I received this book for free from the Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.House of Hunger by Alexis Henderson
Published by Berkley Publishing Group on September 27, 2022
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy
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WANTED - Bloodmaid of exceptional taste. Must have a keen proclivity for life's finer pleasures. Girls of weak will need not apply.
A young woman is drawn into the upper echelons of a society where blood is power in this dark and enthralling Gothic novel from the author of The Year of the Witching.
Marion Shaw has been raised in the slums, where want and deprivation are all she know. Despite longing to leave the city and its miseries, she has no real hope of escape until the day she spots a peculiar listing in the newspaper seeking a bloodmaid.
Though she knows little about the far north--where wealthy nobles live in luxury and drink the blood of those in their service--Marion applies to the position. In a matter of days, she finds herself the newest bloodmaid at the notorious House of Hunger. There, Marion is swept into a world of dark debauchery. At the center of it all is Countess Lisavet.
The countess, who presides over this hedonistic court, is loved and feared in equal measure. She takes a special interest in Marion. Lisavet is magnetic, and Marion is eager to please her new mistress. But when she discovers that the ancient walls of the House of Hunger hide even older secrets, Marion is thrust into a vicious game of cat and mouse. She'll need to learn the rules of her new home--and fast--or its halls will soon become her grave.
Oh, I liked this book quite a lot! I liked Marion from the very start and the writing drew me into the story immediately. I enjoyed learning about the world that Marion found herself in along with her and had a feeling that things were not exactly as she had been led to believe. I couldn’t wait to see how things would work out in the end. I am so glad that I decided to give this book a chance.
Marion lives a hard life in poverty. She works hard but it never seems to be enough. Her brother is the only family that she has left and he is no help at all. She wants a better life and hopes that the chance to be a bloodmaid is just what she needs. She soon finds herself in a whole new world and she hopes that all it will cost her is just a little blood.
I was so curious about Marion’s new environment once she signed on as the new bloodmaid at the House of Hunger. It seemed like there might be a little more going on than what appeared on the surface. I found the story to be exciting with just enough twists and turns to keep me glued to the pages. There were times that I was very worried about Marion and the other bloodmaids and hoped they would be okay in the end.
I would recommend this book to others. I thought that the writing was superb and I loved how unique the story felt. Marion was a character that was easy to like and I just wanted to see good things come her way. I plan to read more of this author’s work just as soon as I get the chance.
I received a digital review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group.