Book Review | House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas (Crescent City #2)

Hey everyone,

I want to give a bit of a disclaimer about this blog post. I wrote this a couple of days after reading House of Sky and Breath, while some people have already finished the book and done vlogs and reviews already. I wanted to give it a month to post it incase there are people who have yet to finish it. It’s not a race to read a book but it is best to give people time to enjoy the work of Maas because we all know it will take another two years for the next book in the series. So this review will contain spoilers, so if you have read it let’s talk.

House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas

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.

Published: 15th February 2022

Publishers: Bloomsbury

Pages: 805

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Romance, New Adult

Goodreads Star Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Thoughts

First of all, I am so happy to be in the Crescent City world again even though it was a couple of days since I finished House of Earth and Blood. I had no idea what I thought the series would be like and now I cannot get enough of myself and want to read the other great works of Sarah J. Maas. I even ordered the ACOTAR series two days after finishing this book.

There were so many revelations throughout this book, Danika may be dead but somehow she keeps popping up like a pop-up book. I wasn’t surprised about Danika, while the reveal of who killed her was very satisfying to be known, her death had more meaning than just a drug. I had always felt that there was something more mysterious of Danika, she reminds me too much of the female character in those cops shows that hides so much about herself and when that character is gone, things open up and more things keep coming out. She may be dead but I feel that Maas would not make her a charcter to forget so quickly. I was easily surprised about her mate, that totally blindsided me about Baxian and yet now I want them to reunite in some form of way because I feel like it would be nice to have a closure on the character of Danika.

Speaking of closure, I would very much like SJM to stop hurting my emotions over Bryce and Hunt. While during the whole of the book, I felt very happy and in love that they were in love, I felt like I wanted a front row seat of their relationship and seeing them admitting how they feel was so great. I understand the importance of getting to know each other and waiting for Winter Solstice to know if their feelings for one another are genuine but the slow-burn of their sexual desire made me love them even more. I really liked how much of a great relationship Bryce and Hunt are, while Byrce is determined to find out how everything is connected and then there is Hunt who will follow her knows that there is no way to change her mind. I really loved when they both admitted their love and agreed to become mates. While the ending of the book gives me so much anxiety with wanting to know what happenes, I hope their reunion becomes more stronger and destructive.

The whole Sofie/rebels storyline, I didn’t think that the introduction to the human rebels would be explored so abruptly with the indication from Briggs in book 1, I felt that it would be explored later as a final boss moment but clearly Maas thought to focus on it. The Sofie situation was such an intriging aspect to discover, her contact with Danika, her contact with the other rebels and even Agent Silver which blew my mind when it was revealed who it was but while trying to connect the dots from Bryce’s side and learning about Sofie’s Thunderbird powers and her little brother being a target. This whole storyline had so many twist and turns, so many WTF moments that it is so hard to speak without blurting out everything. Just know that it will rack your brain to infinity and beyond, and I mean it.

The ending, WHAT! That ending, WTF! I literally had my mouth wide open after seeing that scene unfold, to see those words being spoken, to have my mind realise that this has become some fucking Marvel shit because it is all coming together and now we have to wait until her next book but we don’t know when it will come out. It seems like I was in the dark or something because there were scenes that were connecting to some of Maas’s other work and since I never read it, it didn’t click for me and now I am here with no other choice but to read the other series to know everything.

Ruhn storyline was great, I want him to be happy and I could not believe who Day was until it was revealed but I loved there shared moments together and also their strong intimate attraction to one another because I couldn’t believe that happened. It’s strange how much he has grown on me and I feel like I want more of him at the end of every chapter of his. I loved the addition of Tharion and Ithan in this book, I loved the exploration of Tharion and the River Queen while also loving the bromance that is happening in this book, is it just me who is seeing the bromance. I do have a possible theory endgame for Tharion and Ithan but I don’t want to say anything incase no one else is noticing it.

I am now out of things to talk about, this took me one hell of a rollercoaster and by the time I reached to the last page I felt lost and then realised that I had to go to work which was torture. I kept thinking back on the little moments and realise that it will be a while for the next book. I hope Maas releases another CC book next year because I feel like it needs to happen after leaving the book on that cliffhanger.

Have you read House of Sky and Breath? What did you think? Let’s talk xx

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