Title:House of Earth and Blood
Author: Sarah J Maas
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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.
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas
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.
Me while reading House of Earth and Blood:
Me now that I’ve finished House of Earth and Blood:
Bookworms, this behemoth of a book was worth every page. Sarah J Maas has done it again, has added another impossible fae male to our evergrowing list of fae boyfriends, and has given us another bada** female lead.
The disparity between this story and the other’s is the setting. House of Earth and Blood takes place in a modern world where technology and magic exist in the same space. A place where Humans and other magical creatures coexist, intermingling but not exactly in harmony.
Taking place in Luthanion (Crescent City), the story follows half-human half-fae, Bryce Quinlan and her part in the investigation to find out who sent out the demon that murdered her closest friends. However, she isn’t alone…
Hunt Alathar has one thing in between him and his freedom.
Having no choice but to join forces with Bryce, Fallen, Hunt desperately wants to solve this case and be free of the tattoos that bind him as a slave to the Republic. Nothing will stop him from discovering the truth. Everyone is a suspect, even Bryce.
A House of Earth and Blood was not what I expected.
Thank goodness, it wasn’t. It was better than what I had anticipated it to be. The adult classification on it had me worried it was going to be 80% smut and 20% story like many authors tend to do when writing adult fantasy. However, I was thankfully wrong.
Maas places that in the backseat, giving us the longest slow burn dislike to love book I have ever read. The TENSION was real and I was gobbling it up. Maas really focused on the story at hand, building the world and fleshing out the characters. She did an incredible job at dropping hints here and there without alluding to the truth.
Usually, I’m pretty good at reading hints and can figure out the big mystery before the end but with this book, I was gripping the sides of the book without a single inkling to what it could be.
Another thing that I loved about the book was the connections/shout outs to her other series. I won’t go into details of what they are as this is a spoiler free review.
Lastly, I have to highlight the characters. Bryce Quinlan is the strong, confident, doesnt give a F about what the world thinks of her, smart main character I love to see. Hunt was charismatic, guilt-ridden, and just as bad a** as Bryce. All the supporting characters held important roles in regard to our main characters’ growths. I am excited to see how Bryce and Hunt fair in the next book.
House of Earth and Blood gets a solid 5/5 from me.