Review: Tower of Dawn – Sarah J. Maas

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Throne of Glass #6

SYNOPSIS: A glorious empire . . .
A desperate quest . . .

Chaol Westfall and Nesryn Faliq have arrived in the shining city of Antica to forge an alliance with the Khagan of the Southern Continent, whose vast armies are Erilea’s last hope. But they have also come to Antica for another purpose: to seek healing at the famed Torre Cesme for the wounds Chaol received in Rifthold.

After enduring unspeakable horrors as a child, Yrene Towers has no desire to help the young lord from Adarlan, let alone heal him. Yet she has sworn an oath to assist those in need—and will honor it. But Lord Westfall carries shadows from his own past, and Yrene soon comes to realize they could engulf them both. – via Goodreads

Dude. The kick in the goddamn teeth this book was! I finished Empire of Storms and literally grabbed this because sweet baby Jesus, I needed to know what was next! What a cliffhanger! And then this! Let’s start with there was nothing about anyone except Chaol and Nesryn and the goddamn Southern Continent! And it was freaking boring! Argh!

So we have journeyed all this way with Chaol and Nesryn, two characters whom I don’t particularly love, following the events of Queen of Shadows, and ugh. That really is all I have. This book drags on forever and ever, taking us to the Southern Continent for Chaol and Nesryn to wrangle an army for Aelin back home. What we get is a whole new world I wasn’t particularly keen on, and a family in mourning that took forever. Also, a ton of pages dedicated to Chaol healing, and his interactions with Yrene. Like, they are suited for one another in the sense that they are both bland and so… holier-than-thou. I swear, Yrene is the most annoying, self righteous woman ever. It frustrated me endlessly to read bout her like I am supposed to like her or something. Pfffff. She just thinks she is amazing and Maas took some pains to setup like she is supposed to be an important character later and I swear, I don’t have it in me to read much about her.

I also really didn’t like the world set up in Tower of Dawn. I don’t know, there was just much of it I didn’t like. I didn’t like the kingdom, how it was set up, nothing. Also, Chaol is also the only character that can have heat build with someone and then deliver the most unsatisfying union at the end of it. Both with Celaena in Throne of Glass, and again here with Yrene.

Seriously, Tower of Dawn could have been a damned novella and told the same story. Instead I waded through more than 600 pages of characters I didn’t like, in a setting I didn’t like, and I couldn’t be assed because all the freaking action was not here. This book did not merit as many pages as it got, and I didn’t love it. I particularly didn’t like Yrene Towers, and I am definitely not excited about her turning up in the next book. Meh. I suppose it is not the worst book I have ever read, but it is offensive if compared with the rest of the series. I can see I will not be going back to this one on reread.