Top positive review
Maas's best book to date!
Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2020
There is no denying I am a HUGE Sarah J. Maas fan. I have read 12 books she has written and have given every one of them a 5 star rating. The second I read Throne of Glass in 2014 I knew she was an author I was going to love for a long time. And man did she ever hit it out of the park with House of Earth and Blood. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I loved this new addition to her writing catalog. When I tell you I loved it, I mean it may be my favorite book she has ever written and this is coming from someone that reads A Court of Mist and Fury sometimes twice a year. It is just that good.
House of Earth and Blood is the first book in a new adult series called Crescent City. The book follows Bryce Quinlan, a half fey living the life of a party girl with her best friend and roommate. When her friend is brutally murdered Bryce is left alone and devastated. That is until the murders start to happen again, this with the alleged killed behind bars. With the help of Hunt Athalar, a Fallen angel enslaved to an Archangel, the two of them dig into the secrets of Crescent City to uncover what really happened the night Bryce’s friend died and figure out how to stop it while also holding on to secrets of their own. It isn’t easy, but gets even more complicated when feelings get involved.
I can’t describe how much I loved House of Earth and Blood. I have said it to people already and I will say it again this is Sarah’s best book to date. Everything in this story was so flawlessly executed. The characters were flushed out nicely. You really got to know both Bryce and Hunt and what their motivations were. You got to understand them and see them develop. You got to understand how the other minor characters were woven through their lives and what they meant to them. And it was done at the perfect pace. At the end I felt like I knew Bryce and Hunt and I also wanted to know more of their stories.
And in typical Maas fashion my feelings were demolished. I knew what to expect after reading so many book by her, but this book really messed with my feelings. I was all over the place. I was anxious and happy and sobbing my face off. Sometimes I was crying because I was happy or because I was anticipating what was going to happen, or because I was just plain broken by the story. This one really did punch me in the gut though and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Can I tell you more about what I loved? Absolutely. I never even touched my love of Hunt and the chemistry between him and Bryce. There was a lot of this book that I haven’t touched on. The reason? I don’t want to ruin it for you because you see, this is a book everyone needs to read. Even if you have not been a fan of some of Sarah’s past books I strongly stand-by this one and say everything about it felt different to me, and it was wonderful. Do yourself a favor and go and buy it today. I’m already planning to reread it soon.