Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6)
Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Tower of Dawn is happening concurrently with Empire of Storms. Chaol and Nesryn have gone to Antica which is not on the map in the beginning of the book but the in southern continent. They have gone to heal Chaol’s back as well as ask the king to join forces to defeat Erawan.
Let me begin by saying that is book is 660 fucking pages.
Secondly, Maas spends 400 pages developing a romance and about 200ish pages on the actual story.
Considering the fact that there is A LOT going on in this story with the wydkeys and the Valg and faeries and the wyverns and now we have ruks and SIX NEW MAIN CHARACTERS and Brannon and Mab & Mora and Maeve and a new continent which means new world building and that owl symbol on the cover and OH MY GOD!!! I feel like Maas is trying to write a Game of Thrones epic type story but she’s not doing a good job. The story is too convoluted and the strategy to kill the Valg and Erawan is too complicated and I still don’t know how to do it. I know one person needs all three key but then what? in GOT you kill the white walkers with fire, dragonstone or Valarian steel-That’s it!
But it’s not just about the keys. She’s gone back hundreds of years with Brannon and Orcus and Elena and she info dumps all that information which, by the way, it EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO THE PLOT, yet she only gives it two short chapters. Yrene salivating over Chaol’s body got more pages than the main plot.
And while we are talking about Chaol. I like Chaol but damn; he got on my last nerve with the brooding. Hey Chaol, everyone has suffered. People around you have brutally lost their loved ones, been sexually assaulted or had to sell their bodies for money. They had to travel on their own to get to safety while you were on a cushy boat and you have the nerve to bitch about your problems for 500 pages? And we still don’t know what happened with his father.
Basically, this book is too big for Maas. She seems to like romance and if that’s the case then write some erotica and get it out of your system already. But if you are going to write an epic fantasy, please spend more than 20% of your novel on the fantasy part. Don’t info dump all the back story into your book. Take a page from Rowling and RR Martin and write the back stories on your website or write separate history books. Have an easy to follow plot in your main story, sprinkle in some interesting history, and allow people to read those history books if they want to learn more about your world.
I’m this close to giving up on Throne of Glass but I’ve invested five years into this series and there’s only one book left so I guess. And if someone knows who the last chapter was about, could you leave it in the comments?
Bang Bang Rating: 3/4 (I’m being generous)
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