Sunday Cravings

Filed in Draconismoi , Lynn Viehl , Sunday Cravings Posted on August 11, 2013 @ 12:00 pm 12 comments

Sunday-Cravings-newHello Book Lovers! I’m still filling in for Anna while she’s buried in wedding preparations. Maybe I should have paid more attention when she told us she was taking a leave of absence from the blog, because I really have no idea how long she’ll be gone….

On the bright side, this is motivating me to look into blogging apps. Because now I can’t just not post when traveling. (Which is why there are random weeks where I am not snarking at you all. Do you miss me when I am gone?) Blogging from my iPad’s mobile browser is an exercise in frustration. Any suggestions? There appear to be a million of them, and the reviews are not anywhere approaching helpful.

On to this week’s Cravings! Not much to choose from. Which is probably for the best. I’m busy re-reading Magic Rises for the umpteenth time.

Elysian Fields

MarleneElysian Fields (Sentinels of New Orleans, #3) by Suzanne Johnson.

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.

This series is fan-damn-tastic! And Suzanne Johnson’s Penton Legacy series, written under her Susannah Sandlin name, is like vampire romance crack. But I have to wait awhile for the new book in that one. Back to Elysian Fields. Okay, we’ve got wizards in New Orleans. That’s enough right there. But there’s Old Orleans because there’s so damn much mojo that the old city still lives. (It does, believe me!) Pirate Jean Lafitte is still doing business deals, Satchmo still comes down to play the blues. And our heroine is trying to keep everything contained, including figuring out her magic. And we have necromancers. And werewolves. And occasionally the voodoo queen of New Orleans.
In a steampunk version of America that lost the Revolutionary War, Charmian (Kit) Kittredge makes her living investigating magic crimes and exposing the frauds behind them. While Kit tries to avoid the nobs of high society, as the proprietor of Disenchanted & Co. she follows mysterieswherever they lead.
Lady Diana Walsh calls on Kit to investigate and dispel the curse she believes responsible for carving hateful words into her own flesh as she sleeps. While Kit doesn’t believe in magic herself, she can’t refuse to help a woman subjected nightly to such vicious assaults. As Kit investigates the Walsh family, she becomes convinced that the attacks on Diana are part of a larger, more ominous plot—one that may involve the lady’s obnoxious husband.Sleuthing in the city of Rumsen is difficult enough, but soon Kit must also skirt the unwanted attentions of nefarious deathmage Lucien Dredmore and the unwelcome scrutiny of police Chief Inspector Thomas Doyle. Unwilling to surrender to either man’s passion for her, Kit struggles to remain independent as she draws closer to the heart of the mystery. Yet as she learns the truth behind her ladyship’s curse, Kit also uncovers a massive conspiracy that promises to ruin her life—and turn Rumsen into a supernatural battleground from which no one will escape alive.
Marlene: I’ve been on a steampunk kick lately, and everyone says this series is terrific. Plus, I remember her early Darkyn books quite fondly and her Stardoc series (written as S.L. Viehl) were positively addictive for the first seven. I have hopes.
Cass: To be perfectly honest, I’ve been burned on Steampunk a lot lately. So much shit. Just romance with sky pirates. YAWN. Also, I was immediately turned off by the “I don’t believe in magic” trope. However, I’m willing to give this one a shot entirely on Gail Carriger blurb. DON’T MAKE ME REGRET THIS GAIL.
What about you? Which books are you adding to the gravity-defying tower next to your bed? Remember that one day you will die tragically when it falls on you, so make sure you only buy books you wouldn’t be embarrassed for the emergency response personnel to see.

About Draconismoi

Draconismoi is a Legal Aid Attorney out on the frozen tundra. After two weeks of -30F, she started telling people she moved to Alaska because she loves the indoors. Right now you'll find her curled up under all the blankets she owns, surrounded by a pile of books. Every so often she emerges from her cave (when there is food) and wonders how she'll justify prolonging this behavior once the temperature rises and the sun returns.

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  • miki August 11, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Elysianf fields left it not too long ago and i will probably reread it soon ! i was different from before but so good!!!
    now next one that tempt me it’s some by angie derek…

  • Jo August 11, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Why have I not heard of the Jean Johnson series, sounds like something I would love! Just checked it out and of course the ebook is not available to me but I can get the PB, it’s more than I would pay for a new to me series, hmmm I might give it a shot, why not 🙂
    I am also rereading MR for like the third time, just can’t stop, it’s sooo good 🙂

  • JenM August 11, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    I was lucky enough to read an ARC of Elysian Fields a few months ago. Loved! Happily, Suzanne has a contract to write 3 more Sentinels books. I have to admit, I have the Penton books, but haven’t gotten to them yet. Really must move them up on the TBR mountain of doom.

    • miki August 12, 2013 at 7:23 am

      she has a contract only for 2 more books so far in the sentinels serie s( book 4 and 5) i hope for more but we need to wait and see if elysian fields will reach big sales

      If you have read it yet you can see the free story featuring Jean lafite ‘ Jackson Square on her official website, it’s free until end of august at the latest then it will be on sales later on amazon and other eretailers)

  • aurian August 12, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I loved Elysian Fields, and I am a big Lynn Viehl fan, so both please. Not sure what is next for me to crave. I did pul the first Seanan McGuire book from my TBR mountain though, so perhaps it will finally be read this week.

    • miki August 12, 2013 at 7:24 am

      Which series by Seanan Mc Guire? i have discount armagedon on my tbr pile for this month it’s tempting me for too long ( october daye series i comes to love a lot too)

      • aurian August 12, 2013 at 7:31 am

        Both 🙂 And I picked Greywalker as well. I am on a UF/PNR kick.

        • miki August 12, 2013 at 7:33 am

          ^^ for october day series each ooks grew on more more than the last ^^ but it’s true that’s dark urban fantasy, discount armagedon is supposely lighter, funnier so i will see ( but i already miss Tybat)
          i haven’t greywalker though, need to check it

          • Draconismoi August 12, 2013 at 11:11 am

            READ the InCryptids. Right now.

  • Susan August 12, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Yes, Cass, we miss you when you’re gone. No one else terrorizes like you do.

    I had ordered both the Johnson and Viehl books. Like Marlene, I liked the first Darkyn books, but didn’t last long with the spinoff series (I called it Darkyn Lite). I also liked the Stardoc series–right up ’til the point where I became *enraged* by it.

    • Draconismoi August 12, 2013 at 10:22 pm

      OOoo, rage. That sounds nice. I am needing some RAGE READING right now. My last attempt failed miserably. Don’t you just hate it when you read a book wanting to hate it and then like it? SO FRUSTRATING.

      • Susan August 13, 2013 at 4:49 am

        Yeah, Stardoc has a nasty “twist” that keeps on twisting. It’s hard to think of a book/series that pissed me off more. RAGE.

        Sadly, it’s more often the case that I end up unhappy with a book I expected to like, although it has happened the other way.

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