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Royal Street (Sentinels of New Orleans #1)

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,011 Ratings  ·  402 Reviews
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. DJ's 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.

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Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Tor Books
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Mar 09, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it

Twenty-five year-old Drusilla Jane (DJ) Jaco is a junior wizard, empath, and deputy sentinel for New Orleans. She’s trained with Gerald St Simon, her mentor and father-figure since the age of seven. A Green Congress wizard who specialises in rituals and spells, she chafes at being restricted to basic pixie retrievals and research. When warnings start coming in of a hurricane bearing down on New Orleans, Gerry orders DJ to head out of town to her gran in Alabama. Gerry stays behind to watch the b
While Royal Street was marketed more along the lines of Urban Fantasy, it turned out to be a Paranormal Detective novel as DJ along with the reader follow the clues in hurricane ravaged New Orleans.
The author showed great sensitivity when writing Royal Street, as much of the story takes place before and after Katrina and Rita. She doesn't sugar coat all that happened, but she shows great respect for the people's lives that were effected.
This gives a sense of urgency as DJ races against the
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
You never know how you’ll react to a book. From the book summary, and the other ratings/reviews, I expected to love it. Sadly, my expectations were not met. There wasn’t anything glaring about the book that made me hate it, it just didn’t work for me.

I felt absolutely no connection to any of the characters.

Drusilla Jaco (known as D.J.)

D.J. was the main female protagonist. She’s a low level wizard living with a higher level wizard at the start of the book. There is a lot of background to why sh
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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2.5 out of 5

I went into this UF/PNR pretty hopeful: spunky heroine, a secret wizard organization, Hurricane Katrina, and an undead sexy pirate. What's not to love, besides the Louisiana location (seriously, hasn't another paranormal series coughSookiecough dominated that locale for the last 7 years?)? Well, if you're an apparently unsatisfied reader like me, three out of those four items did not live up to expectations. DJ failed to impress me throu
May 01, 2012 Kelly rated it liked it
Royal Street, by Suzanne Johnson, is the first in a new urban fantasy series set in New Orleans. Drusilla Jaco, a.k.a. DJ, is one of the city’s two wizard sentinels, which means she’s assigned to keep an eye on paranormal trouble in town. The other sentinel is Gerry, Drusilla’s mentor and father figure. With Hurricane Katrina on the way, DJ evacuates while Gerry stays behind. When the storm passes, DJ returns to a devastated New Orleans to find Gerry missing, new breaches opened between this wor ...more
Marg K.
Feb 22, 2012 Marg K. marked it as did-not-finish
Did Not Finish

After reading the synopsis and hearing lots of positive buzz around the blogosphere, I was pretty much convinced that I would fall head-over-heels in love with this book. Sadly, despite possessing some creative ideas, Royal Street failed to rock my world, to put the motion in the ocean, to float my boat, to...oh never mind, I think you get the point.

Anyways, what I thought was going to be a fun, exciting adventure turned out to be rather boring and pretty much devoid of emotion. I
Aug 31, 2012 Bastard rated it liked it

I've always been fascinated with the idea of fantasy stories including natural disasters as part of the narrative. Not the usual "storm is coming, I feel something terrible is about to happen" kind of event, but just a random tornado suddenly touching down in the middle of a scene, or maybe a hurricane comes to destroy a town and be just that, a natural storm without all the added plot-devicebaggage. It was with that in mind that I got interested in Royal
**2.5 stars**

The best part of this book was the setting - New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. After that, the world was full of plot holes with a wishy washy main character that should have CLUELESS stamped on her forehead and a stupid love quadrangle. You heard it right, not two but THREE men have her sights on her. Sigh.

DJ is a low level sentinel in New Orleans at the time of Hurricane Katrina, which has breached the walls between this world and the "beyond". Her mentor disappears and even t
Olga Godim
Dec 26, 2014 Olga Godim rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina. Magic and wizards. Betrayals and gods. Historically undead pirates and ultra-modern guns. It’s not a surprise such an unholy mix resulted in a marvelously fresh urban fantasy novel.
The protagonist Drusilla (I hate the name by the way) is a young wizard in New Orleans, a junior member of the Green Congress of wizards. Her hardest assignment up to date has been sending a historically undead pirate back to Beyond, where he belongs. Then Katrina hits, and Dru
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Royal Street is a very refreshing and enjoyable urban fantasy read. I was captivated by the sights and scenery of New Orleans, and the honest and enlightening perspective of the city during and after the Hurricane Katrina devastation. We did get refugees (both human and animal) from New Orleans around that time in the Austin, and also the poisoned air drifted our way, causing a lot of allergy and respiratory issues. Seeing the aftermath from a more distant perspective was painful enough. I can't ...more
Aug 10, 2011 Dawn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Recommended to Dawn by: Beta-reader
Royal Street. What can I say? I loved it. Wonderful characters, a great plot and plenty of conflict. Not to mention sexy shape-shifters and pirates.

Drusilla Jaco, known as DJ, is a Green Wizard and a Sentinel in New Orleans. Her boss, Gerry gives her an assignment to capture and send the famous pirate, Jean Lafitte back to the Beyond. Lafitte threatens payback, but she sends him on his way. Then hurricane Katrina comes along, and DJ is ordered to evacuate. We all know what happens to New Orlean
Feb 28, 2012 Kara-karina rated it it was amazing
I actually really liked this book. It's refreshing, easy and just a little bit different to be memorable among the sea of other urban fantasies.

Dru is certainly not a kick-ass heroine. Physically she is an average human apart from being able to work with magic. She gets beaten and hurt easily, and you have to respect her determination to continue in the circumstances when a normal human being retreats. She's got a lovely sense of humour, it's a pleasure to read her banter with Alex, her unwillin
“A secluded Louisiana bayou. A sexy pirate. Seduction and deceit. My Friday afternoon had the makings of a great romantic adventure, at least in theory.”

Now that is a promising start to a novel. Set in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, Royal Street has the makings of a really good story.

The basic premise is that the Hurricane’s change of barometric pressure allowed energy fields that protect our world from the Beyond to weaken, thereby allowing preternaturals to come thr
Shera (Book Whispers)
This is one of the those books where I wanted to give it a higher rating, but in all honesty just couldn’t. Before I even sat down to write this review I antagonized about giving it a higher rating. Then it hit me if I have to think this hard to find enough qualities to bump up the rating, that's my first sign. Even if this one of my top debuts for 2012.

The reason for my feelings is for the world building of Royal Street. Wizards exist and they police the borders of the Beyond—where wizards, el
Royal Street is another Netgalley offering which made me very happy. Netgalley is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you're gonna get. Royal Street is one of the ones that looks like it might be one of those odd chocolate-covered taffy things, where the inside is that strange pastel color and you seem to just have to chew and chew. It might look that way, as possibly just-another-urban-fantasy, but Royal Street is actually pure coconut. Or, as the Cigarette Smoking Man preferred, Eng ...more
Cat Russell  (Addicted2Heroines)
A Green Congress wizard, a missing mentor, a decimated city, and one sexy pirate whose existence is made possible by the magic of memories. These are just some aspects of Johnson's Sentinels of New Orleans debut that made this novel an engaging and entertaining read.

I was originally drawn to Royal Street by its eye-catching cover. When reading the synopsis, I was intrigued by the idea of a world filled with magic, coupled with the difficulty of overcoming an event as devastating as Hurricane Kat
Kenya Wright

You see the girl's facial expression on the book cover? It says.... hurry up and take this photo i need to take a dump!

That girl's facial expression summarizes my reading experience with this book.

This is the book you read while waiting for someone to get out of the bathroom to take a dump.

And I mean this with the most respect...

Now I admit, the first four chapters I was enjoying myself.. getting excited... but then nothing.

I made it to 60% and just DNF'd it.

God I wa
Jun 04, 2012 Jeffrey rated it really liked it
Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson is an interesting urban fantasy set in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Karina. Mixing the damaged New Orleans, long dead revenants who can cross from the Beyond back to the living, pirates, voodoo gods, magic and shapeshifters, Johnson’s debut novel is a real treat.

At the outset, we are introduced to DJ, the main protagonist, a young green empath and wizard in training tasked by her master wizard Gerry to seduce the revenant Pirate Jean LaFitte, who has gott
Mar 25, 2012 Melliane rated it it was amazing
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My English 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 a
Mar 20, 2016 Yodamom rated it liked it
Not soemthing I want to continue DNF at 50%
Carolyn F.
Sep 02, 2015 Carolyn F. rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Thank you whoever recommended it because I loved it. I'm planning on reading more of the series. There are glimpses of a romance but who knows who the lucky guy is. Usually I want some sort of choice before books end, but it really didn't bother me that there wasn't. Can't wait to see what happens next! I would recommend this book.
Overall, not for me.

Drusilla is a Green Congress wizard living in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hits. She leaves the city before the hurricane hits, but her mentor Gerry sticks around. At first, the two remain in touch, and Gerry appears to be fine. But then Gerry disappears. The wizard Elders demand that Drusilla return to New Orleans, locate Gerry, and address the crack in the divide between the Beyond and the real world. To help her, they send Alex, an enforcer whom Drusilla finds to be
Apr 12, 2012 Stacy rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I gave it 3.5/5 stars

ROYAL STREET takes place during and after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Druisilla takes off to safety at her Grandmas house but her mentor Gerald St. Simon goes missing. Now that the borders between her world and the Underworld have crumbled Druisilla becomes the target of a dead pirate as well as a voodoo god. To make matters worse a sexy new partner walks into her life sent by the wizard elders.

Druisilla (DJ) is a junior wizard trying to figure her way through what she
Apr 09, 2012 Lesley rated it really liked it
Posted at My keeper shelf

I’m a complete sucker for a new urban fantasy series and Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson is just the kind of clever, creative and beautifully written urban fantasy that I love.

Royal Street’s setting and world building was really quite skilful and inventive. I’ve always liked and appreciated a little bit of reality mixed in with any new fictional setting and I thought Johnson really delivered this in Royal Street. Set in 2005 just as Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans,
Feb 07, 2012 LadyTechie rated it it was amazing
Let me preface this by saying that I have waited months to get a chance to read this book. I was able to obtain a copy through Netgalley's great e-ARC program. Royal Street is one of the books I have looked forward to since I was made aware that it was forthcoming early last summer. I have a love for stories based in New Orleans, especially urban fantasy.

Royal Street is an urban fantasy based in the time of Hurricane's Katrina and Rita and a lot of what happens has its basis in the vulnerabilit
Feb 26, 2015 Andrea rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Adult Urban Fantasy
Set in New Orleans in the days preceding Hurricane Katrina, and the tumultuous weeks after, ROYAL STREET is the story of Drusilla "DJ" Jaco. DJ, a Green Congress wizard, is charged with helping to protect modern day New Orleans from the Beyond. What lies in the Beyond? Vampires, Weres, Elves, the Historical Undead...All who are itching to cross over. When Hurricane Katrina forces a breach in the borders, and DJ's mentor, Gerry goes missing, she'll find out is she's ready to take on the preternat ...more
Oct 26, 2015 Ronda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-favourites
I have no idea why I waited so long to read this fabulously written book! Royal Street has been on my tbr pile for such a long time, I am sure it grew dust mites!!!

Anyway, I finally picked it up, it's an amazing read, easy on the imagination and such a great story line. Suzanne Johnson is a new author to me, I've not picked up any of her books prior to this one, however, I can remedy that!!!!

Set in the times of Hurricane Katrina, Drusilla Jaco, aka DJ is a wizard in her own right, she lives with
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

With it’s gorgeous cover art from Cliff Nielsen, and a sultry sounding description featuring a fledgling wizard in post Katrina New Orleans, ROYAL STREET was one of my Top 12 most anticipated releases for 2012. Unfortunately, it ended up coming in short of my expectations on just about every level. It’s a little like a mix between The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher and the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, except not as clever as the former no
M.V. Freeman
Dec 16, 2012 M.V. Freeman rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I have the pleasure of knowing Suzanne Johnson (Quite inspiring!), but she did not ask me review or read this book. I did so on my own.

Drusilla Jaco (D.J.) is a wizard, her job is to help protect her beloved New Orleans from supernatural critters that sneak in from beyond. But hurricane Katrina hits, changing everything she knows. Now she's in search of her mentor and boss Gerald (Gerry) St. Simon, who's dissapeared, trying to pick up the pieces after the storm.

To complicate matter
She-Wolf Reads
Apr 16, 2012 She-Wolf Reads rated it really liked it

Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson is a wonderful introduction to a new series. With some interesting world-building and a relatable protagonist, Johnson has succeeded in creating a new world and heroine that I look forward to continuing to explore.

The plot of Royal Street is fairly straightforward. Wizard Sentinels are the police of the supernatural world, keeping preternaturals in check and protecting the mundane world from threat. Drusilla Jane Jaco, or DJ, is a junior sentinel f
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Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series, set in post-Katrina New Orleans. Coming November 8, 2016: BELLE CHASSE, book five; following ROYAL STREET, RIVER ROAD, ELYSIAN FIELDS, and PIRATE'S ALLEY. A novella and story collection, PIRATESHIP DOWN, was released in November 2015.

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