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Feature book: House of Earth and Blood

9 September 2020

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

Series: Crescent City #1
Subgenre: fantasy romance
Release date: 3 Mar 2020
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Format: ebook and print
Length: 648 pages
RRP: $14.42 (ebook); $29.99 (print)

What a fabulous first book in this new series by Sarah J Maas, the author of A Court of Thorn and Roses and Throne of Glass series (both of which I have re-read already!).

The premise didn’t exactly grab me, but I am a staunch fan, so I bought it and dived on in. I am glad I did.

Bryce Quinlan and Danika Fendyr are best friends and known as vapid party girls enjoying life. They certainly do enough to earn the titles. One has great strength and magic … and one has none or so little as to be negligible, but they are as close as sisters.

The story is about strong women. Women who hide their light under a bushel, but most of all it is a story of love and faith—of all kinds—that lasts and triumphs.

We follow Danika and Bryce for a while and then there’s a tragedy of epic, life-changing proportions that takes the story where it needed to go but, geez, I was already crying pretty early on. Sarah J Maas wrings the tears out of you.

Bryce works in a really cool place but is unfulfilled. She has a most interesting family and heritage and ends up being babysat by an angel with a reputation no-one would want after a series of murders. She and he are to investigate the murders and are on a tight timeline. Fun—and some harrowing—times ensue. There is a great deal of the backstory offered up here and I think it is all necessary.

Bryce and Hunt, our very gorgeous angel, get into all sorts of scrapes together and rub each other up the wrong way while pushing away the attraction. It is through this relationship and several other strong ones that we come to know the real Bryce … but even I did not see the twist at the end coming. She comes into her own in the most spectacular way.

A strong cast of secondary characters you are cheering for, some nasties you want to get their comeuppance and some really sad moments make this a read that keeps you turning the pages (or clicking next if you’re on eBook duty) but I sat up until 4am to finish this book because I just couldn’t put it down.

reviewed by Sharon

A review copy of this book was provided by the author.

ARRA members who leave a comment by 30 September 2020 will go into the draw to win a copy of this book.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Danielle Hilliard permalink
    9 September 2020 8:11 am

    I absolutely loved this book! For mr its the best one she has written…so far

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