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.
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.
Oh.My.Goodness. I don’t even know where to begin!!!! I just have so many thoughts and feelings about this book. To be honest, I’m still in book hangover mode after finishing it a couple weeks ago. Crescent City was literally just that good! Though, I should expect nothing less from the infamous Sarah J. Maas. However, I did see some people totally hating on it prior to me reading it which made me a little skeptical at first. And it seems like for the most part, people either hate it or totally love it. Thank God I was in the latter group because this book is a whopping 800 pages and that would have been quite the drag.
The story centers around Bryce, who, after coming home to find her closest friends murdered, is recruited by the city’s governor as a consult to catch the murderer. She’s not alone in her investigation however, because the fallen angel Hunt (aka hottie mcsteamy) has been assigned to guard her.
Crescent City takes place in a realm all it’s own, SJM did something I’ve never seen an author do: she basically put every fantasy and paranormal related creature into one amazing story! I’m talking witches, fae, vampires, shapeshifters, angels, demons, etc., all existing in one layered world. Oh, and humans have found a way to coexist alongside them, although not all that smoothly.
True to SJM’s nature, she structured an entire world with its own form of government and an insane amount of terms. That was actually one of my few complaints about the story, is that it was really difficult to keep up with all of the lore. There was just so much world building done in such a thrown about way, that I found myself rereading sentences multiple times to keep track of who was who and what certain words meant. After the first 100 pages or so, I felt like I had a grasp on the basic structure of the world, and found myself hooked by the content.
Bryce and Hunt’s relationship growth was literally EVERYTHING. Maas has such a way with romance, in which she always takes two very different characters, and finds a way to create this universe-ending relationship. I cannot wait to see more from them. Book one was definitely all about setting the stage of their relationship, and it was done perfectly. So yes, it’s a large book, but outside of the slightly slower start, it didn’t feel long whatsoever. In fact, I was still craving more when it ended! And let me tell you, the last 200 pages were PHENOMENAL. They consisted of heart stopping suspense, and insane reveals! I couldn’t put it down!
I’m not sure when book two comes out, but I couldn’t be more excited dive back in! If you loved Sarah J. Maas’ previous series, I 100% recommend you read House of Earth and Blood (AKA Crescent City…people call it both).
What are you waiting for?? Buy it now!