House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J Maas

“That’s the point of it, Bryce. Of life. To live, to love, knowing that it might all vanish tomorrow. It makes everything that much more precious.”

Plot Summary

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.

My Review

Bryce lived a wild and happy life. Surrounded by friends, Bryce spent her days working and partying. Until one terrible night she founds her friends murdered and she ends up wounded also after being able to save a stranger from a terrible demon. The culprit is sent to jail and Bryce closes herself to the world. A world that condemned her and that sees her as a selfish party girl.

“…There’s nothing wrong with a party girl. I don’t get why the world thinks there is…Its easier for me—when people assume the worst about what I am. It lets me see who they really are — Bryce”

Now a couple of years later, the murderers begin again and it’s up to Bryce to find the real murderer and avenge her dear friends.

Hun Athalar is a fallen angel. A warrior that lost the rebel war and the love of his life  and was sentenced to slavery. How to gain his freedom? He must use his deadly skills to kill his boss’s enemies. One murder for each life taken in the war. Now Hunt must follow a new order, one that if successful will reduce his sentence immensely, help Bryce find the murderer. The problem? Bryce won’t make his life easy.

“Your favorite hobbies are brooding, fighting, and roaring; you’ve perfected about thirty different types of snarls and growls; you’ve got a cabal of hot friends, and the moment one of you mates, the others fall like dominoes, too, and gods help you when you all start having babies—”

Sarah J Maas gave us a rich and very detailed story with a lot of world-building. The beginning of the book is very slow-paced, but I advise the reader to be patient. There is a lot to say and a lot to memorise. A real escape from reality. Be prepared to enter a world of faes, angels, werewolves and many other creatures. The mystery of the murderous will leave you wondering and the very slow-burn romance will make you crazy. Be prepared to get your heart ripped out of your chest, be prepared for loss, for laughter and for tears. This book will leave you feeling abandoned and empty, not ready at all to return to reality. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. But you will eventually be ok and ready to dive into the next one. 

You’re a survivor of Maas Destruction after all.

Highlight Moments

– Bryce finding the Pack of Devils all dead

– Every Ruhn Danaan scene (he’s perfect!)

– The Jelly Jubilee scene

– The shower scene

– Lehabah meeting Hunt and Ruhn

– Hunt’s punishment for defending Bryce

– Bryce offering herself to save Hunt

– Lehabah telling Bryce she knows she bought her freedom

– The final battle


“There are worse fates than death, you know.”

“What blinds an oracle, Bryce Quinlan?”

“I am a descendant of Ranthia Drahl, Queen of Embers. She is with me now and I am not afraid. My friends are behind me, and I will protect them.”

“We’ve been friends from the moment you thought Jelly Bean Jubilee was a dildo”

“Message me when you’re home safe. Bryce began typing. The answer it had taken her two years, nearly to the day, to write. I’m home.”

“I heard what you said.’ Pump, pump, pump went his powerful arms. ‘What you waiting to admit until I was almost dead, you fucking coward.’ His lightening surged into her, sending her body arcing off the ground as he tried to jump-start her heart. He snarled in her ear, ‘Now come say it to my face.”

PLOT: ★★★★★
WRITING: ★★★★★
COVER: ★★★★★
OVERALL: ★★★★★

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Crescent City Series

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