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

Fantasy, 802 pages, published in 2020

After the murder of her best friend, half-fae Bryce Quinlan must team up with Hunt Athalar, the angel slave of the governor, to solve the mystery. However, they learn more about the underbelly of Crescent City and the dark dealings of the inhabitants than they expected.

Spoiler Free Review:

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So this was my most anticipated release of the year. Sarah J. Maas is one of my all-time favorite authors, so I was expecting the absolute most from this book.

Unfortunately, I had such a hard time with the beginning of this book! The first 200 pages were almost impossible for me to get through and it got to the point where I was considering not finishing the book. There was just so much detail so fast about the world and the social classes. I would have to go back and read the beginning of this book again to actually understand all of it.

Sarah J. Maas’ other two series starters, Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses, both introduce you to the world much more gradually. They also have simpler worlds in general. I don’t know if it was just this book in particular, or if this is what it means for her to write in the adult category, but it didn’t work for me.

The other issue I had with this book was that the world of Crescent City has similar technology to our world. I was in the mindspace of fae and angels, not cell phones and reality TV shows. I don’t normally read urban fantasy, so this was hard for me to get my head around.

Other than that though, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The standout aspect of the book for me was Bryce. She definitely seemed like just a party girl in the beginning, but I loved learning about her and seeing who she truly is. She was so brave and she always stood up for those she considered friends.

The relationships in this book, both platonic and romantic, were so good! We get to see Bryce develop a romantic relationship with Hunt, but also work out her previously damaged relationship with her brother, Ruhn. The sexual tension between Bryce and Hunt was done so well! I loved seeing them open up to each other emotionally. I’m interested to see how their relationship will develop more in the rest of the series.

There were so many plot twists toward the end of the book! The last 200 pages or so were definitely a wild and emotional ride. I definitely cried! I’m not sure where the rest of the series will go, because I don’t feel like the ending left with a very clear next step, but I am definitely looking forward to the remaining books!

If you have read this book, I’m curious: what were your favorite and least favorite parts?

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