House of Earth and Blood Review

Hi everyone, I hope you are all having an amazing day and are staying safe. So I finally picked up House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Title: House of Earth and Blood

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Release Date: March 3rd 2020

Number of Pages: 803

Genre: Adult, Urban Fantasy


Bound by blood. Tempted by desire. Unleaded 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 it 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 attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength has been set to one purpose – assassinate his bosses enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wrecking 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 only they’d let it.

So I’m Sarah J. Maas trash and I went into this book knowing absolutely nothing other than the main characters names. I didn’t even read the synopses so there were some things that happen in the beginning of this book that I did not see coming and I honestly think I enjoyed it even more for that fact. Also just to warn you this review might be a bit all over the place because this story is very complex and there is a lot going on in it.

This book is very much setting you up for the rest of the series and because of that it spends a lot of time introducing you to the world and the characters. We are introduced to a world that is filled with supernatural beings and has a very classist set up. I’m not going to go much into the plot here as we would be here for years because there is just so much that goes into it.

The plot of this book does take quite a while to get going, and I can see that some people will find it hard to get into at first as the beginning really focuses on the world building and can be very info dumpy at times. Sarah J. Maas is also very much a character writer and so she spends a lot of time introducing us to the characters and their pasts, how this affects their current behaviors and their intentions, as well as building up the relationships between them. Which as a character driven reader I personally loved and is my favorite thing about Sarah’s books.

However, I feel she more than makes up for this slow beginning with her climatic ending. The last 200 or so pages are just non stop action and you are going to want to set aside some time to read it all in one go as there really isn’t anywhere for you to stop in it. The ending definitely packs a punch and all of the work she did developing her characters and the build up at the beginning is what really makes the ending because you would not be so heavily invested in the characters otherwise.

Overall, I adored everything about this book. I loved the character, the relationships being built up and I actually think it’s my favorite Sarah J. Maas book so far.

Have you read this one?? What did you think of it??

4 thoughts on “House of Earth and Blood Review

  1. It definitely took me awhile to really get into the book. The beginning with all the info-dumping was ROUGH, but dang once you hit that action you are HOOKED. Great review!

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