Published: March 3, 2020
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
I think my favorite thing about this book is that I went into it not knowing a lot which made every thing that happened feel like a revelation. I just knew that this was a fantasy romance filled with adventure and that is basically what it is. There is also the addition of a lot of heart, humor, friendship, magic and great world building. Maas did a great job of intertwining the action with the world building and the addition of all the characters and the different layers of all the relationships that overlap.
Bryce is our kick ass confident and sexy main heroine who goes through a whole hell of a lot in this book and I absolutely loved and became attached to her character. House of Earth and Blood is filled with a lot of other characters, which can be overwhelming in the beginning, but it really helps to flesh out this intricate world. I say it a lot but I am a character driven reader so if I can form a connection to a character or like this book, characters, then I am all in. Beyond just enjoying these characters I also really enjoyed the way they all interacted with each other. Maas did a fabulous job of getting across everyone’s emotions and feelings. It was so easy to get myself lost in the many scenes because of the characters. Which also helps make the world come to life because it is a high fantasy world that can be confusing without the grounding of the characters.
The only real negative I have is that so much of what happened was so heavily foreshadowed that it made almost everything that happened predictable. There was only one thing that truly shocked me because this book is just over 800 pages and so there was a lot of build up to everything that happened. While I think so much was foreshadowed it also felt at times though that Maas was trying to trick or shock the reader which was a little confusing. I still gave this book five stars because I love the characters and the emotional attachment I have to them but I hope now that we have a better handle on the world that the next book will have less reveals.
This was my first Sarah J. Maas book but it will not be my last. I absolutely flew through this 818 page book and I can’t believe I have to wait all the way until November 2 for the second book. I’m also not very well versed in fantasy romance but this book has me craving some more. I really enjoyed all the different species and magical abilities some characters had and it brought a huge level of fun and excitement to the story. Beyond that, what I really connected to the most was the incredible heart that is in Crescent City. I laughed, cried, cringed and smiled at numerous parts of this story. Maas did an incredible job of bringing grief to life and how devastating it can be. If you have ever lost someone then I also think this book will mean a lot to you.