• House of Sky and Breath

  • Crescent City, Book 2
  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 27 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (11,033 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Sequel to the number one New York Times best seller!

Sarah J. Maas's sexy, groundbreaking Crescent City series continues with the second installment.

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 number one best seller 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.

©2022 Sarah J. Maas (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

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20 hr prologue to 7 hr book and 1 hr not-finale

Gah! It’s an Empire Strikes Back middle book, in both good and bad ways.

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I loved the first book, with its fresh, snarky and compelling urban fantasy story. For the first twenty hours of this book, I was captivated by the expanding cast of characters, especially the storylines which showed old characters in entirely new light. Enemies become friends, friends lose their way, and the politics of magic makes strange bedfellows indeed. I like that, in addition to following Bryce and Hunt, folks like Ruhn and Theron have stories interwoven into the greater story.

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This book was like The Big Bang of urban fantasy, with 20+ hours of ever expanding creatures, casts, plot, magic, technology, and magic. Everything from firebirds to necromancers to fawns to demons to harpies to dragons; guns to submarines to mech-suits; magic portals to healers to telepathy. It became hard to follow along and at some point I became desensitized. Storylines and characters abruptly drop off. For instance, we hear about Viktoria, Hunt’s ally, who got trapped at the bottom of the sea in book 1…
and then nothing. You’d think they’d make plans to rescue her, but no (maybe in the next 27 hr book).

Bryce and Hunt are starting to become Mary Sues. Bryce in particular picks up still more powers.
There’s a stellar supporting cast, yet they don’t do much except get bailed out by the dynamic duo.

Finally, I feel like this was a long, winding build up to a non-finale. Throughout the book there is hardly any action, then there’s a huge information dump in the final hour (where the baddies talk way too much given their supposed evil genius machinations), and then there’s zero resolution of anything. I went from being frustrated at the lack of explanation for the world, the magic, and the politics, to ten minutes of being jazzed at getting some answers, to being even more frustrated at the complete 180 in the final hour of this book. It went from The Big Bang to jumping through a black hole into a completely new storyline. Saying anything more would be spoiler-y, so I’ll just say that the twists will either make book 3 awesome or jump the shark. Given the number of loose threads, I’m worried.

Random thoughts
I am impressed at the number of strong women and LGBTQ players organically appearing (although the lack of racial diversity is odd, particularly with the gender diversity).

I dug the “frog boiling in water” vibe of a world pre-Holocaust, where ordinary people don’t speak up until it’s too late to fight. However, some of the cruelty and torture got pretty dark.

This series ventures farther from the author’s YA series and firmly into adult with drugs, language, and a lot of between the sheets action that, oddly enough, almost never actually occurs between the sheets.
I didn’t keep track, but there could have been a dozen naughty interludes … and not just for Bryce/Hunt. As a reader of both fantasy and romances, this was just peachy, but folks hoping for more YA or fade to black treatment may not like all the naughty bits.

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Amazing

Listened to the whole thing on 3× speed cuz I couldn't get enough. The spice? Perfect. The drama? Immaculate. The twists??? I was floored. I can't wait for more.

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Amazing

Omg it is so good, i wont give any spoilers but please read it at your soonest convienience

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Cliffhanger will kill me

i literally lost sleep over this and I don't know how to survive the wait for the next book. i need that next book. 😭

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Endured instead of enjoyed

Honestly, a lot of the writing felt sloppy. Danica seems like a convenient excuse to fix plot holes now, and the editors really could have tightened it up to where it was half the size. The ONLY reason I’m getting the next book when it comes out is because of the last few chapters, but even then I’ll probably get the physical copy so I can skim/skip the annoying sections.

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Least Favorite SJM book

Hate to say it but this book was just fillers until the last 8 chapters. I can normally get hooked, I struggled and forced myself to listen/read. A one time read is all I need for this book, but excited to see what the futures hold. Hope SJM didn't feel rushed and that's why this book was so lacking, hope we don't rush her future books either.

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It was okay

I LOVE Sarah J. Maas. This book wasn’t on a level with her other writing. The number of characters and perspectives kept the story from flowing smoothly. Lots of filler. I’m assuming that some of the seemingly pointless parts of the book were giving information and laying the groundwork for what will happen in the next book. I had been waiting anxiously for this to come out, but the only part of the book that was really riveting was the last two hours of the 24.

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Amazing!!!!

Wow all I can say is Wow!! This book was amazing! SJM can build a story like no other!

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Lower your expectations

This book was overall a bit of a let down. There was SO much filler dialogue, very little that actually happened and Danika continually being a part of the story is a bit of a rip off. Plus, for me I was beyond annoyed at the amount of sarcasm the main characters had, especially when dealing with beings that are feared and avoided at all costs. I hope the next book makes up for this, what a disappointment.

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Mind Blowing

How does someone put into words the amazing epicness that unfolds in this book?
Mind officially & epically blown!

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  • Choklad
  • 09-16-22

Cliffhanger

Warning! Cliffhanger ending. Might be better to read it when the next book is already out.

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  • cora halloran
  • 08-30-22

Epic

Just epic found the first book a bit hard to get imersed in, once I got going it did not dissapoint a guaranteed epic adventure, can't wait for book 3

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-17-22

Wonderful

Couldn't have asked for a better second book in a new favorite series. An exciting and enchanting story to listen to. Very well narrated by a comforting and talented voice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-18-22

so much hope, but

i loved the first book and cried my eyes out at the end. so I went into this book with so much hope. So, where to start...
Overall a great book, a great story (even if a bit to long) and a bit of a plot twist in the end. But somehow, I ended up being fed up with bryce. I truly didn't like her in the end, or hunt for the matter. But sjm side characters and their story keeps me going. And I will the next one without a doubt! maybe this book just have the second curse, and the next one will absolutely blown me away.

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  • Britt
  • 06-08-22

Can't wait for the next one!

I love crescent city for its mix between fantasy and modern times and criminal investigations.
This one has a lot of world building and we get to know the team more which I enjoyed. Sj maas really knows how to write a complicated plot and I'm here for it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-31-22

Awesome!

That book is just amazing. I am in awe of the worlbilding. And so intense...

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  • GoLeVic
  • 05-18-22

Masterful and Captivating

Honestly - the teaser to this book is so unexciting I almost didn’t start listening.
Trusting the author however I did give it a try - and my trust wasn’t disappointed! More to the contrary!
This is a thrilling story, sending the characters we love on a journey of unexpected plot twists to find the truth of their world.
This is a story full of light, love, friendship and darkness.
For my taste, there could have been a few fewer passionate sex scenes - but maybe I am just too prude.

The only real downside:
The book ends on a cliffhanger (one that drops your jaw and leaves a very big !!? over your head)
Having listened to it in May 2022 - I now have to wait for almost a year to find out how the story continues..

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  • Lisa
  • 05-04-22

Loved it.

Went in a different direction to where I thought it was going to but I enjoyed every minute of it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-24-22

Let's pretend that this never happened.

I've read the first book and then decided to use audible for a recap. I appreciated the twist that the narrator gave to the characters.
The narrator is still great in this one but the story not so much. Maas does have a record for writing good books and then totally ruining the next in line. Of course she had to do it again. Disappointing.

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  • lizzie
  • 04-03-22

All Hail Elizabeth Evans and SJM

absolutely loved it. dream team of Elizabeth Evans and Sarah J Maas once again !!