Fantasy, romance

Magical Readathon – House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas

Genre: adult fantasy, romance, mystery

The synopsis

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.

The review

I don’t know why I’m keeping to think and writing everywhere House of Sky and Earth but I’ll try to avoid the mistake 😂

I both thanked the March prompt (Fight a Wizard – Rating over 4.3 stars) and hated it, since it gave me an excuse to read a book by one of my favourite authors while putting another chunky book on my March TBR.

It’s no surprise if I say that I absolutely loved this sequel. The most surprising thing to me was how different it is from the first book. I feel the latter was really to present us the characters, the magic system and the world, to launch the action and build the base for everything that’s coming.

I was happy to see Bryce, Ruhn, Hunt and all the others again and to learn more about them while meeting new characters. The relationship between Bryce and Hunt is blossoming along the ones of several characters, and they all bring something to the plot, or will probably have an impact on the future plot. By the way, I really hope Ruhn will not be stubborn and will forgive his love interest, who clearly deserves a healthy relationship and a bit of calm.

I loved the dynamic between Bryce and Hunt, full of respect, and the harmony and balance between them. You can really see how their personalities complement each other and sometimes clash. They are not either the heroes that will not hesitate to save the world despite the danger but rather will try to see the potential costs of their involvement (that is much more logical than all these characters running towards the danger without thinking about the safety of their family and friends) and will involve themselves often for personal reasons or because of the circumstances.

In brief: I hope this series will continue to be as good as it is currently! It’s quite different from Sarah J. Maas’s other series, even though I loved how she’s building parallels to make them meet! I can’t wait for the next book even though it’s stressing me out given the end of this one.

My rating: 5/5


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