House of Earth and Blood is the first book in the adult fantasy series by New York Times bestselling author Sarah J.Maas.
Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. By day, she works for an antiquities dealer, selling barely legal magical artifacts, and by night, she parties with her friends, savoring every pleasure Lunathion—otherwise known as Crescent City— has to offer. But it all comes crumbling down when a ruthless murder shakes the very foundations of the city—and Bryce’s world.
Two years later, her job has become a dead end, and she now seeks only blissful oblivion in the city’s most notorious nightclubs. But when the murderer attacks again, Bryce finds herself dragged into the investigation and paired with an infamous Fallen angel whose own brutal past haunts his every step.
Hunt Athalar, a personal assassin for the Archangels, wants nothing to do with Bryce Quinlan, despite being ordered to protect her. She stands for everything he once rebelled against and seems more interested in partying than solving the murder, no matter how close to home it might hit. But Hunt soon realizes there’s far more to Bryce than meets the eye—and that he’s going to have to find a way to work with her if they want to solve this case.
As Bryce and Hunt race to untangle the mystery, they have no way of knowing the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the darkest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir…
The first few hundred pages were a complete info dump. full of world-building which was confusing and irritating for me at the same time. Sarah J Mass is a best seller author who I assume knows that too much info can let down a reader. I almost gave up reading it, as it was hard to remember each and every detail, I also skipped few pages as well….
However, it is Sarah J Mass who is the Queen of Fantasy Writing, and just as I finished the first half of the book the second half knocked my socks off.
There was romance and Friendship and Darkness and Evil and the whole save the world adventure.
So if you can just bear the first half then the second half will be worth it.
- “Through love, all is possible.”
- “Remember that you will die, and enjoy each pleasure the world has to offer.”
- “Memento Mori. Remember that you will die.”
I have to say “Lehabah- the Fire Sprite”. I would give anything to have her as my friend.
- I absolutely think that Hunt is not gonna be the real love interest of Bryce, but let’s wait and see.
- I really didn’t like the whole idea of every magical being living in the same city. It is just not logical, even for a Fantasy Book. Vampires carve human blood no matter what you do a human and a vampire cannot live together without a massacre every now and then.
- The blend of technology and magic is a bit confusing, just as the fashion of the Crescent City.
- And what is up with this whole trash talk. Even if Bryce is a party girl there is no way a single human being (even a half-fae) can talk like that. So the whole trach talk was a bit extra for me
- I seriously think that Hunt’s father is some kind of a Lord or Prince of Hell