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. 


Title : House of Sky and Breath
Author : Sarah J. Maas
Series : Cresent City #2
Format : Physical
Page Count : 804
Genre : Urban Fantasy-ish
Publisher : Bloomsbury
Release Date : February 15, 2022

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★


Micky’s 4 star review

Headlines:
Well Hel
Maas with those final signature chapters
Secrets revealed (just not in my review)

I’m going to say nothing about the plot in this book and a little about the characters and feels. This was a solid sequel in the Cresent City series, a little long for me with some lulls in the middle but as Maas always does, she foreshadows you in the penultimate chapters and then sets off a plot-bomb. I am happy with any plot-bomb, it makes for gripping reading.

It was satisfying for any Hunt-Bryce fans to see life post-book one. Their dynamic remained engaging, chemistry-laden and endearing in lots of ways. The characters around them were strong and some like Ruhn, I’d like a book on, please. I enjoyed Ithan, Hypaxia, Celestina but I cared less for Cormac, Juniper and Therion. The baddies were a-plenty and well written.

The plot and the knots that eventually tie everything together were very Maas-typical in some ways but equally rather unpredictable at times. I puzzled over some aspects until the penny dropped. The reveals were pretty great towards the end. Talking of ends…that has to be the best of hers yet that I’ve read.

Sign me up for book three with hype glitter on.

A COURT OF SILVER FLAMES by Sarah J. Mass

Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she’s struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can’t seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.

The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre’s Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta’s orbit. But her temper isn’t the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.

Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.

Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other’s arms.


Title : A Court of Silver Flames
Author : Sarah J. Maas
Series : ACOTAR #4
Format : e-book
Page Count : 757
Genre : Fantasy Romance
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date : February 16, 2021

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★


Micky’s 5 star review

Headlines:
Prickly characters
Fighting for yourself
Sisterhood in found family form

In no suprise to anyone, I adored this book from front to back. In complete surprise to me, no-one, not one person on SM spoiled this book and considering the significant cross-series storylines that were key in this, I am shocked and delighted.

In some ways, Nesta and Cassian brought something that Feyre and Rhysand didn’t bring (even though I do love that pairing). Nesta was a prickly as a cactus and that wasn’t an easy fix. Cassian was an overall less problematic male character, more supportive, less alpha and an overall good guy without hidden issues.

Nesta made this story but what enhanced this story was the beautiful found family in Emerie and Gwyn. This threesome and what they strived to achieve and why, was such a fabulous storyline. I wasn’t once bored, I didn’t once skim a line, on full reading engagement.

There’s probably not much I can add to the many reviews of this book out there, only to say that I am fulfilled, I will re-read and Maas can bring me more anyday.

HOUSE OF EARTH AND BLOOD by Sarah J. Maas

Bound by blood.
Tempted by desire.
Unleashed by destiny.

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom—and the power of love.


Title : House of Earth and Blood
Author : Sarah J. Maas
Series : Cresent City #1
Format : library/audio
Page Count : 803
Genre : Fantasy
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date : March 3, 2020

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★


Micky’s 4 star review

This wasn’t a flawless book from Maas but my, does she know how to wrap your attention around her little finger. HOEAB was a book that required your attention and commitment to get through the first 25% of info dump and some narrative passages that seemed superfluous. However, from that point on, the characters had embedded themselves on my psyche and I was a willing captive to their stories.

Told from the perspective of half-fae-human Bryce, this was about a journey of death, grief, loss and the fight for justice. It felt like a fantasy-thriller if there is such a genre. Bryce and her foisted upon partner, Hunt Athalar, were the investigators of a two-year-old murder. That murder led them into a complex tale involving species of magical creatures and other worlds.

It was an incredibly twisty tale, some of the twists I saw coming and others I didn’t. I can honestly say that for the final quarter of the book, I was pumping adrenaline, taking little breaks and pulling my hair at the angst. The way the story’s intricacies finally interconnected was very clever and reminded me why Maas is a master storyteller.

The chemistry between the two main characters was a different experience to my knowledge of Maas’ previous writing. This was a slow burn from hate to friendship and then more. The on-page steam was very limited, a surprise to me and maybe others considering this was in adult genre. I would say that genre classification comes from the violence and gore constantly on the page.

Maas has pulled me well and truly into her new world, I enjoyed this suspenseful and thrilling hunt for answers and I cannot wait to read more in this series.

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