28 July, 2020

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

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Series: Crescent City Trilogy
Release Date: 3 March, 2020
Publisher: Audible Studios/ Bloomsbury Publishing
Genre: New Adult/Science Fiction/Post-Apocalyptic/Action and Adventure
Edition: Audiobook (also available in Kindle and Hardback)
Rating: ★★★★
Review Written: 19 June, 2020
Summary: Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. By day, she works for an antiquities dealer, selling barely legal magical artifacts, and by night, she parties with her friends, savouring every pleasure Lunathion—otherwise known as Crescent City— has to offer. But it all comes crumbling down when a ruthless murder shakes the very foundations of the city—and Bryce’s world. Two years later, her job has become a dead end, and she now seeks only blissful oblivion in the city’s most notorious nightclubs. But when the murderer attacks again, Bryce finds herself dragged into the investigation and paired with an infamous Fallen angel whose own brutal past haunts his every step. Hunt Athalar, personal assassin for the Archangels, wants nothing to do with Bryce Quinlan, despite being ordered to protect her. She stands for everything he once rebelled against and seems more interested in partying than solving the murder, no matter how close to home it might hit. But Hunt soon realizes there’s far more to Bryce than meets the eye—and that he’s going to have to find a way to work with her if they want to solve this case. As Bryce and Hunt race to untangle the mystery, they have no way of knowing the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the darkest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir... 

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I'm not going to lie, I was gunning for this novel from the moment it was announced after the end of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. I know that some say that many of Maas's characters blend together, but I still found a unique flair to the characters introduced in House of Earth and Blood.

Bryce Quinlan is a party girl, one who loves drugs, liquor, and having a good time. She's also got a deadly secret that she knows will shatter everyone she loves, if they know. For years, Bryce has hid her true nature away, and who her birth father is. Bastard daughter of the Autumn King, one of the seven faction leaders in Crescent City (Lunaria), Bryce fills her day with work at an antiquities shop, doing research and selling barely legal magical artifacts, that is until the night her best friend Danika Fendyr is murdered before she can make the drop.

Two years later, Bryce is dragged back into the mystery surrounding Danika's death and the disappearance of Luna's Horn. Paired with a surly angel named Hunt Athalar, Bryce is forced to face the fact that she didn't know everything about Danika. Secrets that tangle Bryce and Hunt's worlds together gives her hope that she can solve the murder and potentially form a new life beyond.

I was completely enthralled with this novel, caught up in the mystery and suspense. There were many instances where the plot twisted in ways I didn't expect. From Bryce's solo plunge into the power needed to save the city and the secrets revealed towards the end of the book, I truly loved this novel and am in high anticipation of the next book in the series.

Light it up, dear readers.

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