Tuesday, 10 June 2014

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: House of the Rising Sun - Kristen Painter

Release Date: 13/05/14
Publisher:  Orbit


Every vampire has heard rumours of the mythical place where their kind can daywalk. But what no vampire knows is that this City of Eternal Night actually exists. And its name is New Orleans. For centuries, the fae have protected the city from vampire infestation. But when the bloodsuckers return, the fragile peace in New Orleans begins to crumble. Carefree playboy Augustine, and Harlow, a woman searching for answers about her absent father, are dragged into the war. The fate of the city rests on them - and the responsibilities their fae blood brings can no longer be denied.


I’m a person who loves to lose myself in urban fantasy. I love the way that the impossible can happen and when the reader is given a story that not only strikes the imagination but gives you a chance to know an area within the real world that has the fantastical about it.

What Kristen does well is give the reader a story that is full of imagination, has some solid twists which when added to good prose generates a book that has a lot going for it which when added to a principle character like Augustine really polishes the work within. Yet for all that, I really hated spending time with Harlow, reading the pieces around her really was a struggle and whilst she changed within the title, it felt like a little too late to save her for me. I kept expecting her to change back to the original without much prompting.

All round it is a solid enough book and whilst I disliked one particular character I will be more than willing to see what occurs with the second outing.

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