Series: Crescent City #2
Published by Orbit on December 2, 2014
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: Kissing, some sexual content
Reviewed by: Kate
Magic and mystery collide in this second installment of the new urban fantasy series by House of Comarre author Kristen Painter.
Still coming to terms with their unexpected partnership, Augustine and Harlow have a tentative truce. With Harlow slowly working to accept being fae, Augustine still learning how to be Guardian, and feelings growing on both sides though, they do not have an easy road ahead.
But when a young girl is stolen from the Mardi Gras Exemplar Ball -- the biggest far event of the year -- Harlow and Augustine must put all their issues aside to bring her home alive. Harlow's father, Braziano, is of course their number one suspect, but evil lurks in every corner of the city and time is running out. Their only choices: Either find a way to rescue the girl, or Augustine must die.
Reading CITY OF ETERNAL NIGHT is like getting sucked into a whole new world. It's one of those books that makes you wonder where the time went, since it flows so smoothly and effortlessly. It was a treat to revisit Harlow and Augustine, and their world full of fae politics and intrigue.
With some secrets being revealed, and some plot lines thickening, CITY OF ETERNAL NIGHT strikes the perfect balance between satisfying the readers' curiosity, and keeping them coming back for more. Unlike HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN, I felt that Harlow played a much larger role in this book, and that was exciting to me, since I really like her as a character. Also, the sexual tension between her and Augustine was so yummy! The secondary characters continue to play significant parts in the plot, and are well-fleshed out and even surprising at times.
My only complaint is that while I am interested in the direction that Painter is taking the series after the end of CITY OF ETERNAL NIGHT, the way that she got there was a little predictable. Plus, Harlow acted a bit naively, and though she's a relatively innocent character, it felt like she was purposefully making bad decisions, which was frustrating. There's also the quasi-love triangle, which I know can be a deterrent for some readers. (Let's be honest though, we all know that Augustine is the guy for Harlow.)
CITY OF ETERNAL NIGHT was a really great second book to the series. With plenty of action and excitement, and a huge cliffhanger, I know I'll be back for more in GARDEN OF DREAMS AND DESIRES, the third book in the Crescent City series. And if you haven't read HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN, it is worth the investment, and will lead to greater enjoyment of CITY OF ETERNAL NIGHT.Series Titles:
- House of the Rising Sun - 4/5
- City of Eternal Night
- Garden of Dreams and Desires