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The No.1 Sunday Times bestseller and sequel to the No.1 New York Times bestseller. Sarah J. Maas's sexy, groundbreaking CRESCENT CITY series continues with this second instalment.
Bryce Quinlan and Hunt Athalar have made a pact. As they process the events of the Spring they will keep things . platonic . until the Solstice. But can they resist when the crackling tension between them is enough to set the whole of Crescent City aflame?
And they are not out of danger yet. Dragged into a rebel movement they want no part of, Bryce, Hunt and their friends find themselves pitted against the terrifying Asteri - whose notice they must avoid at all costs. But as they learn more about the rebel cause, they face a choice: stay silent while others are oppressed, or fight. And they've never been very good at staying silent.
In this sexy, action-packed sequel to the No.1 bestseller House of Earth and Blood, Sarah J. Maas weaves a captivating story of a world about to explode - and the people who will do anything to save it.
Spiced with slick plotting and atmospheric world-building ... a page-turning delight ― Guardian
Sarah J. Maas does not disappoint in her first blockbuster for grown-ups . To be devoured with relish ― Daily Mail
A sweeping epic packed full of romance and adventure, House of Earth and Blood is a bold, brilliant opening chapter in what promises to be a spectacular new series from Maas ― Waterstones Best Books Pick 2020
Bryce Quinlan is a firecracker of a main character ― SciFi Now
Steamy! ― The Times Books to Read in 2022
Smouldering ― Waterstones, Books You Need to Read in 2022
- Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing (15 February 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 768 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1526625474
- ISBN-13 : 978-1526625472
- Dimensions : 15.3 x 5.3 x 23.3 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 578 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in Australia on 22 March 2022
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House of Sky and Breath features, but is not limited to, the following themes:
○ Adult fantasy
○ Plot twists
○ MAAS destruction
My overall rating for House of Sky and Breath is…
I can't even write a review right now, like I am that shook. I'm literally shaking, covered in goosebumps and CRYING! I am so excited for Crescent City 3! Ok, let's go back to the start though. I really enjoyed the flow of this sequel, it was so different to the first! House of Earth and Blood was huge but it is literally just a build up to THIS. I loved getting inside the heads of a few previously minor characters, their step up to mains caused an interesting mix to the pot, that will no doubt aid in continuing to stir up this insane plot. The revelations revealed in HoSaB were so intense, I don't even want to read another book until CC3 is here 😅 Overall, Maas is no longer the queen of plot twists but the GODDESS!
That ending! There are so many ways this can go!!! I’m so excited!!!!!
I will just add that there were so many points of views that at times it felt rushed and that important things were missed. Like tharion. Love him but a lot of his parts I felt were unnecessary and we could have used those for Bryce.
That’s probably the only thing that could pull this book down was too many povs - and I love multiple povs.
BRYCE!!! I absolutely love her and yea, I’m into Hunt. I wish he was real because I may be in love with a book character (which isn’t sad at all). BRYCE though… I think I love her more than Bryce! Like I want to be her friend and just hang out with her. I love her.
We return to Crescent City a few months after the events of the first book to find Bryce and Hunt still living together, having decided to wait for the upcoming solstice to fully solidify their romantic entanglement. But Bryce and Hunt’s dream of a long, happy and normal life together gets derailed when the war between the human rebels and the god-like Asteri ends up at their doorstep.
Beloved characters from the first book return with a whole host of new ones that both enrich the story and further the plot.
The ending will leave you reeling - longing for more - and long terms fans of Sarah’s work will be both shocked and surprisingly rewarded with the books jaw dropping cliffhanger of an ending.
House of Sky and Breath (Crescent City #2) is a must read of 2022 and every subsequent year thereafter.
I have read and loved all of her books. Her writing & imagination blow me away. The worlds she creates and the characters who inhabit them are really something very special.
I thoroughly enjoyed, the reading feast that was Book 1 in the Crescent City series.
So it was with a thrill of delight when I was finally able to read House of Sky and Breath!
It’s an understatement to say that I loved it.
It’s soooo good!! The characters are so real they may as well be walking all over the pages, and the plot! The plot is intensely wonderful, it takes a truly brilliant mind, with great vision to conjure a plot this amazing into being. Not to mention the plot twists! That ending!!
Sarah J Maas you blow my tiny mind in the most marvellous way.
The only down side to all of this next level 5 star fabulousness is the giant SJM sized hole left when the book ends.
Thankyou so very much for giving us this extraordinary book to read; I am at the edge of my seat, looking forward to discovering what happens in Book 3!
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Bryce is a formidable friend that I’d definitely love to have. I love that she screws up as much as hitting the mark. Some of the sex scenes have a delightful clumsiness to them, so it’s not all perfect romance and has a more real edge (despite it being utterly fictitious).
I have had to put this book down on occasion, not because it wasn’t captivating, more because I’ve had to process some of the twists or mentally preparing for the event that’s sure to tug at my emotions.
The climax of the book is heart wrenching and elating.
I am unbelievably excited for the next book! Congratulations Sarah J. Maas, this book is a triumph.
Ps I bought this in hard copy and kindle. No regrets - is it just me?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 February 2022
Ps I bought this in hard copy and kindle. No regrets - is it just me?
Sofie, is about to die with one vital piece of “information hidden in her head, information that could very well be the final piece of this war against the Asteri. The blow that could end it all” and so Bryce, Hunt and Ruhn try to unearth the corruption and the devastating truth that cost Danika her life in the last book and now Sofie in this story. This is not a spoiler as it happens in the first chapter but sets up a storyline that will continue well into the book.
As worlds collide and the Houses of Crescent City seek to take control, the treachery and danger takes us to the city ships of the queen’s court, the seven levels of hell and the orrery planet solar system as reluctant alliances are forged to prevent the Asteri taking control. However, with an order from the Asteri to lie low or endure a penalty of death, the crew must carve out a strategy where the stakes are high, the game is at a different level, and the people only too willing to betray the daughter of the King of the Autumn Court too numerous. Ignoring the request from her father to strengthen the alliance with the House of Avallen, by marrying Cormac, her cousin, Bryce is left isolated except for her lover and ‘mate’ Hunt and brother Ruhn.
Tormenting, imaginative, spellbinding, a fabulous case of brinkmanship, and totally immersive. A book I read over two days and up to ‘stupid o’clock’ in the morning to finish, because I hankered to know how it would all end, and what an ending it was - but no spoilers here!!!! And my advice is please do not read reviews that contain spoilers because the element of surprise will leave you speechless.