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"[Kristen Painter's] rich, modern storytelling lays out an intricate plot layered with plenty of action and intrigue. Exquisite characters lie at the center of this story... From the first page, House of the Rising Sun is truly a superb and exciting read."—RT Book Reviews (4.5 Stars), Top Pick!

"Urban fantasy fans will enjoy entering Painter's vividly drawn world."—Library Journal on City of Eternal Night

"I tore through Painter's new series. Best new urban fantasy out there!"—Kresley Cole, New York Times bestselling author on the Crescent City series

"With the Crescent City series, Painter proves herself a master of Urban Fantasy, creating a darkly gorgeous new world, richly drawn characters, and nonstop action."—Kristen Callihan

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 www.facebook.com/KristenPainterAuthor, where she loves to interact with her readers and on her blog, http://kristenpainter.com/blog/.
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Product Details

  • Series: Crescent City (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (May 13, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316278270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316278270
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #911,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Award winning 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 and incredible worlds. She writes paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

The former college English teacher can often be found on twitter @Kristen_Painter or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KristenPainterAuthor where she loves to interact with readers. She's also the co-founder of RomanceDivas.com, an award-winning writers' forum. Sign up here: http://eepurl.com/xT-9L to find out when her next release is coming out.

Kristen lives in Florida with her retired Air Force husband and a horde of feline dependants. She is represented by the Knight Agency.

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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By jhl VINE VOICE on December 18, 2014
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I wish I had read the same book that all these enthusiastic 5-star reviews promised. But I'm not already a Kristen Painter fan, and there was nothing here to bring me back to her books. The world-building was minimal, the characters weren't fleshed out, the relationships weren't compelling, and the plot was only minimally interesting. Oh, the fae control New Orleans, and the vampires and witches don't like it, what a fascinating story! Oh, the male lead is a bad boy turned enforcer of the law, what a novel development! Oh, the female lead has super powers that she doesn't yet recognize, how unusual!
Been there, done that, need something else to make it worthwhile.

Must remember next time to check the profiles of 5-star reviewers; 5 stars are only worth something when reviewers don't give them to virtually everything they read.
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The House of the Rising Son is a complex story of love, turmoil, along with good versus bad. Augustine is a fairy, a Fae, who has had a tumultuous upbringing, but loves his City of New Orleans. Olivia Goodwin, a famous actress who is Fae, as well, is Augustine’s friend and advocate, Olivia helped save him from his self and has ultimately made Augustine the protocol son of New Orleans. Olivia’s daughter, Harlow, along with Olivia’s confidant Lally, add layers to the story that are yet to be explored. New Orleans is another character in this unique tale. The vengeance of the other world players of vampires, good and bad fairies, along the witches playing with their spells and voodoo for bigger roles in wanting to be the keepers of the City and the historical power that only New Orleans has to offer. The House of the Rising Sun explores the many dimensions of the other world. The book explores the good and bad using spells, enchantments, powers, but most importantly love to set a dynamic stage for an enjoyable series. Book one leaves the reader with wanting more, seeing how the players develop, and ridding the City of the bad guys. I am looking forward to reading book two and seeing how the characters develop and mature.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kris on December 15, 2014
Format: Paperback
House of the Rising Sun has a compelling plotline. Those of you who have followed this blog regularly know that I've been getting into urban fantasy this year, and I was prepared to be taken for a thrilling ride with this one. While the novel wasn't quite the thrill I hoped it would be, the story definitely had me hooked with the intrigue surrounding the sudden population of vampires, not to mention the different subplots relating to different characters.

I especially like how the story is focused on Augustine, a male character. It's different from most UF books I read, and I liked him pretty well despite the awkward start. (Meeting him in a hotel the morning after... not a great start for me.) As I got to know him, I really grew to sympathize with Augustine. He's a kind boy who had to grow up too fast because of his differences. His abilities are pretty neat as well, and I enjoyed seeing how he makes use of them on the battlefield. The addition of Harlow's narrative was a surprise. I hadn't expected her presence as the synopsis only mentions Augustine. Honestly, I really didn't like her for much of the novel and still don't particularly like her. Family is really important to me, and the way she treats her mother (the sweet Olivia) made me so mad. To give her credit thought, she grows somewhat over the course of the novel.

I found the world very compelling and wish there was more world building. For the most part, I felt like I was reading for the plot when so much could have been done to really bring the world to life. I would have also loved to see more character development. So many of the characters are going through trying times with all the deaths and ruckus going on. I would have loved to see more of the characters' growth over the story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Guertin on August 21, 2014
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This was my first Kristen Painter book but it definitely won't be my last. While it took me most of the book to warm up to Harlow's character, her development was handled perfectly, with just the right amount s of personal growth. The same with Augustine's character; he starts out appearing to be a lazy, unchallenged boy but becomes a man worthy of respect.

I look forward to the next book in this series and will be reading more of Ms Painter's books as quickly as possible.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Urban Fantasy Investigations on May 13, 2014
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What a ride! If you have read Kristen's House of Comarré series you are somewhat familiar with the world of The Crescent City series already. In fact Chrysabelle actually makes a small appearance in HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN. It took me a little bit to get into the story but by the end I was fully invested and ready for book 2 to start.

The main person I had a hard time loving was Harlow. Her reasoning for despising her mother and alienating herself were pretty selfish. I understand the underlying want to know the answers to her questions but her mother didn't seem like the type of person to withhold information out of spite and I felt she needed to get over herself a little and be more understanding. I also had a hard time with her reaction towards her mothers death and the inheritance she was left with. Because of this It took me a while to like Harlow and when she finally got her answers I was glad to see my instincts about her mother were right.

I had no issues enjoying Augustine. We first met him in The House of Comarré series but we really get to know him in HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN. He is very loyal to his friends and family but also a playboy. I liked his sense of justice and the way he carried himself with pretty much every step of the book. The relationship between Harlow and Augustine isn't an easy one. There is a lot of feelings between the two but with that came a lot of head butting, and denial. I am very interested to see how there relationship (whether romantic *fingers crossed* or friendship) grows in book 2.

New Orleans is always a great city to base a paranormal storyline in. Painter did a great job building her world and characters to fit right in. I would recommend Painters new series to anyone who has enjoyed her writing in the past or looking for an intriguing read in the future.

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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