Review: House of Sky and Breath - Vilma Iris | Lifestyle Blogger

Sarah J. Maas’s sexy, groundbreaking CRESCENT CITY series continues with the
second installment.

Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar are trying to get back to normal-they may have saved Crescent City, but with so much upheaval in their lives lately, they mostly want a chance to relax. Slow down. Figure out what the future holds.

The Asteri have kept their word so far, leaving Bryce and Hunt alone. But with the rebels chipping away at the Asteri’s power, the threat the rulers pose is growing. As Bryce, Hunt, and their friends get pulled into the rebels’ plans, the choice becomes clear: stay silent while others are oppressed, or fight for what’s right. And they’ve never been very good at staying silent.

In this sexy, action-packed sequel to the #1 bestseller House of Earth and Blood, Sarah J


Crescent City

Book 2

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Fantasy / Romance

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Review: House of Sky and Breath
By Sarah J. Maas

Review: House of Sky and Breath

“Hunt’s voice was a thunderclap as he said behind her, “Light it up, Bryce.”

Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar navigate the aftermath of saving Crescent City, while the rebellion against the Asteri intensifies—in Sarah J. Maas’ HOUSE OF SKY AND BREATH.

With this second highly anticipated installment, Maas deepens the story, revealing the darker, more insidious underpinnings of Midgard and the characters who inhabit it.

After everything that transpired in HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD, Bryce and Hunt yearn for normalcy, but as expected, they can’t help but be pulled into trouble.

Bryce continues to struggle with new truths about Danika, all while she, Hunt and their friends are pulled into the intensifying rebellion against the Asteri.

As the story unfolds, we learn more about Bryce’s Starborn heritage, and about Midgard as a whole, opening the arc of the series to broader narratives and decisively shaping what’s to come.

While Maas’ has an impressive knack for penning long books which are easily devoured, I sometimes felt the 800+ pages of this one—likely exacerbated by the many narratives she wove throughout. Ironically, however, one of my favorite aspects of the book was the runway she gave to characters like Ruhn, Tharion, Ithan, Flynn, and Declan, who proffered nuanced storylines shaped by themes of identity, internal conflict, friendship, and redemption. Their development imbued heart in the story, anchoring its emotional center in a way I didn’t expect.

With plot twists and reveals aplenty, Maas’ masterfully maintains the tension throughout, buoying the storyline with humorous banter and searing chemistry. And speaking of chemistry, this second book is irrefutably steamier. Personally, it’s the vivid world building and thoughtful intricacy that draw me in. I’m always in awe of Maas’ imagination and she significantly expands the world in exciting ways in SKY AND BREATH.

Lastly, while I thought this was a fantastic installment in the series, the end of this book elicited a very loud OHMYGOD with a single, game-changing line. I was totally breathless—its shocking finale leaving me desperate for the next book. Moments like that one are what make me a forever reader of Maas. Counting the days…

“Our love is stronger than time, greater than any distance. Our love spans across stars and worlds.”

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