Book: Tower of Dawn
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult / New Adult Fantasy
Rating: ★★★ (3.5 STARS)
THIS REVIEW CONTAIN SPOILERS
Oh, my… I thought I was going to love this book. I liked it but it wasn’t my favorite.
I’m always happy when Sarah J. Maas releases a new book. I must say, when I read the synopsis of this book and I realized it was only about Chaol, I was a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I think it was necessary to have a book about Chaol because he didn’t appear in Empire of Storms for reasons I won’t share here because maybe some of you haven’t even read Queen of Shadows. But Chaol isn’t one of my favorite characters in this series so, I don’t really care about what happens to him. However, I have to say that I learned to like him while reading Tower of Dawn.
There was only one thing that made me give this book 3.5 stars, and it was Nesryn Faliq. Don’t get offended if you love her, but I’ve been trying to like her since Queen of Shadows but I can’t. I thought I was going to learn to like her like I did with Manon, but nope, it’s not happening. This book had tons of chapters from her PoV, and they were boring… at least for me. Like I said, I don’t care about her so for me was boring to read about her, and half of the book was about her. The only thing about her chapters that I liked was the new information we got about Maeve and the Valg.
Actually, two things. I didn’t like the way Sarah J. Maas wrote about Chaol’s disability. I think that specific part was written poorly. I believe there was a lot of things left to explain, and also, he was treated like he couldn’t do anything just because he was in a wheelchair which is totally wrong and discriminatory.
Now onto the things I loved…
Yrene! Oh, my sweet Yrene. I loved her so much. I remember when I read The Assassin’s Blade, the novella I loved the most was “The Assassin and the Healer”. Yrene is such a powerful and strong woman, and I’m so glad we got the chance to read more about her in this book. I’m just so amazed by that girl. Every chapter from her PoV was so effing good. She’s so humble and simple… oh man, I love her so much.
“I will cherish it always.
No matter what may befall the world.
No matter the oceans, or mountains, or forests in the way.”
The new romances were predictable. When I started reading those first scenes between Chaol and Yrene, and those between Sartaq and Nesryn, I said… oh, oh. However, I was happy because I didn’t like Nesryn and Chaol together. I think their relationship -if you can call it that- was something forced. It was like “I don’t have no one else in my life so let’s be together and have sex”, and I didn’t like that, it wasn’t healthy. They both needed to share their life with someone they actually cared about, and I’m happy they finally found their soulmates.
“He didn’t understand-how she could be so delicate, so small, when she had overturned his life entirely. Worked miracles with those hands and that soul, this woman who had crossed mountains and seas.”
Like I said before, I didn’t like Chaol. My favorite has always been Dorian, well, he still is. However, I learned to like him in this book. I think what made me like him was reading about his emotional journey. Actually, I compare this book with Heir of Fire and here’s why:
1. In Heir of Fire, Aelin was going through her emotional journey. Chaol went through his emotional journey in Tower of Dawn.
2. In Heir of Fire, Aelin found her soulmate. Chaol found his soulmate in Tower of Dawn.
3. Aelin and Chaol had a big character development in Heir of Fire and Tower of Dawn.
4. Rowan disliked Aelin in Heir of Fire. Yrene couldn’t stand Chaol in Tower of Dawn. Both developed feelings for Aelin and Chaol.
I don’t know if you guys realized those things, but as soon as I started reading Tower of Dawn, I felt some Heir of Fire vibes so I had to share my thoughts with you. However, those vibes weren’t bad at all, and they didn’t make me like the book any less. For me, it was good to read how Chaol healed himself emotionally even though it was like Aelin in Heir of Fire, but who cares? It was good.
“Every step. Every curve into darkness. Every moment of despair and rage and pain. It had led him to precisely where he needed to be. Where he wanted to be.”
As I said before, one of the good things of this book was getting new information about Maeve and the Valg. I think it was important to finally know a little more about her because we didn’t know as much as we wanted to. As you may know, I hate
that bitch Maeve but I’m afraid of what she’s capable of and this book made me feel terrified of her. I just wish she dies in the next and final installment of this series (sorry not sorry).
Overall, I think it was a good book. The writing style was good as always and it was fast-paced. I do think that it could’ve been a shorter book but, you all know Sarah J. Maas. I didn’t like Nesryn, her chapters were boring, but that’s my personal opinion so don’t feel offended. I did love the Ruqhins, the Tower, and the healers. The Tower felt like such a nice place that I know I would love to visit if it existed. Finally, we have gay (or bi?) characters. That is something that improved this series.
The ending was nice and cute so, I was surprised because Sarah J. Maas always breaks my heart with her endings. Well, the happy ending didn’t last because I saw another chapter called “Fireheart” and YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE MY SWEET AELIN. I read those two
fucking pages and I was sobbing. Now we have to wait a year for the final book, and I’m so impatient. I NEED TO READ ABOUT AELIN RIGHT NOW. I NEED THAT BOOK. PLEASE AND THANK YOU.
Obviously, I recommend this book if you want to continue this series because there’s a lot of important information that you may want to know before reading the final book.
Let me know your thoughts about this book in the comments. Have you read this series? Which is your favorite book? Favorite ship? I’d love to know.
Thank you so much for reading. Until next time, xoxo.