Release Date: December 2, 2014
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Magic and mystery collide in this second installment of the new urban fantasy series by House of Comarre author Kristen Painter.
Still coming to terms with their unexpected partnership, Augustine and Harlow have a tentative truce. With Harlow slowly working to accept being fae, Augustine still learning how to be Guardian, and feelings growing on both sides though, they do not have an easy road ahead.
But when a young girl is stolen from the Mardi Gras Exemplar Ball -- the biggest far event of the year -- Harlow and Augustine must put all their issues aside to bring her home alive. Harlow's father, Braziano, is of course their number one suspect, but evil lurks in every corner of the city and time is running out. Their only choices: Either find a way to rescue the girl, or Augustine must die.
Let's all take a moment of silence to relish that super purrty cover art...
CITY OF ETERNAL NIGHT came as a surprise for me, it wasn't so long ago that I read House of the Rising Sun and truthfully I was underwhelmed with Crescent City's first installment so I wasn't as excited over this. I was more curious than anything plus my friends' GR reviews were encouraging so that decided things for me.
I struggled with the first third of CITY OF ETERNAL NIGHT because I didn't retain most of the details from the first one so I have to reread my review of House of the Rising Sun and look up other reviews to jog my memory. I guess I was more underwhelmed by it than I initially thought huh.
Going back, I had several issues with the first book and thankfully said issues have been resolved and my questions have been answered. I finally warmed up to Harlow, although I'm still not taken by Augustine, and the series plot and conflict are shaping up really good. Conspiracies, betrayals, family drama, so many twists and turns and I'm sure it'll be one complicated addicting mess come book 3! And the world building, IMHO, is better now. See Crescent City is a spin-off of House of Comarré and as I haven't read the parent series I lack the inherent understanding of the world according to KPainter, that long standing fans already have.
CITY OF ETERNAL NIGHT is packed with the good stuff and so far the plot of the series revolved around Harlow Goodwin and her family and it's just getting better. I saw the twist from a mile away but I still wasn't prepared for it. I was bracing myself for the impact and when it finally happened I still wasn't ready for it!
Now I'm eagerly anticipating Garden of Dreams and Desires because I have to know how the heck Harlow is going to get herself out of this mess and it also looks like the witches are going to strike soon. I look forward to reading MAYHEM and fingers crossed I get my wish!
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