Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life. By day, she works for an antiquities dealer, selling barely legal magical artifacts, and by night, she parties with her friends, savoring every pleasure Lunathion-otherwise known as Crescent City-has to offer. But it all comes crumbling down when a ruthless murder shakes the very foundations of the city-and Bryce’s world.
Two years later, her job has become a dead end, and she now seeks only blissful oblivion in the city’s most notorious nightclubs. But when the murderer attacks again, Bryce finds herself dragged into the investigation and paired with an infamous Fallen angel whose own brutal past haunts his every step.
Hunt Athalar, personal assassin for the Archangels, wants nothing to do with Bryce Quinlan, despite being ordered to protect her. She stands for everything he once rebelled against and seems more interested in partying than solving the murder, no matter how close to home it might hit. But Hunt soon realizes there’s far more to Bryce than meets the eye-and that he’s going to have to find a way to work with her if they want to solve this case.
As Bryce and Hunt race to untangle the mystery, they have no way of knowing the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the darkest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir…
With unforgettable characters 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
Published: March 2020
I finally read it!!
I bought this book the day it came out, and because I was reading something else I didn’t start it straight away like I normally would. Then I thought about how previously when I’ve read SJM’s other books, I’ve needed the next one right away so I made the decision to wait until closer to the release of the second book before starting. Originally I had planned to read this at the end of last year but then I procrastinated like a pro so here we are.
Firstly, yes there is a shit ton of world building and information dumping in the first like 10 or o so chapters, which I’m not gonna lie, it was a bit hefty to get through but once I did, damn the story was good. I loved the whole vibe of the setting, how this world that Sarah has created works, the rules, the different species – it was insane! But because of all the info dumping at the beginning, I feel like I understand how it all works. The main arc of the story is Bryce and Hunt searching for a being who is murdering people around the city. I’ve read a lot fantasy and usually I can suss out that the sitch is, but that the twist in this story… I did not see it coming!
I love love loved Bryce and Hunt. SJM has this way of creating really damaged people perfect for one other. If you know me, you know I love a slow burn romance and damn this must have been the slowest damn burn I’ve ever read, it was all in the little details for a very long time… ahhh it was just perfect 👏🏻 . I did get distinct Rowan vibes from Hunt, he had that how territorial shit going on but the best part was Bryce having none of it!
Overall this was fantastic read, and is so far one of my favourite reads of 2022, I’m really looking forward to reading the next book, which I won’t wait 2 years to do this time!
My Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
About the Author
Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Throne of Glass, Court of Thorns and Roses, and Crescent City series. Her books have sold millions of copies and are published in thirty-seven languages. Sarah lives with her husband, son, and dog.