Augustine lives the perfect life in the Haven city of New Orleans. He rarely works a real job, spends most of his nights with a different human woman, and resides in a spectacular Garden District mansion paid for by retired movie star Olivia Goodwin, who has come to think of him as an adopted son, providing him room and board and whatever else he needs.
But when Augustine returns home to find Olivia’s been attacked by vampires, he knows his idyllic life has comes to an end. It’s time for revenge—and to take up the mantle of the city’s Guardian.
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**Gladys – #NerdGirlOfficial’s Review**
I received a copy of this exciting new novel from the publisher and was so elated to find out that it was (1) a spinoff of sorts from the House of Comarre Series and (2) all about the FAE (Augustine to be exact). As a lover of all things paranormal, vampire, fae, and magical, I knew without a doubt that this was the book for me! Plus I am a sucker for beautiful book covers and Harlow is depicted beautifully on the cover. Weeeeeeee!!!!
Anyway… My excitement over cover art aside, lets continue with my review.
Kristen Painter has been one of my favorite authors since the first release of Blood Rights (Bk 1 of the House of Comarre Series) and I have not turned my back on her since. Kristen has a way with words, transitions, plots, subplots and of course my favorite aspect of URBAN FANTASY ~ WORLD BUILDING.
Regardless of the fact that the world was built for previous fans of the HOCS, new readers to Kristen’s writing style get a bird’s eye view to her beautiful world that the Crescent City Series nestles in. She breathes such vitality to the written word that it is hard to deny the excellence of this first novel for this series.
In House of the Rising Sun, Augustine becomes the main hero in the novel (NOT just a side character) to avenge the betrayal he felt when Olivia, his adopted mother, was attacked. Like most fae of his caliber he is powerful, brave and gracefully calculating in his movements. Harlow on the other hand is a brat. BUT to her defense she has a mission to find out who she is and her father. Ladies, you know how that can be right?? (Well, the finding yourself part anyway…) She is a character we grow to love. Sigh… The character development of Harlow and Augustine is intertwined, but with no real HOT HOT love movements, which I found refreshing right about now. The spark is there though, so there is no need to look for it. (Insert Silly Grin)
So if you are a lover of Urban Fantasy, of Karen Marie Moning’s Fever Series, Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely Series or any of Patricia Briggs novels, you will adore this series. I highly recommend this novel and Kristen Painter’s House of Comarre Series!! I tip my #NerdGirl hat to you Mrs. Painter and give you 5 stars!!!
ps. If you haven’t checked out the House of Comarré series I would highly recommend it for all vampire urban fantasy lovers!
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For those that love vampires and haven’t joined the journey yet…. Check out Blood Rights!
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About The Author
When the characters in Kristen Painter’s head started to take over, she decided to put them on paper and share them with the world. She writes paranormal romance and the gothic fantasy vampire series, House of Comarre, for Orbit Books. She has also been published in non-fiction, poetry and short stories. The former college English teacher can often be found online at Romance Divas, the award-winning writers’ forum she co-founded. She’s represented by Elaine Spencer of The Knight Agency.
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