Tower of Dawn – Sarah J Maas

Posted 19 maart 2018 by Silke (boekinwonderland) in Reviews, SFF, YA / 1 Comment

Tower of Dawn – Sarah J Maas

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.

Tower of Dawn Series: Throne of Glass, #6
on September 5, 2017
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens Pages: 664
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Paperback

Review Tower of Dawn

Everybody knows how much I love Sarah J Maas writing. I devour her books, but that doesn’t mean I am blind to the sometimes problematic situations that present itself in her stories. I see them, I acknowledge them and I just enjoy the ride. Because a Sarah J Maas book is really quite a ride!

Tower of Dawn has been on my shelves since the release date in 2017. For some reason I kept putting it off. Not because I didn’t like Chaol. I know a lot of readers had quite a big aversion against him after some of the things that went down in previous books. I am not one of them… I never loved Chaol and I never hated him. He was just a bland character to me. Part of me was really excited to see if a whole book about him would chance my view on Chaol.

“I will cherish it always.
No matter what may befall the world.
No matter the oceans, or mountains, or forests in the way.” 

Well…. Let me tell you it didn’t. After 672 pages I still don’t have strong feeling regarding Chaol. I liked the idea of Tower of Dawn but I think it should have been a novella like Maas intended in the first place. For me the pacing of Tower of Dawn was completely off.

The last 172 pages of Tower of Dawn are filled with action, heartbreaking moments and breath catching revelations. The plot twists are thrown at you at roller coast speed. And made me realize why I love Maas her writing so much. But the rest of the book just lacks action or real emotions. It isn’t really engaging.

“The heart he’d offered and had been left to drop on the wooden planks of the river docks. An assassin who had sailed away and a queen who had returned.”

It certainly isn’t all bad. I absolutely loved the Arabian feel to this new part of the Throne of Glass world. It is completely different from anything we have ever encountered in this universe. On the other hand I really disliked the royal family. I understand what they needed to represent, but they just seemed like a bunch of 9 year olds fighting over a cookie. Except Shartaq, he and is non blood family really stole my heart. I can hardly wait to see more of him in the last installment in the series.

“No lady, beautiful or plain, young or old, deserved to be gawked at.” 

For me Tower of Dawn wasn’t about Chaol, it was about Yrene and Nesryn. I was thrilled to see Yrene return to the story and I think she is going to play a very important part in the final book. She is another very strong female character that has her own story to tell and won’t take crap from anybody. And then there was Nesryn, you really saw her grow throughout the story. Was she first was just Chaols shadow, she really became her own character.

If you want to continue with the series, you will have to read Tower of Dawn. To many things are revealed and a whole lot is set in motion for the last (hopefully epic) last installment of the series. The last 200 pages are really wonderful to experience as a reader and a fan, but the rest of the book is rather mediocre.

One response to “Tower of Dawn – Sarah J Maas

  1. Helemaal mee eens. Net als jij heb ik niets tegen Chaol maar ik kan mezelf ook niet omschrijven als een fan van dit personage. Als ik heel eerlijk ben deed hij me niet echt veel in de eerdere boeken. Ik heb Toren van de Dageraad met plezier gelezen maar voelde me ook het hele boek door een beetje bedrogen vermits ik echt dacht dat zijn perspectief zou afgewisseld worden met dat van de andere personages. Tja, dat is dan het nadeel van niets vooraf willen lezen uit schrik voor spoilers. Dan heb je totaal geen idee dat het een uitvoerige novelle is in plaats van het volgende deel in de reeks.

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