tower of dawn by Sarah J. MaasBook: Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: YA  Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

Synopsis

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. (Goodreads)

My rating: 5 stars
I loved this book! It’s a must have.

Review

This book is my favourite of the series. The character development! The culture! The relationships built on things in common!

A thrilling dive into a brand new culture on the southern continent of Erilea.

I loved reading about Antica. The differences and similarities to the cultures created for the earlier books are intriguing. The moral quandaries among this different royal court are fascinating.

A fascinating continuation of the Throne of Glass web of storylines

Being reunited with characters from Assassin’s Blade was so lovely. Yrene’s story was such a neat blip in the a novella contained in Assassin’s Blade and seeing her character get fleshed out and become a key character in Tower of Dawn was a lot of fun for me.

It’s amazing to me how well Sarah has webbed her novels so that so many pieces intertwine with earlier or later storylines. It’s complicated, but it also makes me nod my head in appreciation. She must have quite the spreadsheets of details.

My only complaint is that trying to remember everything happened in the last 3000+ pages of the series was challenging. I read the first book more than three years ago and thus, a lot of the specifics have faded to memory. A clue here or there would not have been unappreciated.

A powerful and emotional story of physical disability

Chaol and Nesryn go to Antica with two purposes – to secure an army for Aelin and to try and heal Chaol’s paralysis. I really appreciated what felt to me like a realistic portrayal of dealing with sudden paralysis: the emotional and physical pain of processing it, trying to live with it, and trying to physically heal/regain movement. Chaol struggles with his emotional responses to both his life choices and his loss of physical ability. His experiences throughout the book show real character development. And, unlike some instances in the Throne of Glass books, things don’t suddenly or easily get fixed.

Adventure, mystery, and a whole lot of wonder

Tower of Dawn takes place at roughly the same time as Empire of Storms. The mysteries of who, what, when, where, why and how are threaded throughout the story to keep you flipping pages and completely absorbed in the story. Where is Aelin? Who is following Yrene? What are Nesryn and Choal thinking? Who’s on whose side? Will he walk? Will she live? Will they fall in love? It’s definitely a book I will need to read again.

Which is your favourite Throne of Glass novel?

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