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Deadly Destinations visits the magical world of New Orleans from Suzanne Johnson’s Sentinels of New Orleans series. Elysian Fields is the third novel in this series and will be released on August 13, 2013 from Tor/Macmillan. Want to know our thoughts on the first novel in this series, Royal Street? Read our review here.
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Jean Lafitte’s Guide to New Orleans
Wizard sentinel DJ Jaco here. I was supposed to give you a tour of the key locations in New Orleans that you might want to avoid if you have a granule of common sense, but I’m too traumatized by recent events, which involved drowning, merman CPR, fires, gunshot wounds, elven misdeeds, stitches, and more fires.
So I turn you over to my…um…friend, the early 19th-century pirate Jean Lafitte. Captain Lafitte, a powerful figure who once ruled more than a thousand men in his “Kingdom of Barataria” south of New Orleans, is now a member of the historical undead—famous humans granted immortality through the magic of human memory. He’ll give you a tour of some of the key locations—deadly locations—in New Orleans. Take everything he says with a grain of salt. Or two. But you gotta admit, he’s damned sexy.
Bonjour, mes amis…Drusilla, while I appreciate that you find me desirable, you must temper your coarse language, which does not befit a proper young woman reaching the age of spinsterhood, and—
*DJ: Spinsterhood? (Bleep) you. How’s that for coarse?*
Bah. Very well, you perhaps find truth disturbing. We shall discuss this matter later.
Now, my friends, Drusilla has taken time from her wizarding duties, which have been quite hazardous lately, to select five locations she feels you should take great care to avoid while visiting our beautiful city of Nouvelle Orleans, in increasing order of danger.
5) The Hotel Monteleone, Eudora Welty Suite, Royal Street, French Quarter.
I’m afraid I must object, Drusilla. The suite of Eudora Welty is where I make my home when I am in modern New Orleans rather than in the Beyond. The rooms are lovely, with a beautiful view of the river, and I would be a most gracious host to anyone who should wish to visit me there, especially young women who would enjoy the companionship of a famous privateer. My brandy is excellent. Why would you consider this a dangerous spot, Jolie?
*DJ* Because you live there and you think you’re hot stuff where women are concerned.*
I do not understand why you believe me to be hot, as the hotel has a wonderful invention that cools the air and my rooms are always quite comfortable.
4) The corner of Nashville and Magazine, Uptown New Orleans.
Mais oui, this has become quite a hazardous location, and it saddens me that this is due to the fact that Drusilla—or DJ, as she insists on being called—makes her home here. She has several reasons that difficulties tend to be attracted to her as moths to a flame and—
*DJ: Hey, you’re going off-script again.*
As I was saying, Drusilla, first of all, has entirely too many men about which to concern herself. There is le petit chien, Alexander, who has purchased the home next door to her, no doubt to attempt to influence her away from her friend Jean Lafitte. There is his uncontrolled cousin Jacob. And now there is the strange man across Rue Magazine, Quince Randolph.
*DJ: What do you know about Quince Randolph? I don’t think he’s human, and he creeps me out. What is he?*
I do not know, Drusilla. But you are correct in telling unsuspecting visitors to avoid your home. You are like honey to the flies of chaos.
3) St. Anthony’s Gardens, behind St. Louis Cathedral, French Quarter.
Tres bien. This too is a spot to avoid. The gardens behind the cathedral of St. Louis are quite beautiful, but there is an open transport there which leads directly to Old Orleans, the Beyond’s mirror version of the modern city. One does not wish to visit Old Orleans by accident, for there are many undesirable creatures there and it is always dark and under the spell of the full moon. One might find vampires, gremlins, or even—
*DJ: Undead pirates.*
Only if one is fortunate, Drusilla.
2) L’Amour Sauvage, Chartres Street, French Quarter.
I beg to differ with this listing, as L’Amour Sauvage is a very elegant drinking establishment on Rue Chartres in the so-called French Quarter. It is the only vampire bar in the city at present, and is owned by my old friend Etienne Boulard, whom I have known for more than two-hundred years, long before he was turned into a vampire and became a Regent. I believe visitors would enjoy this.
*DJ: Yeah, if they want to be dinner.*
I’m told they will greatly enjoy being fed upon, Drusilla, and one shouldn’t deprive visitors of such enjoyment. One may also embark on the only true vampire tour of the city, led by a vampire, through Etienne’s business, Tour Blood. Although I must admit, with regret, that there has been a bit of trouble at L’Amour Sauvage recently.
*DJ: Do the words gunshot wound, concussion, kidnapping, and murder mean anything to you?*
Bah. Surely you exaggerate.
1) Six Flags New Orleans, New Orleans East
Alas, I cannot dispute this is a most dangerous place, and the local gendarmes would likely lock one up if caught there. Before the hurricane named Katrina, I am told, families would come here and ride on machines that would take them up in the air and back down again, turn in circles atop painted horses, and even take short trips on a boat named after Jean Lafitte himself. The hurricane, however, blew many feet of water into this place and it never again opened and remains there still, with much rust, many rats and other vermin, and occasional undead serial killers.
*DJ: And pirates, and wizards, and elves. Don’t forget the elves. I hate (bleeping) elves.*
Mon Dieu. I apologize, mes amis, but she is most unlike herself today. I must tend to this vulgar language before it grows more unbearable. Any young women should feel free to visit me at the rooms of Eudora Welty, Hotel Monteleone. Au revoir et bonne chance.
Suzanne Johnson is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series from Tor Books. Royal Street, book one, came out in April 2012; River Road in November 2012. Book three, Elysian Fields, will be released on August 13, 2013.
A longtime New Orleans resident, Suzanne is a veteran journalist with more than fifty national awards in writing and editing nonfiction for higher education, including the Robert S. Sibley Award for the best university magazine in the U.S. and Canada, for the Rice University Sallyport.
Suzanne is an active member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and is a member of the Georgia, Southern Magic, and Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapters of RWA.
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About this Book:
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 Orleans. Thanks to a tip from the undead pirate Jean Lafitte, DJ Jaco knows the attacks aren’t random—an unknown necromancer has resurrected the original Axeman of New Orleans, and his ultimate target is a certain blonde wizard. Namely, DJ.
Combatting an undead serial killer as troubles pile up around her isn’t easy. Jake Warin’s loup-garou nature is spiraling downward, enigmatic neighbor Quince Randolph is acting weirder than ever, the Elders are insisting on lessons in elven magic from the world’s most annoying wizard, and former partner Alex Warin just turned up on DJ’s to-do list. Not to mention big maneuvers are afoot in the halls of preternatural power.
Suddenly, moving to the Beyond as Jean Lafitte’s pirate wench could be DJ’s best option.
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