Title: Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
This is the fantasy detective novel you never knew you needed
This wonderful novel follows Bryce Quinlan– a half fae- half human who lives in Crescent City with her long time roommate Danika Fendyr (who also happens to be one of the most powerful wolves ever). When things turn upside for Bryce, she finds herself forced to find out who is responsible for the murder for someone she loves with the help of one of the most notorious killers in Crescent City- Hunt Athalar (An angel). Although the introduction is a little confusing, I assure you that this story is one of the best I’ve ever read.
The info-dumping right at the beginning. A lot of people are having a hard time getting into this book as Sarah just decided to word vomit the entire world right at the beginning instead of slowly introducing anything. This is off putting to so many people but to you I say, just get to page 40. From there you will be hook-line-and sinker.
We never get an explanation of who exactly Bryce’s friend Fury is. The entire novel she is a mystery and we get an explanation of every person except her. She ends up showing up even at the end adding more mystery to her character and yet no explanation to who she may be. This hopefully is due to an eventual book two and I cannot wait for it.
The slow burn romance between Bryce and Hunt, oh my god. When the situation gets muddled and they are forced to live together I just felt my blood boil in anticipation. If you’re familiar with Sarah J. Maas’ romance writing, then you know this main couple was going to be good. I really hope we get to read more of them in the future with this series because these two work so well together gosh I just wanted them to get together the whole time so freaking bad.
The writing of this novel was beautiful. The layers upon layers of secrets and hidden truths just made for such appetizing reveals. After finishing this book, I ended up looking up fanart of every character cause I could not get enough of this story.
This is one of my all time favorite books not only of the year but that I’ve read. This contends with Throne of Glass it is that good. I definitely recommend picking up this book, powering through the beginning, and taking the chance to open your eyes to the world of Midgard and to the town of Crescent City.
My similar recommendation for this novel would be Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas