Review: Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

November 6, 2017 Review 10 ★★★★

Review: Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Source: Purchased
Pages: 432
Release Date: September 5th 2017
Series: Throne of Glass #6
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Romance, Young Adult
In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

Hold up. A Sarah J. Maas book I actually rated four stars and not five? Well, yes. But let me explain.

First of all, you need to know TOWER OF DAWN runs parallel to EMPIRE OF STORMS. It is not a sequel to EMPIRE OF STORMS. So remove the latter from your memory for a moment and go back to the ending of QUEEN OF SHADOWS. A little confusing, no?

Because of this somewhat different timeline change, and the fact that is revolves around Chaol while still being called “the next installment” and “Throne of Glass #6” I held a teeny tiny bit of resentment towards the way it was advertised. Still though, I went into TOWER OF DAWN with a fresh perspective and an open mind.

I do have to say that the writing was just as amazing as always – the pacing was great (but had a lot of set up) and the descriptions were beautiful and vivid without bogging the book down. However, I found the plot to be somewhat predictable. You see the romances that are going to develop from a mile away, and it never feels like any of the characters are in any true danger.

I didn’t experience any major feels in this book but it was addictive and entertaining. There were only two major twists, but only one that really affects the entire series going forwards. Which brings me to my next point: is TOWER OF DAWN a necessary addition?

Well, in my opinion, this is definitely a side story. It reminds me a lot of the novellas and how they just enhanced the story and world rather than adding crucial information to it that you would be lost without. Would I recommend it? Yes. Would you be missing out on a lot if you didn’t read it? Sadly, no.

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Rating Report
Overall: 4

10 Responses to “Review: Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas”

    • Alise

      I agree. I do think some people go into it with somewhat of a negative mindset already though just because it’s about Chaol. Throne of Glass, in general, is one of favorite series though!

    • Alise

      I know what you mean. I really liked this book but I think it would have been a bit better as a standalone or spin off and not a direct addition to the series. YESSSSS I can’t wait to see them again.

  1. Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    I’ve heard so many differing things about this book – it seems like people either love it or hate it, so I’m glad you enjoyed it so much. :) Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3
    Zoe @ Stories on Stage recently posted…Invictus

    • Alise

      Thank you! While I did like the book there were some things that did bother me a little but I think it’s worth a read still.

  2. Sarah June

    I really enjoyed this book! You are totally right about being able to see the relationships unfolding from a mile away! Anyways, great book review! I enjoyed reading ♡


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