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Publisher's Summary

In the next installment of the New York Times best-selling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.

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.

Jacket illustrations copyright 2017 by Michael-Paul Terranova (shield) and copyright 2017 by Jeff Brown (cityscape).

©2017 Sarah J. Maas (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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What's Chaol been up to?

First of all, I adore this book series. Right from the beginning. Having said that: Chaol is not my favorite character by any means. He's blindly loyal, broods too much, and has made some really bad decisions...which is exactly why we needed this book. I want to go right back to where we left Aelin, but the fact is that this book tied several pieces of information together. We learned so much new information as well, and Chaol got a lot of personal redemption. He's still not my favorite character, but I really like Yrene. We got a ton of character development out of Nezrin, which was needed.
In the end, this will not be anyone's favorite book of the series, but it is a necessary part of the whole.

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Agh!!! Soooo goood!!!

I wasn’t going to read this because ... well the main character is not featured! But I’m so glad I read it!!! Game changing reveals and oooohhh so many good characters to meet and root for!! Agh!!!!! Sooooo good! Can’t wait for the next book!

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This is basically a stretched out Novella

This book is basically a long drawn out novella. The story line was OK at best and definitely not what I would have used as the next book in the series. It's very slow going and doesn't really pick up.

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not up to the usual standards

I was so looking forward to the release of this book. Unfortunately, the first 2/3 of the book dragged and felt more like a history lesson than a novel- all important and relevant information but could have been told in significantly fewer chapters saving room for some actual action and forward momentum of the storyline. A good read nonetheless but didn’t leave me on the edge of my seat as with the earlier books in the series. Hopefully the final book will return to the previous level of action and intrigue.

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A boring diversion

This book exists literally just to give you two kernels of information about the volg and to give happily ever afters to chaol and nezrin. It did not need to be so long and it was so annoying to have to wade through this for the scraps of info necessary for the next book. I'd recommend not reading this and going for spark notes of you can.

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An Offshoot From The Main Storyline

First of all, Chaol is my least favorite character in the Throne of Glass series (which is one of my all time favorites) so I wasn't thrilled to get into a whole book about him. That said, there was quite a bit revealed that will be necessary to the next book in the series. I enjoyed the Nesryn and the Prince story line and even the Chaol and Irene story line.

This book lacked the excitement of the others. I feel like these stories could have been part of the other books and didn't need to be so long but I'm glad I know what I know now and CANNOT wait for the next book due out in 2018.

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Is that it? 22 hours... could've been covered in 6 hours

This whole story could have been whittled down to a part in a novel that would have included the main characters of the series. While I love these secondary characters and understand the need to develop them and add more dimension to the history of the Volge, I didn't want a whole book just dedicated to the life and times of Chaol and Nesryn... This installment in the series was missing the action present in the other adventures.

Interesting content, but endless long winded conversations... characters and interactions that were clearly just to fill up pages of the book... no real action sequences... DISAPPOINTED...

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A Must Read

I have read several other reviews of Tower of Dawn stating this is just a filler book and not really necessary. I disagree. The story does start off slow and picks up quickly. The book provides a great explanation of the past and further develops three main characters. Either way, I really enjoyed the book and am extremely excited about reading the next and final book.

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AWESOME!!!!!

loved it...nasty cliffhanger though...can't wait for the last book. makes me want to listen to the whole series up to now again!

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beautiful

so addictive!!! beautifully written and narratived...love Sarah's books. I hope to hear more out of the xourt of thorns

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  • Two_tots_mum
  • 04-02-19

Skip to chapter 47 and 48

There are a few tie in pieces of info in this book that relate to the larger story arc but if you don’t want to listen to the whole thing it’s possible to get the jist of the whole story and new characters by listening to the beginning and end few minutes of each chapter, which is what I did so that I can now get the 7th book in the series and find out what has happened to AAG! Chapter 47 and 48 probably deserve listening to in full as do the last maybe 6 or so chapters.

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  • Katie Stewart
  • 11-26-17

Amazing performance makes up for it

Elizabeth Evans is one of my favourite audio narrators, and she really brings this whole series alive- and I think without these audio books I would've stopped reading this series by now.

I was worried to pick up this book as it focuses on Chaol (my personal least favourite character) and a bunch of new and side characters. I enjoyed it better than expected, but can't say I've grown fond of any of these characters despite spending 600+ pages / 20+ hours with them. The plot felt streamlined, a few important details and twists but otherwise a rather by the numbers Sarah J Maas book. All the character relations and developments were predictable, and she has so many characters that a lot of their personalities are starting to overlap and show troupes within her own books. With audio, and all the brothers and sisters with unusual fantasy names, it took a long time to learn characters names, or to even recognise who was who- I got through that mostly via context until near the end of the novel.

The best part of this book was Choals recovery process. I was worried how that would be handled, and I've heard mixed things about the representation (but mostly good things from own voices reviews that I saw browsing goodreads before I picked this up). I had one or two issues with it, but overall thought it was done well and was satisfied with how he ended up.

Overall, amazing narrator, entertaining, but nothing outstanding compared so some of Maas's other novels.

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  • Sheila
  • 09-24-17

Boring

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Less romance and more action.

What could Sarah J. Maas have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The original character had depth and colour to his personality, which was lost in this book. Unfortunately this was below par.

What didn’t you like about Elizabeth Evans’s performance?

Her delivery which is becoming very drawn out.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Tower of Dawn?

Probably about half the book. Not much happened but it took forever to come to a conclusion

Any additional comments?

I think this was more of a romance than science fantasy. Which is not to my taste. However, others might prefer it that way.

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  • Laura Galway
  • 01-31-21

not a whole lot of plot for such a long book

This series is becoming so samey and repetitive. every relationship takes the exact same path. This book felt like filler, it took a whole book for a few revelations to come out and two relationships to develop between characters who are not even central to the main plot of the story?! The narrator does a pretty good job but mispronounced quite a few words that it becomes jarring. Also everything is delivered with the same 'wry' or 'cheeky' tone so after a while everything just sounds sarcastic?

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  • Ruta
  • 09-22-19

Loved it.

A bit slow at the beggining but gery intresting once it reaches the middle and very crucial before the final gook in these series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-20-19

When will it end?

Both this book and Empire of Storms could easily have been one book, told in half the time! To be honest, as hugely entertaining and well written the Throne of Glass series is, to me it seems as though the author has got carried away with her talent for descriptive writing and ended up with a series that seems to go on for far longer than it needs to. If I hadn't already got this far I might've given up sooner. Its a fantastic story with exceptionally well written characters but it does have a tendency to become tedious when certain characters (Kaol) continue to revert to irritating temper tantrums and sulking behaviours. We get it, he's brooding, did we really need nearly an entire book about it?

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  • Pola
  • 08-11-21

Unfortunately Required

This story was sooooooo booooring.
SJM did not waste one original idea for this book. Mild and unremarkable new characters. Repeatable romance plot. Old characters got some grew, but not enough for me to like them or even care.
But unfortunately by the end we learn some information essential for main plot. But if I could go back in time I would just read summary and go straight to next book.

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  • Claire.
  • 07-03-21

So slow…

I am struggling with this series. I am over 7 hours into the book and I have only heard about Chaol and the goings on in the palace where he was sent, at the end of book 4?, to get help for his injury. I do not mind learning about what is going on with Chaol, but 7hours of it? If I hadn’t made it so far I’d possibly give up.

The series is well written but at times it is over descriptive and has a tendency to drag on about the mundane. This is the third book in the series that I have struggled with large parts of. Pity, I like Sarah J Maas and some parts of the series have been amazing, but at this point I’d sadly have to give the series 3 stars overall.

Edit… I now only have 3 hours left of the book and I can’t wait for it to finish! The book is still only about Chaol and other sub characters. I haven’t heard any continuation from the cliffhanger we were left on in the last book and I am not sure I care anymore. I don’t think I have ever claimed to “hate” a book, but I am making an exception for this! It’s awful, dull and far far too long!!! I don’t understand why people have said it’s so good? 😕

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-28-21

Struggled

I read the first five books but this one seemed unnecessary. Took me forever to get through. Same harsh tone and repeating "ever so beautiful" characters as the first books but 10% of the action. Could have worked as a chapter instead of a book.

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  • Sarah
  • 04-24-21

takes a long time to get going but it's worth it

So I definitely struggled to get into this book. A lot of the first half of the book is about Yrene healing Chaol, which was fine but should have been shorter. Nesryn and Sartaq's part of the book was what kept me going because I found them more interesting until I got to about chapter 20 I think where Chaol and Yrene's story picked up the pace.
I would recommend listening to this at a fast speed if you can to get through most of Part 1. I found that the story got going a few chapters before Part 2 began. Not that it wasn't interesting it was just slow. The audiobook was really well preformed and I really enjoyed listening to it between reading the paperback.
I really ended up enjoying this book so much more than I thought.
I would say that you need to read this book before reading Kingdom of Ash. I know that Chaol isn't a lot of people's favourite character, he isn't mine and I dreading reading a book about him but I ended up really loving this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-17

Glorious

Fucken glorious. Fabulous, fantabulous, great, otherworldly, amazing, deserving, slaying. In other words, I bloody loved it.

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  • J R Koop
  • 01-01-19

good enough for re-listening!

I said I wasnt going to continue with this series... but I am SO GLAD I did! I went from not liking/being uninterested in Chaol to him being one of my favourite characters of all time. I shed so many tears through this book. The performance was simply incredible. I definitely recommend.

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  • Imee-B
  • 11-27-18

***Outstanding***

Sarah J Maas you are a genius, how you intertwined each characters life's is beyond me, the words flows so smoothly and the world building its outstanding and amazing how you create all these worlds and characters is fantastical, I can't wait for the finally. Elizabeth Evans you are a legend, an unstoppable forced to be reckon with thank you to both of you.

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  • manga_me_over
  • 03-19-18

Maybe my favourite book of the series

ahhh so bloodly good. whst a wonderful book. All these suprise and wonderful character development. i love your books Sarah j Mass. this book is brilliant I'm so glad i read/listen to it ( i was super sceptical at first)

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  • Natasha Tremain
  • 07-06-21

Another incredible book in the series!

This book is so different to the others and the first time I read it, it took me a bit to get used to. The depth of Maas's characters and artistry of her storytelling got me though! This listen was a reread and I loved every minute!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-26-19

Glad to finish this book...

I've come to the conclusion that I very much dislike Chaol, I found myself rolling my eyes alot throughout. I understand why, but this book was dragging. I'm glad the next will be about the others.

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  • kamalesh
  • 04-13-22

for a very limited audience

I have listened to some others in this series and found them ok. this one however is a romance story for adolescent girls. Grown ups beware!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-31-22

Tower Of Dawn Review:

so I was dreading this book I read it before empire of storms which there were a few spoilers in here but I will forget them. I just wanted to get to empire of storms but I was dreading this book making me not want to read it so I listened to the audio book while reading along and let me tell you this book suprised me I fell in love either the characters Sarah J. Mass suprised me made me cry snd just had me in awe even though I didn't want to read this book I'm glad I did.

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  • Jemma l.
  • 02-19-22

I wanted to hate this book but I actually loved it

and honestly SJM needs to pay for my therapy about it. this whole series is beyond incredible, and even though there were moments I definitely hated chaol, I can't help but cheer for him now.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-21-21

All to soon

As per the other books in the series. a wonderful story, very well narrated.