Title: House of Earth and Blood
Series: Crescent City #1
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: Mar 3, 2020
Blurb: Bound by blood.
Tempted by desire.
Unleashed by destiny.
Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, 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’m going to start with saying that there’s no way I’m going to do this book justice in this review. There are so many different elements that I could touch on that I know I’ll forget. I’ll do my best, though. I should also say from the beginning that I believe that if you love ACOTAR and ToG, you’ll probably join me in loving this, too!
Characters. So many people have been talking about all the pages and world building with this book, and that had me scared concerning the characters. I shouldn’t have been. Sarah draws you in with the characters first and foremost and you gradually begin to understand the world she has created through the eyes of the characters. Bryce’s character draws you in quickly, and you don’t have to suffer through chapters of boredom while the world is being built for you. You won’t understand the full layout from the get go, but you’ll understand the different layers as you need to. She does this so very well. While this is character driven, you’ll realize how much plot and world building is being put in without you even realizing it because it was all presented so flawlessly through the characters. Hope that makes sense.
And speaking of the plot, there are soooo many twists and turns. There towards the end I lost track of the times my jaw dropped. There’s lots of angst, but it’s the kind I appreciate and not over the top. And also concerning the plot, I think it will appeal to fantasy fans that are also murder mystery fans, as it’s a big part of the plot.
And my favorite thing, surprise surprise was the Oh So Slow Burn romance. It was just so very good! Bryce and Hunt together were perfect! They are both flawed and in need of healing, and they slowly find that with each other. Being a romance fan, it took up enough of the space in the book to always keep me wanting more in the best way. And if you’re curious about the steaminess factor, there are just 2 brief but steamy scenes. It’s enough to satisfy those of you that feel like you need it thrown in, and small enough to be easily skimmed over by those of you that don’t want to endure it.
One last thing I want to hit on. The ending. I was soooo pleased with the ending. It’s not a cliffhanger in the slightest. You get an end to the story, but you can see there are so many other things left to explore in this world and with these characters in the future to make for other books. And I’m soooo very excited about that!! This is an easy 5 Stars for me! So. Very. Good!!