House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter

April 17, 2015 Reviews 4

House of the Rising Sun by Kristen PainterHouse of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter
Narrator: Elijah Alexander
Published by Hachette Audio, Orbit on May 13, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 448 pages
Length: 13 hours 59 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed

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!

Part of me feels like House of the Rising Sun could be summed up in two words: Parent issues!

OMG, not one, not two, but THREE characters have major problems with their parents in House of the Rising Sun and it became a tired thread really quickly or me. In one case – Augustine’s – I actually felt sorry for the child (Augustine) and was totally okay with the thread. The other main one – Harlow – was so ridiculous. I didn’t like her one bit and her whining about her parents just about did me in. The third one was pretty minor and just felt like Kristin Painter didn’t know what else to do but create parent-child conflict. *sigh*

Thankfully, Painter does know how to create a world and, with the exception of Harlow, some really great characters. House of the Rising Sun is set in the future, 2068 or so, and the fae are living openly among humans – I love the fae and Kristin Painter uses them in an exciting, new way. We’re also in New Orleans, which is a great back drop for the mixing of magical worlds – which Painter does, bringing fae, witch, voodoo and even vampire conflict to the surface.

Another New Orleans treat came for me in the narration – Elijah Alexander did a good job with the New Orleans accents. My one complaint was that a lot of the female voices really started to overlap – if she’s NOLA female she sounds one way, a non-NOLA female the other. But it was really a minor complaint. Otherwise I enjoyed his narration, a lot more than I typically enjoy male narration.

I enjoyed the mystery – but here’s my other reason for rating this 3.5 rather than 4 stars… Its not fully resolved! We think we know the who, what, etc but its not confirmed. And I know that probably means its a mystery for the while series, but it feels like a one book mystery.

Not amazing, but a solid start to a UF series I look forward to continuing.

3.5 stars pretty good

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About Kristen Painter

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.


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4 Responses to “House of the Rising Sun by Kristen Painter”

  1. Ramona

    I’ll put this one down under a “maybe”. Parent issues can provide a fertile ground for character exploration, but too much of it can be off-putting, especially if it doesn’t quite hang together rightly. Really good review, ducks (I’m getting really bored with repeating this to you – maybe you could try writing a bad one, just to spice things up? No? Yeah, I didn’t think so…) Have a beautiful weekend! 🙂
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  2. Bookworm Brandee

    With your initial description, I was thinking this might not be for me since I like character-driven stories. But then you said she creates good characters – with the exception of Harlow – so…. I like this it’s set in NOLA. And that Painter does some fine world building. So maybe I’ll give this a shot!

    Happy Friday, Berls!!
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