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Book Review: House of Earth and Blood

Book Title: House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1)
Author: Sarah J Mass
Genre: Fantasy
Target Audience: Adult
Publication date: March 3rd 2020
Format: Hardback

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Through love, all is possible.

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Why I chose this?

I love Sara J Mass’ writing style so much so that I have read nearly all of her other works. I love her world-building and her characters so why wouldn’t I choose to read her adult fantasy novel, especially when I’ve heard of so few bad reviews. I am expecting a bit of a low start but I have avoided spoilers so let’s see how it goes.

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What it’s about

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City, #1)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.

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


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First Impressions

This book scares me little with it being 801 pages and it’s a little on the heavy side so you never know I might swap and change between Kindle and Audiobook too if my arms get tired.

The cover is fantastic and there seems to be so much going on. I got the Waterstones exclusive cover which comes with red sprayed edges. I am hoping it doesn’t rub off onto my fingers like another book I had.

The plot doesn’t scream adult to me but then again I was going out clubbing aged 16 thinking I was an adult the. No angels to come and rescue me though. with the last past of the synopsis, I did have Huey Lewis and The News “Power of Love” in my head for a bit.

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What I Thought

Maas, you’ve done it again. You’ve taken me on a rollercoaster ride and now I am not sure what to do with myself.

I do agree with the majority of the reviews which have said it was a slow starter. There was an awful lot of world-building in the first 20-15% of the book but I get why she did it.

The background of each of the characters was very in-depth and you just know she put an awful lot of work into not only the characters but the world itself and it’s not until you get into it that you start to appreciate it.

Bryce, I didn’t like her at first but I and like other characters grew to really like her and appreciate all she has been through to get to where she is today. Hunt, is the typical dark brooding character whos walls get broken down brick by brick.

One of my favourites throughout the book was Ruhn, doesn’t matter what he was always sticking up for Bryce.

I am actually struggling to actually type everything I enjoyed about this book but I am concerned about spoilers so I’ll leave you with this for now. I highly recommend delving into Crescent City.

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Star Rating

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