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

House of Earth and Blood

By: Sarah J. Maas


#1 ​New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas launches her brand-new CRESCENT CITY series with House of Earth and Blood: the story of half-Fae and half-human Bryce Quinlan as she seeks revenge in a contemporary fantasy world of magic, danger, and searing romance.

Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. By day, she works for an antiquities dealer, selling barely legal magical artifacts, and by night, she parties with her friends, savoring every pleasure Lunathion—otherwise known as Crescent City— has to offer. But it all comes crumbling down when a ruthless murder shakes the very foundations of the city—and Bryce’s world.

Two years later, her job has become a dead end, and she now seeks only blissful oblivion in the city’s most notorious nightclubs. But when the murderer attacks again, Bryce finds herself dragged into the investigation and paired with an infamous Fallen angel whose own brutal past haunts his every step.

Hunt Athalar, personal assassin for the Archangels, wants nothing to do with Bryce Quinlan, despite being ordered to protect her. She stands for everything he once rebelled against and seems more interested in partying than solving the murder, no matter how close to home it might hit. But Hunt soon realizes there’s far more to Bryce than meets the eye—and that he’s going to have to find a way to work with her if they want to solve this case.

As Bryce and Hunt race to untangle the mystery, they have no way of knowing the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the darkest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir…

With unforgettable characters 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.


Review

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Bookish Tip: Don’t be intimidated by the size of this book. It is TOTALLY worth it.

How do you write a review for a book that is 816 pages long without spoiling it for others? As a Sarah J Maas fan, I really, really want to talk about ALLLLLL the things!! I have so many questions and thoughts especially when it comes to the next book.

However, if I was a first time reader, I wouldn’t want to be spoiled. I would want to experience it for myself. So here’s what I’m going to do…..I’m going to tell you all my loves and dislikes without spoilers. And once you are done, please feel free to email me or leave a comment or DM me on Instagram and we can chat!

My Loves…..

Bryce: Our main heroine is a total bada@@ that disguises her true self as a party girl. No one takes her seriously but those care about her know the truth. Bryce is relentless, albeit a little reckless. She follows her heart and is determined to find the truth no matter what. Her sass and her tenacity is simply fantastic.

Hunt: Our hero is a tortured soul who bought into a cause that fell short and paid a price: slavery. Hunt gives off some serious Rhysand (A Court of Thorn and Roses Series reference) vibes but is also quite vulnerable. I am really digging him to be honest.

All the Themes: House of Earth and Blood is not just a forbidden love story between a half fae and an enslaved angel. That is just a very small part. In fact, the plot has a bunch of themes and stories woven into it. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • The theme of Friendship: Bryce and Danika’s friendship is so beautiful. I will not / cannot go too much into this but I love how their friendship was a key to the entire book. Friendship is a form of love, too and should not be taken for granted. Light It Up!
  • Hunt’s story is one of redemption.
  • Bryce’s story revolves around the need for revenge.
  • There is an important life lesson of how one can find themselves in times when they are truly lost. It’s a powerful message. Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.

All the Characters: There are a TON of characters and I didn’t dislike any. The villains are super villainous. The heroines and heroes are all flawed. No one is perfect. And isn’t that just real life? YES! Sarah J Maas provides readers a sense of realism in a fantasy world.

Length: Yes, 816 pages is A LOT. But the story never drags. It never feels too long. I was captivated from the start and never wanted it to stop!

What I didn’t like: Nothing.

Recommendation: All the feels and all the stars, The House of Earth and Blood provides a much needed escape.


Dear Sarah J Maas…..

The following may be a bit spoilery so if you don’t want to be spoiler……scroll dow to More Books Like House of Earth and Blood….

Dear Sarah J Maas,

Please don’t make Hunt an a##hole. I don’t know if Bryce and Hunt are meant to be. If you stick to your normal formula, they are not and that’s OK. But please don’t ruin his character. I think he has been through enough.

Sincerely, Jennifer Mitchell


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If you really enjoy House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas, try these fantasy reads! I’ve read A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J Maas and loved it. I also read and loved Brigette Kemmerer’s A Curse So Dark and Lonely which is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo is on my TBR list. I’ve heard mixed reviews on it but I’m still diving in some day!


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