House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter – Crescent City #1

Posted 1 May, 2014 by Danny in Blog, Danny, Danny's Book Review / 5 Comments

House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter – Crescent City #1House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter
Series: Crescent City #1
Published by Hachette, Hachette Digital, Inc., Orbit on 2014-05-13
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 448
Source: Publisher
4 Stars

Every vampire has heard rumor 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 their fae blood that can no longer be denied.

Book one in the brand new, action-packed urban fantasy Crescent City series, from award winning, House of Comarre author Kristen Painter!

This is the week of Spin Off Series and today I’m talking about Kristin Painter’s new series: Crescent City with is a Spin off of her exciting House of Comarée Series, which I loved very much! Vampires, Fae and other paranormal creatures play centre stage in this world and here, we are introduced to two new main characters!

Fabulous Setting with lost of unique creatures and dangers!

Set in the future and specifically in New Orleans, which comes with a lustre and colourful setting that has a lot of charm. The futuristic details are rare and in the end it does not truly feel like the story is set in the future.  New Orleans always holds a special allure and it made this story distinct from the previous series which is placed in another city. The first instalment here is used to introduced the ambience and many different paranormal creatures with all their powers, gifts and rules. I especially loved the Fae mythology here, as it place a major role in contrary to the previously vampire focused books.

Two very different characters that suddenly find themselves trust together..

From the synopsis it sounds like the story focuses only on Augustine, who is a Fae hybrid creature, who is very dark and mysterious. But what we find are actual dual POV with the other voice being Harlow the “lost” Daughter of Augustines mother-like friend Olivia. Yeah, theory have a complicated relationship, which I won’t go into detail here…

Between those two characters driving the story, I still felt myself more drawn to Augustines voice. He proves to be a very interesting character, with his mysterious background and Fae powers and a strong, bad ass personality. His upbringing has been rough and without any love, so when Olivia took him in, they formed a very unique relationship with Augustine needing familybonds and love and Olivia needs someone to take care of since her daughter refuses her.

He is also the driving force of the storyline in the book, with his desperate wish to avenge Olivia’s death and his new role as New Orleans Guardian of the supernatural.

Harlow… the difficult one..

Harlow was a very difficult characters, but also the one which showed the most growth in the story. Honestly, I wasn’t very fond of her in the beginning, as her reasoning behind refusing contact with her mother seemed not strong enough and selfish. Still, there is a lot more to Harlow than it meets the eye in the beginning and slowly while the story developed I also warmed up to her. I loved seeing her grow and see her develop and realizing Olivia did what she did… Still, I think I’d have loved the story more if Harlow would have been a different character..


Bewitched Rating

Bottom Line

House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter is a great introduction into a new series fans of Urban Fantasy with a Fae themed focus will love and should add to their lists. Augustine is a kick and badass character that proved to be a fascinating character that I am excited to get to know better. Even though I had some problems with Harlow, I am still eager to see her develop more.



Additional Info

The House of the Comarée series has been fantastic and I’d still recommend reading it, but it won’t be necessary to have read them before jumping into this new series!
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5 Responses to “House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter – Crescent City #1”

  1. What’s this Danny?!!!! How did I not know there was a spinoff series! *runs to Amazon* Glad to hear that despite getting off to a rocky start with Harlow in the beginning she showed a lot of growth throughout and you warmed to her. Thanks so much for letting me know about this!

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