Sentinels of New Orleans, Book 1
Synopsis: 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. Her 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 other world crumbled. Now, the Undead and the Restless are roaming the Big Easy, and a serial killer with ties to voodoo is murdering soldiers sent to help the city recover. Gerald St. Simon has gone missing, the wizards’ Elders have assigned a grenade-toting assassin as DJ’s new partner, and an undead pirate Jean Lafitte wants to make her walk his plank. The search for Gerry and the killer turns personal when DJ learns the hard way that loyalty requires sacrifice, allies come from the unlikeliest places, and duty mixed with love serves up one bitter gumbo.
Review: Since I heard about this book, I was more than intrigued to learn more about it. So when I had the opportunity to read it with Netgalley, I immediately asked for it. And I confess that now I can only recommend it. It’s a new series I really loved (yes, yes, again). It’s always a pleasure to discover some new books like this one.
Suzanne Johnson presents us a unique world, different from the ones we could have found before. A world of course full of magic, of all kinds of creatures but also a universe which mixes some mythic characters who live among the population. We could meet Louis Armstrong, Jean Laffite or even Marie Laveau. What more can we ask for? I have to say these meetings were a big surprise and I really liked to learn more about them all. They are some characters we know a lot about and it’s true it’s very interesting to have an idea about their nature. I hadn’t read a lot of things about Katrina, this terrible hurricane whom everyone had seen the consequences. I think it was very interesting to follow the story because we can really feel the sadness, the changes and all the problems that occurred in the New-Orleans. Indeed, this storm is very important for the story.
We can meet here Drusilla, a young determined and stubborn woman, but who has also a big heart. She became the town’s sentinel after a tragic accident. During this hurricane, her mentor, Gerry vanishes and our heroine has to take her place. She is now determined to find what is going on, because she is convinced he isn’t dead. She doesn’t have a lot of powers but her capacity to read the feelings of the persons near her, helps her in her missions (well, it’s true she didn’t have a lot yet). A new character appears in the story, Alex, a mysterious man we want to know everything about and we would like to learn what he really wants. He will be here all along the book to assist DJ and protect and her from the ones who would like to kill her. But there is more, we also meet Jake, Alex cousin who is as much intriguing in his own way. What a chance DJ has, two sublime men who want to protect her from everything.
We follow the DJ investigation that will lead her in some dark paths but it will allow her to make new interesting and unique meetings.
It’s a great start for a promising series and I get into the story from the start until the end, trying to understand what was going on and discover the answers to my questions. We have a lot of beautiful surprises all along the novel and we learn to enjoy many characters. All complexes and completes, which allow to keep the readers interested. I really loved the Suzanne Johnson first volume and I’m more than curious to read the second one.