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House of Flame and Shadow ♦ Sarah J. Maas | Review

A Masterpiece of Tension, Depth, and Unputdownable Prose

Sarah J. Maas’s House of Flame and Shadow, the third book in the enthralling Crescent City series, is a triumph of fantasy literature deserving of its five-star rating. Maas once again demonstrates her mastery of storytelling, building a complicated tapestry of magic, intrigue, and emotion that had my attention from beginning to end.

House of Flame and ShadowHouse of Flame and Shadow by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Crescent City (E) #3
Published: 30. January 2024
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages: 838
Genre: Fae, High Fantasy, Magic, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance
Audience: Adult
Shelve: Read 2024
Link to Goodreads

Bryce Quinlan never expected to see a world other than Midgard, but now that she has, all she wants is to get back. Everything she loves is in Midgard: her family, her friends, her mate. Stranded in a strange new world, she’s going to need all her wits about her to get home again. And that’s no easy feat when she has no idea who to trust.

Hunt Athalar has found himself in some deep holes in his life, but this one might be the deepest of all. After a few brief months with everything he ever wanted, he’s in the Asteri’s dungeons again, stripped of his freedom and without a clue as to Bryce’s fate. He’s desperate to help her, but until he can escape the Asteri’s leash, his hands are quite literally tied.

In this sexy, breathtaking sequel to the #1 bestsellers House of Earth and Blood and House of Sky and Breath, Sarah J. Maas’s Crescent City series reaches new heights as Bryce and Hunt’s world is brought to the brink of collapse—with its future resting on their shoulders.

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House of Flame and Shadow ♦ Sarah J. Maas

A Review


One of the novel’s most notable qualities is Maas‚ flawless integration of each supporting character’s little difficulties into the larger storyline. Whether it’s Tharion’s internal struggles, Ruhn and Lidia’s challenges, or the hardships of the loving wolf pup, each subplot adds depth and richness to the story, making Crescent City’s universe feel extremely vibrant and alive.

At the core of the tale is Bryce Quinlan, our heroine who always plays the high card without knowing what would happen next. This trait of hers imbues the story with palpable tension, keeping readers on the edge of their seats as they eagerly await the outcome of her risky decisions.

Furthermore, Hunt Athalar, Bryce’s mate and the Umbra Mortis, is tortured in the Asteri’s dungeon once more, adding a degree of emotional depth to the plot that is both painful and captivating. Maas handles his suffering with care and nuance, emphasizing her characters‘ vulnerability and reminding us of the cost of war and warfare.

Maas‚ writing style in House of Flame and Shadow is really captivating. Her style is fluent and engrossing, bringing readers to the heart of the plot and settings and keeping them there until the very end. Despite its length of 830+ pages, I found myself unable to put the book down.



In the end, House of Flame and Shadow is a masterful work of fantasy literature that succeeds on all levels. With its brilliant storytelling, well-developed characters, and magnificent prose, this work belongs on every fantasy fan’s bookshelf. I can’t recommend it enough, and I’m looking forward to the next installment in this outstanding series.

Crescent City

The Series

House of Earth and Blood (#1)House of Sky and Breath (#2)
House of Flame and Shadow (#3) in planning

About Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas ist eine Nr. 1 der New York Times und internationale Bestsellerautorin der Serien Crescent City, A Court of Thorns and Roses und Throne of Glass. Ihre Bücher wurden mehr als zwölf Millionen Mal verkauft und erscheinen in siebenunddreißig Sprachen. Sarah stammt aus New York und lebt mit ihrem Mann, ihrem Sohn und ihrem Hund in Philadelphia.

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