Book Review: House Of Hunger by Alexis Henderson

“WANTED: A bloodmaid of exceptional taste. Must have a keen proclivity for life’s finer pleasures. Girls of weak will need not apply.”

Published in 2022, House Of Hunger by Alexis Henderson follows Marion Shaw who was raised in the slums, where want and deprivation were all she knew. Despite longing to leave the city and its miseries, she has no real hope of escape until the day she spots a strange advertisement 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 at the notorious House of Hunger. There, Marion is swept into a world of dark debauchery – and there, at the centre of is Countess Lisavet. Loved and feared in equal measure, she presides over this hedonistic court. And she takes a special interest in Marion.


I was in the mood for something a little different, and House Of Hunger satisfied that need perfectly!

A seductive blood-thirsty horror, I had to read this in one sitting as I felt completely consumed by the eerie setting, ominous goings-on, and engaging characters. And with a grippingly nail-biting ending, I couldn’t put this deliciously dark book down.

With a gothic atmosphere and a sinister hierarchy of power, the tension feels alluring and bewitching but also very menacing, and I wanted to indulge in it for a lot longer!

I was excited to read The Year of the Witching beforehand, but now I can’t wait even more!

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