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Pirate's Alley

(Sentinels of New Orleans #4)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  703 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Wizard sentinel DJ Jaco thought she had gotten used to the chaos of her life in post-Katrina New Orleans, but a new threat is looming, one that will test every relationship she holds dear.

Caught in the middle of a rising struggle between the major powers in the supernatural world—the Wizards, Elves, Vampires and the Fae—DJ finds her loyalties torn and her mettle tested in
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Published April 21st 2015 by Tor Books
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Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Four stars: Another exciting and thrilling installment! Don't miss this series.

DJ lights the fire, grateful for the heat. She still doesn't have a working heating system in her house, post Hurricane Katrina. Alex is supposed to install it, but he hasn't gotten around to it yet. So DJ is spending some time with her best friend Eugenia. The girls night quickly turns sour as Eugenia isn't feeling well. It turns out her illness is more than a stomach bug. Eugenia's illness becomes just one of DJ's w
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Have I mentioned how much I adore this series? Because I do, I really really do.

Suzanne is such an amazing writer, no matter what it is that she writes, truly, but this series, set in the heart of New Orleans, is just something special and by far my favorite of her's. And then there is Jean, really, if you have read this series before, you know exactly what I mean about “Jean”. The sexy as all get out undead pirate. Jean, 'nough said. Okay, maybe that isn't quite enough said, but close.

Truly, t
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it

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It’s been a while, I admit it, that I was waiting for some new adventures from our beloved DJ. Oh yes, I had even forgotten about some events but everything came back rather quickly after the first chapters. What a pleasure to find all the characters from the previous volumes and to discover a new story. I’m sure that you’re wondering if the volume is up to the others and I can tell you now that this is the case! So yes if you liked the series so far, yo
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Poor DJ, as the Sentinel for New Orleans she has her hands full. No heat and freaky weather force her to seek shelter at her friend Eugenia’s house. Between all of the healthy food in her friend’s cupboard and Eugenia’s, stomach bug that is about to complicate all of their lives. Toss in unexpected Elfish side effects thanks to her bonding with a pain in the ass Elf, DJ is beside herself and in dire need of a vacation. All that will have to wait as political maneuvering, revenge and more within ...more
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Review posted here...
Pirate's Alley is the fourth book in the Sentinels of New Orleans series and it was great to be back with this cast of characters. Things are about to get all political for DJ as her personal and professional lives are about to clash and force her to re-evaluate every relationship she has with various people. We begin with the fallout from book three, those responsible are to face a trial and DJ is required to be there but there’s
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at The Book Nympho

The streets of NOLA is running amuck with paranormal creatures like wizards, elves, merman shifters, vampires, and faeries. And this time there's a freak snowstorm in NOLA that's making things interesting for DJ and the gang.

I love Suzanne Johnson's Sentinels of New Orleans and I've been stalking her site for a release date for Pirate's Alley ever since I finished the 3rd book, Elysian Fields . It's been a long wait but all is forgotten and forgiven whi
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads) At A Glance
Seriously, I love this series.
The Good
I have so much damn fun with this series. I feel like I have been waiting forever for book 4! And Pirate's Alley really did deliver. So much crap is changing. I am still dizzy from the twists and turns.

DJ starts out in a strong position. Her life is finally coming together. And then it isn't. How many enemies can one girl/wizard/elf have? A lot, apparently. In this book, we find out who really ar
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Although barely any time has passed in Ms. Johnson’s thrilling Sentinels of New Orleans series, it’s been about twenty long months since the last book. I was worried that I wouldn’t remember all of the details of the complex and ever-changing world. However, Ms. Johnson does an amazing job bringing readers up to speed and recounting the truly important facts. There were some pretty huge revelations and world-changing events that happened during the previous book, Elysian Fields, and I strongly u ...more
Carolyn F.
3-1/2 stars

People that we thought were good guys were not so good and the ending was a "What The Heck!" This book got such a good average rating (above 4 stars) that I was hoping for something stellar. I think the high expectations kind of ruined the book for me, which makes so sense.
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

Pirate’s Alley, like all of the titles in Suzanne Johnson’s Sentinels of New Orleans series, is a street in New Orleans. In this particular case, Pirate’s Alley is a two-block-long pedestrian walkway between Royal Street and Jackson Square, at least according to Google maps and Google street view.

As a title, it also represents some of the events in the story. From Sentinel Drusilla Jaco’s perspective, it looks a lot like her own particular pirate, the histo
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love me some Jean Lafitte so I enjoyed the fact that he had a huge role in PIRATE'S ALLEY. We also see a lot of Alex, Rand and Eugenia.

Some things that happened in PIRATE'S ALLEY. There has always been danger in the past books, book four brought the danger even closer and more personal to DJ's life. She has a lot to work through and I enjoyed following her as she solved the latest mystery. Eugenia becomes more involved in the world of paranormal when she finds out she's expecting. Rand proved
A tiny bit heavy with political maneuvering, but pretty terrific overall. I really like how confident DJ is slowly becoming in her skills and with her decision making. It isn't so much that she's growing up, as in some UF series, she's always come across as a mature and pretty level-headed young woman. Maybe surviving Katrina is part of that. But she's learning to value what she can do more and to see that it's more significant that what some others can offer. Not everyone has the same skills, m ...more
Eva Millien
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A new threat is looming, war could be brewing, and every relationship that DJ Jaco holds dear will be tested as she is forced to make a stand in this spellbinding Sentinels of New Orleans story. I really have to envy DJ, I mean how does she manage to stay sane and relatively calm although I do believe eventually she’s going to explode and New Orleans better look out and I must confess that I am in love with Jean Lafitte, he’s such a sexy pirate and I just love how he manages to make things go hi ...more
**I received this book for free from Bewitching Book Tours/Publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

Pirate's Alley is the fourth installment in the Sentinels of New Orleans series by Suzanne Johnson. This time out, Johnson digs into the Interspecies Council, and the other powerful preternaturals like the Fairies who make up the council. Pirate's Alley is a story fi
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
8 out of 10 > 4 stars - Another very good installment in this series.

I loved the politics play. I believe Lennox and the Fae will play an important role in the next novel. I hope we don't have to wait to long for the fifth book.
E.J. Stevens
Gah! That ending. Need the next book NOW.
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Oh, that Suzanne Johnson; she's a sly one. By about one-third to halfway through Pirate's Alley, I thought this installment might be in a little bit of a bridge book slump. There was a lot of talking and political maneuvering, but not much action and development. Dare I say I was a little bored? That's when Suzanne got me... "You want action and adventure? A complete upheaval of DJ's world? Well, here you go; take it all!" I'm sorry I dou
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
DJ's life is full of the good and the bad. For example: bad--last month she was bitten by a loup-garou; good--she was kept from changing by elf magic; bad--that meant a blood bond with the most annoying elf in existence; good--she was able to keep her friend Jake from getting in trouble. Bad--at the opening of PIRATE'S ALLY she's still injured and homeless as a result of the events in ELYSIAN FIELDS (EBR review). Good--she's living at her best friend Eugenie's place, Alex is still her boyfriend, ...more
If you love urban fantasies and haven't read this series yet, you should!

Alex leaned over and treated me to a Rhett Butler kiss, slow and deep but not too sweet. He once told Scarlett something to the effect of how badly she needed kissing, and by someone who knew what he was doing. Alex knew what he was doing. By the time he finished proving it, I was breathless. I rested my head on his shoulder, basking in his warmth and filling my lungs with his scent. "What was that for?"
"That was to sho
Kathy Martin
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This fourth book in the Sentinels of New Orleans is the most action-packed yet and DJ has more than her hands full trying to keep those she loves safe. There is a power struggle going on win the new Counsel. The wizards and the elves have a tentative plan to be allies but the fae, the vampires, and the other groups are also all jockeying for power.

Unfortunately, the leader of the wizards who is supposed to be her boss is just as morally bankrupt as the leaders of the other factions. When he dema
Christy LoveOfBooks
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016

I love The Sentinels of New Orleans series, but totally dropped the ball with Pirate’s Alley. It sat neglected for well over a year. There’s no excuse, so I take full responsibility for this horrendous act. :D

I was worried it would be difficult to jump back in after such a long stint, but everything rushed back once I started reading. It felt great to be transported back to New Orleans with DJ and the rest of the crew!

This is an awesome set of characters. Including the assholes. They all have th
Events from the last outing come to fruition in this outing. DJ's still homeless and more fashionably challenged than ever but doesn't skip best friend mode when consequences of Eugenie's dalliance with Quince are undeniable; Alex is reverting to butt-holery with the car situation, Jean is off healing and plotting, Quince is crowing his union with DJ. Plus there's a little matter of a council meeting or a trial.

As the trial portion of the council meeting begins, there's a surprise waiting for DJ
Jan 31, 2014 rated it liked it
I was so excited to find this new series. I really liked the characters, and was looking forward to a long run. This book - fourth in the series - has dampened my enthusiasm a bit. There was so much political maneuvering, in-fighting, out-fighting, just plain fighting, that it was hard to keep everything straight. Everyone had a hidden agenda - the fae, the elves, the vampires, the wizards, the pirates, the shifters...and DJ - good grief! She's in love with one man, attracted to another, and "ma ...more
I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for this book and boy was it well worth the wait. I love this series. There are so many interesting aspects of the world that Suzanne Johnson has built. The characters are complex and interesting and I love going on this wild ride with them. I really want more right now, especially after how this book ended. There is so much intrigue and backstabbing and magic and other things happening in this series, there really is never a dull moment, even when DJ’s just ...more
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Well, this world went crazier than after the levees broke! Holy cow. Really enjoying this series. Lots of prete politics motivating this one with poor DJ doing what she thinks is right. Not always what she wants to do, but she is trying to keep her morality. Anyway, loving the characters, lots of action, lots of surprises and fun historical dead to keep things entertaining.
Now what?! I am so excited for the next book.
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Wow what a fun ride! The pacing was perfect though I feel bad for how sleep deprived DJ ends up. I felt so invested in the plot and the tension stemming from relationships and friendships being severely strained. There is a bit of a cliffhanger ending but I was satisfied and am now just dying for book five!
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.
Kathy Davie
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Fourth in the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series, set in New Orleans, and revolving around DJ Jaco, the sentinel, and her friends.

My Take
I had been looking forward to reading more about DJ and Jean Lafitte — he's much more interesting than her boyfriend, Alex, and this one was a pip. Yeah, it included a pregnancy trope, but I did enjoy Johnson's use of the wrong pregnancy to create the conflict. And I got lots more than I bargained for. This twist is Pirate Alley specific.

The series
Marissa Rocks
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It’s been a while, I admit it, that I was waiting for some new adventures from our beloved DJ. Oh yes, I had even forgotten about some events but everything came back rather quickly after the first chapters. What a pleasure to find all the characters from the previous volumes and to discover a new story. I’m sure that you’re wondering if the volume is up to the others and I can tell you now that this is the case! So yes if you liked the series so far, you will not be disappointed because Suzanne ...more
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Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series, set in post-Katrina New Orleans. A new story collection, JACKSON SQUARE, coming fall 2020.

Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the award-winning Penton Legacy paranormal romance series The Collectors romantic thriller series, the standalone paranormal romantic thriller, STORM FORCE, and the Wilds of the Bayou series..


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Sentinels of New Orleans (6 books)
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