House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) – Sarah J. Maas

five stars black
Genre: Urban Fantasy 
Pages: 803
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: March, 2020

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.


Maas has truly outdone herself with House of Earth and Blood. It’s a sprawling urban fantasy with unforgettable characters and a vast world I want to lose myself in.

Unlike Maas’ other work, House of Earth and Blood is an adult fantasy. Praise Maas for all the swearing. Swearing is a regular part of life and to not include it always makes the work lack authenticity.

What I enjoyed most about House of Earth and Blood was the incredible character work and detailed and lived in world. There are so many characters I would love to read a spinoff series about and different locations I want to see more of.

I went into House of Earth and Blood without reading the synopsis. Maas has quickly become an automatic buy author, so I knew I’d love House of Earth and Blood. Having not read the synopsis, I didn’t know about the inciting event. I was truly disappointed and now I want a novella or something just to get to spend more time with those characters.

I’m very excited to see where the story goes from here since everything is wrapped up in House of Earth and Blood. I’m hoping the story continues to center around Bryce and Hunt, but I have a feeling it won’t. Fingers crossed that I’m wrong.

Overall, House of Earth and Blood is the beginning of a fantastic fantasy series that doesn’t take itself too seriously while delivering well developed characters and a vast world with almost limitless possibilities. I have no idea where the story goes from here, but I don’t care because I’m along for the ride no matter what.

Have you read House of Earth and Blood? What did you think?

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