House of Sky and Breath (Crescent City #2) – Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages: 805
Release Date: February 15, 2022

Haven’t read the first book, House of Earth and Blood? Check out my review HERE!

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.

In this sexy, action-packed sequel to the #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.


This review is going to be short because of spoilers. There is almost no way to talk about this book without talking about what happened at the end. So, my review will be SPOILER-FREE because I feel for those who were spoiled. Such a shitty way to experience this book. Any spoilers will be marked with a spoiler tag. Check out my Goodreads review to see some spoilery thoughts!

House of Sky and Breath continues to widen Midguard as a world while focusing on developing the primary and secondary characters. Honestly, there isn’t a character I dislike in this series. Every time the POV switched, I was genuinely curious and delighted to continue reading. Ruhn is obviously a stand out. I enjoyed him in the first book, but he really blossomed in HOSAB SPOILER

What I enjoy most about Crescent City is how fantasy heavy it is, even when it does a disservice to itself by almost biting off more than it could chew. Almost. This world is vast and far reaching will all manner of fantastical beings all of which have their own hierarchies and rules. Maas’ writing is impeccable as she weaves together basic world building information into the story making it interesting and important to the events the characters are directly dealing with and future storylines. There’s a specific moment that harkens back to the first novel that showcases Maas’ planning SPOILER. This foreshadowing and attention to detail is chef’s kiss.

The one criticism I can levy to House of Sky and Breath is in regards to Bryce and Danika’s friendship. Just like House of Earth and Blood, Bryce continues to question her friendship with Danika as more information is revealed. I both enjoy and dislike this because Bryce and Danika’s friendship is at the heart of these novels and one of the reasons I love House of Earth and Blood so much. SPOILER

Overall, House of Sky and Breath is action packed as Maas further develops the world and characters then brings it all home in an ending to end all endings.


Have you read House of Sky and Breath? What did you think?

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