House of the Rising Sun (Crescent City Series #1)

House of the Rising Sun (Crescent City Series #1)

by Kristen Painter


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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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316278270
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 05/13/2014
Series: Crescent City Series , #1
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 1,294,366
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.25(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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House of the Rising Sun 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Hockeymom44 More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to see Kristen Painter come out with a new series!  And this one is the beginning of something great!  I love that it takes place in New Orleans one of my favorite cities.   The characters are stellar and you get a visit from a few characters from her previous series House of Commare.   The twists and  turns of this series take you on a great ride and definatly make you want more at the end.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pure Genius! Kristen's writting is so real its like Augie's horns are in my hands, his bbq smell on over me, and the heat of a simple kiss has such passion (without being smut). All the characters are finely developed with individualized stories. I was hesitant to read this because I love Kristen's House of Comarre series... this is equally as wonderful work. There were points were I was rendered speechless from a racing heart or plot twist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual from this author - another great read!!
Hethned More than 1 year ago
Great new series! Can't wait for number 2!
wiccawitch4 More than 1 year ago
This book was the best! Kristen Painter does it again and blows us all away with her incredible talent! I couldn't put the book down from the start of course as Kristen is a master at knowing how to hook her audience right from the start, as well as keeping them entertained from start to finish.  This story can be read as a stand alone and I loved that about it, but I also loved getting to know the characters from the House of Comarré series that we didn't get to know much about. The supernatural elements to the book were amazing, there were witches, fea, vampires and many others all fighting for their share of New Orleans. Dulcinea was my favourite, she was edgy, sassy and a good friend to Augustine. When Augustine's beloved benefactor Olivia is murdered in their home by bloodsucking vampires, it leave Augustine with little choice but to take over leadership of New Orleans to track down her killers. With the help of the NOPD and Harlow, Olivia long lost daughter, Augustine will bring the town to rights. That is if he can keep his mind on his work and not on Harlow's wonderful kisses. I can't wait for book 2, it is going to be incredible! Kristen doesn't know how to do it any other way. Make sure to get your copy today! and don't forget to try out Kristen's House of Comarré series!
Colleen2000 More than 1 year ago
Kristen has done it again. She has created a new series for me to devour. This book is so well written,you are right there sensing everything the characters are. I love stories about the Fae. I like how they are one species yet they have all different kinds of abilities. these two characters have such fascinating life stories, Augustine's childhood was deplorable yet with the help of friends he has become a very honorable guy who takes care of and protects those he cares for. At first I didn't like Harlow but she grew on me after reading her story as to why she is the way she is. I highly recommend this author and her books. I can't wait for the next in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic, can't wait to get the next book.
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ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
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. Overall, House of the Rising Sun is a solid novel. While there is definitely room for the story to grow over the course of the series, it has a unique plot and characters with compelling backstories. If you're looking for a good, but not fantastic UF crime novel, I would recommend picking this one up for a different kind of UF read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story and fantastic characters.Just a joy to read !!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These are beginning to run together since snookie was retired and her series ended they all seem the same preferred the more simple night world of Kindred tv and the obe about a policeman Foreever Kniight?
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shortcircuit More than 1 year ago
very interesting book
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Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN is everything I would expect from an urban fantasy story set in New Orleans. A little muddy and a lot sexy. The story starts off with a bang introducing us to Augustine. Reason number 1 that you will love this book. Augustine is hot, sexy, sensual and just plain interesting. But let me tell you there’s nothing plain about this boy. For readers of the HOUSE OF COMARRE you will be pleased to see he got a book. Yes, this is a spin off of that series, but I have to say (having read all the Comarre books) that you won’t miss out on anything by starting here. And other than the fact this is about a character in the same general world, HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN has such a different feel to the story that it almost doesn’t seem they were related. Up until there’s cameo appearances from my fave characters :) So back to Augustine. He’s fae and a bit of a recluse bad boy. But tough enough that when the Guardian is killed, he’s in a way threatened to take on the job. The world building in this book is so rich with vampire that can walk in the day thanks to a witch curse. Witches that may want to take control of the city back, and fae that rule the underworld. When vampires threaten to overrule NOLA, it’s up to Augustine to stop them and keep the order. Notice how I keep talking about Augustine and not so much the heroine? Well, I could take her or leave her. She was just ok. I had moments when I liked her but frankly some of her motivations were not so clear for me. Even towards the end. I find that she was a bit selfish and immature and I do look forward to seeing her grow into her character in the future. If you’re looking for a new urban fantasy series to sink your teeth into that’s rich and original, with a good side of sexy, then look no further. HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN will hook you from the first page. *ARC provided by publisher
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LITERALADDICTION_MLO More than 1 year ago
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle: *Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review Great book! The world building was stellar, the characters instantly likable, there was plenty of conflict on each page, the book started with a bang and instantly kept my interest, and even though it was the first of a 'new' series, there wasn't that dreaded data dump that makes you want to scream "get on with it already". It did have a graceful build, but from about 48% on it was constant action and like all good books should, left me wanting more after the last page was turned. Augustine is an amazing hero and his escalation into the Guardian of the Haven city of New Orleans means... yep, more Augie in future installment. Woot! :) Harlow was one of those heroines that you really, really dislike at the beginning because there's so much left to conjecture, but she really grows on you as the book continues and the chemistry between the two is undeniable. The supporting characters - both on the protagonist and antagonist side of the spectrum - were necessary, compelling, and left me wanting to know more, so I hope that we do, indeed, learn more about them as the series progresses. While CRESCENT CITY is a spin-off of THE HOUSE OF COMARRE it stands well on its own, and new readers will be able to jump in without issue. Would I recommend House of the Rising Sun? Absolutely! I'm really looking forward to book #2. This is a very intriguing new Urban Fantasy series with lots of supe groups and plenty of action. Right up my alley...
MThomas1975 More than 1 year ago
Great World Building in the House of Comarré Spin-Off Series I was a huge fan of Kristen Painter's fangtabulous House of Comarré series and was beyond excited when she posted that there would be a spin-off series featuring the fae in New Orleans. House of the Rising Sun is the first book in the Crescent City series and is about Augustine, a fae we met in the House of Comarré series and Harlow, daughter to Olivia Goodwin. I loved Augustine the first time I met him when Chrysabelle and Mortalis made a trip to New Orleans during the House of Comarré series. He was mysterious and smexy; all the things I love in a good hero. Throughout House of the Rising Sun I grew to love Augustine even more but will say that I only grew to like Harlow. While I admit that she has one of my all-time favorite names and I get that she has issues to overcome (mostly dealing with her lineage), I found her whiny and annoying at times. Hard to root for a heroine that sees things in a way the reader totally disagrees with but thankfully she grew toward acceptance during House of the Rising Sun. While House of the Rising Sun was not as strong as the first book in the House of Comarré series, Blood Rights, it was still a damn good read and a great building block. I look forward to learning more about the unrest between the fae and the witches in NOLA as well as seeing Harlow come into her power, finding out what is driving Harlow's twisted, creepy ass father, seeing more of Augustine (preferably with those horns!), and finding out Olivia's fate. *eARC PROVIDED BY ORBIT BOOKS VIA NETGALLEY*
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For those of you that have read the Comarre series and wanted to know more about that world, the Crescent City series is right up your alley. The glimpse of New Orleans, a Fae Haven city, we saw in the Comarre series was pretty brief. It was obvious that there could be interesting things going on there, and Kristen has obliged us with House of the Rising Sun. We once again meet up with Augustine, Mortalis' half brother, who lives with the famous actress, Olivia Goodwin. Our main character, though, is Olivia's daughter Harlow, who resents being Fae and tries to blend into the human world as much as possible. Harlow and Augustine don't exactly start off on the right foot. Olivia's and Harlow's relationship has been difficult due to some withheld information, so she isn't a fan of Augustine shacking up with her mom. Augustine doesn't know all that much about Harlow other than the fact she barely speaks to her mother, which he doesn't understand since Olivia took him in when he was in trouble. But, like all good stories, the real action doesn't just happen in the Goodwin household. The Guardian of New Orleans has been murdered. Vampires have been feeding on the tourists. Harlow is desperately searching for a clue – any clue – about her biological father. Augustine is on the radar for having helped a human cross into the Fae plane to reach the Claustrum. Things aren't looking so hot for New Orleans right now... Can Augustine and Harlow put up with each other long enough to work through problems that are bigger than themselves? You'll just have to pick up House of the Rising Sun and find out for yourself.
jamie-lee-davis More than 1 year ago
i went into a bookshop one day,and pick up this book with the most beautiful artwork, I read the back,was automatically,interested .This was the first in the house of comarr,wow, got homewow,read the book till the end. Iwas totally hooked.I had the priviledge of reading house o f the rising sun , wow didnt think kristen could write another great series,its set in New Orleans,it has everything that New Orleans,has to has vampires, fae,witches,and even voodoo,and dont forget mardi gras,you have the fae one Norturnos. You falling love with Augustine,almost straight away, Harlow makes you want to shake her at the begining but she soons grows on you, and your on her side, there is a mystery about Lally, and i cant wait to find out what! I highly recommend anything Kristen has wrote,im judt glad i found her and my bookshelves are all the better for it.
CEWTNK More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Kristen Painter's work (and her exquisite taste in cover art) and was so excited that she had a new series coming out!!  After reading Book One, I am proud to say that this author has yet to disappoint!! It was a fabulous dip into New Orleans, well the paranormal version of As much as I loved Livie, Lally, Dolce, and Augie,(who were such lovable and diverse characters), I equally loathed Harlow.  I disliked her to the point that in the middle of the story I was screaming at her and hoping she got thrown in jail early (actually I was really hoping her head would explode).  Before you get to know her, I promise you she will make it to your character top ten of wanting to stab repeatedly in the eye.  I was stressing out.  How can I continue reading a series with such an unfavorable main character?  How can she write such a whiny, immature, lead like Harlow when she could have made her more like Dolce (who was one of my favs)?   Then it happens.  Harlow starts opening up, you start to find out more about her, and you learn about the twists that come with her abilities.  She grows on you as she starts allowing herself to live as what she is supposed to be. Both of our main characters have a strained relationship with their parents, but they are completely different in approach and attitude.  I would really stretch it to say that Augustine sees a lot of his mother in Harlow, which in itself is troubling to him.  She's still not my favorite character, but her potential to be has grown so much from the beginning to the end.  I can't wait to see her when she reaches her full potential. As far as the plot and the other othernaturals ( I love that word because it sums up all the mixed breeds)?  Her underground world is made up of new and diverse beings with quite different powers than what you have grown accustom to.  Being a fellow comic book nerd,  I see a lot of Hellboy in this book, minus the government involvement.  In this world the othernaturals have their own government and policies set up.  The humans know they are there, but are able to live out their normal lives.  In Book One we are introduced to some of the main players in the battle that is coming.  I have a feeling this is more complex than it seems and can't wait to see more of what's in store!!  I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end (even the parts when I wanted to stab Harlow) and added it to my pile of re-reads.  I loved it enough to want to read it again....and maybe again.  I cannot wait for the next book and would recommend this to urban, comic book,  and paranormal fans alike!!   This was an excellent read and my only regret is that I can only give it 5 stars!! You rocked it Kristen!!!!
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read from April 27 to 28, 2014 Book Info  Kindle Edition, 448 pages Expected publication: May 13th 2014 by Orbit original title House of the Rising Sun ASIN B00EXTQTZO edition language English series Crescent City #1  other editions (5) Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links  Amazon  B&N  BOOK SYNOPSIS Augustine lives the perfect life in the Haven city of New Orleans. He rarely works a real job, spends most of his nights with a different human woman, and resides in a spectacular Garden District mansion paid for by retired movie star Olivia Goodwin, who has come to think of him as an adopted son, providing him room and board and whatever else he needs.  But when Augustine returns home to find Olivia's been attacked by vampires, he knows his idyllic life has comes to an end. It's time for revenge—and to take up the mantle of the city's Guardian. My Thoughts Having discovered the author when read the first books in series that this one is a spin off of and enjoyed House Of Comarre it was with great anticipation that I requested a copy of House of The Rising Sun-Crescent City #1 to read from Netgalley.  The story is set in one of my favorite places to read about, New Orleans. The historical ambiance of the famed city is touched upon as is the rich and rowdy nightlife it is also famous for. The fact that this is an urban fantasy set in a future version of the real world helps to make it easy to relate to as far as the setting and the fantastical characters that the story introduces have enough differences to set them apart from humans to make them appealing as well as unique. This story is filled with action, intrigue, power plays, self discovery and much more that takes place in a short span of time with a multitude of characters whose different personalities come through very strongly to create a great cast that the reader wants to know more about. The easy to understand narrative style of the story is captivating and the tale it tells had me totally enjoying the reading of it and it is hard to put down! My favorite setting of New Orleans with added allure of fae, vampires, witches and voodoo made this a very appealing entry into a new series. A tale of loss and new beginnings, enjoyable from start to finish and I want next book now! [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]