I’m a bit obsessed with House of Earth and Blood if I do say so myself!
I loved the expansive worldbuilding throughout the novel. I found the story to be super addicting which was absolutely essential for me to stay invested since the book is over 800 pages! The characters were complex and the mystery of it all was soooo good. I could totally picture this fantasy world and the investigation plot as like a crime-fighting procedural show that would be so fun to binge-watch.
I have some mixed feelings about sensing a lot of similarities in the character traits and thematic elements that were also present in Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses. I think this may be in large part because I have such a strong familiarity with these series. Maas’ writing style is definitely very distinct, so I could see that signature humor and snarkiness ring through in the dialogue and characters’ voices. I could probably write up a whole blog series about the parallels between the three book series (actually maybe that would be a fun project to work on as I wait for her next book hmm….)
Back to this individual book, I thought it was a great start to a new series. It definitely got me hooked to the world and the characters. The main story also felt contained enough to satisfy me for however long it may take for the sequel to come out. The ending left me interested, but also a bit confused. I predict, similar to her other series, that the plot will pivot more toward the fantasy origins of the world now that the major present-day conflict has been resolved.
Needless to say, I will definitely be continuing on with this series!