Title: Tower of Dawn
Author: Sarah J. Maas
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*)