Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood
By: Sarah J. Maas
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Adult High Fantasy
Page Count: 816
Synopsis: 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.
This review will be spoiler free.
Oh my goodness, where to start? Alright, so I am a longtime fan of Sarah J. Maas, I love her other two series, and I find her style of high fantasy incredibly engaging. I was so excited when I saw that she was writing an adult fantasy book, mostly because I have been trying to read more adult books myself lately. Let me also note that this is a long book, this is definitely a hefty fantasy novel and I am here for it. I always say that for a fantasy to be truly great it needs to be over 500 pages to really set up the world building and the potential character arcs.
The story starts off with some seriously shocking events that had me hooked! I wanted to draw out reading this so that I would have something to do in quarantine but I ended up reading the entire thing in one day because I just couldn’t stop. Bryce is an amazing character, I think that Maas really excels at writing badass female characters, it’s definitely a theme for the protagonists in her books.
Hunt was also a pretty classic male character, I love a good angel warrior. There are a lot of characters to keep track of and some new language (alphaholes anyone?) but it is all set up in a way that was not overwhelming. The plot itself was perfectly paced, with just the right amount of intrigue and drama to keep me hooked, and then the occasional big twist to keep me on my toes!
I can’t wait for the next book in this series, I think it has potential to be a fantastic fantasy series, with hopefully lots more books to come! I would say that this definitely made me want to read more adult fantasy books, so mission accomplished. Have you guys read this book yet? which is your favourite Sarah J. Maas book? let me know down in the comments.