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River Road

(Sentinels of New Orleans #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,565 ratings  ·  223 reviews
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 ...more
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Published November 13th 2012 by Tor Books
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S.M. Blooding
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
I did not read Royal Street. I started this series with River Road and I will say that I wasn’t left wondering about anything. Yes, I could tell that it was book 2, but I wasn’t left with a hole of information going, “What just happened here?!” I also wasn’t hit with overwhelming info dumps as the author attempted to bring me up to speed. We jumped right into the story. I was given just enough information to keep me from guessing, and it went swimmingly. (pun intended here…tehehe!)

The plot was v
Olga Godim
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
I liked this story, the second one in the author’s series about a young wizard Drusilla Jaco (DJ) in New Orleans. The first novel of the series, Royal Street, dealt with the hurricane Katrina and its aftermath (my review here). In this one, several years have passed since Katrina decimated New Orleans, and DJ has new problems. Something magical started contaminating the Mississippi River, people are getting sick, and it’s DJ’s duty as the area magical sentinel to find the source of the problem a ...more
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review was first published on my blog Lecture Toute une Aventure Where you can find a review of this book in French too/ Pour un avis en français rendez-vous sur mon blog!

Fabulous! Above all my expectations; I’m used to Suzanne‘s writing style and so far she never disappointed me so I couldn’t wait to read this book. However book 1 “Royal Street” was really well written with a great story and I though book 2 was going to be playing in the same league: a really good book. Big Mistake, ”Riv
Suzanne Johnson continues to heat up the action in River Road, her second entry in her urban fantasy series set in Post Hurricane New Orleans. Johnson has a deft touch with dialogue and has set up an interesting urban fantasy world centered in both modern day New Orleans, and its past.

Drusilla Jaco is a Green Congress wizard who is the sentinel for the New Orleans area. Along with her partner Alex Warin, a shapeshifter, she patrols New Orleans and protects it from magical issues.

DJ has attract
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, own
I'm just loving this series. Definitely one of my new favorite series.
4.5 I am completely in love with the Sentinels of New Orleans series and author Suzanne Johnson. I devoured the first book Royal Street and then proceeded to beg Tor for an advanced copy of River Road. Johnson has created such an exciting urban fantasy. Delicious, well fleshed out characters, supernatural creatures and excellent world building have made this one of my favorite new series. The tale is set in the rich, eclectic city of New Orleans and I was delighted to visit again.

The tale picks
Kristin Taggart
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“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, a
Christal (Badass Book Reviews)
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I really enjoyed Suzanne Johnson’s debut novel Royal Street, but I think that River Road was even better. The characters were great and the plot was fast-paced and twisty. It kept me guessing until the end! This book left just enough threads loose that I am already anticipating the
*Genre* Paranormal Romance
*Rating* 3.5-4


Suzanne Johnson’s River Road takes place 3 years after the conclusion of Royal Street. Wizard Drusilla Jaco (DJ) is now the co-sentinel of New Orleans along with Alex Warin who maintains his job as an enforcer. DJ once again finds herself at the center of the action when pirate Jean LaFitte asks DJ for her help in solving a dispute between mer people who are blaming each other for the Mississippi river being poisoned. Since DJ owes Jean for saving
Ivie ✩Born to Magic-Forced to Muggle✩
I liked the first book. Royal Street was funny and promising. I truly hoped i found another PNR series that i could enjoy. But in the second novel the standards fall.

Biggest issue is sitcom quality. Nothing worth reading ever really happens. The cases she investigates are missing that gritty factor, the romance is come and go, and with more then one guy involved it just gives me a headache at the end. You remember those old soaps? The ones where if a character puts a pot of coffee on it will mos
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Favorite Quote: “Until you stop dating the undead Pirate Of The Caribbean, you have no room to laugh.“

River Road begins three years after the events in Royal Street. Drusilla Jaco (DJ), our fledgling wizard, still acts as sentinel to New Orleans with her shapeshifting bodyguard/partner, Alex Warin. The Elders are still concerned with her novice classification so Alex will continue to ‘help’ DJ with her duties. They have come a long way
This is my second try to read this series, there is something missing here for me and I can't quite put my finger on it. I find DJ's relationships with the people in her life a bit superficial and the bad guys mystery not as engaging as I hoped (IMO)
Overall not a bad series just a few things that make it hard for me to keep interest and pick up the next book
Sarah {Literary Meanderings}

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*May contain spoilers for Royal Street—book 1 in the series!*

Synopsis (from Goodreads): 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 cla
Jan 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
River Road by Suzanne Johnson is the second in the Sentinels of New Orleans series, so there might be some spoilers for the first book, though nothing too big since they occur pretty far apart. I had trouble getting in to the first book, Royal Street, but I ended up loving River Road much more. I highly recommend you give the second book a try even if you were only so-so on the first book ;-).
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Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally Reviewed At: Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source: Blog Tour
Reviewer: Heather

River Road is the second book in the Sentinels of New Orleans series by the very talented Suzanne Johnson. Please, if you have not read the first in her series Royal Street do so now. If you love fantasy and mystery then you shall not be disappointed at all.

River Road picks up with Drusilla Draco (DJ), and the rest of her gang years after the Katrina aftermath we saw in Royal Street
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
My Rating: 4.5 stars: Loved it - enthusiastically recommend (A)
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The story opens with a meeting between our heroine, Drusilla Jaco (aka DJ) and the historical undead pirate Jean Lafitte. The scene is detailed beautifully, and I felt as if I was party to the entire interaction. Jean shares with DJ that 1) there are merfolks living in the New Orleans area, 2) there is something polluting the waters in the area, which is a threat to both pretes (pr
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Mon avis en Français

My English 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 perf
I enjoyed River Road a bit better than I did its predecessor. I found the prose flowed better and the situations, as they occurred, were better planned out. The pace, too, was quick and as this genre functions primarily on the thrills it gives readers through the action scenes, this was a good thing.

I also like that Drusilla, unlike the many tough-talking badass UF protagonists out there, doesn’t know how to handle a gun. She’s a bit softer than a UF protagonist usually is and I liked how that m
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
River Road to Hell

Great continuation. That was my first thought when reading River Road, that it passed the book two test with flying colours. Building on the strong start of book one - Royal Street - River Road was all that and more. Using her established template, Johnson was able to now focus more on developing relationships and characterization to great effect. I loved it!

River Road also gave us a new supernatural species to explore - Mer people. I know! So cool!

Not being wizard's greatest f
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review Courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

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 be
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I had liked Royal Street (a nice surprise given the mixed reviews), but I loved River Road.

It still has a great world-building, rich and very interesting, a mystery plot, a bunch of interesting characters and a strong heroine. I have a fondness for strong women, I love the kick-ass one, but there's a special place for the women like DJ, strong, yes, but never uber, who fight against all odds and come home bruised.

I have only two nits:

-The "ménage a quatre": she is (unwittingly, no doubt) juggl
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I think Drusilla is kick butt. She has grown so much from the the the beginning of book one and she continued to grow and change throughout RIVER ROAD. There was a fantastic mystery to be solved that I honestly didn't guess the bad guy until it was almost revealed. The suspense and action were just as fantastic if not better then ROYAL STREET. I enjoyed the addition of the mermen and the nymphs. Alex had to put a lot of trust into a certain mermen and they now have a connection that I'm sure wil
Hannah Givens
I really enjoyed the first one, so trust me when I say this one is SO MUCH BETTER. The pacing and prose are tightened up. Some clues are still obvious, but the mystery elements hold up and kept me engaged all the way through. The worldbuilding was already good, and this expands on it coherently with cool water species and more details about the Beyond. There's an almost Harry Potter-esque fusion of bureaucracy and magic that I really like too, preserving the cool fantasy elements but making DJ's ...more
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
If you are looking for a book that keeps you on the edge, makes you laugh, makes you want to scream, and sucks you into loving all the characters -- even the bad ones -- then River Road is definitely for you!

I devoured this book in only a couple of hours. The biggest thing that I enjoyed a lot was how easily I could picture everything; the characters, the world, certain objects, etc. I literally felt like I was a part of this story. I was so invested in DJ and the other characters that I was eve
Theoretically things have changed in NOLA since Hurricane Katrina rearranged it. DJ and Alex have decided on the friends sans benefits routes though they're each frustrated and jealous when one has a date with someone else. For this outing Jean Lafitte has targeted DJ as his lady love for several reasons the least of which she owes him and the most of which it helps him stay on top of the NOLA pretes.

Alex's cousin, Jake, has had more than one change since DJ inadvertently kick-started his inner
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sentinels of New Orleans, Book 2
by Suzanne Johnson

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Tor Books November 13, 2012

ISBN: 978-0765327802
ASIN: B00842H5VI

Hard Cover and E-Book Formats, 336 pages
Word Count: approx. 92,000
Cover Artist: Cliff Nielsen

I so enjoy Suzanne's writing. I feel she has really gotten into DJ/Drusilla's head and allowed the character to pour onto the page. The writing is mature with smart, genuine dialogue and relationships. It isn'
I read Royal Street, the first book in Suzanne Johnson’s Sentinels of New Orleans series early last year and I really enjoyed it. But it had been so long since I read it that I forgot how much I absolutely loved the world that DJ and her friends live in. Picking up River Road, I was once again reminded how much I enjoyed this new Urban Fantasy writer. River Road takes place three years after Royal Street ended. Alex and DJ are still working together, Jake is recovering from what happened to him ...more
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book today while delirious with lack of sleep. At a kid's play center surrounded by screaming children, while every now and then I had to concentrate extra hard because my eyes were looking in separate directions and the words were all blurry like a 3D movie without glasses.

It was a good book, even when the words kept trying to wander off. I love all the characters, there's no-one who annoys me, I even liked the mystery. Can't wait to find out who our new characters are and what they
Jean ~ Kindle Queen
I'm sad to say I couldn't remember much about Royal Street (Sentinels of New Orleans, #1) by Suzanne Johnson, but it didn't take long to get caught up. Ms. Johnson did an excellent job of recapping without doing an info dump and used just enough references to remind me what had happened.

This series is definitely your classic urban fantasy: a cast of characters including many different supes, good mystery, light humor, and a clever integration of New Orleans. There is sort of a love triangle in this one, but it doesn't bother me like usual. Maybe because s
Carolyn F.
Entertaining book. I loved how DJ had no romantic prospects and now has a few to choose from - supposedly. I don't know who I want her to settle with.

The story was really good. I liked how there was action but not too much. I plan on reading more of this series.
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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.

Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the award-winning Penton Legacy paranormal romance seri

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Sentinels of New Orleans (6 books)
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“Jean Laffite was a sexy bad boy with a gentleman's manners and an air of barely suppressed danger. Every girl's secret dreamboat in other words. We always say we want a nice, hardworking, decent guy but we're lying to ourselves. - DJ Jaco” 4 likes
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