After seeing it almost every day on the internet since it came out, I finally read Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood. And I have to say, though I’ve seen some mixed reviews – in my opinion it was worth the hype.
I spent almost all of Saturday reading, because I simply couldn’t put the book down, which is something that hasn’t happened to me in a long time.
Title: Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: March 3, 2020
Length: 803 pages
Goodreads Rating: 4.44
My Rating: 5/5
Bound by blood.
Tempted by desire.
Unleashed by destiny.
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.
Despite seeing this book all over Bookstagram and BookTube, I made a conscious effort to not find out any spoilers for this book. As a result, I went into it not knowing much about the plot or characters. I’m glad that I didn’t because I think that it added to my enjoyment of the book.
The setting of this book is so different than the setting of Maas’ previous series. There’s still magic and the many mystical characters we love, but instead of being swept away to magical courts and castles and balls, we’re instead transported to a bustling, modern, metropolis. The result is a gritty urban fantasy that mixes elements of Maas’ previous books with new ones.
Bryce, the main character is sassy and fun, and I found her to be relatable – especially when she’s facing the hardships that are thrust upon her in the novel. Hunt, was a great leading man, with just the right amount of dark and brooding intermixed with a softer, silly side. I also really enjoyed that he was an angel, his character reminded me of Akiva from Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and that’s a good thing.
I’m definitely in love, and that scares me a little bit, because Maas has a history of making us fall in love with male leads, only to break our hearts by sinking ships later on. Haha. I definitely love Hunt and Bryce together, and can’t wait to see their relationship grow even more in the next book.
One more note on the romance – since this is Maas’ first “adult” book, the romance is definitely steamier and more descriptive than in Maas’ previous books, which I adored, but if that’s not your thing, you should keep that in mind before you decide to read this book.
I won’t discuss the plot overmuch because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. However, I will say that murder mysteries are not usually my favourite – but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. There were definitely a few “aha” moments.
In sum, I used the CAWPILE rating system and got a 5 star rating for this book. It is definitely a new favourite. I definitely recommend it, especially if you’re looking for a gritty, fast-paced urban fantasy with great characters and steamy romance. If you’re already a fan of Maas you’ll probably love it, and if this is your first experience – it’ll be an exciting one.
What did you think if you’ve read it? While reading it, I kept thinking “wow- I can totally see this as a TV show.” Am I the only one?
Happy Reading! 🙂