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House of the Rising Sun: Crescent City, Book 1 | [Kristen Painter]

House of the Rising Sun: Crescent City, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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!

©2014 Kristen Painter (P)2014 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Gripping, gritty, and imaginative. If you love dangerous males, kick-ass females, and unexpected twists, this is the series for you! Kristen Painter's engaging voice, smart writing, and bold, explosive plot blew me away. Prepare to lose some sleep!" - Larissa Ione, New York Times bestselling author on Blood Rights"A world full of rich potential. Excellent!" - P.C. Cast, New York Times bestselling author on Blood Rights
"Kristen Painter brings a sultry new voice to the vampire genre, one that beckons with quiet passion and intrigue." - L.A. Banks, New York Times bestselling author of The Vampire Huntress Legends series on Blood Rights"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"Prophecy, curses, and devilish machination combine for a spellbinding debut of dark romance and pulse-pounding adventure." - Library Journal (Starred Review) on Blood Rights"Painter scores with this one. Passion and murder, vampires and courtesans -- original and un-put-downable. Do yourself a favor and read this one." - Patricia Briggs, New York Times bestselling author on Blood Rights
"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"Kristen Painter's Blood Rights is dark and rich with layer after delicious layer. This spellbinding series will have you begging for more!" - Gena Showalter, New York Times bestselling author

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    Kindle Customer LAKEWOOD, WA, United States 02-03-15
    Kindle Customer LAKEWOOD, WA, United States 02-03-15 Member Since 2011
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    "I was on the fence"

    but I was pleasantly surprised to find this novel was really interesting and action packed I'd have liked to see Harlow and augie get to gather but dragging it on makes it that much more delightful I've read a lot and I mean more than 2000+romance ebooks and 300 audio and this is a goodie hurry with audio number 2 please kp ,melissa.

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    Theresa Hendrickson 01-07-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great!"

    I didn't think I was gonna like it at first, but I really got into the story! I can't wait until the next book of the series comes out!

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    Kaye Vista, CA, United States 01-02-15
    Kaye Vista, CA, United States 01-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Good start to series"

    Can't wait to listen to the next book. Was glad to see the characters develop and through out the storyline especially Harlow. The narrator was great!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon CATOOSA, OK, United States 10-11-14
    Sharon CATOOSA, OK, United States 10-11-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I Can't wait for the next book"
    Would you listen to House of the Rising Sun again? Why?

    Yes, I enjoyed the story and the narrator


    What does Elijah Alexander bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice is deep and sexy, it maid me fall in love with the male character, but he didn't trash the voices of the female characters, while doing it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    beachgirl 05-20-14
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    "Great story! Excellent narration"
    What made the experience of listening to House of the Rising Sun the most enjoyable?

    great characters, dark magic and mysterious environment .. perfect mix!


    What about Elijah Alexander’s performance did you like?

    The narrator brought the book to life for me … excellent mix of straight narration and regional accents … i can't image this read without invoking the local accents .. it just wouldn't be the same. Well done!


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bookworm Baltimore, MD USA 05-15-15
    Bookworm Baltimore, MD USA 05-15-15 Member Since 2011

    bookworm

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    "The story is okay but........."

    I hated Harlowe!!!!! I was hoping a vampire would kill her!!! She was really awful and there was nothing sympathetic about her at all. Again, I hated her!

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    Garrick 03-27-15
    Garrick 03-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Shifting Gears"

    I enjoyed the House of the Comarre series thoroughly, when I found out this story was a spin-off, if you will, couldn't wait to read it. Kudos to Kristen Painter for her attention to details making the characters hard to
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    melissa wardlaw AMITE, LA, US 03-19-15
    melissa wardlaw AMITE, LA, US 03-19-15 Member Since 2011

    Audible books help pass the time when driving and house cleaning, I really enjoy listening to them.

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    "Great Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of House of the Rising Sun?

    I cant pick just one


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The kiss


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, if I had the time i would


    Any additional comments?

    Don't miss out! This one is not the same o tired storyline.

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    Maribee7 Earth 12-16-14
    Maribee7 Earth 12-16-14

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    "I tried"

    Being from New Orléans, I know dumb or crazy accents that are supposed to represent my city or my state (Southern Louisiana). There is a difference between Northern and Southern Louisiana (ask someone born and raised there). This narrator in NO way sounds like he is from Louisiana. Only could get through prologue.

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    Hope Johnston 05-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "New Series, New Intrigues"

    Kristen Painter wrapped up her House of Comarre series in 2013, but her new Crescent City series exists in the same overall universe. Instead of focusing on a flawed but essentially good vampire, the new storyline gives us a fae hero, Augustine, who reluctantly accepts the responsibility of serving as Guardian for the haven city of New Orleans.

    The job is for life, and the life expectancy of Guardians is short. New Orleans is an atmospheric setting for a backstabbing populace of fae, evil vampires, human witches, and voodoo priests. They are not inclined to behave nicely toward each other, or the individual tasked with enforcing justice for all of the factions.

    After vampires murder someone dear to Augustine, he gets serious about shutting down an illegal scheme to let vampires into the fae haven city. Vampires are banned because of the danger they present, but the attractiveness of the city to them is easy to imagine: a witch cast a curse long ago that lets vampires can walk in the sun while they are in New Orleans as vengeance against a fae who broke her heart. Another spell, cast to mitigate the curse, causes vampires to forget that they can walk during the day when they leave New Orleans. However, someone is spreading the word to vampires about the location of their earthly nirvana and helping them infiltrate it, posing an immediate danger to the fae and human inhabitants of the city.

    Augustine is shaping up to be a solid white-hat hero. The heroine, Harlow, spends most of the book acting like a peevish, self-centered brat. That really detracted from my willingness to buy into the story, especially the prospective romance between Augustine and Harlow. Hopefully a wiser, more mature version of her character will continue to work on her socialization along with her psychometry. The world is interesting, with fae who have a variety of magical gifts based on their bloodlines; physically, they look demonic with their curling horns, odd-colored skin, forked tongues, etc. It will be interesting to learn more about their society in book 2, "City of Eternal Night," scheduled for publication in 2 December 2014.

    I'd give the narrator a thumbs up. He does a good job with the New Orleans accents, using nuanced delivery to distinguish between individuals in the cast of characters. His voice as the narrator, when not performing dialog, is pleasant and smooth. I am a little picky about narrators, since reading the kindle version of the story is a faster and somewhat cheaper way to consume novels. But in this case, the narrator adds ambiance and a welcome atmosphere of suspense. I hope Alexander will continue narrating future books in the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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