River Road by Suzanne Johnson is the fun, fast-paced second book in the Sentinels of New Orleans, a series of urban fantasy novels filled with wizards, mermen and pirates. These novels are perfect for readers of paranormal fiction and "fans of Charlaine Harris and Cat Adams" (Booklist) and RT Bookreviews agrees that "for readers missing Sookie Stackhouse, this series may be right up your alley."
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, and down in the swamp, DJ learns, there's more stirring than angry mermen and the threat of a were-gator.
Wizards are dying, and something—or someone—from the Beyond is poisoning the waters of the mighty Mississippi, threatening the humans who live and work along the river. DJ and Alex must figure out what unearthly source is contaminating the water and who—or what—is killing the wizards. Is it a malcontented merman, the naughty nymph, or some other critter altogether? After all, DJ's undead suitor, the pirate Jean Lafitte, knows his way around a body or two.
It's anything but smooth sailing on the bayou as the Sentinels of New Orleans series continues.
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Johnson makes the leap to hardcover with the second adventure in the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series, following her well-received debut, Royal Street. Three years after Hurricane Katrina damaged mystical as well as physical barriers in the New Orleans area, half-elf Green Congress wizard DJ Jaco and her weredog enforcer partner, Alex Warin, venture into greater Southeast Louisiana at the behest of hunky undead pirate Jean Lafitte. Their goal is to investigate the local merpeople's complaint of contaminated water in their hunting grounds, but wizards hate water and merfolk hate wizards, dating back to a preternatural war in the 1970s, so when the corpses of two wizards turn up in the wetlands, things get ugly fast. The counterpoint is DJ's charmingly na ve romantic attraction to Alex, Jean, and anyone else cute who crosses her path, along with her continued exploration of the ramifications of her elven heritage. Solid plotting and a well-described, consistent setting make this a strong and intriguing addition to the genre.