House of Earth and Blood: The blockbuster modern fantasy of 2020 Paperback – 3 March 2020
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- Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing (3 March 2020)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 816 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1526610124
- ISBN-13 : 978-1526610126
- Dimensions : 15 x 4.3 x 21.7 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 8,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A dizzying, suspenseful whirl that surprises at every turn. ― Entertainment Weekly
A master class in world-building adventure. Don't miss it. ― #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris
A richly imagined tale spiced with snarky humor and smoldering romance. ― Publishers Weekly
House of Earth and Blood is a gamechanger! A must read. Sarah J. Maas has set the new standard with this book. ― #1 NYT bestselling author J. R. Ward
Tender, funny, frustrating, hot, and satisfying. Modern day paranormal mixed with good old-fashioned fantasy.of truly epic proportions. ― #1 NYT bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton
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.
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Look, this book was ok. It's got some great things that are on parr with the bad. I liked the first 2 ToG books, as well as the first 2 ACOTAR books (hated that Christmas special that was marketed as a 4th book). DESPITE THAT I would say I am a Maas fan. I read anything she puts out as she has some great writing moments.
Now onto CC.
It does seem like Maas is incapable of writing more than one character type. This book is literally what would happen if Cassian and Feyre/Caleana hooked up and had cellphones. No there isn't really a reason why someone who has been hung up on his lover's memory for over a century has gravitated to Bryce - other than she's hot. Bryce is basically like the other two main characters of her other books - females with attitude who become OP and more powerful than anyone else at the end of their books.
And let me guess - if we're going to follow Maas storylines, we're going to find out that Bryce is supposed to be with Aidas, the most powerful male, and not Hunt yeah? That's what I'm guessing the sequel will revolve around. Bryce being some sort of hell (sorry Hel) queen
I'm not sure that I'm the only one annoyed by the narration - there's a reason why not many of these third-person/omniscient POVs that jump around from character to character in the same scene don't get published in modern day. The narration style reads as messy, disconnected and lazy. I think this, and the fact that Maas writes the same characters/plot lines is why I rated this book down.
The last Part of this book is the best, but how they narrated this part through watching her on camera, that was a bit of a stretch, another reason why this is rated down. If I could rate this 2 and a half, I would have selected that, but this leans toward 2 more than 3 stars. Very slow build to a good finale (even with the weird fact that they can follow all her movements on some sort of drone).
I won't say I found elements of the plot/crime solving predictable like some other reviewers claimed, because I didn't predict everything here. Fantasy in modern day I think was also done well.
I would say it's a good plot, good world, driven by classic character-types that Maas favours with very messy narration. The friendships in this book are touching and for this element, I will read the next one, as I thought the bond between Bryce, Danika and Lele were done the best.
At times I found it went into too much detail, but otherwise- amazing.
Her love for Danika. Had me a little tear ya couple times.
The summit - everyone’s feeling whole watching a broadcast.
Lehabah - absolutely one of the best best characters in this book!!!
Syrinx - right there with Lehabah.
I pushed through the first 1/4, maybe 1/2 of this book - less then half, more then 1/4 - thinking it wouldn’t be worth it. But it was.
So highly recommend this book!
The characters didn't mesh as well together as previous books of Sarah's but they were still cute together. I'd honestly like to see Aidas come into the picture because when I read his first scene, the only thing I could think about was that they need to get together lol.
When everything came to fruition and the story actually got interesting (about 90%), I thoroughly enjoyed myself when reading this book.
I guess it depends on if you think it's worth reading the majority of the book before it gets better but you never know, you could enjoy the entirety of the book.
I'm undecided whether or not I will read the next one, so we shall see you when it comes out.
A more mature read than COTR and TOG.
There is a lot of history, world building and lore being laid down in this instalment, I confess initially it felt like a lot to take in, it felt like information overload and at times distracted me from the main story arc.
That settles down mid book and it flows beautifully.
Sarah takes you on an emotional roller coaster that will turn your heart upside down and spit it out the other side.
The last half dozen chapters had my heart in my mouth and my adrenaline racing.
Thank you Sarah for yet another world and characters to fall in love with, you never disappoint.
This is a standalone at this stage so you don't have to have read any of her other stuff and finishes on a mild cliffhanger - can't wait for the next please please please!
Thank you for the latest world, and a story with good people whose only goal is to care for those they love and right the wrongs caused by the bastards of the universe.
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I had expected this book to be a great starter for a new series, as typically the first books in a new series are the ones that SJ writes the best. Plus this was meant to be an Adult series rather than her usual YA / teen fantasy, a bold new move that should indicate a good level of confidence in the novel and subsequent series
However, the information exposition overload in the first few chapters was a warning for the strength of the rest of the novel. It became a compilation of SJ’s of plot repetition from previous novels.
There’s a Mary Sue main character (Bryce) that has the most obviously implied talent (no subtly at all with that one - when the sword mysteriously started humming a quarter in, I knew that was going to go down) but of course some extra mad skillz because why not make her super powerful like the other female characters in the other series’ (Celena and Feyre) but with no real justification or logic as a half human / Fae.
There’s obviously a SUPER powerful hero (Hunt a replacement for Rhys and Rowan) that has been abused at the hands of female villains (Maeve / Amarantha) but has instant feelings for the main character possibly because it’s not possible to play the “mate” card across different species. There’s no clear reason why Hunt, a hardened and haunted ancient fallen angel, suddenly softens to Bryce other than the fact that she’s very attractive but very much out of character, he enjoys their ridiculously annoying banter and made up words such as alphahole. That, or, the character is so badly shaped that to a reader, it makes no sense.
This book reads as though it has many different attempts of plot threads but they’ve been thrown together in a frantic rush to get them all into one book. This has resulted in a romantic pairing that isn’t believable (or based mainly on lust), main characters that I don’t really like or care about, supplementary characters that I also don’t care about or understand why they were needed in the first place, lots of “watching” the plot unfold but not really “doing” anything aka not much action - mainly exposition, and a jumble of plot threads: grief over dead friend, insta-love with mysterious misunderstood killer, crazy boss that has unlimited supplies of random crap that coincidentally happens to be useful, villainous female torturing hero, crazy one-of-a-kind super powers defying all odds, drug addiction, unjust class structure etc etc (the list goes on) all within the new structure of a paranormal fantasy world mix of every single possible type of creature, categorised in a new system, layered into a hierarchy.
Basically, I am disappointed and not sure I can be bothered to look out for the next one. There’s not enough for me to remain interested.
If you want a good world building fantasy that IS adult, check out Ilona Andrews and put this glorified older teen / YA book away.
Em um universo dominado pelos Asteri, seres com poderes comparados aos de deuses, conhecemos Bryce Quinlan, uma universitária e autêntica “party girl”, metade humana e metade feérica, que vê sua vida se modificar drasticamente com o assassinato brutal de seus amigos mais próximos.
Dois anos após tentar seguir com sua vida, mas sem realmente conseguir, ela é convocada pelo governador de Crescent City para, junto à Hunt Athalar, um anjo escravizado por liderar a maior e mais conhecida rebelião da história contra a hierarquia instaurada em seu povo, investigar e desvendar os eventos que culminaram na morte prematura daqueles que tanto amou, já que o suposto assassino voltou a atacar.
Conforme a investigação se desenrola, segredos e mistérios são revelados, Bryce é obrigada a revisitar as lembranças dolorosas e os traumas deixados pelo acontecimento mais horripilante de sua vida e a antipatia inicial que sente em relação à Hunt dá lugar a um sentimento enorme de identificação e compreensão que passa pela amizade e paixão até chegar ao amor verdadeiro.
É um enredo cheio de suspense, aventura/ação, mistério e romance que se apresenta bem denso e difícil no início, em razão da complexidade e quantidade de criaturas e divisões políticas introduzidas, com uma personagem principal que não agrada muito a princípio, mas que cresce de forma exponencial e inesperada, surpreendendo a cada reviravolta inimaginável e culminando em um final arrebatador que não só te deixa ávido por mais como te conquista completamente.
Temos aqui aquele tipo de história que se inicia de forma despretensiosa e relativamente comum e se torna algo gigante ao longo dos capítulos. Excelente início de uma série que possui pleno potencial para se tornar a melhor escrita pela autora!
Saying that, I adorned the journey that the main character, Bryce, goes on. The themes are more adult in nature but her journey through grief is universal and I love how it’s portrayed - even if it’s hard to read sometimes!
Bryce is a solid female character with a hatred of ‘alpha holes’ and a vulnerable yet independent streak that is so often missing from female character led stories. I really like her, for all her flaws more than anything else.
Overall, I did enjoy it - a lot - but it didn’t capture me as much as her previous work. For starters, it felt like it took a long time to get going - the first third of the book felt long and drawn out. Then, there’s a major plot twist (which I won’t spoil), that comes out of nowhere and it’s so frustrating because it’s a great twist and the remainder of the book becomes fast, punchy and addictive. The plot twist though has no real foreshadowing (and I’m not convinced it makes that much sense for those characters to be doing those things at that time due to injuries/the laws of time and physics), it just...it really threw me out of the story and I had to decide to ignore the fact that it makes no sense and instead just keep going - driven by my love for the characters and the typically addictive nature of the love story. (Lets be honest, Rhys and Feyre will always have the best love story)
Unlike her other series, I probably wouldn’t reread this one - I’m glad I read it but I have no burning need to go back to it (where as I couldn’t get enough of TOG and kept rereading it).
It feels like there’s going to be a sequel and now that all the clunky world building is done, the sequel is probably going to be amazing.
Overall, I would recommend but maybe don’t put it at the top of your list... but if you’re a massive Sarah J Maas fan...then what the ‘hel’ are you waiting for? Go read it!
Firstly, this is not what I'd describe as an adult novel. In fact, the writing seemed less sophisticated than TOG. The only thing that made it more 'adult' was a littering of swear words which felt forced/contrived - as though that's what the author feels is needed to elevate a novel from YA to adult. Really, the dialogue felt incredibly YA still (almost childish in a way when it came to the 'romance' and Bryce's inclination to call all strong males 'alpha holes'. It was a sort of high school language almost.
This novel isn't set in our reality either. Not, of course, a valid criticism of the book; just something that (probably via fan rumour) had been mis-communicated. However, I would have loved for Maas to do a new spin and start a novel in this reality. Like I say though, it's not a reason to have a dig at CC; just something to be aware of if you were hoping for this novel to be set on 'earth'.
Next, let's talk about sex/sizzle. Way disappointing. Now I realise that this is the first in the series, and Maas may want to leave some titillation for later books. However, this was woefully disappointing for an 800 page grownup novel. When it comes to writing smouldering fiction, Laura Thalassa is waayyyy better - her Bargainer series knocks Maas out of the park. Even Natalia Jaster brings it on more. And I found Natalia Jaster's writing in Trick (admittedly the only novel I've read by her so far) to be a lot more sophisticated.
I struggled getting into this book - it started slow and there was a ton of info dumping at the start. It didn't seem to build as naturally or organically as TOG. I'd hoped to see Maas getting better as a writer but this felt very paint-by-numbers. There was one part (a couple of hundred pages in) which was a 'wow' moment. But that was then obliterated by a storyline that I found less than engaging. It seemed to go round and round in circles regarding the search for a stolen fae artifact and somthing called synth. A bit like a fantasy detective story but without being very gripping. I hung on in there though because, well, it's Maas. The book finally picked up in the last 150-so pages but it was all quite predicable. In fact, the whole thing just felt like a re-skinning of Maas's other novels, with nothing very original (just a change of scene and character). We have a heroine (who doesn't know she's got powers - but of course the reader knows she's going to come into great power because Celaena did, and so did Feyre). We've got winged males - but this time it's the angles. The angels bothered me because we have fae too, and I couldn't really see what the difference was, except for the wings. The angels in this novel don't feel very different to the winged fae in Maas's other novels; I couldn't pick out a quirk or feature that made the angels interesting. I'd have found CC more interesting had there been a greater distinction between them and the fae. In fact, I'd have probably preferred it if the love interest was a shifter because at least that's a point of difference. There were repeated turns of phrase that I've grown bored with now, across thousands of pages of Maas's work (characters 'huffing laughs' 'grinding out' phrases' and the amount of times Bryce's 'toes curled' to indicate she was horny was laughable). The sex scenes were also laughable: 'hard, considerable length' - I ask you! Okay, I get the author wants (as always) to convey her lead male is well hung - but find a new way to do this!
Generally, the romance between Bryce and Hunt was predictable and dull. There was certainly not enough conflict/tension for it to be a satisfying hate to love storyline; this is no Rhys and Feyre. Hunt isn't dark enough either - he's actually quite boring. Ruhn, Bryce's brother, is a more interesting character who seems to have more of an edge - and maybe he'll appear more in the next books. If this remains Bryce and Hunter's series though, I'm just not sure how much I care about them or how invested I am in their story at the moment. Will I read the next book when it comes out? Probably - I'll give in one more bash. Generally, though, unless Maas ups her game and makes this a more adult, well-written series, then I think I've seen her do it all before - and better.