House of Earth & Blood (Crescent City) by Sarah J. Maas
Published: 3 March 2020
Format: Hardback, 816 pages
Synopsis: Bryce Quinlan has a past – one that was every colour of the rainbow that soured quick and is now difficult enough that it’s a struggle to keep going everyday – and a stale career. The monotony of her day to day life is suddenly interrupted when she’s partnered up with Hunt Athalar – a fallen angel with a fierce reputation – and thrown into an investigation. With their own demons to overcome, the two must find a way to navigate this investigation no matter how close to home they get.
The world that’s been created here is phenomenal. The hierarchy within the book reminded me slightly of another series of books (the Guild Hunter novels) by Nalini Singh and I couldn’t help but make subtle connections between them. I LOVED the magic system here, the idea of every being (other than humans) having the chance for a longer lifespan is something I bet we all would envy, especially when its coupled with keeping your looks.
Don’t judge me, but I really liked that there were ‘lesser’ beings in this book. Our heroin, Bryce, is half human and half fae, seen to have little to no power in her. However, her courage and tenacity is her true power and it’s beautifully showcased throughout the book regardless of the views and opinions we are given by other characters. As a character, I didn’t mind Bryce. Although she was exciting and fresh, she did not excite me the way previous Maas characters have (I will always love Aelin).
Having said that, I enjoyed Hunt a great deal. He had that bad boy image despite also being the law and I think Maas walked that tightrope really well with him. It was heartwarming to see him opening up to (unwillingly I might add) to Bryce and I felt for him towards the end. His character is well suited to Bryce and his history will no doubt prove further advancing in the books to come. This excites me.
The one thing I have noticed about Maas’s work is that you can read any one of her books regardless of your age and not think it was too easy or too difficult (mind, some of her books should be kept off certain shelves *cough* children’s *cough*). The prose of this book is of a slightly higher caliber, I needed to concentrate a little more to keep up and that was mostly at the beginning. This could be due to the first 15% being the bog of world building and trying to submerge me into the story enough so that I could understand the breadth of her vision.
I’ve always had a thing for ‘hate to love’ tropes and character interactions but to top this one off, it had a sick magic system and the plot was truly gripping. What was not to love about this book you might ask, well, it’s rather awkward to hold, especially in the bath.
“Remember that you will die, and enjoy each pleasure the world has to offer.”
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