Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Teaser Tuesday: Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas.

Tower of Dawn –
Bloomsbury Children’s Books

It’s hard to love one another, when we will one day contend with each other. Love cannot exist without trust.
— Chapter 24

“If Hasar hated you, I don’t think you’d be alive right now.”
Gods above. This was the woman she’d befriended.
— Chapter 40

The saying is about a reader living a thousand lives as opposed to only one certainly rings true and this also has quite a few perks … and pitfalls. Living a thousand lives in my case also means suffering from quite a bit of anxiety regarding the fates of several characters, relationships, and not to mention whole worlds in general. It’s also quite a task for my memory because keeping all the people, their arcs, and relationships straight is definitely not nothing. Especially if you’re prone to forget even your parents’ birthdays.
I dived back right into this universe, which not only has an ever-growing cast of characters but with this book also expands to a whole new continent. Usually, I wonder what else is going on in the rest of a story’s universe, what the continents are like, the countries and people living there because in most books you only get a glimpse into a very limited part of the world. Granted, if you’ve got the page count this series does, you’ll be able to include quite a bit more. At first, I wasn’t too sure if I’d be as interested in Chaol’s story if the (rest of the) main cast of the series was not present in the book (which was supposed to be a novella and then apparently demanded to be a full-length novel). Rest assured that I was quickly cured of that doubt. I missed a certain fire-breathing b*tch queen and her retinue and was always pleased when they were mentioned or at least alluded to yet at the same time the plot of this book is so vital to the series and picks up quite a few loose ends I had not really paid much attention to that I didn’t feel like I could have done without this book.
And just when I thought that the stakes for this world were already high enough, even with quite a bit added in the course of this book, I so wasn’t ready for that big (and I mean gigantic) extra threat that suddenly gets heaped on top of everything. I am massively afraid of the next book and how all this is supposed to ever be resolved without too many casualties (I have no illusions that we’ll get all of them through this) let alone having the world mostly intact and not under the rule of … one of those threats … or just a big black abyss, really.
So, book seven is scheduled for September. Either my nervous ticks will have solidified into full-blown paranoia by then or at least my nerves will have recovered (not likely, I’d have to stop reading altogether). I’ll have to draw a character chart to keep all those people straight I think. I was quite pleased with myself that I remembered one of the minor characters from the first novellas enough to recognise him in this book but I’ve probably missed quite a few other references. Hats off to the author with this vast and vivid imagination and huge thanks to her and her publisher that we get to share it.

Do you have a method to keep on top of huge character casts? Especially within longer series if you don’t have time to re-read the whole thing prior to a new publication? Share your methods and teasers in the comments!


Laura Thomas said...

I keep some notes with important facts about events and new character arcs, I keep meaning to try this author!

My TT from Hearse And Gardens

Laura said...

Good teasers. My Teaser is from Flame in the Dark by Faith Hunter.

Alice Audrey said...

I'll skip. I'm not good with a cast of a thousand characters and already have plenty of tension in my life.

Alice Audrey said...

ps. Mine: http://www.aliceaudrey.com/?p=15313

Nise' said...

I have a notebook that I use. I like both teasers.

Here's my teaser

Kathy Martin said...

I have read some of this series but am a few books behind. Large casts of characters and many plot threads do sometimes make reading a new entry a challenge. Sometimes I have to reread earlier books. This week I have A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn. I'm hooked on this historical mystery series. Happy reading!

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