I really enjoyed aspects of Tower of Dawn – especially the setting. As usual, Sarah J. Maas writes really well, and brings her world to life brilliantly. Her characters are vividly drawn and sympathetic, and the plot is very clever, with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing.
This novel is a deviation from the main plot – following Chaol and Nesryn’s journey to seek support for the cause to the north, and find a cure for his paralysis. I didn’t have a problem with this, as it was enjoyable to get a break from Aelin’s story.
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.
My favorite bits:
– The setting: loved the empire with its distinct, believable culture
– The section set in the mountains and the Darghul Fells … pretty exciting!
– The writing: it just flows and is easy to get swept away
– The big reveals near the end … although I’d kind of guessed most of them, but it was exciting nonetheless
– The scene when the princess gets dumped in the pool … she definitely had it coming!
My least fav bits:
– The mid-point: the story dragged a little in the middle, too much talking and too little action for my liking
– The romances: I adore a good love story, but both of the romances in this story didn’t grab me. Not to go into too much detail here, to avoid spoilers, but one of the romances was a bit underwhelming, lacking tension, and the other was a overplayed … and just went on and on. Romance is difficult to get right, especially in an action-driven Epic Fantasy, but done well it can really lift the story…
Despite these niggles though, I really enjoyed returning to the vivid world of Sarah J. Maas, and can’t wait for the next book!
**** Four stars