Title: Tower of Dawn
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult, (actually New Adult), Fantasy, Romance
Page Count: 660
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Notable Notables: Disabled protagonist (though representation is not great)
Recommended Readers: Only die-hard fans
This series keeps getting worse and worse.
Truthfully, all of Sarah J. Maas’ books take a sharp decline in quality whenever she’s allowed to write whatever and however much she wants. Tower of Dawn is not the exception, a book that was originally supposed to be a novella but somehow became a 660-page monstrosity.
It should’ve stayed a novella. There was so much filler description that my eyes constantly glazed over, and it seemed like any time characters finally stopped internal monologuing about everything to have a conversation with someone else, their dialogue would then get interrupted with paragraphs if not pages of exposition.
Because this country, Antica, and all the characters therein were never supposed to be introduced or become the focus of this series–they haven’t been this entire time–but now here we are, so we all have to play catch-up before the last book comes out, and then never return here again.
Spoilers and sneering abound under the cut, so read at your own risk.