Title: House of Earth and Blood
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Crescent City #1
Length: 799 pages
Release Date: March 3, 2020
Recommended for Fans of: SJM (obvi), urban fantasy, mythology
Bound by blood.
Tempted by desire.
Unleashed by destiny.
Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until **SPOILERS** , leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.
Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.
As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.
With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom—and the power of love.
I don’t even know how to review this, I just loved it so much.
This was an amazing start to a new series by Sarah J. Maas! I loved her foray into urban fantasy: the city, the fashion, and the technology were all relatable since they mirrored our world. This was also her first book published for an adult audience. The characters are older, there’s a lot of swearing, but honestly there was not as much sex as I expected.
There was A LOT of worldbuilding at the beginning to establish this city, its history, and the hierarchy of the various paranormal and mythological beings that live in Crescent City. It was slow, but necessary and fascinating.
I love the way Maas develops her characters. Bryce seems like an untouchable, unaffected, shallow party girl, but she actually has the biggest, most selfless heart. She is the most caring, loyal friends, and she puts everyone else’s needs above her own (even though you can’t see that on the surface). Her friendship with Danika especially was so important and gave me all the feels. AND HUNT! He endured centuries of torture and slavery, hellbent on revenge, but working with Bryce helps him see that there might be other things worth living for.
The mystery and romance developed slow and steady, constantly sucking me into the story. Once I was fully hooked, the last ~200 pages to an adrenaline pumping, guns blazing, Game of Thrones style turn that did not let up until the end of the book and WOW I was on the edge of my seat the whole time!
I don’t know how I will possibly wait for book 2! This book had so much to love, and if Maas’s past work is any indication, the series is only going to improve from here! In the meantime, I’ll be finishing the Throne of Glass series and my reread of ACOTAR because I need more Maas in my life!
P.S. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and watch SJM’s YouTube Live Q&A’s with her husband.