House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City Series)

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City Series)

by Sarah J. Maas


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A #1 New York Times bestseller!

Sarah J. Maas's brand-new CRESCENT CITY series begins 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635574043
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 03/03/2020
Series: Crescent City
Pages: 816
Sales rank: 53
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the young adult series Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses, as well as her first adult series, Crescent City. Her books are published in thirty-seven languages. A New York native, Sarah lives near Philadelphia with her husband, son, and dog.

Customer Reviews

House of Earth and Blood 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
DeeWA 22 days ago
Sarah J. Maas is an unparalleled author extraordinar and this story does not disappoint!!! Wonderful tale with terrific characters / plotlines, cannot wait for the next entry in this series
Anonymous 27 days ago
Sarah J Maas has once again sculpted a world that I cannot wait to explore further, rich with description and characters that have you rooting for them from the word go. Bryce Quinlan and her friend Danika, Alpha of the cities wolf pack are poised to have the world at their feet, to find love, and take the Drop together. However, when a devastating tragedy occurs, Bryce must be ready to face whatever comes next on her own. Maas is an absolute master when it comes to the unexpected heart wrenching moment that leaves you unable to put a book down. I cannot wait to continue reading later this year.
Nadra Du Bois 22 days ago
I loved how much Sarah J Maas expanded her writing style and imagination! The story was amazing and i sincerely cant wait to read more by Sarah J Maas!
Ebonie Siemer 23 days ago
The book starts out in the middle of a very diverse world with a lot of different characters. In the rush to get them all introduced and the very detailed world established, the story felt rushed and there was little story movement at the same time. Ther were lots of details that ended up just not being relevant to the build of the story. The world she built was incredibly vibrant and diverse. I enjoyed the actual plot line and it's surprises. And one moment was wonderfully poignant. In all of that, it was hard for me to focus on and connect with, the characters. I absolutely adore her ACOTAR and TOG series. I still cry fat ugly tears when I reread the final battle scene in Kingdom of Ash. I love Maas' writing style normally. So I will give the next book in the series a shot, but this book was a miss for me.
Jennifer Cochran 25 days ago
this story was just as amazing as I had hoped it would be, once stated I couldn't put it down. there was so much to ever character and I can't wait to see what is in store for them next.
ZMoua 26 days ago
It started off slow but picked up really well! I really enjoyed it and it is just as good as other books by SJM!
Sue Monroe 20 hours ago
Oml this is freakin amazing
Estella Hayes 1 days ago
SARAH J. MAAS is so talented!! Love this new series!! I was on edge guessing through out the whole book. So exciting and anxious for #2!!
Linda Fowler 2 days ago
I could not put it down! As soon as I finished it I flipped back to page one and started it again. I love all of her books, but this adult one gets the blood pumping!
Susan Snyder 3 days ago
Confusing to follow at first and really f bombs every other sentence ? Who talks like that and dedicates it to their baby? I'm dissapointed have been a Sarah Maas fan until now. Hope it was just the hormones settling
Patty Brooks 3 days ago
Love Bryce and Hunt, great story, can't wait for next book to see where the adventure leads!
ebony foreman 4 days ago
I was not the biggest fan of this novel. It read much like fan-fiction: all of the characters are described as utterly beautiful, brooding, and supernaturally (pun intended) physically fit. There is no true diversity in how the characters are described other than an attempt at "racial diversity" which, even then is weak and very one-dimensional. The heroine, Bryce Quinlan, is introduced to the readers as an imperfectly perfect Mary-Sue that every male character lusts over and every female either hates or has a problem with. Aside from the bit of depth Maas gave Bryce in regards to emotional, mental, and physical trauma, which again near the middle/end of the novel is water down, the reader reaches a point where you almost root against her. She's an annoying, childish, brat, who herself is broody due to her biracial heritage and looks down on everything within her society (because isn't that what all biracial people do? Believe that everything in society is against them and the structured systems in place automatically deem them as "less than") and this idea is continually reinforced because her father ( a man of high esteem and prestige) refuses to acknowledge her as his own. Instead of a snarky, witty, badass who is believably flawed ( ex: Mercedes Thompson - Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series) Bryce is unnaturally (again pun intended) gifted at everything she does - even solving a two year old murder that trained professional couldn't solve. While the chemistry between her and her fallen angel love interest, Hunt Athalar, is often adorable with their back and forth flirty banter, that too soon grates on the nerves. He has his own tragic and tormented past that makes him easy for Bryce to relate to, and yet how they are thrust together is a bit forced. A high ranking official decides that Bryce's connection to the murders must be the key and Hunt is assigned as her growling, cliche bodyguard, and tasked with helping her solve the case by whatever means necessary so long as it doesn't drawn unwanted attention to his office. Many scenes within the middle of the novel drag and are a bit unnecessary because they add nothing to the story - such as an entire conversation about messenger otters - and none of characters truly develop and grow, instead they are hollow copies of better written and more intriguing characters and follow basic fantasy tropes without adding anything new or fresh to them. I'm really hesitant about buying the second novel in the series in the future due to the lack of effort and originality regarding the characters and the plotline; however, I hope that because this was the first attempt at an adult novel (which profanity and mild sexual innuendos do not make) that Maas will reevaluate her perception of what it means to be an adult and from that develop a better voice for her characters that doesn't read like a rebellious teenager. Real adult decisions have real consequences which also means that those same consequences should hold real weight in the story, and not simply be presented and discarded for convenience or used as page filler. Since Sarah J Maas is as successful as she is, I want to be optimistic that this series will grow and explore the very heavy and real themes presented within the first novel and explore them in a better and more realistic way, instead of simply publishing the rest of the series as a quick cash grab.
Yodamom-P 4 days ago
House of Earth And Blood Oh My ! OH OH OH MY ! How fast can I get my hands on this book ?!?!?! What a start to an amazing new world, filled with shifters, fairies, werewolves, angels, elves, humans and ? I meet a section of this world in the excerpt I read of wolves and their friends from other species. There was a lot of new world stuff to absorb in the first couple chapters, this is an all new world. It felt a touch slow I just wanted to see what would happen, yeh I’m impatient. Then it started moving fast, really fast, when everything was changing, it changed a different way, my heart broke and my peek was over. :( I loved it, want it, need it.
Ty Tescher 4 days ago
Probably my favorite book of the year
airavhonie 5 days ago
Holy hell
mvs027 6 days ago
Note: I received a complimentary review copy of #HouseofEarthandBloodexcerpt (Part I: Ch 1-5) from #NetGalley This was a great excerpt that was long enough to get a good feel for the book overall. It starts off with very detailed worldbuilding and character development, which is pretty typical in complexity for a fantasy novel, but could get a little overwhelming to those who aren't regular readers of the genre. I'm personally not a huge fan of the way romance is focused on, but this is likely something that would appeal to other readers.
Taylor Currier 6 days ago
Sharon Robertson 7 days ago
So much of this story just reached out and grabbed hold of me. Sarah J. Maas is an amazing storyteller and this book is no exception. I have to say I have spent the last two nights an emotional wreck from all of the feels! She truly draws you into the book and the characters, and all of the emotions. You feel for her characters and you feel her characters. Lovely. Thank you!
Alexis McNeely 7 days ago
loved it!
Inkslinger 7 days ago
"The power shall always belong to those who give their lives to the city." 'House of Earth and Blood,' the first book in the new 'Crescent City' series by Sarah J. Maas is a contemporary fantasy title about a half-fae/half-human woman--Bryce Quinlan, who loses her closest friends in a brutal killing. After the authorities put the alleged assailant in prison, the killings start again.. leaving Bryce in the midst of the mystery and one hell of a quest for vengeance. When Bryce ends up with an enslaved Fallen angel on her heels everywhere she goes for protection, the two clash from the start. Hunt Athalar is a well-known and widely feared assassin for the Governor and he'll do anything to regain his freedom. He's pushy and she's stubborn.. and the result is often hilarious. As this was my very first Maas read, I didn't really know what to expect. I've seen conflicting reactions to her previous work all over, but I try not to pay much attention to things like that. I realize most opinions are not based so much on the work, but rather personal preferences and prejudices one way or the other. This book was a lot though and I'm struggling to settle on a place to begin the discussion. There's a lot to process and that's mostly a good thing. Mostly. "If it's not a date, then how is it different?" "It'd be a trial run. For a date," Connor said through his teeth. "She lifted a brow. "A date to decide if I want to date you?" "You're impossible." Since I like to approach titles with as fresh an outlook as possible, I let some time sit between my initial read of the synopsis and actually getting into the story. So, literally within the first five chapters, the author made me love those friends who weren't long for the world.. and then crushed me when they were gone. If I'd re-read the summary, I would have been prepared.. but I didn't. Instead, I bawled my eyes out and I was barely getting started. Yet, I'm so glad for that experience. It really set the tone for the entire book which is full of ups and downs, tragedy and levity, joy and sorrow. This story wounded my soul. It hurt me on a level that is like the swift, brutal end of a cherished relationship. You know the kind.. where the other person walks away and you're still all in.. just standing there and watching them go? Yeah. That kind. I want to get one thing out of the way first. There are people who pan the hell out of this writer.. and it was abundantly clear, very quickly--that what they mistake for a lack of skill or quality, is the way they personally feel about the characters or stories they've read. I've seen all sorts of reasons--they can't relate to the characters, they think the stories are cheesy, she replaces characters too often, and so on. They cite her for poor character building (which I assure you is at least not the case in this book), couples with no chemistry (again, definitely not the case here--in fact the chemistry is great between friends, foes, lovers and most things in-between), and cheesy scenes. Okay, the latter could be misconstrued--the only cheesiness I saw was between friends being goofy, as friends are prone to do, or some really sweet moments which also happen in actual situations. Now, as I said, this was my first and so far--only Maas read. Maybe it was the exception- 4.5/5 stars rounding up to 5 (Complete review at
Eden Middleton 8 days ago
Slow at first! But absolutely Awesome read!
Brooke Burke 8 days ago
I love this book so much! The writing was absolutely incredible - as it has alway been which each book she writes. The story is fantastic and will leave your emotions in a chaotic mess at the end. Well worth the wait and the time to read for anyone who is debating on picking up this book and giving it a go. Sarah, if you see this, THANK YOU!!!
Mel-Loves-Books 9 days ago
This review contains mild spoilers! “Just a hint of a kiss—a feather-soft glancing of his lips over hers. A Star bloomed inside her at that kiss. A long-slumbering light began to fill her chest, her veins.” In House of Earth and Blood, the first book of the new Crescent City series by Sarah J. Maas, Bryce Quinlan a half fae, half human, former party girl is forced to work with enslaved fallen angel Hunt Athalar to find out who is unleashing dangerous demons into Crescent City. I loved meeting these characters. They have both been through so much and seeing them learn more about each other and how much they each need to heal was a really intense ride for me. This a book that will take a long time to get over, and I feel like days later I am still gathering my thoughts on all of it. It honestly is, in my opinion, the best first book of a series that Sarah J. Maas has ever written, and that is really saying a lot. A million zillion hearts for this one. “‘But you and me, Bryce... You are where I want to end up. A life—with you. You are my ****ng path.”
Nikki_7547 9 days ago
Bookaholicgirlmb 9 days ago
This was great. I loved the characters, the fictional Midgard, and all of the little details in between. An interesting plot and a slow building romance. I couldn’t put it down, especially toward the end! I can’t wait to see where the author takes this story in the next book!