Review: House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter

May 13, 2014 Uncategorized 2 ★★★★

I received this book for free from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: House of the Rising Sun by Kristen PainterHouse of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter
Series: Crescent City #1
Published by Little, Brown Book Group Limited on 2014-05-13
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Supernatural, Urban, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 448
Format: eARC
Source: Net Galley
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New Orleans needs a Guardian - a fae-blooded warrior to protect the city from vampire infestation. When the old Guardian is murdered, Augustine is the perfect candidate to take up the mantle. But he prefers his easy life, a debauched existence paid for by the retired move star, Olivia Goodwin, who's come to think of him as an adopted son. But when Olivia is attacked in her mansion by a vampire gang, Augustine can ignore his responsibilities no longer. And when Harlow, Olivia's biological daughter, comes back into town asking questions about the father Olivia hid from her, the city gets a whole lot more deadly, Guardian or no . . .

In this spin-off of her previous House of Comarre series, Painter takes us deeper into the Fae world in New Orleans and places us firmly in the corner of Augustine, a Fae we met briefly in the previous series. He was an intriguing character then, if infuriating at times, and now I adore him. The other characters, Olivia and Harlow, are also fantastically real. Olivia, in true southern lady fashion, manages to be both “proper” and yet scandalous in the same breath. Harlow, her daughter, is PAINFULLY shy, with reasons you find out as you read. Which makes you, or at least made me, empathize with her on a level I didn’t know was possible.

As always, Painter’s writing is crisp and easy to follow, and detailed enough that you can picture yourself in the scene. Having been to New Orleans … once … we don’t really need to talk about that … it was easy to picture the city as she took you along for the ride. The story focuses more on the mystery, as do most Urban Fantasies, however for those of you that like a slow-build romance, I think we have that to look forward to as well.

I really enjoyed this story, even more than the HoC books this series is based on, and am eagerly, if not impatiently, awaiting the next installment.

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About Kristen Painter

A little about me: I’m a former college English teacher, but I’ve held a crazy mix of other jobs including maitre’d for Wolfgang Puck, personal trainer, and sales for Christian Dior Bijoux. On the writing side of things, I’m a two-time Golden Heart finalist and have been on the board of three different RWA chapters. What can I say? I like getting involved. I’m not adverse to bossing people around either.

I have a *slight* shoe addiction and occasionally indulge in an unnecessary handbag. Hah! That was a joke. There is no such thing as an unnecessary handbag. I love make up and jewelry and spa days. Yes, I’m a girly girl. But don’t think that makes me weak. I can (and do) kill off characters with the best of them. Speaking of which…

My forays into writing have been as varied as the jobs I’ve held. I’ve written poetry, articles for magazines, short stories, paranormal romances (that include fantasy, contemporary and steampunk genres) and now I’ve found a home with urban fantasy. I love worldbuilding and few genres give you the kind of license urban fantasy does.

I’m also the co-founder of the award-winning writer’s site I tweet more often than I should. You can also find me on my Facebook author page here:

I live in FL with my retired Air Force husband and a horde of feline dependents. I’m represented by The Knight Agency.

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2 Responses to “Review: House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter”

  1. Betul E.

    Hi kristen!!

    My question for you is: How do you come up with the names for the characters in your book?

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Bonnie Hilligoss

    I love your name! Is it your maiden name, husband’s, or did you change it? It sounds so artistic and is perfect for your profession.

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