City of Eternal Night (Crescent City Series #2)

City of Eternal Night (Crescent City Series #2)

by Kristen Painter


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House of Comarré author Kristen Painter weaves a tale of intrigue and betrayal, as the battle for New Orleans escalates in this second novel of the Crescent City series.

Mardi Gras approaches, bringing with it hordes of tourists eager to see the real-life Faery Queen holding court atop her festival float. When the Queen is kidnapped, it's up to Augustine, the fae-blooded Guardian of the city, to rescue her before time runs out.

But Augustine's mystifying protégée, Harlow, complicates the task by unintentionally aiding the forces of evil, drawing danger closer with each step. The Queen might not be the first to die...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316278331
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 12/02/2014
Series: Crescent City Series , #2
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 629,069
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

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, where she loves to interact with her readers and on her blog,

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City of Eternal Night 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
thedarkoutcast More than 1 year ago
They're BACK! Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Fae fans of all ages, that's right the dynamic duo of the big easy return for a show you won't soon forget. Then one, the only, the guardian of the haven city himself mister Augustine has his hands full this time around not just with his usual guardian duties but his emotions towards his new house mate and friend Miss Harlow Goodwin. Is this the start of a new romance in the big easy? As if life isn't complicated enough toss in witches and evil fae and you have yourself one sold book from page 1. Read it and find out for yourself cher!
ObsessiveReader More than 1 year ago
This story contains intrigue, mystery, lust, romance, magic and fae, humans, wtiches, voodoo and vampires.. do you really need more? This book was a really good a follow up to the first book in the series. It was fast paced and kept you engaged until the last page. The story picks up wehre it left us, back in New Orleans where everyone has a secret, a love triangle is in the works, and everyone is making a move for control of the the mist of all of this the biggest ball of the year is interfering with a murder investigation which only adds to the stress that plagues Harlow and Augustine as they are trying to sort of their new roles in the eternal city. Harlow and Augustine's story is full of frustration that carries over into this book as they continue to tip-toe around their feelings, but luckly we get glimpses of the bubling attraction that lies just under the surface and at times explodes into some great scenes. I found Harlow's character more likeable in this story, and although I still think the patience the author and the characters show Harlow in this book is frustating, as the saying goes "good things comes to those who wait." Again, Kristen Painter gives us a world full of great villians that will have you root for them and wish them dead all in the same page. Overall, this was a better read than the first book, perhaps because all the back story and world building was behind us, and with all of it's twist and turns, it did not dissapoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The second installment in Kristen Painter's Crescent City trilogy did NOT disappoint! As a matter of fact, after reading the novel and enjoying it as much as I did, it prompted me to go back and re-read the first book in the series (House of the Rising Sun) because I distinctly remember being rather 'meh' about the debut novel. The issues I had with the first book were still there, but after reading this installment, it didn't seem to bother me as much because of the deft handling of the characters in City of Eternal Night. We're introduced a little more to the way the city works, including some peeks into the society of Witches, and fae magic is around every corner. We (FINALLY) have some growth from Harlow as a character, and the relationships of all the characters get a little more involved (read convoluted, in a good way). The theme of the second novel seems to be that keeping secrets does more harm than good - whether or not those secrets ever come to light. With on major exception (no spoilers her folks, no worries) - the author does a great job with the internal struggles of both those keeping the secrets and those that have them revealed to her. There is a single point of resolution that I was not happy with how quickly/effortlessly/abruptly it came about (hence the 4.5 rating in the title), but that was a single point of annoyance in what was otherwise an incredibly enjoyable read. I need the third volume right now!
LisaB95 More than 1 year ago
This series is so amazing. It’s kind of bittersweet I only have one book left in it. There were so many surprises I would’ve never dreamed of waiting in the house Harlow and Augustine share. Lally is full of surprises herself. It’s 4am and I want to start the last book now but have to sleep. This will for sure keep you up all night. I haven’t read the Camarre series but have a few of them and the audiobooks. That’s on my list next. This one makes so much sense so if you want to dig into it first you can. However, the Crescent City needs to be read in order. This narrator is one of the best I’ve listened to. He can do so many voices, male and female. And Augustine is to die for with his accent.
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jamie-lee-davis More than 1 year ago
Well worth the wait ,Harlow still makes me want to shake her, but at least she growing a back bone,which makes me want to hug her,my favourite character is still Lally, and in this book you have some of your questions answered ,who would of guess about the Lightning tree and its history wih Lally,in this instalment you learn more about the characters and the world they live in ,the poltic between Al the different fractions,espeacially the witches Giselle and Zara really come into their own and quite power hungry,  Augustine is so sexy inside and out  , and he become more than you thought he was caperable of. In this part of the story theirs sex , action intrigue,vampires  ,Fae,all things supernatural,just pick up a copy, you won't regret it because you won't be able   To put it down.
Colleen2000 More than 1 year ago
This book is a fantasy novel and compared to other fantasies I've read It's a good one I loved it. This book is set on the present in Louisiana. The general plot of this book is a continuation from book 1 The House of the Rising Sun which had her father killing her mother and She and Augustine inheriting the house, together they devise plans to hunt down her father and while that's happening this book takes you on a journey with some new and exciting mysteries and plots. In my opinion this series is very well written. The author writes so as to draw you into their world of fae and witches. I loved the little twist the author put in there to set me up to get excited to read the next book. I recommend this author and this series to anyone who loves fantasy novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
* I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. * Holy Harlow!  WTFae?!? This book was an amazing read from start to finish! I didn't want to stop and at times couldn't stop, promising myself just one more page...Kristen Painter has taken Augie, Lally, Fenton, Harlow and all of their other amazing friends (and enemies) to a whole new level with this book. I enjoyed the banter between the characters, the budding romance between Augustine and Harlow and most importantly the Fae and all that I have learned about them through Kristen.  She paints an awe-inspiring picture of New Orleans and the world of the fae, vampire, witches and voodoo practicers.  It was so easy to get lost in the smoothly written saga of the Guardian and his friends and to immerse myself in all things magic, while still maintaining the integrity of the city.   Author Kristen Painter takes the reader on a roller coaster ride through the above ground and under ground world of New Orleans and she leaves no stone unturned in her latest book.  Just when the reader thinks they have it all figured out, she takes a whole new direction that no one could have seen coming. Just when you think nothing else can happen - it happens and in a big way! These characters become so much more than characters in a book - they become friends and they are friends that you think about long after the story has ended.  Make sure you check this book out and add it to your TBR list, you won't want to miss this ongoing saga - especially with the end of this one - when is book 3 coming out?!?! I need it now!!! Sit back and enjoy this amazing ride!
kiwi_chick_2882 More than 1 year ago
This is a great addition to the Crescent City series. I wont regale you with the plot because the blurb itself is written more eloquently than I could achieve and I try not to give away spoilers. It was super good to be able to read about Augustine again, he is a likable noble character (and my favourite if you can't tell). I must say I wasn't a big fan of Harlow in the last book and I'm happy to say she goes about redeeming herself in some way in this book, although she does fall back in to some bad habits. We learn more about all the characters in this book and its great to see some of the reason they are the way they are. This world is well built and its really nice to see cross overs in this series from Kristen's other House of Comarre series. Betrayal, secrets revealed and a blossoming not quite relationship between Augustine and Harlow makes for addictive reading. I can't help but mention the ball. The costumes that Kristen described is just wonderful, dresses that change to your size as soon as you put them on, you can't help bit wish things like that were available in real life. I am looking forward to reading book three and to discover what Harlow and Augustine will do about the monumental (or so it seems) problems they are both faced with.
Hockeymom44 More than 1 year ago
So excited to finally get this second installment of this amazing tiology!! Kristen Painter has done a great job picking up the story right where we left off with our Hero & Heroine. Harlow is still trying to adjust to her fae side and living in her mother's home and Augustine is still getting used to being the Guardian of the city. Augustine and Harlow find themselves once again in the middle of all kinds of excitement, old secrets being revealed between the two and new ones being kept. The Witches, other fae and of course Harlow's father keep it all very interesting. This is a must have for any Urban Fantasy reader!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago