House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Another fabulous book by Maas. This woman can tell a story.
I liked almost everything about this book: the character growth, the new budding relationships among the side characters, the unexpected twists to the plot, the found-family trope. One of the things Maas excels in–and this book is no exception–is in creating side characters who are as fascinating or more than the protagonists. I think I am as much in love-or more actually-with Rune than Hunt and Ethan has turned out to be an amazing sidekick.
My only complaint is that there is really too many sex scenes. And actually it is not even the sex itself as the language Maas uses to describe it. Here’s a loving couple who are soulmates and never once do they refer to having sex with each other as making love. The F-word is always preferred and for an old linguist like me that word carries a crass, purely physical, even slightly animalistic meaning. At times it seemed as their feelings for each other were always described through a purely physical reaction. That said, I just began skimming over those parts and focused on the real good stuff. And there is a LOT of it.
No spoilers but holy crap that ending made me scream in surprise. Cannot imagine where Maas is going with this but I like it!