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House of Earth and Blood

Updated: Jul 12, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2

"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."


House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas is the first entry in her new adult fantasy series Crescent City.

My first SJM book and I decided to pick up this chunky boy. I know that people are very divided when it comes to SJM and her books. You either lover her work or you hate it. Luckily for me, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.

Despite the large page count, I had no issues at all getting through this. I thought that the mystery aspect worked really well with the plot and lead to good world-building and character introductions. I was a bit indifferent towards Bryce and Hunt, but I did like The Viper Queen and Aidas, whom I'm hoping have bigger roles in the next book (fingers crossed).

Will say though, I accidently dealt myself the biggest plot twist by going into this apparently without reading the synopsis. I thought that Danika was a permanent character and was completely shocked when her and her entire pack gets slaughtered at the very beginning, as is literally stated in the synopsis...

From what I have seen of other SJM books, she tends to recycle tropes and character's. Luckily that hasn't bothered me much yet, but it gives me certain expectations to how the plots and characters develop. I'm curious to see if her next book pulls the same tricks.

I am eagerly waiting for the next book to come out, and if you like SJM books, odds are you'll like this one too.

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