River Road by Suzanne Johnson

Sentinels of New Orleans, Book 2

Synopsis: 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 gure 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 Latte, knows his way around a body or two.

Review: Since the end of the first volume I was looking forward to get into this new novel. And what a pleasure to have Drusilla and all her friends here! Because yes, of course, everyone is there to turn upside down the life of our young heroine. Well I admit I was also conquered by all the passages in French. How can we not be? I always find it so funny to find sentences in French in English novels. Like that we can know if the author managed to translate perfectly what they mean or not. I must say that everything here was perfect, maybe some little mistakes but most of the dialogues or sentences were really good, I’m impressed. So now, what about the story?

Katrina is no longer here and DJ must learn to live in her new city. But everything has changed since she blames herself about what happened to Jake and she does her best to avoid him. But when Jean Laffite decides to enter in her life and asks for her help to deal with sirens before everything turns to disaster, she can’t refuse her assistance. The water of the Mississippi seems to be poisoned and our heroine will need to find the cause of this problem. Although the discovery of the reason in the middle of the novel was a total surprise to me, I must say that it was well found, this is the last thing I would have thought about. In addition to this case, two wizards are found dead and Alex and Drusilla investigate to find out what happened, although everything is much more complicated than expected. If only this was the only thing to worry about, it would be much simpler, but our young woman must also confront the men who entered her life without knowing what she wants to do. Between Alex who is difficult to understand, Jake who would like to remain master of himself and Jean Laffite who wants something our heroine, it is really difficult to choose.
Drusilla is equal to herself, determined to cause a lot of trouble to everyone when she wants something but she is also brave and loyal. I love this heroine as she is in constant evolution. She gets to know herself throughout the story and to understand what she is capable of. But it is still something a bit difficult for her. I am sure she is capable of much more, but only time will tell us that. I also appreciate a lot the three men in her life and it is true that I really can’t pick just one. Each has many qualities that we can only love, but it would be better if we could understand their real motivations. While waiting for this to happen, some new problems appear and open many future paths that seem to announce another great story. I really look forward to learn more.
It was another great novel with a fully developed storyline. I didn’t expect the culprit before the end of the story and it is true that I was quite surprised to not have considered him. A book and a series very pleasant to discover. And, aren’t you intrigued by the mere fact that there are plenty of male mermaids in this novel? Because I was and it was a great pleasure to discover this new culture. We can fell all the researches the author has made to make the story more real.

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