I love Sarah J. Maas’ books. I devoured her previous series; Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses. When she announced the release of House of Blood and Earth, I went straight to pre-order the book.
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Let me start by saying that House of Blood and Earth is a 803 pages of engrossing storyline with stunning world-building that will make you keep on turning pages. I finished the whole book in a day because I couldn’t put it down.
The beginning was quite overwhelming as this world is much more complicated compared to TOG or ACOTAR; this world incorporates many different creatures and houses. Sarah J Maas is very much the queen of world-building and it was proven in this book. Everything was described vividly and it helped to understand how this world works.
Character wise, Bryce is a character that slowly grows on you. I wasn’t sure where Sarah J. Maas were going with Bryce. However as the story unfolds, you’ll get glimpses of intelligence and vulnerability in her. Despite Bryce being the lead character, my favourite was the Pack of Devils! This group of werewolves reminded me a lot of the Inner Circle from ACOTAR – the banter, the warmth. I LOVED. This next sentence may or may not be spoiler since the synopsis mentioned .That’s why when they died, I cried. And yes, their death was also what kept me going because just like Bryce, I wanted to find out who did it.
And of course, there is the romance. Hunt Athalar honestly made things more interesting. Whether Bryce admitted or not, Hunt brought colours back to her life. I actually enjoyed the push-and-pull between Bryce and Hunt. Although I’ve learned from reading TOG and ACOTAR, you never know what can happen to your ship 😉 OHHH and that ending? I can’t wait to know more about Hunt in the next book. I have a feeling things might be much more interesting in the second book.
In the end, House of Earth and Blood is a brilliant book and I cannot wait to go back to their world!
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.
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
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.