Book Reviews, YA fantasy

Tower of Dawn

Image result for tower of dawnTitle: Tower of Dawn

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book was a surprise. I didn’t think I’d like it so much. I predicted I’d rate it 3-4 stars. But NO. I rated it five whole stars. Because I had forgotten the amazingness of Sarah J. Maas’s books, I had forgotten how heart-stopping and mesmerising they are.

The beginning drew me in immediately, as I love all things kingdoms – kings, queens, princes and princesses. The world-building is absolutely fantastic in this book, as it is with all her books. The world-building is what knocks up an extra star for me. I love the world-building, I love the world, I love the kingdoms with all their own secrets and traditions. 

To be fair, there were quite a few bits, especially in the beginning, where I was bored. It was going on for too long. But as the book progressed there were less and less of those bits and more and more scenes where I was intrigued and even entertained. Which was a surprise to me because I didn’t think I’d like this book.

I really like Yrene. And I also really, really liked the world-building in the place where Tower of Dawn is set in. I love how there are two sides to the story – Chaol and Nesryn – and how they both separately and from different parts of the land – in completely contrasting and equally compelling ways – reveal spine-tingling secrets that might actually be the end of you.

I know some people have decided to stop with this series because of the romance. I know some people who initially stopped but then after reading reviews and things started to go ahead with it anyway and skip all the romance. I would suggest the latter.

With Sarah J. Maas, yes the romance is heavy which I find uncomfortable. But as a bookworm, I’m quite good at skipping scenes in books when I feel inclined too, and this is no exception. With Sarah J. Maas, when she writes the romance bits, she only writes the romance bits, I feel. So you won’t miss anything. 

Because despite the heavy romance (which is easily skippable) there are so many other amazing things about these books. The characters, the banter, the world-building, the epic and beautiful writing and the killer plot twists. I talk more about that in this post.

I, along with others, thought this book was just a side-story before reading it. I thought I could just skip it and move onto the finale. Having finished this book, I can assure you you cannot. You learn some essential information meant for the finale. This book, I feel, supplies the foundations in which the finale is going to be building upon. 

So if you ask me – I think skip the romance if you find it a problem and just dive right in so you can read the finale, because I think this series is at the very, very top of the list of YA fantasy, one of the golden crowns, and I personally don’t think it’s worth missing.

Speak soon! (and I just started Kingdom of Ash!! *squeals*)

12 thoughts on “Tower of Dawn”

  1. Thank you!!! Lol I’m still surprised but also not surprised considering it’s Sarah J. Maas! LOL ikr… but I think you should still read it and skip it 😉

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  2. I’m in the last 100 pages or so of Tower of Dawn and your review nailed everything that I was thinking! I almost didn’t read this book because I thought it would be a subplot, or not important, and now that I’m getting close to the end I can see the importance of this book and OH EM GEE!

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  3. I’m so glad it did – thank you for mentioning it it means a lot! 🙂 Same I actually was fully intending to skip it and then read Kingdom of Ash but a month before Kingdom of Ash’s release date I did a bit more research and loads and loads of people said it was not a subplot and that it was important and so I read it and yep! Ikr, it’s just gosh we made the mistake of judging any book by Sarah J. Maas before we had read it 😀 And I’m 3% through Kingdom of Ashes and OH GOSH it is already so good and I hadn’t realised how much I had missed these characters!

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  4. DEFINITELY. And I definitely think she has a bomb up her sleeve for Kingdom of Ash, which is going to blow everything out of proportion. Enjoy the ending of Tower of Dawn! 🙂

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