Published: September 5th, 2017
Average Goodreads rating: 4.46
My rating: 3
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.
“The heart he’d offered and had been left to drop on the wooden planks of the river docks. An assassin who had sailed away and a queen who had returned.”
Oh yes. I finally did it folks. I finally, finally, finished Tower of Dawn. You know, I usually start my reviews with a bit of a fluffy preamble before getting down to the juicy bits but, no, I don’t feel like it for this book. I think I’ll start with a gif.
I went into this book with low expectations. Honestly, the only reason I read it is so that I can read the last book in the series and not have missed any important bits. Let me tell you, I don’t think I would have missed anything important having skipped this book. In fact, I wish I had. Even with my low expectations I was still let down.
You may wonder why I still gave it three stars if I was so annoyed by it. Well, let me tell you why, because no matter what trash Queen Maas puts on the page it somehow becomes trash smelling of roses. Don’t get me wrong, I love Maas. I’m actually currently re-reading A Court of Mist and Fury for the fifth time and I still love it, every single time and line. But she does seem to have a format she follows for most of her books.
There is always intense sexual tension, many controversial decisions which make you question a character’s sanity, so much boring fluff, more sexual tension, more fluff, OH MY GOD ALL OF THE STUFF HAPPENS AND IT IS INTENSE AND FABULOUS AND HOLY CRAP!
I do have to admit, at least the sexual scenes in this book weren’t as awkward as they have been in the past. By Maas standards they were fairly tame which, unfortunately, was a shame because even the tame bits were probably the most interesting parts of the story. This book, at least for me, is the weakest link in the Throne of Glass series.
Take Chaol for example. He is wheelchair bound after the battle at the glass castle at the end of the last book. I knew going in that he was and had hoped that it would be handled with some dignity and grace. Nope! Chaol feels like a worthless sack of crap who has nothing good in his life because his mobility is dependent on his chair. Way to represent a group as poorly as humanly possible, Maas. In fact, I think it is even worse than the LGBT+ rep in A Court of Wings and Ruin and that was just terrible.
Look, lets just get to the point. There was not one character in this book worth giving a crap about. Nothing interesting happens, there are a bunch of creepy giant spiders that gave me the heebie jeebies, we are given more build up for whatever the heck Aelin has planned even though she isn’t even IN this book, and more characters are added to the already heavy cast. I’m just…I’m over it.
Even after this garbage fire of a review, I will say I am still going to read the last book in this series. I know, I know, I am such a hypocrite. I must know what happens to my precious Manon and Dorian! Ronan and company and all of the toxic masculinity in this series can go jump in a lake (or giant evil beast infested ocean) as long as those two make it to the end of the series. Maas never kills off anyone important anyway so I can’t say I’m too worried about it but still.
If you liked this blathering review, check out Literary Weaponry’s other reviews for the Throne of Glass series
- Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)
- Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)
- Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)
- Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)