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  • House of Earth and Blood

  • The Crescent City, Book 1
  • Written by: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 27 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (121 ratings)

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House of Earth and Blood

Written by: Sarah J. Maas
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Publisher's Summary

Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. Every night is a party and Bryce is going to savour all the pleasures Lunathion - also known as Crescent City - has to offer. But then a brutal murder shakes the very foundations of the city, and brings Bryce's world crashing down.

Two years later, Bryce still haunts the city's most notorious nightclubs - but seeking only oblivion now. Then the murderer attacks again. And when an infamous Fallen angel, Hunt Athalar, is assigned to watch her every footstep, Bryce knows she can't forget any longer.

As Bryce and Hunt fight to unravel the mystery, and their own dark pasts, the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents and down to the deepest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir.... 

With unforgettable characters and suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by No.1 New York Times best-selling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom - and the power of love.

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Woah!!! That was awesome!!!

This book is massive, however worth each hour indulging in it! World building and character detailing made it more interesting. Go for it!

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An amazing book and good narration

An amazing book made all the more amazing by the perfect narration!! A good book to listen..

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Just Wow!!! Light it up!!!!

Extremely beautiful story of two best friends beyond life and death. Hunt and Rhunn were too good but LeLe stole the show!!!!!

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Exhilarating!

I have read the book before, but the audible version trumps it. Hats off!

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Brilliant

The story and the narrator are both brilliant. It’s a great book and the performances have just bought it even more to life.

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Satisfactory

Wanted a change so thought I’d give fantasy a try. Went with the 2020 good reads fiction winner. Got what I expected from this genre. Great world building, good classification of classes/sects and a good story to back it up with. The characters and their arcs were good too. But I couldn’t really connect with the main characters. Some of the decisions and actions around chapter 70 was really stupid and made no sense. But thankfully the author somehow manages to bring it all back and tied it up at the end. It is a great book otherwise and was satisfied overall.

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Good book

it's a long story but it's good Enough that when this finished.... you want the next one same time to listen....

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A magical mystery

Loved the narration! It only added to a definitely gripping story of this magical world. The only dull point for me was the constant repetition of near miss sensual encounters between Bryce and Hunt, even though their chemistry was great. The story sucks one deep into it's mystery and magic. It's a must to explore the world created by Sarah J Maas.

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Great but could have been shorter

it's really long (and at times boring) but the payoff is worth the wait

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Brilliant!

I have read my share of fantasy books. But I must say that no book had such seemless blend of modern day and magical worlds together. The world building and the characters were something of an awe. I was happily lost into the world and lived in the story. My reality seems so uninteresting and bland now. These characters were so strong. From the beautiful gates, to the dingy apartment, the love between Bryce and Danika, the attraction between Connor and Bryce, the undying loyalty. I could see but I felt it all.

This book has it all, loyal beyond death friendships, love of family both blood ties or otherwise, steamy romance, sass and attitude, heart wrenching events where you feel your own heart breaking with the character, humor that made me laugh out loud, (especially Lehabah) and suspense that had audible exhales of relief rushing from me. I literally could not put this book down! It is one of those books when I read the last sentence not only did it leave me wanting the next book immediately, it left me feeling sad, I’m not ready to leave this world, these characters behind. Can’t wait for more!!

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  • Sarah Turner
  • 30-06-20

Cracking book!

One of the best books I’ve heard in forever, edged of seat & twisty AF - boy I hope there’s more to come in the series!

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  • Louise Montgomery
  • 06-05-20

Another outstanding book! I cannot wait for the next book!

Sarah J Maas is just unstoppable! I have never read an author like her! Every series gets better and better!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-03-20

Brilliant!

None comes close to this masterpiece! Sarah 's best work yet! I am so sad that i finished it. It will be hard to read something as good as this again!

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  • Kat
  • 22-03-20

Another 5 star read for Sarah J. Maas

I have read all SJ Maas books and I think this one is the best! I love the characters and the story was captivating. Thank you for sharing your stories SJ Maas.

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  • Nisha (TinkerPad)
  • 18-04-22

Impressed

This is do much better than I thought it would be. It was weord at first, because I'm not used to my fantasy having such a modern twist, especially coming from aCoTaR and ToG. The tone was so different. It took me 5 chapters to get used to it and after that I was hooked. I'm impressed. I've already bought the second audiobook and I intend on buying the physical copies as well. Definitely something I want I want on my shelf.

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  • Amy H
  • 12-03-22

Epic

This book is brilliant, and the audible recording of the story kept me utterly captivated the entire time I was listening. The narrator did an amazing job of bringing the characters to life.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-01-22

Absolute Gem

This book had me intrigued right from the start. And just when you think you know where the plot is going, you turn the page and surprise! A really great book and story line. Left me thinking of it well after it was finished. Can’t wait for the sequel.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-10-20

Absolutely remarkable!

This book was amazing! The audible adaptation just as good!
I love all the characters! I love the story. Sarah J Maas is ridiculously talented! Definitely a must read!
Bring on number 2!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-10-20

Satisfying

This has been one of the best books I have had the pleasure to listen to in ages. There is something for everyone. The narrator is my favorite to date.

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  • Jenny Ralston
  • 23-09-20

Can’t finish this. Really after such amazing books!

I do not even have fifteen words for this. Did not enjoy at all. Previous trilogies were really good. Sad

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  • Bob
  • 20-03-20

Amazingly boring, some technical isdued

Elizabeth Evans does a decent read. A few times I had difficulty separating voices. On occasion there seemed to be some muffled narration. Maybe it was technical.

The story is a kind of fantasy chicklit. Girlfriends discussing boyfriends and going clubbing. Sex in the City with werewolf and fairy. This is the start and set up for the book. Unfortunately it went on too long. So that when the supposedly adventurous part starts I didn't care.

The fights and damage scenes are graphic but unengaging. The emotions feel like distanced. The result was a book that's despite great detail and some gory action was boring.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-20

Disappointing

I usually love Maas’ books but this one was a total let down. Any dialogue between the characters was irritating and too eye roll-y.

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  • Fooflea
  • 11-08-20

Can’t wait for more ....now a favourite

Was reluctant to start this as being such a Maas fan didn’t want to be disappointed..... but soooo glad did as yet again this was a fantastic read/listen. Different to start - like a fairy crime thriller - brilliant story line, characters, build - and left wanting more. Also loved narration - clear and pleasing to listen to Elizabeth captures each character beautifully - brings to life and at perfect pace. Couldn’t imagine listening to anyone else. Now just waiting for next instalment. Please hurry!
.... have read 3 times since - a favourite - if you’re not sure - do it!

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  • Marie
  • 26-07-20

Couldn't put it down

I absolutely adore Court of thorns and roses by Mass, so was unsure if I'd like this new series! I couldn't put it down and didn't want it to end! A spiky protagonist who you grow to love and a story with so much twist and turns and thrills! Looking forward to the second in this series! Just hope Bryce and Hunt are still in it!

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  • vincentr
  • 24-07-20

Excellent

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next one! I'm rarely moved to tears, but I genuinely wept at parts of this story. Personally, I didn't find it "heavy going" & truly enjoyed the world building and character evolution. Elizabeth is one of my favourite narrators and I think she was a truly great choice to perform this fantastic story.

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  • Doublespeedson
  • 09-03-20

Sarah j mass fans will love this.

The first part is quite hard going. Lots of information is thrown at you. But give it a chance, it is worth persevering. Looking forward to the next one

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  • sara arkell
  • 09-03-20

Love sarah j mass

So I love all Sarah j mass books ,
This is another great one loads of action romance and a fab story that leads to more to come,
Although now I’m sad as gotta wait for her to write the next one!!!!!!!!

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  • elisha
  • 23-07-20

Captivating and enjoyable

I think this might be my favourite Sarah J. Maas book so far. Believable and relatable characters, exciting plot with twists and surprises, slow burn romance. I particularly liked the way the character’s struggle with trauma is portrayed, as well as the depth of love in friendship, and the difficulty in navigating sibling/family relationships. Can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-03-20

2/3

2/3 into the book it just got more a more eventful, you literally couldn’t stop reading without being left wondering what was gonna happen next. If your eyes do not water even a little bit then you might be heartless.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-04-20

Wasted a credit

I usually really enjoy Sarah J. Mass, but this book was so dull, and the narrator was terrible. I couldn’t finish it. Really disappointed and I will always listen to the preview before buying from now on.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-20

Did not disappoint

I wasn’t sure what I expected of this book, and I was slightly concerned as this was my first Sarah j Maas book that I’ve ‘read’ via audiobook. The story itself was really good, the magic fantasy world blended with a modern city setting was crafted expertly and there were more than enough twists and turns to keep me hooked, and I wasn’t able to predict any of the major plot twists. I’m also happy to say that this was one of the best narrations I’ve ever heard, listening to this book was an absolute joy!

Highly recommend!

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  • Rebecca Skinner
  • 26-04-20

I battled through

This listen was a battle to finish. The narrator almost did my head in. Every word, every conversation was spoken with so much 'sexiness' it was irritating. The breathy, slow, sexy way every thing was said, was so totally annoying. Why can't the narration be in a normal voice, spoken normally?? The story got better the longer I listened, but because of the narration, I was distracted from the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-20

A brilliant new series for Maasians

Absolutely loved it. I loved that it was the same narrator as the Throne of Glass series too. cannot wait for book 2. the mystery had me hooked and the last third of the book had me on the edge of my seat.

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  • ELL
  • 03-09-20

No

This book seems like it was set in the US even though it is not. The dialogue is very American, with references to college experiences manicures, purses and sports games. Couldn't get past the first chapter.
It's just not my thing. Others might enjoy it though.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-04-20

Well Worth The Listening

I was pleasantly surprised that Elizabeth Evans has returned to read this book, brought back some nostalgia of TOG.

That being said, this book is vastly different and to be honest, took a little bit for me to get into as my first urban fantasy. Once I delved into the story, however, I was hooked.

Can’t wait for the next one!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-20

She’s done it again

I was captivated. Sarah J. Maas creates such immersive worlds and fascinating characters, with Bryce being no exception. Can not wait to see where this story goes next!

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  • Jaki GT
  • 15-10-20

Crass and irritating. Narrator just as bad

I really wish I hadn't bought this as a 3 books for 2 credits deal because it means that my credit is not refundable. I persevered as long as i could hoping that it'd get better or I'd get used to the crass wording, juvenile behaviour and dialogue from the characters and the uninspired and cliche voices re narrator gace them, but alas it was not to be. Will not be trying any other books from either author or narrator

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-21

Trust me, keep reading!

You must get this book!! ,Yes there is a lot of detail at first but it's just world building into an epic series. You must get this!!
It's truely amazing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-07-20

same performer as ToG

loved the book however would have preferred a different performer/reader as her voice is (in my mind) tied to the throne of glass series by Maas as well. given how different this series was supposed to be seems a lil short sighted to use the same voice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-04-20

Love this book! very enjoyable to listen to

SJM and Elizabeth did it again👏 I love this book! I thoroughly enjoyed it...cannot wait for the nexr one. please do not let us wait too long🥰

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