Review: Frenchman Street by Suzanne Johnson

Posted August 6, 2018 by Jen in Rating A, Rating B, Reviews, Urban Fantasy Tags: , , ,

Frenchman Street
Suzanne Johnson
Rating: A-/B+

What I’m Talking About:

Frenchman Street is the culmination of and fitting end to one of my favorite urban fantasy series, the Sentinels of New Orleans. Although it’s been a couple of years since the previous full-length release, the author does a fabulous job, without info-dumping, reminding readers of the numerous events that led to this pinnacle point for heroine DJ and her merry band of misfits. Frenchman Street, being the sixth and finale book of the Sentinels series, should not be read by newcomers. 

Overall, I greatly enjoyed immersing myself back into New Orleans and seeing how the brewing war between the Faerie and other Prets played out. Even though it wasn’t evident with the first book in the series, this war has been on the horizon for a while now. The author allowed the events to unfold at its own pace, giving readers the inside look at the many supernatural factions involved. In addition to the pending war, there were a number of open over-arching threads coming into Frenchman Street, such as DJ’s life-mating to Elven Lord Rand and her place within the Wizarding community. Without giving spoilers, I will say that I’m mostly satisfied with where the cards fall. There are definitely a couple things I didn’t realize were coming, but in retrospect, I realize it was the best thing for the progression of the series. 

I did have a couple minor issues. The first being the sheer volume of parade references; I understand Mardi Gras is a chaotic and wonderful time in New Orleans, making it the perfect backdrop for this story. However, as an outsider to the whole NOLA/Mardi Gras scene, I started to get confused and bored with the volume of krewes and parades, making it repetitive for me.

Secondly, I was slightly disappointed with the climactic scene – the ultimate showdown. I don’t want to give spoilers, so I will only say that first there was an event that happened that should have stopped the final parade, yet it didn’t. Then things kind of happen in a “fade to black” situation. (If you want to know more, email me and I’ll explain). 

Even with my couple minor “issues,” I found Frenchman Street a complete joy to read. Overall, the Sentinels of New Orleans is an amazing series with one of the most unique mythologies, and I look forward to what else will happen in this fantastic world created by Ms. Johnson. 

My Rating: A- / B+ Liked It A Lot

About the Book:

The uneasy truce between the preternatural species of New Orleans has shattered, with wizards and elves, shifters and vampires—not to mention the historical undead—struggling for ultimate control of the city, including the humans who still think they’re atop the food chain.

They aren’t, however—and the Summer Prince of Faerie wants them to know it.

Stuck in the middle? One unemployed wizard sentinel. For DJ Jaco, war makes for strange bedfellows as she finally embraces her wizard-elven heritage and strikes a deal with the devil so she and her ragtag band of allies can return to defend her hometown. After all, when the undead French pirate Jean Lafitte has been hired by the mayor as a consultant, things could go horribly wrong.

War is coming to New Orleans just in time for Mardi Gras, with the elves and wizards lined up on opposite sides, the shifters without a leader, the vampires promising loyalty to the highest bidder, and the soul of the Crescent City resting on the outcome of the civil war going on in Faerie between the rival princes of summer and winter.

Mardi Gras Day is approaching fast, the much-anticipated new Krewe of Enyo is not what it seems, and the line between friends and enemies grows thin as DJ tries to stave off open warfare between faeries on the St. Charles Avenue parade route.

Laissez les bons temps rouler…but be careful, or the good times might roll too close for comfort.

Release Date: July 24, 2018
Sentinels of New Orleans #6
Urban Fantasy
paperback (374 pages), e-book
Book Source: Purchased with my own funds

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Reviews in the Series:
River Road by Suzanne Johnson (Sentinels of New Orleans #2)
Elysian Fields by Suzanne Johnson (Sentinels of New Orleans #3)
Pirate’s Alley by Suzanne Johnson (Sentinels of New Orleans #4)
Pirateship Down by Suzanne Johnson (Sentinels of New Orleans #4.5)
Belle Chasse by Suzanne Johnson (Sentinels of New Orleans #5)
“The Consort” by Suzanne Johnson (Dark Secrets Anthology) (Sentinels of New Orleans world)