Pirate’s Alley by Suzanne Johnson

April 21st, 2015 kimbacaffeinate Review 76 Comments

21st Apr
Pirate’s Alley by Suzanne Johnson
Pirate's Alley
by Suzanne Johnson
Series: Sentinels of New Orleans #4
Published by: Tor
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Author
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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 matters both professional and personal. Her relationship with enforcer Alex Warin is shaky, her non-husband, Quince Randolph, is growing more powerful, and her best friend, Eugenie, has a bombshell that could blow everything to Elfheim and back. And that's before the French pirate, Jean Lafitte, newly revived from his latest "death," returns to New Orleans with vengeance on his mind. DJ's assignment? Keep the sexy leader of the historical undead out of trouble. Good luck with that. Duty clashes with love, loyalty with deception, and friendship with responsibility as DJ navigates passion and politics in the murky waters of a New Orleans caught in the grips of a brutal winter that might have nothing to do with Mother Nature. War could be brewing, and DJ will be forced to take a stand. But choosing sides won't be that easy.

Political backstabbing and alliances take center stage in Pirate’s Alley the fourth book in Suzanne Johnson’s  Sentinel of New Orleans series. Bizarre weather and serious power plays complicated by friendship had me flipping the pages of this urban fantasy.

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 the high council have DJ juggling between duty and friendship. How this will effect her and Alex, not to mention her friendship with a certain dashing pirate provides one heck of a tale.

Johnson delivered an incredible story that forced DJ to think fast on her feet. While I would have been a little more hesitant, DJ tends to follow her gut and react first. Thankfully, she has good friends and allies to help her pull of some of these crazy stunts. I love how overall arc threads and new threads begin to weave together as each novel progresses.  While things are certainly not resolved, Johnson keeps things tight and the reader on track. This book has a lot of set-up as Johnson moves us towards a battle. I love the setting, and after my recent visit to NOLA, I appreciated the mention of the hotel, buildings, streets and the college. I felt like I was walking the streets with DJ and Jean Lafitte.

The overall series has a romance and while it is kept in the background, it does create interest and this time we feel the impact it has on DJ both personally and in her position as the Sentinel of New Orleans. I was worried but pleased with the overall development in Pirate’s Alley. I am curious to see what lies ahead for Alex and DJ. Pirate’s Alley wasn’t as action intense as its predecessor but the pacing and character development more than made up for it. We get to know a certain FAE and spend time with the council. We are introduced to new characters and become closer to favorites.

Fans of the Sentinels of New Orleans should be thrilled with Pirate’s Alley. The ending leaves us with a suspenseful cliffy which left me drooling for the next book.

About Suzanne Johnson

Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series, set in post-Katrina New Orleans. Coming April 2015: PIRATE’S ALLEY, book four, following ROYAL STREET, RIVER ROAD, and ELYSIAN FIELDS. Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the award-winning Penton Legacy paranormal romance series (REDEMPTION, ABSOLUTION, OMEGA, ALLEGIANCE), The Collectors romantic thriller series (LOVELY, DARK, AND DEEP; and DEADLY, CALM, AND COLD), and the standalone paranormal romantic thriller, STORM FORCE.

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76 Responses to “Pirate’s Alley by Suzanne Johnson”

  1. Ramona

    I haven’t started this series and I feel terrible, because everyone has nothing but good things to say about it. I love that it’s complex, with a diverse cast of characters and a smart, meaty plot. And the cover is all but calling my name, lol! Can’t wait to start this and meet DJ for myself… Plus, New Orleans!!! Right? 🙂 Another great review, Kimba, thanks!
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  2. miki

    ooh i do want more! i want to discover more about Christof ( Jean appreciate him so it works in his favor but i’m still on edge).. this one promise a lot of possibilities for the rest of teh series and since Suzanne always manage to surprise me i can’t wait for the next one! i do need it

    thank you for your good review
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      She does manage to surprise I am really curious about the battle ahead!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, it isn’t too bad as far as Urban fantasy goes.but we are left drooling for the next book.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh no I have failed you. The books release once a year..so you have plenty of time to catch up.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yep..and now we wait. Between this and Jone’s series I die waiting

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Wait. What? You haven’t read this series Nick? How did Christy, Heidi, Ali and I let you get away with this? Hmm..I am thinking you need an intervention!

  3. Kelsey

    I didn’t read the full review here so as not to spoil anything since it’s later in the series, but I did check out the first book on Goodreads and added it to my wishlist. Thanks for sharing! It sounds like a good series 🙂
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I try to keep them spoiler free but totally understand..enjoy Kelsey.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooo dig them out and catch up..the next book won’t release for a year *hangs-head*

  4. Sarah

    oooh this sounds like an urban fantasy series that I can get behind. I like that the author is focusing on character development in this book. I need to get book one soon! I am also a fan of the New Orleans theme 😀
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  5. Braine

    This looks so shiny to me! This is indeed a unique UF. I read the first book years ago but never got around to finishing it. Not because I did not like it, I guess I just wasn’t in the mood for it at that time. And then I totally forgot about it so thanks for reminding me.
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Glad I could introduce you to it. I love the settings and characters.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh I hope you read these Maja. I think you would enjoy them

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Well you have time to catch up, and won’t have a as long to wait like the rest of us.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Right. I liked the new characters and I am anxious to see how it all plays out

    • kimbacaffeinate

      NOLA rocks and Johnson use to live there..so she knows it well

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Wait. What? You haven’t started this series Melissa? You would enjoy it. I wonder if it is on audio?

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hope you try it. As far as Urban Fantasy goes this one is a great introduction to the genre

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I tried to keep it spoiler free, but it is harder by book 4. I do hope you read them Bea.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      You so need to read these ..this is right up your alley.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes…I cannot wait to see what you think. The good news..you have a year to catch up!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Hmm, read your review or the last chapter..that usually brings it all rushing back

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This series has a little of everything and you just slip right in from page one

  6. Rashika

    You know what’s really funny? I’ve been stalking this series for a while and I cannot believe the 4th book is already coming out! When I first heard about it, the 2nd book had either just come out or was going to come out and now there are almost 4 books in the series! I feel like this is a sign that I need to actually give the series a shot instead of looking at it nostalgically.

    I am glad to hear about the romance too because I know one of the reasons I was putting it off was because I heard things about there being a possible love triangle. Go Alex and DJ!

    Great review, Kimba!! 🙂
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL..not funny at all..that happens to me so many times. I think oh I will read them both before book three comes out and bam it’s book 4

  7. Lark

    Good review, Kimba! You always make want to read the books you review, even when they really aren’t for me – and this series actually might be. But I think it will have to get in line behind the Patricia Briggs books and a few other urban fantasies people have been urging on me of late. 🙂
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh yes Briggs, Andrews and Johnson are all musts. This is a good series to wet your feet with, since you like fantasy and the tales draw you in

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It’s ok Sharon, with a series it happens and it just makes me all the more anxious to return.

  8. Olivia

    I haven’t read a book in this series before but it does sound like one I should try checking out. When you had me at political backstabbing and alliances it already had me intrigued, because it would be a guessing game of who to trust and those are my favourite kind of books.
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      This series rocks Olivia, and each one delivers new twists and fleshes out the characters and world more