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Through love, all is possible

Lunathion, more commonly called Crescent City, is a major city in Valbara, a territory on the planet Midgard. Following the horrific murder of her best friend by a demon, half-Fae gallery assistant Bryce Quinlan is forced to team up with Hunt Athalar, an enslaved Fallen angel who works as an assassin for Micah, Crescent City's ruling Archangel, to solve the murder when killings with a similar pattern start up again. Their investigation begins to uncover information about the darker elements of Crescent City and starts to threaten their very identities.

Crescent City is a planned trilogy of Urban Fantasy novels by Sarah J Maas.

The series consists of:

  1. House of Earth and Blood (published March 2020)
  2. As-yet unnamed second novel (publication date TBD)
  3. As-yet unnamed third novel (publication date TBD)

The Crescent City books contain examples of:

  • Arc Words: "Through love, all is possible"
  • Big Bad: Archangel Micah Domitus.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Bryce and Ruhn don't get along, really, but Ruhn is very protective of his sister.
  • BFG: The Godslayer Rifle, which Jesiba Roga keeps disassembled and mounted on the wall of her office.
  • Born into Slavery: All of the descendents of the sprites who fought on Shahar's side in the Rebellion are slaves from birth.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Luna's Horn
    • A literal one, the Godslayer Rifle.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Bryce's ability as a sharpshooter.
  • Chemical Messiah: Synth.
  • The Chosen One: Ruhn, but also Bryce.
  • Cool Pet: Syrinx the chimera
  • Corporal Punishment: One of the ways an angel is punished is by having their wings cut off.note 
  • Fate Worse than Death: What ultimately happens to Viktoria.
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  • Hard Drinking Party Girls: Bryce and Danika. They love to drink, and if there's a drug out there, they've tried it.
  • Hates Their Parent: Bryce and Ruhn really, really don't like their biological father.
  • Heroic BSoD: Bryce's reaction after Danika's murder and fighting the kristallos demon.
    • This happens to Hunt every time he's forced to kill someone for Micah.
  • Immortality Seeker: Almost all beings with the potential to have an incredibly long lifespan make the Drop, which allows them to "drop" into near-immortality. This grants them enhanced healing and regenerative abilities as well as an extended lifespan.
  • Made a Slave: The fate of all of Shahar's surviving soldiers, including Hunt Athalar.
  • Our Angels Are Different
  • Our Fairies Are Different
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: Shifting between forms is easy for them, and there are many species of shifters, including wolves, leopards, lions, and even butterflies.
  • Power Tattoo: Averted - the halos tattooed on Fallen angels actually limit their power. Hunt's tattoo only allows him to access about 10% of his total power.
    • An actual example: Bryce's back tattoo - it was inked using witch-ink and Luna's Horn ground into a powder. This makes her the bearer of the Horn, meaning only she can wield it and therefore open the rifts between worlds.
  • The Reveal: "I am Bryce Quinlan, Heir to the Starborn Fae."
  • Second Love: Bryce and Hunt's relationship.
  • Undignified Death: After Bryce shoots Micah in the head with a golden bullet fired from the Godslayer Rifle, she dismembers his body, burns it, and then vaccuums up his ashes and dumps them in the bin out back.
  • Urban Fantasy: While the series is not set on Earth in modern times per se, there exist modern technologies like cell phones, computers, cars, and surveillance cameras, which coexist with magic and supernatural beings.

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