Excerpt Review: House of Blood and Earth (Crescent City #1)

crescent cityTitle: House of Blood and Earth (Crescent City #1)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Pub. Date: March 3, 2020

Rating: TBD

#1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas launches her brand-new CRESCENT CITY series with House of Earth and Blood: the story of half-Fae and half-human Bryce Quinlan as she seeks revenge in a contemporary fantasy world of magic, danger, and searing romance.

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.

This will be a mini, spoiler free review.

I’m so ready for a new SJM book.

I know it’s only been – holy crap, it’s been 2 years since KOA? – honestly, I was about to say that it’s only been a year, but I lie.

Anyways, I read the first 5 chapters of this new book, because I couldn’t wait, and curiosity got the better of me.

Holy crap am I read. March 3rd cannot come soon enough. It’s cruel to cut off the excerpt right as something major happened. I need to know what happens next!

On the other hand, I hate that I read this excerpt because now a month long wait is going to royally suck.

I will say that I found it a little slow and a little confusing in the beginning, but I feel like that’s forgivable since this is a whole new story, whole new set of characters, whole new world that she’s introducing us too. By chapter 4 I was hooked anyways, so I don’t really have an issue with it.

I’m so excited to meet the love interest – I’m pretty much a sucker for how SJM writes relationships and I tend to devour her books. I’m also pretty sure I’m going to really like Bryce. It feels too early to make any definitive declarations, but I think she’s going to be really fun to read.

So, I’ll just be sitting here, impatiently tapping my foot, waiting for March 3rd so I can finish this beast of a book.

If you’re someone who doesn’t mind the tease of an excerpt, I highly recommend checking this one out.


5 thoughts on “Excerpt Review: House of Blood and Earth (Crescent City #1)

    1. Are you on NetGalley? If you are, I think it’s still available for download!
      KOA was SO GOOD, but I need more. And you just reread! It’s what I do. I reread the whole TOG series before KOA (it put me in an almost 3 month reading slump afterwards, but it was totally worth it) and you just gotta reread!


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