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Elysian Fields

(Sentinels of New Orleans #3)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,182 ratings  ·  183 reviews
An undead serial killer comes for DJ in this thrilling third installment of Suzanne Johnson’s Sentinels of New Orleans series

The mer feud has been settled, but life in South Louisiana still has more twists and turns than the muddy Mississippi.

New Orleanians are under attack from a copycat killer mimicking the crimes of a 1918 serial murderer known as the Axeman of New Orl
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 13th 2013 by Tor Books
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Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was my first introduction to DJ Jaco and I discovered a few wonderful things. First, Elysian Fields absolutely did stand on its own. Although I did go back and purchase the first two books in this series it was only because I wanted more. I was able to follow the story and there was no "catch up" to understand what has happened in a previous book in this seris. Second, DJ Jaco could give Sookie Stackhouse or Anita Blake a run for her money, less the man harem, though there is a few awesome ...more
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, arc
When I realized Tor had accepted my request for Elysian Fields, I feared I was hallucinating.

Sentinels of New Orleans is a series that grabbed me since the beginning, and I have to thank Forbidden Planet in London for it. You can guess I was more than happy to be granted a copy. :)

The book is strongly linked with the previous one and you'll probably need to get the first two in series if you want to enjoy it fully, to understand the reasons behind some of the characters' choices or behaviour.

Olga Godim
Apr 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
In this book, DJ Jaco, the young magic sentinel of New Orleans, faces the most harrowing challenges. An undead serial killer is on the loose in her city, and he seems to be targeting her. And then there are troubles with the elves. Aren’t there always troubles with the elves? They’re sly and treacherous, they don’t approve of her, and they show their disdain in the most graphic ways. Plus she might be turning into a raving shapeshifter the next full moon, if the killer doesn’t get to her first. ...more
Carolyn F.
These books get better and better. DJ finally figures out who she's interested and it's reciprocated (sometimes). She finds semi-allies and narrowly escapes a huge change in her life. I loved the ending.
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
Originally reviewed on Romancing the Dark Side:

Loved every page. Elysian Fields solidified my love for Suzanne Johnson’s writing!

The geeky, blonde wizard and her entourage are back for more thrills and adventure in this third installment of the Sentinels of New Orleans series! DJ is just starting to pick of the pieces of hurricane Katrina, losing her family and her near death experience with the mer folk of New Orleans when a new threat enters her life. A resurrected serial killer known as the
Elysian Fields is another sure fire hit in Suzanne Johnson's "Sentinels of New Orleans" supernatural urban fantasy series.

Like the Patricia Briggs "Mercy Thompson" series and Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files" series, Johnson builds on what we have learned about DJ, her half elven green witch with untold magical potential by having her face off against different supernatural bad guys in each novel. Comparisons to early Mercy Thompson or Dresden File books are very apt. Filled with werewolves, vampir
If you enjoy highly original, entertaining paranormal urban-fantasies with a vast array of quirky characters and light romance, this series is an hangover-inducing must-read.

The scariest sound in New Orleans’ French Quarter is silence....

ELYSIAN FIELDS by Suzanne Johnson is an action-packed, fast-paced, addictive page-turner! It's the third book in Suzanne's Sentinels of New Orleans series. I confess to not reading this series in order as ELYSIAN FIELDS served as my introduction to Suzanne John
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved returning to NOLA in the well-written 3rd installment of the Sentinels of New Orleans series by Suzanne Johnson.

Johnson takes DJ and the gang through the streets of NOLA trying to solve the case of the serial killer, the Axeman. At first it looks like a copy cat serial killer since the real Axeman has been dead since the early 1900s. But if the undead pirate, Jean Lafitte can cross over from the Beyond into NOLA why can’t the Axeman?

So far in the series we’ve seen wizards, undead pirates
Tasha Turner
Thoroughly enjoyable. World building continues to be interesting. Characters are still relatable. We learn more about elves. Enjoy getting to know more about New Orleans post-Katrina. The love triangle (square?) is not doing much for me but is typical of the genre. I look forward to more books by this author.

For a really good review check out

Review curtesy of netgalley and publisher in exchange for honest review.
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really love this series, DJ is growing and changing and finding out new things about herself. The action is crazy and non-stop, more pretes are showing up, more politics are pushing things around and Jean Lafitte is still awesome. If you like urban fantasy with a little bit of romance, not a lot, and New Orleans, you really need to pick these up. You never know who to trust or what the true agenda is and it is a heck of a lot of fun.
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
8 out of 10 > 4 stars. Really good.

I especially love the concept of the historical undead. And how great it must be to be able to summon Louis Armstrong :D
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Not as good as the first two in the series, but I have book four and will definitely read it.
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3-3.5

*My Thoughts*

Elysian Fields is the third novel in the Sentinels of New Orleans series by Suzanne Johnson. As a series recap, Drusilla (DJ as she prefers to be called) Jaco is the Wizard Sentinel for the Greater New Orleans area and is responsible for investigating and keeping track of preternaturals in her area and stepping when needed along with her partner Alex Warin (Shape-shifter) and cousin Jack Warin (Loup-Garou werewolf).

Her party of friends includes the
DJ finds herself up against her most challenging enemy yet when an axe murderer starts claiming victims all over New Orleans. This isn't just any old murderer though, it's one of the historical undead and he's back to carry on the killing spree he started nearly 100 years ago. As if that wasn't bad enough it looks like DJ is his next target. Can she figure out who is behind his sudden reappearance and why they have sent him after her? She doesn't just have a killer to catch though, she also has ...more
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

Elysian Fields was exactly what I expected it to be and more. I knew I would get entertaining characters, interesting world building and an action packed dilemma that would keep DJ and Alex constantly on the go. I was definitely not disappointed by any of those elements in this story. And to top it off, I got an amazingly creepy, horror type case that DJ was completely wrapped up in. The Axeman was a totally awesome bad guy and I loved every creepy minute of him. The myst
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Our favorite New Orleans characters are back in Book 3 ELYSIAN FIELDS. I am always amazed at the world building that goes into these books. There has been something in each installment that has made me put the book down and Google away trying to find out more information. In ELYSIAN FIELDS that ended up being Six Flags New Orleans. Once Suzanne started describing it in the book I had to learn more and she was totally spot on with descriptions. I thoroughly enjoy how she brings the area into her ...more
S.M. Blooding
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I just have to say that I’m pretty sure my brain is completely fried. As in all caps. No holds barred. Fried. This week has been TOUGH! I read book 2 the last time it was on tour! Man! What a fun, fun book! I was swept away from the start.

So when I say that I had absolutely no issue following this book, I want you to understand that I say this knowing I had…oh, maybe half a brain cell left to comprehend this book. LOL! I love how Ms. Johnson is capable of writing in such a way that
Billie Jo
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who is a fan of paranormal fiction
Recommended to Billie Jo by: Netgalley
*I received a review copy of this book from Suzanne Johnson via Netgalley in return for an honest review. This was my first time reading a book by this author, and it was "Amazing". This was the third book in this series and I felt as if i hadn't missed a thing by not reading the first two books. I love when an author can take you from one book to the next seamlessly. Terrific plot and well developed characters, a must read in my opinion. I also loved the author's take on New Orleans, very descr ...more
Oct 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Pretty good. Not sure I like the elves in this particular universe. Still a little tired of how handsome some of these guys are. Love Jean LaFitte, though. He's awesome. Glad we got to see some of her merman friends too. Those guys are great.

A little sad for DJ and all that she went through, and I'm not even sure what was gained here. Here's hoping the next story is a little more cohesive.
Jean ~ Kindle Queen
Jun 30, 2013 rated it liked it
There was a lot going on in this one. I think maybe the love square (or maybe now it's a love pentagon) finally got to me. I'm not usually a fan of love triangles, and the amount of potential suitors in this one really exhausts me. I don't think this book was less in terms of quality as compared to the first two. If you liked the first two books, then you'll like this one. I'm just not sure I'll continue with this series if the focus continues to be on D.J.'s many suitors.
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed it! DJ, a wizard, has elven blood and can do elven magic. The elves aren't happy! Adrian,as usual,is annoying and betrays DJ! Rand turns out to be an elf and DJ bonds with him to save herself. Good read!
I'm so conflicted.. ARGH. Love her writing.. DID NOT like the story. Review to come shortly.
Kathy Davie
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy

Third in the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series revolving around DJ Jaco, an overworked Sentinel wizard.

I did receive this story ARC from the publisher.

My Take
Johnson has some interesting twists on the loup-garou, the dead, and magic in general, and she takes it and runs in this opening. It's an easy enough, basic opening: serial killer back from the dead with the good guys trying to figure it out. Without telling at least one of the party the background truth.

She incorporates worrie
Alisha Tarran
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As soon as I started to read this book, and got a few pages in, I immediately regretted the decision to request this book and ya it. "WHY!?" I hear you cry? Because as I got a few pages in, I immediately loved the characters and the world, I didn't want to leave it, and I clocked the agonizingly long wait, nearly a year, until the next book in the series.

In case you haven't worked it out yet, I haven't read the first two books, and I chose to request this one solely on the strength
Marissa Rocks
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I looked forward to the release of this third volume as it’s a series I really love. In fact, Suzanne Johnson has many original ideas in her novels and I was waiting to have again our undead characters as well as our exciting heroes.

DJ has a lot of works these days, and she needs to deal with all the troubles occuring. A serial killer is in loose in the city led by a necromancer and it is up to our heroine to stop him. But how will she be able to kill someone immortal? Especially before he kills
Originally posted at

Favorite Quote: “I would have done as much for anyone. It just happened to be you.”

Elysian Fields picks up a few weeks after the events in River Road. Drusilla Jaco (DJ), is still recovering from the wounds she received battling an insane nymph. When she is called to the scene of a brutal murder, she discovers that a serial killer, known as the Axeman who terrorized New Orleans back in the early 1900’s, has come back from the dead to r
Kat Gibbons
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it
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Johnson strikes a good balance with the Historical Dead, she uses famous people that make sense for New Orleans, and in moderation. Some authors that have an excuse to use cool historical figures throw in so many that it becomes silly, it stretches my ability to suspend my disbelief way too far. But by sticking to a couple of key figures like Jean Lafitte and Louis Armstrong she makes it work. Plus if I was writing a book historical figures, Pops would definitely be in it. But Ella would be show ...more
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

The term “Elysian Fields” refers to a separate section of Hades reserved for gods and heroes. It’s also a street in New Orleans. (So far, all the books in Johnson’s Sentinels of New Orleans series are named for streets in New Orleans.)

The reference to Hades is particularly appropriate in this case, because a lot of the action in this story has to do with manipulating that faction known in DJ Jaco’s universe as the “historical undead”.

There’s a necromancer i
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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)
  • Royal Street (Sentinels of New Orleans, #1)
  • River Road (Sentinels of New Orleans, #2)
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  • Belle Chasse (Sentinels of New Orleans #5)
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