"House of Blood and Earth" by Sarah J. Maas
5 out of 5 stars
Published by Bloomsbury on March 3rd, 2020
Read in 7 days
Read in 4 sittings
Sat on TBR for 1 month
"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." (Goodreads)
I loved every single page of this book. Granted, I'm a sucker for any of SJM's books, but I devoured this book and was so upset when it was over. I was enthralled with every chapter as the story slowly progressed, and then all Hell broke loose. The story itself is full of mystery, friendship, family, and some romance. (+1)
Sarah did a great job with the world-building. I admit that there is a lot of info-dumping within the first half of the book. After you hit a certain point, the story takes off, and you can't stop. (+1)
The writing is a typical SJM book, and I loved it. I've never had an issue with it, in fact, I love it, but I see why people can't stand it. (+1)
The organization is perfect, and I was never confused while reading. The pacing was also excellent. It slowly builds until the crescendo within the last hundred pages. (+1)
And the characters... They were my favorite part. SJM knows how to make a perfect duo. Not only did I love Bryce and Hunt, but I loved all of the other characters, even the villains. My only criticism is that they do have similar backstories as her other books, but I didn't mind at all. (+1)
Again, my favorite part is the characters. I loved Bryce and Hunt so much because even though they are similar to past SJM characters, they have their own vibe.
My least favorite part was the info-dumping because it was a lot of information to process, but that happens with any in-depth fantasy book.
Overall, if you are looking to dive into a new series with loveable characters, mystery, and a variety of magical creatures, then I highly recommend this one.