Book Review: Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) – Sarah J. Maas
Title: Tower of Dawn Author: Sarah J. Maas Publisher: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Publication date: September 5th 2017 Genre: Young adult fantasy
In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling 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.
The heart he’d offered and had been left to drop on the wooden planks of the river docks. An assassin who had sailed away and a queen who had returned.
First things first:
1. I promise that this review will be 100% spoiler free!
2. If you haven’t read the Throne of Glass novellas yet, I highly recommend you to read them before you start reading Tower of Dawn!
3. If you don’t like Chaol, or feel you don’t need to read this book. Just read it, you will regret it and there is a lot of vital information about the rest of the series in this book!!
This book was such a complete surprise to me! To be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to this book as much as I had been looking forward to all previous Sarah J. Maas books. I was absolutely no fan of Chaol Westfall. I thought he was whining most of the time. The same could be said of Nesryn. She and Chaol were the perfect pair in the fourth instalment of Throne of Glass. Two loyal and very boring people. I know I wasn’t the only one who felt like that, but in this book it doesn’t really matter who you felt about Chaol Westfall. Just read this book because you won’t be disappointed!
I loved this book so incredibly much! Sarah J. Maas is capable of making all her books so different from the last. If you compare this book to the first book of Throne of Glass it seems like it is written by an entirely different author. Because of that, you can never know for certain what the next book is going to be like. (We all remember the first two books form a Court of Thorns and Roses!)
It’s not like I’m the suddenly the biggest Chaol fan on the internet after this book, but I don’t dislike him anymore. The description said it perfectly; “Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty”. Of course we already knew that before the start of this book, but the guy still gave me plenty of eyerolls and this gif was super accurate!
(Thank you Game of Thrones for your assistance!)
Don’t get me wrong, we do need someone in this series who keeps the rest of the crew under control, otherwise it would be a violent chaos from start to finish. But in Queen of Shadows he was always there to critique everyone but himself. In this book we see a whole new side of Chaol, and although a lot of things need to happen before this new Chaol is finally there. This means that there still is quite some boring and loyal Chaol at the first half of this book.
For me, Nesryn was a character I didn’t really care for in the fourth book of Throne of Gless. She was just a bit of background for me. Although she had a big roll to play in this book, I’m still not convinced she is a character I can ever love, or really care for.
The romance just kept building up for such a loooong time. There was less actual sex than in her other recent books. I don’t need to have sex scenes to find a book a good book. But I secretly hope there will be a tiny bit more of it in the next one. There was a big earthquake in the romance department, and that was a very good thing. Otherwise the romance part would have been soooo incredibly boring. Thank You Sarah!!
The book definitely gets better the farther it goes. The last 30% of the book is simply amazing. A few plot twists and scary moments made it a very interesting read, I wanted to read this in one go!!
Let the long wait the last book in this series begin!
Know that Wherever the road takes you, however dark, you will be all right.