River Road (Sentinels of New Orleans, #2)
by Suzanne Johnson
Genre: urban fantasy
Release date: November 13, 2012 by Tor Books
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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Talk about unintended thematic connections! Despite the cold weather that’s coming upon many in the northern hemisphere, it seems there are quite a few fire-, light-, and and heat-related book titles this week. Speed of Light; Phoenix Legacy; Into the Fire; Ashes of Twilight; Once Burned; and Luminosity. I wonder if the powers that be planned it all that way.
If you’re feeling up to some YA, this is a nice week for you to check out the new release offerings; there are books from authors newly published and longtime successes. For example… YA horror master R.L. Stine released a new book a few weeks ago; now the other major name in YA thrillers/horror drops a brand new novel to the masses. (Witch World, that is. This time, witches are the creatures to watch out for!) And on the other end, we’ve debut author Chloe Jacobs’s novel Greta and the Goblin King (which looks like fun and has a neat cover, I must say).
So, take this week to either get in some YA purchases (fire-themed or not), or save your pennies for later this month (after thanksgiving); there are going to be a fair share of must-haves coming out all at once.
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Heading to the bookstore this week for that new release? Getting some preorders in the mail (finally)? What’s the largest single book purchase (in terms of # of books bought) you’ve ever made?