Review: House of the Rising Sun

November 21, 2014     Danielle Romero     3.5Stars, reviews

Review: House of the Rising SunHouse of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter
Published by Orbit on 2014-05-13
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, romance
Pages: 448
Format: eARC
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!

my thoughtsHouse of the Rising Sun was slow to start but was definitely a satisfying read. I really enjoyed the world-building. There was good attention to detail that kept me interested and the plot was well thought out though I did find a few hiccups here and there that made me wonder. I found the character development to be pretty solid. Each character had a strong and distinguished voice though I had a difficult time relating to Harlow because overall she seemed pretty self-absorbed. She did grow on me as the story progressed but not enough to really make me love her a strong heroine.

Augustine was great though! I think he somehow earned favorite character in the book status for me. He is strong, capable, heroic, and has subtle vulnerabilities that make him more ‘human.’ He really was what captivated my attention most in the story. I think though that we’re being lead into a Harlow and Augustine relationship in the future and I’m not sure how I feel about that. He just seems so great and she seems well, like a brat.

Who knows though, perhaps she will grow on us more as the series progresses.

All in all the story was unique and enjoyable. Like a said, there were a few plot hiccups, primarily in the timeline but nothing that truly detracted from the story. I think this was a great go at a new series and am looking forward to book 2.

3 half coffee cups



about the author

Kristen Painter likes to balance her obsessions with shoes and cats by making the lives of her characters miserable and surprising her readers with interesting twists. She currently writes award-winning urban fantasy for Orbit Books. The former college English teacher can often be found on twitter @Kristen_Painter, Facebook at where she loves to interact with readers and her blog: