Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Tower of Dawn
by Sarah J Maas
Book #6 in the Throne of Glass series

Publisher: bloomsbury USA Childrens
Date: 2017
Pages: 664
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 10
Purchase Locations:  Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks Scribd QBD

Chaol Westfall and Nesryn Faliq have arrived in the shining city of Antica to forge an alliance with the Khagan of the Southern Continent, whose vast armies are Erilea’s last hope. But they have also come to Antica for another purpose: to seek healing at the famed Torre Cesme for the wounds Chaol received in Rifthold.

After enduring unspeakable horrors as a child, Yrene Towers has no desire to help the young lord from Adarlan, let alone heal him. Yet she has sworn an oath to assist those in need—and will honor it. But Lord Westfall carries shadows from his own past, and Yrene soon comes to realize they could engulf them both.

In this sweeping parallel novel to the New York Times bestselling Empire of Storms, Chaol, Nesryn, and Yrene will have to draw on every scrap of their resilience if they wish to save their friends. But while they become entangled in the political webs of the khaganate, deep in the shadows of mighty mountains where warriors soar on legendary ruks, long-awaited answers slumber. Answers that might offer their world a chance at survival—or doom them all

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas takes place along side the events of Empire of Storms, which gives us a glimpse into how actions and events from Empire of Storms are perceived by the characters who aren’t there. This really added another layer to the story.

We follow Chaol and Nesryn as they travel to the southern continent to attempt to pursude the king to join them in battle as well as seeking out healers with magic to assist Chaol in reeling from his injuries in Rifthold.

When I first started reading ‘Tower of Dawn’ I really didn’t know if I was going to enjoy it at all. I had just come off of reading ‘Empire of Storms’ which left us on a critical point in the story and I really just wanted to know how that specific story line was going to play out in ‘Kingdom of Ash’.

Even though I was keen to skip over ‘Tower of Dawn’ I didn’t, the things we learnt throughout the story were just as shocking and had me on the edge of my seat as anything that happened in ‘Empire of Storms’. we learnt some things that are crucial to the story and honestly had me shocked!

I cannot wait to get to ‘Kingdom of Ash’ and wrap up the story that has had me on the edge of my seat from the very beginning. But this ending will be a little bitter sweet. ‘Throne of Glass’ is such a mammoth series that it feels like a hell of an achievement to have gotten this far mixed with the sadness of finishing such an enjoyable series.

Regardless, I can’t wait to get reading.

Plot: 7/10
Ease of reading: 6/10
Character Development: 6.5/10
World Building: 7.5/10
Quality of Writing: 7/10
Stars: 4.5/5

What are your thoughts on the ‘Throne of Glass’ Series?

Identity Crisis Book Tag

I was scrolling through WordPress reader, because who doesn’t, when I camp upon a tag. I’d seen this tag before and had even attempted it but I got distracted and forgot to finish it. So we are back, this time to actually complete the tag.

I saw it on Kristin Kraves Books blog and here we are, taking a second attempt at this tag. The creator of this tag is Loretta at the Laughing Listener, thanks for creating such a fun tag!

Red Queen

Did you forget about Kilorn? Well you shouldn’t have! He may not be the centre of attention but he has stuck by Mare’s side since day one and didn’t even hesitate to join the Scarlet Guard. Just like Kilorn, your loyalty and bravery are your most admirable qualities. Rise, Red as the dawn.

Shadowhunters

You’re Clary Fairchild & Cristina Rosales

Sure, sometimes you act without thinking, but your determined to do what you believe in and you’re often coming from the right place. Try to keep your faith in the world around you – your ability to find the beautiful in the ordinary is a gift.

Throne of Glass

Shockingly. you’re an overwhelmingly sarcastic bookworm. You try to look on the brighter side of things, but your snarky sense of humor hides depths of concern. You’re probably the most responsible of your friends, as they know they can always count on you.

The Hunger Games

Joannah Mason

Yes, you can be known to be feisty and sometimes you feel like life can be unfair. But you won’t let that get in the way of your happiness. You use your charm to your advantage and won’t take any nonsense. But when you finally let your barriers down your personality shines and so do others around you.

Harry Potter

Harry Potter

You’re daring fearless and fiercely independent. You don’t believe in rules because you like doing things your way. You don’t crave attention and you can only be yourself with your closest friends.

A Court of Thorns and Roses

Elain Archeron

The embodiment of beauty and grace, your gentle heart and soft words soothe the bitter hearts of those around you. Your kindness and courage are rarer than the strongest of high fae powers – never lose them to bitterness and despair.

The Raven Cycle

Blue Sargent

You are outspoken, and walk to the beat of your own drum. You’ve always been different and take pride in your individualistic nature. Although you try to maintain a rebellious streak, you are consistently told you are sensible. Remember, don’t kiss strange boys.

Twilight

Victoria

Yeah, no one better cross you. Mess with you and it’s a death sentence. You’re not one to play games and are willing to do whatever it takes to reach your goals – no matter how bloody it can get. But life doesn’t always have to be filled with hate! Just blood, lots of blood.

Folk of the Air

Taryn

People may think you are shy but you have your own secrets. You have your own desires and will go after them no matter what it takes.

The Lunar Chronicles

Jacin

Personal guard and pilot for head thurmatauge in the Lunar Army. He has an abrasive personality and can be quiet and surly. He will do anything to protect the ones he truly cares about.

I tag everyone!

Review: ‘Queen of Shadows’ By Sarah J. Maas

‘Queen of Shadows’

By Sarah J. Maas

Book #4 in the Throne of Glass Series

Publisher: Bloomsbury
Date: 2015
Pages: 648
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 5
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

This book had so much in it! I was constantly on edge reading it because there was constantly something going on and something about to happen, no wonder I finished it so quickly!

Celaena has returned to the Rifthold and she is there with a vengeance. There are so many different plans in place that Celaena is trying to complete that honestly I don’t know how she had so many things up in the air and seemed so calm all of the time. She can be such a stoic character. I loved her character development throughout the story and really wanted to continue following her adventure.

The plot overall really bring a lot of things together as well as continuing the story for the next 4 books. We are really making headway into the final stretch of the story, given its a very long stretch but we are getting there. The different points of view really lend to the story and help to develop the overall plot much more than if we were to only follow Celaena. These are characters give more depth to the story as well as developing the characters deeply.

This is by far my favourite book in the series so far and I am so excited to continue on with the series and cannot wait to jump into ‘Empire of Storms’.


Plot: 9/10
Ease of reading: 7/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10
Stars: 5/5

What are your thoughts on the ‘Throne of Glass’ Series?

TBR: May 2019

A new month is a fresh start and new reading adventures await. For the month of may I am participating in the tail end of the #Avengersreadathon2019 for the first half of may before getting back into my own reading for the rest of the month.

Let me be the first to say that these are ambitious reading plans! I’ve made the decision that even if I don’t finish all the #Avengersreadathon2019 books before May 14th, I am going to continue on with them as my TBR for May.

I’ve really enjoyed starting series in the last month or so. They are all books I want to get to and starting them has helped me get excited to continue with the series.

For May I plan to read two graphic novels ‘Spider-Gwen: Greater Power’ and ‘The Ripple Kingdom’. When it comes to novels I want to read ‘Queen of Shadows’ By Sarah J. Maas, ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer’ By Rick Riordan and ‘The Demon King’ By Cinda Willams Chima. I also plan to listen to ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ By J.K. Rowling and ‘The Fever King’ By Victoria Lee.

What are you planning to read for May?

Review: ‘Heir of Fire’ By Sarah J. Maas

‘Heir of Fire’

By Sarah J. Maas

Book #3 in the Throne of Glass series

Publisher:Bloomsbury 
Date: 2014
Pages: 565
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 25
Purchase Locations: Amazon & Kindle  Audible Book Depository  Booktopia QBD Dymocks

She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

Oh my gosh was this a crazy read! We really got into the broader world of Erilia and beyond. Honestly it was insane how much we discovered and learned during this book. We were constantly having more and more added to the story that we started which seems nothing like where we are now, and I love it.

The World of The Throne of Glass series is something else. With a tyrannical king and now a group who are willing to take him down as well as answers as to how. I keep forgetting that there is another 4 books to go before I finish the series and they are not small or easy reads. A world with this much details requires readers to be invested. How else can everything by explained and explained well. This world requires a readers commitment to really be a part of Erilia.

‘Heir of Fire’ is really where we start to follow multiple perspectives. Before now we’d mostly followed Celaena with a cameo every now and then from Chaol or Dorian. Now however we are trying to follow multiple places in Erila. This gives us perspectives from Celaena, Choal, Dorian, Sorscha and Manon. With this we begin to learn more about the witches whose power was stripped when magic disappeared. Both Celaena and Manon are badass and honestly some fierce characters we need in this world!

I really enjoyed reading it, but it took me a while, almost a month to finish. It wasn’t lack of interest that kept me from finishing it as quickly it was the sheer density. As much as I feel the density is necessary for readers to understand the world, it does not make your time reading this tome any easier. If you are looking for a ‘quick, light read’ this is not for you. But if you are ready to commit to a series. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in the ‘Throne of Glass’ series. ‘Heir of Fire’ is preparing us for what is to come and I am still not prepared!

Plot: 8/10
Ease of reading: 5/10
Character Development: 9/10
World Building: 9/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Overall Rating:  4/5

Have you read ‘Heir of Fire’? What are your thoughts?

Review: ‘Crown of Midnight’ By Sarah J. Maas

‘Crown of Midnight’

By Sarah J. Maas

Book #2 in the Throne of Glass Series

Publisher:Bloomsbury
Date: 2013
Pages: 418
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 21
Purchase Locations: Amazon & Kindle         Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Plot: 8/10
Ease of reading: 7.5/10
Character Development: 8.5/10
World Building: 9/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Overall Rating:   5/5

New Years Resolutions Book Tag 2019

I saw this tag in Jenniely’s blog you can check out her post here!

Being the New Year – kind of still – I decided it was a good time to complete this tag…

V.E. Schwab! I’ve really been wanting to pick up the ‘Darker Shade of Magic’ series and I really hope I can get to it this year!

I only got this book last year so kind of makes sense that I haven’t read it yet, but ‘Strange the Dreamer’ is one I want to get to in 2019.

100% ‘A Court of and Fury’ By Sarah J. Maas. I mean I want to reread the whole series but I think this is my favourite book of them all!

Rick Riordan! I’ve read the Percy Jackson Series, The Heroes of Olympus Series and the books that are out in the Trials of Apollo series. This year I really hope to get to the the Magnus Chase series.

So I didn’t really get any books for Christmas but I did purchase this book around Christmas time. I haven’t heard to much about ‘Nimona’ by Noelle Stevenson but it looks really good and I can’t wait to get into it.

The Seven Realms series By Cinda Williams Chima. I’ve heard a little bit about this series and it sounded like something that I’d enjoy, so I am keen to get to it in 2019.

I am currently working my way through this series which I started at the end of last year. I’ve ended up finishing ‘Throne of Glass’ and ‘Assassin’s Blade’ and am currently reading ‘Crown of Midnight’. So excited to hopefully finish this series in 2019.

I do set reading goals. For 2019 I want to try and read 45 books!

In 2019 I want to try and buy less books as well as decreasing the gap between my read and unread books.

I tag anyone and everyone who wants to participate in this tag!

Review: ‘Throne of Glass’ By Sarah J. Maas

‘Throne of Glass’ By Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publish Date: 2012
Pages: 404
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle  Audible Booktopia Book Depository Dymocks QBD

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined. 

Let me start off by saying that I went into this book very sceptically. I’ve heard so many conflicting things about this book and series and I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about it.

Finally after putting of starting this series, I jumped in, and I am happy to say that I really enjoyed my experience of reading it.

I do think I may be a little biased to Sarah J. Maas’s writing style. I really enjoyed the ACOTAR series and her writing I find is just as good in ‘Throne of Glass’. I will say that her writing is more dense than other books and it does take me a bit more time to ‘fly’ through it, as I want to catch every detail.

I am a sucker for a badass character and on that Celaena doesn’t disappoint. I do see a few tropes that can explain reasons as to why people wouldn’t like the book/ series as much but I honestly don’t mind tropes. I read fantasy to escape into another world and these things are a part of those stories a lot of the time.

I really enjoyed the competition aspect of the novel and enthusiastically recalled them to my partner, who could actually care less about these things but I appreciate that he pretends to listen anyway and pointed out that if I ever watched what was happening in these books on a show or in a movie I wouldn’t sleep for a week… He isn’t wrong!

Overall I think ‘Throne of Glass’ is an engaging introduction into a long series of books that I cannot wait to continue.

Plot: 8/10
Ease of reading: 7/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Stars:  5/5

What are your thoughts on the ‘Throne of Glass’ series?