**Originally posted at ReadingDiva's Blog
House of the Rising Sun is the new spin off series of House of Comarre by Kristen Painter. Fans of House of Comarre will be in for a treat, Kristen’s writing style and imaginative setting and world building will not disappoint.
Based on characters of House of Comarre and new characters of course the story takes place in the mystic and magical city of New Orleans. The backdrop serves as foundation to a new series with great promise. As every book written by Kristen Painter, expect an engaging plot, an interesting and unique world building and characters that suck you in. There isn’t a dull moment in this story and I am happy to see Kristen’s writing quality is still superb.
Augustine is one of the characters introduced in the Comarre series, he was the person who helped Chrysabelle and Malcolm go into the fae plane which is prohibited to humans. This token of friendship set off a series of events that would determine Augustine’s future. After having gone into hiding for a few months, Augustine decides to return to New Orleans without considering the consequences he might’ve been facing with his return. He is happy to be back but coming back to a city where chaos is imminent wasn’t exactly what he had in mind, with the sudden increase in crime committed by rogue vampires Augustine isn’t sure of what this mean for him and what it will mean to the city. He knows that nothing will stop the Elektos from coming to knock on his door. It is very difficult to keep telling you about the story without spoiling it. Expect to see a very different and more mature Augustine, the consequences of his inaction will hunt him when tragedy strike close to his heart.
I really enjoyed Augustine’s character. He is a playboy, always looking for fun and never worrying about who he brings to his bed, well to their hotel bed. He is funny, sweet, and all around sexy. His story comes with a bit of baggage, his childhood wasn’t exactly a happy one and feeling rejected was a constant reminder of his nature. Even when his childhood marked him profoundly, Augustine did not allow that to pre-determine who he would become. He is smart, caring, thoughtful and very sensitive towards those he cares and love. His love is tested and his loyalty weighted. I think House of The Rising Sun will be a hit, readers who enjoyed House of Comarre will enjoy this series. The characters will pull you into the story making you feel like you are witnessing the events af if you were there, there is a lot of action and discovery. Augustine chance to love isn’t lost to him, it is right in front of him but it will not be easy to obtain it.
Kristen did a great job giving us a story in which the characters have a lot more than their own personal drama to deal with. After a great loss, Augustine real personality comes alive sparking twists and unexpected decisions. It was nice to see other characters from the Comarre series even though they were just slightly present and didn’t have a big impact on the story. The world created by Kristen requires a great deal of imagination, the characters are well rounded and each has a very distinctive and strong voice. Their dialog and interaction is at times funny, other times serious and most time fascinating. I enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to see what else Kristen has for us in the next installment of House of The Rising Sun.