Review: House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas


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.

Favorite Lines:

“Our love is stronger than time, greater than any distance. Our love spans across stars and worlds. I will find you again, I promise.”

“But wherever you’re headed when this life is over, Quinlan, that’s where I want to be, too.”

“If you’re looking for How Not to Be an Asshole, it’s shelved between Bye, Loser and Get the Fuck Out.”

My Opinion:

This is the second book in Sarah J. Maas’ Crescent City series. It picks up shortly after the end of the first book, House of Earth and Blood and we see how the city is healing from the aftermath of what happened in the first book. I wasn’t sure what direction Maas was going to take this and I have to say, I was definitely surprised. If you are a fan of Maas like I am, you are familiar with her story weaving and enjoyment of Easter eggs. In her other series, there are talks of other worlds and Easter eggs that further theories that all the series are connected in some way. This book is the first book to REALLY explore that (more than the KoA Easter egg). I’m not spoiling anything, you will see. House of Sky and Breath is full of romance, action, and mystery. While you might think you know who is who and what is going to happen next, Maas still does a good job at keeping you on your toes.

I do have to say, while the story telling and world building in this series is amazing, I still find it lackluster compared to Maas’ other series. That being said, the end of this book almost makes up for all of that. Don’t skip to the end and spoil it for yourself but when you get there, your mind will be blown!


Overall, Maas is one of my favorite authors and I have to say that while I did enjoy this book, I would still place this series third out of her three series. If you like action, fantasy, adventure, romance, and all things fae then this book (and series) is for you. Happy reading!


House of Sky and Breath