I am seeing a heap of recommendation lists circling around about what to read after Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood, and I decided to throw in my 2 cents worth. Why? Because a lot of the recs are really random and YA. CC is absolutely not YA and while I get that SJM’s fan base started in YA, I’d be really reluctant to rec anything YA and call it similar (especially the same 10 trad YA books that everyone recommends for everything, all the time). Also, I’m not seeing many indie recs in these lists which annoys me a bit, because paranormal and urban fantasy indie is fucking awesome, to the point that its super rare for me to actually buy trad in these genres. So here is my list of trad first:
- Dark Fever by Karen Marie Moning
- Dragonbound by Thea Harrison
- Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh
These three are book 1’s of series that SJM has previously claimed have been huge inspirations and favorites of hers….and believe me, after reading CC, you can really tell. I also really love them (especially Dragon Bound), and highly recommend them to everyone who wants to venture into this genre. Thea is hybrid and I love her indie series a lot (oh my god, Moonshadow is everything) so can’t recommend her enough.
Okay, onto indies:
- Sin and Chocolate by KF Breene
- Pestilence by Laura Thalassa
- The Scribe by Elizabeth Hunter
- Fury Rising by Yasmine Galenorn
- A Hidden Fire by Elizabeth Hunter
These are also book 1’s of some of my fave indie series. Elizabeth Hunter gets mentioned twice because one series deals with angels, the other vampires. I could on forever about my indie list because they are writers who have not only inspired my writing but my love of indie publishing. These guys absolutely kill it in every way and I won’t stop recommending them ever.
Hope this list helps you find some series you’ve never tried before, and they they help with the CC hangover/ Maas Destruction, which is still killing me too.