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  • ★★★-3.5

Review: Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas (Spoiler-Free)

Do I think this book was a little long for its own good? Yes. But do I also think it kind of needed to be to have the same impact? Also yes. So am I now eternally conflicted on how I feel about it? Of course I am.

While I found this book to be much slower-paced than the other installments, it is undeniably an essential book to the series. So much is revealed that dates back to the FIRST books of this series (seriously, how did Sarah manage to plot out an 8 book series with foreshadowing even in the first one???)

I really loved getting to know Yrene and Chaol more in this installment-- I think where it dragged for me was in Nesryn and Sartaq's storyline. Yes, it was necessary for the whole scope of the series, but I just found myself needing to get back to Yrene and Chaol.

Another reason I think I may not have enjoyed this book quite as much is because Empire of Storms was also one of my lower rated installments in this series-- and this book takes place during the events of that one, just on a different continent.

Overall, this was an absolutely necessary book in the series and I'm glad I read it, but it has only made me that much more eager to read the final one: Kingdom of Ash. I don't know if I will ever be prepared, but my goal is to conquer that thousand page beast before the end of the year. Wish me luck! (I fear the deaths that are sure to come 😭)


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