the reader anything about the city? Only teal issue causing 4 instead of 5 stars is that the middle portion of the book simply is like reading thru mud. It just drags with very little to add to the story. The book could be 275 pages from the 352 and not lose anything from the story.
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dsubsits More than 1 year ago
Elysian Fields (Sentinels of New Orleans #3) by Suzanne Johnson Wizard/elf Drusilla Jaco(DJ) is a Sentinels of New Orleans.   A necromancer has raised a 1918 serial murderer known as the Axeman, his target is DJ.  Dru needs to discover why she is being targeted and who she can trust. I really enjoyed DJ’s character.  She is very well-developed and likable.  She is a strong heroine who will not give up.  She’s not perfect, which makes her all the more believable and charming.  She has a warm heart and is a good friend. I enjoy the relationship between enforcer/shapeshifter Alex Warin and Dru.  For the past three years, they have been good friends.  They are both afraid to ruin their relationship by taking things to the next level even though it is clear to most people around them that they should. I sympathized with Jake Warin, Alex's cousin/loup-garou.  He struggles with the changes he has undergone due to the loup-garou virus and how it affects those around him.   When I got this book that I didn’t realize was part of a series.  I had no probable following it as a stand-alone. The plot is well done.  There is a lot going on buts it is easy to follow.   Elysian Fields had interesting conflicts between the varying groups/species. There is tons of action with never a dull moment.   The world Suzanne Johnson created is original and interesting.  Elysian Fields was a well-done  urban fantasy.  I would definitely go back and read the first two books and future books in the series.   Complimentary copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  
terferj More than 1 year ago
This is a good third book. DJ is so unlucky when it comes to the supernatural world. Poor girl, there is an undead murderer being controlled and DJ is high on his list. What I like about these books is that it’s not predictable. I never know who’s causes all the trouble until right before we find out. Throughout the first half of the book DJ has the question of what’s going to happen to her after her encounter with Jake. Is she or isn't she? She also has the elves wanting to figure her out and what to do with her. They go about it in not a nice way. Finally we get the answer of who and what Quince aka Rand is. And he’s not just her friend’s creepy boyfriend. He’s someone that wants to help but only because he thinks it’ll help him out too in the long run. Really knowing him came in handy for her. FINALLY the relationship with Alex and DJ has taken a turn! I've been waiting for it since the first book! *I received this through NetGalley*
Bubwolf More than 1 year ago
Entertaining. One of the few urban fantasy novelists who isn't boring.
CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
Have you ever seen one of those Guinness World Record things where the goal is to try and fit as many people into a phone as physically possible? This book was exactly like that when it came to characters. Having a merry amount of complex characters with yen amount of history and titles can work if the plot is solid enough that the crowd of extras doesn't interfere with it. Unfortunately the main plot in this book was a little like a gopher in a hole. Sometimes peeking its head out, but more often than not it wasn't. The second half of the book was more on target and it finally felt as if the story about the infamous axe wielding murderer was coming along until it was interrupted by the other main storyline, which wasn't one when the book started by the way. Now, whilst that might sound a tad on a negative side I have to say that the author has an abundance of creativity and ideas. They just don't all have to take place in the same book at the same time. So in the second half DJ not only finds out what or who Rand is, she also makes a decision that will influence her work and love life. I think this series could be a lot stronger if the author has wee bit more focus and is able to channel all those great ideas in a more decisive way. I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.
Magluvsya03 More than 1 year ago
I seriously don’t know where to start. This book was amazing. Each new part to this series always tops my expectations, as well as wows my brain, and leaves me in tingles and shocks and happiness! I mean, being a native of South Louisiana, though not New Orleans-I live on the other side of the south- I can’t tell you how happy it makes me that someone not only gets things right, but doesn’t make us out to be complete idiots, with a lack of education, and a complete misuse of hygiene products. LOL Yes, yes, we have those here, as you keep seeing on TV, but I swear most of us can speak without subtitles needed, well that is, until you make me mad, then I turn into one of those crazy talking people :) Anyways. Ms Johnson not only gets the scenes, and the sense of things right, she definitely has the weather right. :) She should, being she lived her a good bit :) PS, if you ever get the chance to go to a signing of her, GO, meet her, and give her a hug. She is the sweetest thing in the world, and as funny as her books are :)   I’m going to talk DJ now. She is probably my most favorite female character, to date, above all. Seriously. I like her, ok maybe not more than Anita Blake- but as much- just in a different way. DJ is bad-ass, she just doesn’t know how much. Anita knows it, hell, she’s lived it a whole buncha times. Well, here we go. DJ not only becomes the target of one said serial killer, but has to deal with boyfriends-both wanted and unwanted, serial killers, crazy supernatural leaders, stupid wizards, hot mermen, a frantic best friend, all the while trying to cope with all the grief she’s been though in the last two books. I mean, really Ms. J, you give this poor girl some seriously hard times. I think I would have lost it, say, last book, midway through. But DJ just trudges on. And can I say a bullet would would completely incapacitate me, so I think DJ is also my new hero! But I am happy for her, and her “Team” pick. *sigh*. I am not sure how it’s going to continue, or how the hell they are going to keep from all the other crazies getting, well, crazy, but I had a BIG feeling it would turn out like it is right now. :) Well done, as usual.  Let’s talk about all the HAWT MALE PIECES OF MEAT! I mean, really, all this hotness, I need some, so SHARE Ms J! LOL Alright, I start with Team Alex. Yeah, he’s still HAWT! He’s still gruff, and demanding, and controlling, BUT… GO DJ for putting him in his place and keeping his panties in a twist for the whole damn book! HA! I think I giggled several times in inappropriate times, because I knew if Alex could see what DJ was doing, he’d go nuts! I think Alex is becoming a serious contender for book boyfriend. I am still Team Jake, but Alex is definitely making the heart grow fonder. Now, I will say, Jean Lafitte, I am seriously impressed her. I was really really not expecting THAT PART, ya know, where my mouth dropped and I was left speechless. I will not tell you anything else, except that if you are Team JL, you will be utterly crazy, devastated, maybe shocked, and completely in love all over again. He even made me swoon, and I freaking understand his damn french. LOL I will say that I am totally rethinking how awesome Le Capitaine is :) Rene is totally awesome. He’s the crazy merman, who is always willing to fight to help DJ, just because he likes the action. He’s a total flirt, he’s funny, he’s blunt, and he’s a major favorite character of mine. :) I am SOOO glad he’s staying around, and he some awesome moments in here. I truly hope he stays for all the books to come :) And, now it’s my book boyfriends turn. Let’s talk Team Jake. *sigh* The story started out with so much goodness. The opening scene, she was with my favorite leading man, and Holy Hell, it went to crap in a few short moments. And by crap, I mean, inexplicable, crazy, OMG I can’t believe that just happened, my jaw is still on the floor, crap. Goodness Ms. J, you really were right when you warned me to be prepared where Jake was concerned. I am still a little speechless. I am not mad at him, like you said, I am more disappointed, and a little sad. I mean, what am I supposed to do now? :/ But…. I also had a feeling this was coming. Hell, maybe I could also move in with those two hotties, and they could keep me busy for a while. :) I will not even talk about Rand. I do not know what to say right now, except some extreme cuss words that are inappropriate, and will spoil everything for everyone. Ms J, way to totally go all crazy plot twist on me here. I expect that will come to bite someone on the butt very soon :)   I never read this series when I will have to put them down. I KNOW I will not. I feel like I vacuumed this up. I was so entranced. I needed to know about everything, and you never know when someone was gunna shoot someone, have an ax swung at their head, somebody was gunna blow something up. Seriously awesome amounts of action. Plus, poor DJ seems to be the magnet for injuries, LOL Poor kid. The writing is flawless as always! There is nothing better than sitting down for a good book, and being immensely happy when you’re done. There isn’t much more for me to say, except WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR! This series is the series everyone should be checking out! There’s every kind of supernatural creature you could think of. A totally awesome amount of action that will give you a cardio workout. Plus, some good romance, cuz what’s New Orleans without a little romance :) Plenty of humor, or at least I giggle alot. And one of the best heroines ever written! GO NOW! GET IT! Wait, start with book one first LOL :) a MAGNIFICENT, WONDERFUL, SPECTACULAR, WHIRLWIND 5 PAWS!!! 
TeenBlurb More than 1 year ago
Elysian Fields picks up with DJ where River Road left off, so if you have not read the other books in the series you may not understand emotions behind things or why characters act the way they do. DJ is such as fierce character, but after everything that has happened to her, in some ways I feel she is defeated, exhausted, and spent. Like so many things in life everything seems to come down to politics, and DJ just wants out. It is hard to do the review of a book in a series and not give anything away! Suffice it to say, DJ is a courageous and independent woman and a damn fine wizard. She has been singled out for different reasons and that brings the bad guys out of the word work, but along with the bad guys you get the very good looking good guys that vie for DJ’s attention. This book will help solve who she will end up with! Decisions will be made, New Orleans will be saved, and our hero will live to fight another day! Suzanne Johnson has built such an awesome and fantastic world of magic mixed with the mundane. I love the idea of the Sentinels and hope that the series is revisited through other characters. If you have not read any of the other books in this series, you need to! It combines the best parts of Urban Fantasy and Romance. You get a kick ass heroine, some dangerous and hot heroes and New Orleans! What more could you want!
Sailon More than 1 year ago
This was my first introduction to DJ Jaco and I discovered a few wonderful things. First, Elysian Fields absolutely did stand on its own. Although I did go back and purchase the first two books in this series it was only because I wanted more. I was able to follow the story and there was no "catch up" to understand what has happened in a previous book in this seris. Second, DJ Jaco could give Sookie Stackhouse or Anita Blake a run for her money, less the man harem, though there is a few awesome alpha contenders for her affections. Elysian Fields was a marvelous paranormal read. This story was packed with unusual, witty and entertaining characters as well as a provocative mystery to keep me glued to the pages. I loved this story and am looking forward to more from Suzanne Johnson. I received this ARC copy of Elysian Fields from Macmillan-Tor/Forge in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication August 13, 2013. Written by: Suzanne Johnson Series: Sentinels of New Orleans Sequence in Series: 3 Hardcover: 352 pages Publisher: Tor Books  Publication Date: August 13, 2013 ISBN-10: 0765333198 ISBN-13: 978-0765333193 Rating: 4.5 Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Mystery Age Recommendation: Adult
Eloise_In_Paris More than 1 year ago
I don’t know how I missed out on this gem of a series, but I am so glad I found it. I started reading this book and about 10 pages in I wanted to go back and read the first two books. When I saw that the first book Royal Street was on sale for $2.99 that’s exactly what I did. Yes this is a stand alone novel, if you haven’t read anything else in the series you will be fine, but if you like this book go back and read the other two. I promise you won’t regret it. This series reminds me of the early Sookie Stackhouse mysteries, you know when they were still a fun fast read that didn’t leave you annoyed and frustrated. This book picks up a few weeks after River Road left off. There is still a ton of tension with DJ and Alex, and at one point I almost had it, almost. The mystery of Quince is finally resolved. The Elder’s are annoying as ever, and Jean Lafitte continues to entertain. DJ is coming into her own, while she still has a long way to go it is nice to see her grow. The book leaves off with plenty of mystery yet to be solved, but there is no cliffhanger here. As a matter of fact a lot of the issues of the past book’s are resolved opening the door for entirely new drama and shenanigans.