Thursday, March 12, 2020

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) Review

Hello, all!

I'm a huge Sarah J. Maas fan. Her A Court of Thorns and Roses series is one of my favorites, and I think she's one of the best writers when it comes to Fae-centered fantasy. When I was strolling through BookCon last year and saw a massive banner for her newest adult series, Crescent City, I was counting down the days until I could get my hands on the first book, House of Earth and Blood. I'm so happy to report it didn't disappoint at all.

Pub Date: 3-3-20
New Adult - Fantasy
Bryce Quinlan, half-human half-Fae, once had it all: the perfect party life, the perfect circle of friends, but that all came crumbling down one night when a demon slaughtered all she held dear leaving Bryce broken and alone. When the accused was thrown in jail, Bryce thought her nightmare was over, but when murders start again in Lunathion in the same fashion as her friends, Bryce finds herself right in the middle of the investigation. And she'll do whatever it takes to avenge her friends.

Fallen angel, Hunt Athalar, is known for being a ruthless killer. Umbra Mortis, the Shadow of Death as he's know, was once a general in a coup to overthrown the Archangels, but now he's enslaved to them. Used as a weapon against their enemies, whoever Hunt is pointed at, he must take down, no questions asked. With a dangerous unknown demon running around the city, Hunt is given an irresistible deal: help Bryce find and defeat the murderer and his freedom could be within his reach. But as the pair dives deeper into the underbelly of the city, they discover an even greater darker conspiracy. One that could mean the end of all they know and everyone they love.

Holy. Cow. This book killed me in the best way. Everything about this story was brilliant. The world building was stunning, it really felt like Crescent City was a real place. The characters were so intriguing and interesting. Bryce had so many facets to her, some flawed but others endearing. Hunt was a brutal killer, yet vulnerable. The murder mystery was captivating and left me on the edge of my seat. There were twists that I never expected that literally left my jaw on the floor. Aside from Bryce and Hunt, this story is filled to the brim with fascinating characters, one of my favorites being the fire sprite, Lehabah. There was a moment towards the end with her that choked me up, and I'm notoriously unemotional when it comes to books. Love, friendship and loyalty is really at the core of this story and what ties it all together, and it was beautiful to read. I cannot wait to see what else Maas has in store with this one.

Rating: 5/5

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