Book Review: House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Mass

Sarah J. Maas has done it again with the sequel to her smash hit House of Earth and Blood. House of Sky and Breath draws readers back into the enchanting world of Crescent City for another epic fantasy adventure. As a devoted Sarah J. Maas fan, I’ve been eagerly anticipating this book. And it exceeded all my high expectations.

House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Mass

TitleHouse of Sky and Breath
AuthorSarah J. Mass
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Romance
Publication DateFebruary 15, 2022
Length768 pages

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Picking Up Where We Left Off

House of Sky and Breath picks up not long after the events of the first book. Bryce is still reeling from the earth-shattering revelations about her past and her connection to powerful magic. Meanwhile, the sexy fallen angel Hunt Athalar is grappling with his own dark history.

Their undeniable chemistry continues to simmer. But Bryce and Hunt both have inner demons to battle. I loved seeing their complicated relationship deepen in this book. Maas strikes the perfect balance between scorching romantic tension and vulnerable emotional intimacy.

New Twists and Turns

Fans of the first book will be pleased to see our favorite characters return. The snarky gargoyle Ruhn and protective wolf shifter Danika are back providing moments of levity and fierce loyalty.

As Bryce and Hunt dive back into solving supernatural murders, they uncover new foes and new mysteries. The plot expands in exciting ways, introducing unpredictable twists and revelations I never saw coming. Maas weaves clever clues sprinkled throughout so the story comes together in very satisfying ways. The pacing is fast but smooth.

Vivid World Building

Once again I was blown away by the fantastical world Maas has created in Crescent City. This book expands on the places, cultures, magic systems, creatures and technology introduced in book one. Everything feels distinctly layered and richly imagined.

For example, we get to visit the opulent Court of Dreams where the powerful Asteri Fae reside. Maas’ vivid descriptions of the court’s glittering towers and political intrigues transported me right into the scenes. I love how she continues to unveil new aspects of this magical world with each book.

Character Growth

While the action and adventure kept me hooked, the characters are truly the heart of this series. It’s fascinating to see Bryce and Hunt grow and change as individuals in this book. They each face personal demons from their pasts and make hard choices about who they want to become.

Bryce comes into her powers in new ways yet struggles with the responsibility of her magic. Hunt opens his heart more but still grapples with guilt over past sins. Maas does a stellar job evolving these beloved characters while staying true to their cores. Their emotional journeys gripped me just as much as the exciting plot.

Why I Became Invested

Simply put, I adore these books because I feel connected to the characters and invested in their lives, romances, and struggles. Maas has a gift for making us care deeply about these people. I tear up at the emotional scenes and swoon over the steamy ones. I couldn’t put House of Sky and Breath down!

Of course, I appreciate the sweeping fantasy elements – the riveting action, imaginative world, and sinister intrigue. But the characters give the series its soul. We root for Bryce and Hunt’s success not just because they’re cool and have magic powers but because we know them as people. Their vulnerability makes them relatable, even amid these epic adventures.

Overall, I savored every moment reading. House of Sky and Breath enthralled me from start to finish. Sarah J. Maas has crafted another masterpiece of fantasy. This book left me eager for more stories set in Crescent City!


  • Paula Davis

    Paula Davis is a dedicated and seasoned content writer for Dreaming and Reading, where she brings her extensive knowledge and passion for literature to a wide audience of fellow book enthusiasts. With the heart of a true bookworm, Paula has immersed herself in the literary world, devouring approximately 50 books annually for the last 15 years. This impressive reading habit has not only provided her with immense joy but has also significantly honed her expertise, experience, authoritativeness, and trustworthiness in the realm of book reviews. Her insightful and well-crafted reviews reflect her deep understanding and appreciation of various genres, offering valuable guidance to readers in search of their next great read. With a finger always on the pulse of the latest literary releases, Paula Davis is a trusted voice and a go-to source for book recommendations and reviews.

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