House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas

Book Synopsis

Book Details

Pages: 805

Genre: Fantasy

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

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.

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* Non-Spoiler Review*

Like many of us Crescent City fans, I waited with bated breath for the House of Sky and Breath instalment. Now that I have finally devoured this book like the hunger bookworm that I am, the aftermath has left me on the fence. While I adored House of Earth and Blood, this book left me a little indecisive.

Let me break down what I mean.

Firstly, there are too many characters points of view for my likely. While in the last book you had three (Bryce, Hunt and Ruhn if memory serves me correctly), this has five points of view! It made the story feel very jagged and it took me till almost halfway through the book to feel settled with the pace.

The next thing that bothered me a bit is the introduction to a load of supporting characters, some were valid such as Baxian and Celestina. Yet, at times I felt like they were added for the sake of having a situation arise which may help the storyline along.

These two points made the story feel a little rough around the edges and some characters made some decisions that seemed conflicting to what they have been described to believe or act. So it really made me question what this book’s actual purpose was, where we focusing purely on Bryce and Hunt or do these other characters actions are meant to also be a focal point.

You follow the gang as they end up trying to find a lost child by the name of Emile who is a supposed thunderbird, a fae who can control mass amounts of first light. This throws them into the world of the rebellion organisation Opheion, while that is happening there are multiple things going on in the background. As this is a non-spoiler review, I won’t mention any more of the plotline.

Overall, I did enjoy the story and the spice was ramped up a lot, so for those who found the first book a little challenging with the intimacy – Maas throws it out the window completely. I developed some fondness for some of the supporting characters. There twist at the end of fab and I thought there was some really good character progression with Ruhn, Tharion and Ithan. Otherwise, Maas did this book justice (even if it was a little longwinded) and I am now left craving more – her typical M.O.

Spice Rating: 5/6 – See my rating system here

Book Rating: 4/5

P.S. if you want my spoiler review thoughts then you can see my vlog where I basically brain dumped my thoughts

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