Review: RIVER ROAD (Sentinels of New Orleans #2) by Suzanne Johnson

February 17, 2013 Review 5

River Road (Sentinels of New Orleans, #2)

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(Sentinels of New Orleans, #2)
by Suzanne Johnson

Genre:  Urban Fantasy
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Reviewed by: Kristina | Source: Publisher

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (November 13, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0765327805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765327802


Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content



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.

It’s anything but smooth sailing on the bayou as the Sentinels of New Orleans series continues.


I love a good twisty supernatural mystery and RIVER ROAD delivers exactly that. Having two mysteries was even more exciting. I thought I’d have a hard time keeping track of everything but RIVER ROAD does a good job at weaving the two mysteries into a whole cohesive, riveting story in a setting that can’t be beat.

With its vibrant diverse culture and history, a post-Katrina New Orleans is an ideal backdrop for a story filled with magic and supernatural beings. I really enjoyed the worldbuilding and gaining insight into the supernatural politics of Sentinels of New Orleans series. Not having read many books about mermaids, I was fascinated by the them and their world which features a lot in RIVER ROAD.

Aside from the mermaids, there are so many other great, well developed characters in RIVER ROAD.  DJ has a balance of toughness and softness that makes her an excellent wizard sentinel and a relatable heroine. I especially loved her obsession with Law & Order and her Harry Potter pajamas.  am also really interested in her elvish heritage which is unfortunately only touched on in this book. Aside from DJ, pirate Jean Lafitte is my favorite character with his constant attempts to woo DJ which leads to many hilarious moments between the two.

RIVER ROAD is a wonderfully rich urban fantasy story filled with engaging characters and a mind-bendingly twisty mystery. I can’t wait to see what is in store next for DJ and her friends in the third book of Sentinels of New Orleans series; ELYSIAN FIELDS, out August 13th 2013.

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5 Responses to “Review: RIVER ROAD (Sentinels of New Orleans #2) by Suzanne Johnson”

  1. miki

    i loved river road and i can’t wait for book 3…. Rand infuriates me so much…
    thank you for this great review

  2. JenM

    I’ve been enjoying the Sentinels series and it doesn’t get enough attention, so thanks for the review. I especially like DJ because she’s smart. She gets out of trouble with her brain rather than with brawn, and she’s not suddenly developing super strength as the series goes on.

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