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House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas (ARC Review)

Title: House of Earth and Blood
Sarah J. Maas
Type: Fiction
Genre: Adult, New Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Date published: March 3, 2020

A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review.

Bound by blood.

Tempted by desire.
Unleashed by destiny.

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.

⤖ My Review ⬻

Where do I even start to describe House of Earth and Blood? I definitely thought about this the entire time that I was reading and I can either describe it as a mix of Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle as well as a bit of Daughter of Smoke and Bone and City of Bones and parts of it also gave me some dystopian vibes. That being said, I’d rather think of it as an original world like no other world I’ve read about before.

For those of you who haven’t started reading House of Earth and Blood yet, I just wanted to point out that it had a bit of slow start for me. But I figured this might be the case since Maas was introducing me to this unique new world and it would take some explaining at the beginning just due to the type of world it is (unlike her A Court of Thorns and Roses series, where the world was explained more in bits and pieces throughout the story because the base world in that one was very similar to a lot of other high fantasy worlds I read about).

Once I understood how most things in this world worked, and the action started to pick up, I was completely hooked! It’s been a while since I thought so much about a book whenever I wasn’t able to sit down with it and read it, haha. I really liked Bryce, and Hunt, as well as most of the other characters!

Also, let me tell you, this book made me feel many things. I laughed out loud at times. Cried at other times. And for a good part of House of Earth and Blood, I was literally on the edge of my seat because of the action and suspense. Also, the chemistry (both romantic and otherwise) between characters was really great! I loved House of Earth and Blood and am not sure how I’ll survive waiting for the next book in the series!

⤖ About the Author ⬻


Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, as well as a USA Today and international bestselling author. Sarah wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in thirty-five languages. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. Empire of Storms, the fifth Throne of Glass novel, is available now. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

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7 thoughts on “House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas (ARC Review)

  1. Great to see that you loved this one! I love her ACOTAR series but was less enamored of TOG (at least for the first couple books), so I want to read this but I wasn’t planning to rush into it. Seeing positive reviews like this is encouraging though!

    1. I love her ACOTAR series too! And I’ve been collecting her TOG series so that I can binge-read it all in one go, haha. HOUSE OF EARTYH AND BLOOD was definitely an entertaining read for sure 😀

  2. Great review!

    I made it 300 pages into this book and ended up setting it aside for now. It’s good so far, and I’m enjoying it, but I made the decision to shift my focus to authors and artists and creators who actually need a bit more signal boosting on blogs and social media. There’s enough people talking about SJM’s books that I think it’s okay for my review to wait for a couple more months.

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