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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson

This is the third book in a urban fantasy coming of age of a young wizard.   It is set in post-Katrina New Orleans where boundaries have thinned between here and the beyond.   The immortal historic dead, vampires, wizards,

elves, mers and zombies populate the pages of Johnson’s books.   This is a romantic urban fantasy or a fantasy with romantic overtones, I’m not sure which.  

DJ, Drusilla Jaco, is the newest and most experienced Sentinel tasked to keep the paranormals in line in New Orleans.  Alex, and Jake his cousin are shape shifting enforcers with pseudo FBI credentials enforcing the rules.  This story finds a former mer enemy now an ally in DJ’s fight with a historic undead serial killer. 

There are fun characters as well, such as Jean Lafitte, the pirate.  Johnson has a great imagination and has crafted a “believable” paranormal environment.   This book deals with rifts between the Beyond and New Orleans and the political maneuvers between factions.  Oh and DJ finds herself wrapped up in Elfish funny business while trying to learn how to use Charlie, her staff.   There are more politics in this book than the previous.   It is an excellent series and as much as it pains me to say, perhaps a little romance doesn’t hurt the story.  

I recommend the book.

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