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HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN
by Kristen Painter

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

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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)

Reviewed By: Melanie Bates

Publisher: ORBIT

Published: May 2014

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LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of House of the Rising Sun

Submitted by MichelleLOlson on May 5, 2014 - 8:03pm.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle:
*Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

Great book! The world building was stellar, the characters instantly likable, there was plenty of conflict on each page, the book started with a bang and instantly kept my interest, and even though it was the first of a 'new' series, there wasn't that dreaded data dump that makes you want to scream "get on with it already". It did have a graceful build, but from about 48% on it was constant action and like all good books should, left me wanting more after the last page was turned.

Augustine is an amazing hero and his escalation into the Guardian of the Haven city of New Orleans means... yep, more Augie in future installment. Woot! :) Harlow was one of those heroines that you really, really dislike at the beginning because there's so much left to conjecture, but she really grows on you as the book continues and the chemistry between the two is undeniable. The supporting characters - both on the protagonist and antagonist side of the spectrum - were necessary, compelling, and left me wanting to know more, so I hope that we do, indeed, learn more about them as the series progresses.

While CRESCENT CITY is a spin-off of THE HOUSE OF COMARRE it stands well on its own, and new readers will be able to jump in without issue.

Would I recommend House of the Rising Sun? Absolutely! I'm really looking forward to book #2. This is a very intriguing new Urban Fantasy series with lots of supe groups and plenty of action. Right up my alley...