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House of Hunger

Written by:
Alexis Henderson
Narrated by:
Jeanette Illidge

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2022
10 hours 2 minutes
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.
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Riley P.

I was so excited to listen to this book! While I did enjoy the gothic vibes and matching gothic feeling of the actual House of Hunger, I felt like the story fell short. There was no real action or conflict until about the last hour in the book, At which point, it felt rushed. This book was a bit more of a 2 star read, but the gothic setting and narration pushed it up to a 3 star read for me.

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