Review: House of Sky and Breath (#2) by Sarah J Maas

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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.

It took me way too long to read this book. I’m talking like, over three months. I read around 150 pages in April, got distracted by a lot of other books on my tbr I needed to get through, and then finally managed to get back to reading in June. I must say though, from the very start of this book I was so happy to finally be back in this world and with Sarah J Maas’s writing.

I found House of Earth and Blood quite difficult to get through and it also took me a while to read (not quite 3 months though!). I did enjoy the second half a lot more, and that carried onto the second book, so I felt like it took me a much shorter time to get into the story itself.

Our love is stronger than time, greater than any distance.

I really like Bryce and Hunt and the best part of this book was definitely reading about their relationship. The sex scenes were okay but didn’t carry the same excitement as A Court of Silver Flames. I also just found their points of view just didn’t take up anywhere near enough of the book. Instead, we followed a variety of characters that changed frequently and were mostly male. This just isn’t what I see as Sarah J Maas’s trademark, and I really missed the female power and strength.

The plot itself was okay, but it also felt like there was so many elements (and so many characters) to remember, that some of it went over my head a little. But having heard so much about the ending, I was expecting to be blown out of the water, and I wasn’t wrong. The ending astounded me, and I can’t wait to pick up the next book now.

Our love spans across stars and worlds. I will find you again, I promise.

Overall, this one ended up being better in some areas than House of Earth and Blood, but I missed the focus on Bryce and Hunt. This series is definitely my least favourite of Maas’s, but I am excited for the next book after that ending!

4 out of 5 stars


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