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Tandem Reading Guide for Empire of Storm and Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas


Today’s tandem reading guide is for Empire of Storm and Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas. On my initial reading of this series, I read the books separately. I have read the entire series multiple times over since then, and many times I have done a tandem read between these two books. I found it helpful as it shows a lot of light on some of the things that happen between the books and keeps the timeline straight in my head on what happened when. If you’re not a massive fan of Chaol by the end of Queen of Shadows, this can help get you through the book that does not include Aelin. Because there are a lot of great characters that come out of Tower of Dawn that you wouldn’t have a lot of background on if you just skipped to Kingdom of Ash, not to mention a bunch of details regarding Maeve that were learned in Tower of Dawn.

Tandem Reading Guide for Empire of Storm (EOS) and Tower of Dawn (TOD)

  • EOS “Nightfall” to Chapter 5
  • TOD Chapter 1
  • EOS Chapter 6-8
  • TOD Chapter 2-3
  • EOS Chapter 9-10
  • TOD Chapter 4-6
  • EOS Chapter 11
  • TOD Chapter 7
  • EOS Chapter 12-13
  • TOD Chapter 8-10
  • EOS Chapter 14-16
  • TOD Chapter 11-12
  • EOS Chapter 17-18
  • TOD Chapter 13-16
  • EOS Chapter 19
  • TOD Chapter 17
  • EOS Chapter 20-23
  • TOD Chapter 18-21
  • EOS Chapter 24-25
  • TOD Chapter 22-23
  • EOS Chapter 26
  • TOD Chapter 24
  • EOS Chapter 27-29
  • TOD Chapter 25-28
  • EOS Chapter 30
  • TOD Chapter 29-31
  • EOS Chapter 31
  • TOD Chapter 32
  • EOS Chapter 32
  • TOD Chapter 33-35
  • EOS Chapter 33-51
  • TOD Chapter 36-37
  • EOS Chapter 52
  • TOD Chapter 38-40
  • EOS Chapter 53
  • TOD Chapter 41-42
  • EOS Chapter 54-56
  • TOD Chapter 43
  • EOS Chapter 57-59
  • TOD Chapter 44-48
  • EOS Chapter 60-61
  • TOD Chapter 49-51
  • EOS Chapter 62-63
  • TOD Chapter 52-53
  • EOS Chapter 64-65
  • TOD Chapter 54-56
  • EOS Chapter 66-67
  • TOD Chapter 57
  • EOS Chapter 68-75
  • TOD Chapter 58 to “Fireheart”

How did you end up reading these books the first time around? Together or apart? Also, what books would you like a reading guide for next?

Love ya,

Mae Polzine

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  1. January 26, 2023 / 12:14 AM

    Could you please fix the errors in this? Some missing chapters and out of order numbers! Thank you 🥰- first time series reader attempting to tandem read!

    • Mae Polzine
      January 26, 2023 / 8:59 AM

      I fixed it, sorry about that. I think I mixed up Tower of Dawn and Empire of Storm at one point while listing out the chapters. But it should be good now. Thank you for bringing that to my attention!
      ♥ Mae

      • January 26, 2023 / 6:21 PM

        Thank you sooooo much!!!! 🥰🥰🥰🥰

      • Mae Polzine
        January 26, 2023 / 6:51 PM

        Of course! Thanks again for letting me know!
        ♥ Mae

  2. March 31, 2023 / 3:58 AM

    Hey, I’m reading throne of glass for the first time and wondering if you would recommend the tandem read for the first time round? Is it worth the effort of switching back and forth? Does it get confusing with the storylines or is it just like the previous books where she switches perspectives? Also does it elevate the story, just want to know if its worth it cause I hear EOS ends on a cliffhanger which I am makes me want to do the tandem so I can go straight into Kingdom of Ash after? Also does it undermine the story? like make u not appreciate it or anything.

    Sorry so many questions! I’m just really indecisive and REALLY invested in this series

    • Mae Polzine
      March 31, 2023 / 8:01 AM

      I think it’s worth it, especially with the cliffhanger. The perspectives do switch in both books. So you would just be following the events taking place in two different places. But they do happen at the same time and there is a cause/effect between one book and the other. I initially didn’t read it as a tandem so the entire time I had that cliffhanger over my head which made reading Tower of Dawn slightly hard. Especially since I was going to be reading one character (out of many in that book) I wasn’t a fan of at the time. When I did the tandem read, I found it easier/better.

      Hope that helps!

  3. August 2, 2023 / 7:34 AM

    You’re litterally a godsend, I love you so much. I found out yesterday that people recommend that TOG readers try out reading both EOS and TOD together because it would be more enjoyable so I appreciate you SO MUCH for taking the time to set us up for an incredible read. 🙂

    • Mae Polzine
      August 2, 2023 / 7:49 AM

      Of course! Enjoy the tandem read!
      ♥ Mae

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