Review: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

Okay can we just talk about the SIZE of this book??? No wonder we’ve been waiting for it for so long! I really really enjoyed this book. I think I preferred her YA works, but this was a really great start of a new series.

Also be warned for spoilers if you haven’t finished yet!

Bryce Quinlan is flipping gorgeous – like all Maas heroines – and a total party girl. She does a work a day job in an antiquities store and wants to move on from there into bigger and better things – but she also spends her nights getting drunk and high with her best friends. But one night her werewolf best friend is murdered along with her entire pack. Murdered by a demon. The suspected culprit is easily found and imprisoned and Bryce tried to pick up the pieces of her life and restart…

But then two years later the deaths start up again. How can they? The guy who did it is still in jail? Bryce is now at the heart of the investigation. As is Hunt Athalar. Hold on to your seats friends. Hunt. Holy. Athalar.

Hunt Athalar is a badass, freaking gorgeous and somewhat notorious Fallen angel, now being used as a killer for the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. But with these crimes and deaths terrorizing the city, he’s offered a deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and he will basically be free.

Bryce and Hunt start working together to solve the crimes. What they find along the way could change the very basis of their city. Aaaaand let’s not forget the what they find in each other along the way! Both have sworn off being involved in relationships, but can they resist each other? (In Maas fashion – the answer is no 😂)

Like I said, I really enjoyed this book. It was a little slow to start – a lot of world building has to take place. But it redeemed itself and became a great read. Sarah has thrown in some great Easter eggs for her longtime fans, which was much appreciated! This is the story for those who truly want to escape the ‘real world’ while they read.

If you’re a Maas fan, you’ll probably enjoy this! It is her first movement into adult fantasy, opposed to YA, so it is grittier and more explicit than her other novels (although tbh, probably the same as ACOMAF…) This is for high-fantasy lovers everywhere! It gets ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨ from me!

Happy reading loves,

– B x

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