I love how this novel brings in something that most people can relate to - a real life hurricane - and mix it with the supernatural! What an intriguing combination. I have seen so many rave reviews for this one. You've gotta join me and add this to your to-read list!!
Book Synopsis: As the junior wizard sentinel for New Orleans, Drusilla Jaco’s job involves a lot more potion-mixing and pixie-retrieval than sniffing out supernatural bad guys like rogue vampires and lethal were-creatures. DJ's boss and mentor, Gerald St. Simon, is the wizard tasked with protecting the city from anyone or anything that might slip over from the preternatural beyond.About the Author - Suzanne Johnson: I'm the author of a new urban fantasy series (i.e., this is not paranormal romance) set in post-Katrina New Orleans beginning with ROYAL STREET and RIVER ROAD, both coming in 2012 from Tor Books.
Then Hurricane Katrina hammers New Orleans’ fragile levees, unleashing more than just dangerous flood waters.
While winds howled and Lake Pontchartrain surged, the borders between the modern city and the Otherworld crumbled. Now, the undead and the restless are roaming the Big Easy, and a serial killer with ties to voodoo is murdering the soldiers sent to help the city recover.
To make it worse, Gerry has gone missing, the wizards’ Elders have assigned a grenade-toting assassin as DJ’s new partner, and undead pirate Jean Lafitte wants to make her walk his plank. The search for Gerry and for the serial killer turns personal when DJ learns the hard way that loyalty requires sacrifice, allies come from the unlikeliest places, and duty mixed with love creates one bitter gumbo.
After living in New Orleans for many years, a couple of years after Hurricane Katrina I moved to bucolic (really) Auburn, Alabama, for family reasons. ROYAL STREET started as my attempt to come to terms with the Katrina debacle, my own post-traumatic stress, and homesickness for New Orleans.
Eventually, it took on a life of its own. It has wizards, assassins, undead pirates and other New Orleans royalty, some voodoo goods, a very light touch of romantic promise, and what I hope is a sensitive and truthful feel for the horror and strength of spirit that marked New Orleans in the post-Katrina months.