HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN
Set in New Orleans, Painter’s first installment in her Crescent City series centers on a supernatural war between otherworldly creatures. Her rich, modern storytelling lays out an intricate plot layered with plenty of action and intrigue. Exquisite characters lie at the center of this story, and the romance between them is passionate and fiery. From the first page, House of the Rising Sun is a truly superb and exciting read.
Desperate, Harlow Goodwin reluctantly returns to New Orleans to seek help from her estranged mother, Olivia. Augustine Robelais, a fae, is home in New Orleans after months of being on the run because he broke a vital fae rule. He is happy to be back with his quasi-adoptive mother, Olivia, but that happiness is short-lived when Olivia gets attacked. Seeking revenge, Augustine gets embroiled, along with Harlow, in a bigger fight than either expected. Augustine may have no choice but to rise up and take on the role of the city’s Guardian. (ORBIT, May, 448 pp., $14.00)