A #1 New York Times bestseller!
Sarah J. Maas's brand-new CRESCENT CITY series begins 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.
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.
YA author Maas (the Throne of Glass series) makes her adult debut with this electrifying series launch set on a planet plagued by conflict between oppressed humans and upper-class supernaturals. When a demon slaughters wolf-shifter Danika Fendir and her packmates, Danika's best friend, the half-human, half-Fae Bryce Quinlan, turns from carefree party girl to traumatized loner. Bryce's only comfort is knowing that Archangel Micah Domitus and the 33rd Imperial Legion have incarcerated the man who orchestrated the attack: a human with a vendetta against the wolves. But two years later a vampire with connections to Bryce dies the same way Danika did, suggesting the pack's true murderer remains at large. Desperate to discover the truth, Micah conscripts Bryce to dig into Danika's final days, and tasks Hunt Athalar, an indentured Malakim assassin doing penance for his part in a failed rebellion, with protecting her. Despite some murky worldbuilding that occasionally undercuts the intricate plot, Maas delivers a richly imagined tale spiced with snarky humor and smoldering romance between Bryce and Hunt. The villains tend to twirl their mustaches, but Bryce is a realistically flawed heroine with moxie and heart to spare. Maas's adult readers and fans of Charlaine Harris will devour this ambitious, emotionally charged contemporary fantasy.
Loved this story so much. Didn’t expect it to be so full of adventure and characters I’m rooting for. Solid love story too 🥰
The book is in between “it’s not good, but it’s not bad.” I enjoyed the first half more from the stark action and immediate tragedy. However, it was annoying that every few pages had curse words (astonishingly just happens to go away for the last half of the book) and the male lead was very disappointing. The only character I loved throughout the book was Danika and she was only introduced in the first few chapters/part. The male lead was a drag, he was extremely judgmental and had the temperament of an explosive donkey. I don’t know how they fell in love because he was mostly a butthole throughout it- his only redeeming characteristic would be his hotness I guess. The book was long which I don’t mind but majority of it was filler and fluff. A good chunk could be taken out and those parts were very reminiscent of- please forgive me- wattpad level writing. I didn’t even know the book was listed for adults, it could have fooled me to be YA. The beginning of the book was also a lot of info dumping; I almost thought I had to read another series to understand what was going on with the world building. I don’t think I’ll get the second book simply because the first was barely enjoyable. I liked the climax and it did have my thoughts spiraling on the edge of my seat but I really disliked the delivery. It was as if Micah had become that cliché villain who let out a whole monologue about his plans to the hero only for those plans to be spoiled. I enjoyed the mystery of Danika and the crime to be solved, but it’s unfortunate to say that I *only* liked Danika and that’s saying something considering she’s hardly in the book as nothing but a memory. Anywho, Danika made me cry, the rest of the book was a meh. Oh, also, there are so many minor details within the book that turn out to be big plot points near the end and it felt… anticlimactic. I felt like Bryce’s character was forced, especially her bad to the bone characteristics like the shooting of the rifles- that had felt very much like a wattpad reveal where the female is SO much cooler than they all thought. “omg she can shoot guns and kill demons so efficiently at only 20 something years old!!!” That’s how it felt. This is the end of my rant.
My favorite read of 2021.
I don’t normally get worked up about books, but House of Earth and Blood shattered my heart into a million pieces. Bryce Quinlan- a half-Fae, half-human antiquities dealer by day and party girl by night- loves her life, and wouldn’t trade it for anything. But that all changes when a brutal murder rocks the foundations of her world. As the crimes start up again, Bryce is called in to help solve the mystery. Alongside an enslaved rebel angel, Hunt Athalar, she will have to find the answers to the questions that have haunted her for the past two years and discover her true potential.
House of Earth and Blood is a searing examination of grief, power, and the things that we do for the people we love the most. Read this book. I promise you, it’s worth every page.