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Tower of Dawn

By: Sarah J. Maas
Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
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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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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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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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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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filler

This was an almost cheesy filler novel that follows Chaol on a love/healing quest. Very little took place to further the main plot. I don't mind romance, but please, please- a little more action! Kill something or someone already! A few information bombs are dropped- but too few and too far between to save the book overall. This novel ends where it should have begun! Don't expect Dorian or Aelin!

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good narrator

the narrator was good, I am just disappointed that it only mentioned aelin at the end. And I wasn't aware that it would only be about my least favorite characters. The last book ended so well and I was super excited to see how it would continue...But then it didn't.

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Hope you like chaol!

When I first realized that this entire book was going to be about Chaol I was less than pleased. Tbh I was never invested in his character or story. I actually debated not finishing it in protest but when my child like tantrum lifted I decided to buck up and finish it. Descent story line but I feel like the unrealistic constant couple pair ups take up too much time and as much as I love alein i grew rather tired of her romantic exploits as well. There's 2 cheesy, predictable almost identically described romances going on in this book which i found to be very boring as a reader. I'm all for a good forbidden romance but maybe just 1 per series is a good rule of thumb. This book was ok but predictable and while it contained some good material it really just felt like a filler until the finale. Classic walking dead move😒

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Excellent

I was reluctant to read this as I am not a fan of its main character, but have to say it was the best one yet!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amie Jordan
  • 09-10-17

Don't even know if I can be bothered to finish

What would have made Tower of Dawn better?

If it wasn't just about Chaol. Last book left us hanging with Alein kidnapped and a lot of drama going on, to leave us with effectively a 2 year wait from that book to the book after this being published with no word of whats happening to the main character. If Chaol was still the same as the initial books then fine, but he's just become too grumpy, annoying and self pitying and 22 hours listening to that is wearing... I'm almost at the mid way point and don't know if I can be bothered going right to the end. Massive let down as other books are great

What will your next listen be?

no this, thats for sure.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

as I haven't yet listened to the end I can't comment but so far... none.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment.

Any additional comments?

the last book didn't involve any Chaol so it makes sense this one should feature him heavily, but maybe the last book and this book should have been sliced and mixed together so there was a bit of both in each to make it more interesting.

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-21-22

My favourite in the series so far

This series is getting better with every book, this was my favourite so far. I can't wait to see how it all comes together!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-22

great series

good narrator and encapsulating story
lots of twists and redirections which is emotionally captivating
great series

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  • Francesca de Jonghe
  • 10-14-22

One of the best in this series!

It breaks from the previous pattern and gives us a news place and great new characters. Threads are brought together in the best way. Loved it all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-22

Mediocre

I wanted to skip Tower of Dawn, just because I don’t personally care for Chaol. I decided to purchase it anyway because people online said it was necessary to read KOA. Boy oh boy, they lied. If you have a shred of common sense it isn’t a necessity. This book was a whole lot of nothing, a filler book if you will. Totally unnecessary, save your time and skip it if you aren’t interested. It is well written though.