“Through love, all is possible.”
Title: House of Earth and Blood
Series: Crescent City, #1
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Genre: adult, fantasy, romance
My Rating: ★★★★★
This review has no spoilers.
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.
[ This synopsis is from Goodreads. ]
Before I started House of Earth and Blood, I already knew I was going to like it. I was hesitant to have high expectations since I wasn’t the biggest fan of ACOWAR. I shouldn’t have doubted the queen of fantasy, because honestly she knocked another story out of the park with her first adult novel.
In the beginning, it was a little hard to follow what was going on because there were a lot of new information handed to you (like characters, the setting, etc.). After a couple chapters, though, it was easy to understand everyone’s relationship with each other (who liked each other, who didn’t, who worked for who, you get the drift) and you get a good grasp of the world that Sarah J. Maas built.
The plot itself was clearly carefully crafted and very well-thought out. There were layers upon layers within each scene. You think that you understand the importance of a certain scene when the author hits you with its true implications halfway through the book. There’s a lot intricacy, but not so much so that it’s hard to follow.
Having been a fan for a while now, I’ve come to realize that SJM is really good at writing badass yet vulnerable characters. She goes into how you don’t have to be tough as nails 24/7 to be a badass. You can have emotions and feel hurt. In fact, not letting those pull you down is what makes someone such a badass. Both the main and side characters show this concept within themselves in different ways.
Speaking of things SJM is good at, there are some really good plot twists in this story. Sometimes the plot twists have their own plot twists within them. It’s crazy. Like I said before, you think you know what’s going on until she hits you with that literary one two.
I know I’m going on a slight tangent here, but if this book is named after one of the houses and it’s part of a series, do you think the next books will be named after the other houses in the story? The House of Earth and Blood has members who are humans, shifters, and witches. Most of this book revolves around characters who are part of this house. Plus, Sarah J. Maas tends to have a pattern when naming books in a series. For her Throne of Glass series, the titles were always “[noun] of [something].” For the ACOTAR series, it was always “A Court of [something] and [something].” If I were to guess, the next book is going to be named House of Flame and Shadow. I can’t really go into why because of spoilers, but I have my reasons. Let me know what you think the next book title will be (if you have a guess), but please keep the comments section spoiler-free!
One thing I really appreciated is how SJM tied themes that she introduced in the beginning into the climax and conclusion of the story. It felt like the whole story was coming together in to one big, intricate, circle. It was so satisfying to read the ending and see stuff from the beginning reveal their purposes.
The epilogue. Oh, the epilogue. I thought that this book wasn’t going to end of a cliff hanger when I finished the last chapter but turns out SJM wasn’t done playing with our hearts. How dare you, Sarah J. Maas, do that to your poor readers? None of us stand a chance! We are all eagerly awaiting the sequel.
This girl never gets a break. Like, ever. I don’t know how she doesn’t sleep for a decade after what she has to go through.
Not sure I like this dude as much as other people.
is a [insert choice of swear word here]. Genuinely. Some more than others, but everyone else is a [insert swear word here]. Except Juniper. She’s alright.
I give House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas 5 / 5 unicorn horns. I would give it more if I could. Please do yourself a favor and get your hands on a copy immediately if you haven’t already. Or wait until the second book is nearly released. Whatever floats your boat. Just read it. Please.
Until next time….