Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Travel to the southern continent with Chaol and Nesryn in Tower of Dawn, the latest installment in Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series. With old characters returning and new characters introduced, this action packed and completely amazing addition the the bestselling series is not one to be missed (even if you don’t like Chaol).

Rating: 5/5

This review may contain mild spoilers for this book and other Throne of Glass books (What I consider spoilers might not be what you consider spoilers but I thought that I’d put it out there just in case). READERS YE BE WARNED!

Originally I wasn’t planning on reading this book but as the release date neared I got more and more excited to jump back into the Throne of Glass world and HOLY OHMYGOSH! Once again Sarah J. Maas has managed to make me admire her and adore her writing as she rips my heart out and shoves it into a blender. Why must she continue giving me characters to love when they might very well just end up dead in the next/last book.

Blurb:

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.

Since there wasn’t any Chaol bits in Empire of Storms we now get an entire book about what he was up to while Aelin was swearing at people and getting herself kidnapped. I wasn’t too pleased about this originally because I didn’t actually like Chaol all that much but who I have now wholeheartedly embraced and fallen in love with completely once I started reading his book. Chaol is still very much Chaol (meaning he is a grumpy, stubborn ass for most of the book) and, in my opinion, probably wasn’t the best choice for navigating the political intrigue that comes with dealing with a powerful country’s royal family. THANK GOD for Nesryn, who is potentially (definitely) more likeable than Chaol is at first.

I forgot how much this lovely author likes screwing with us! There are quite a few rather shocking developments in this book that will definitely impact on how TOG #7 plays out when it is released next year. I hate certain characters even more than I did at the end of Empire of Storms (if that’s even possible) and the screwy bitch that I’m talking about really needs to die already! Lucky for our heros they now have a bunch of new friends that might play a major role in the next book.

Say hello to the plethora of new characters introduced in this novel (Honestly there are so many and I’m not sure I can remember all of them). The royal family itself has 5 kids (mostly all temperamental adults and I can’t wait to see Aelin meet them, especially Hasar. Said meeting promises to be HILARIOUS or extremely violent), then there’s the healers from the Torre Cesme (Again, there are a LOT of them), and the Rukhin (Yes, there are giant birds that people ride on in this book. Bonus! The riders appear to be a lot less bloodthirsty than our other “host of flying terrors”). Along with the new characters we get, drumroll, NEW SHIPS! (Some of the new ships in this book may just be some of my favourite from the whole series).

You know all of those random characters that were introduced in The Assassin’s Blade? And how some of them showed up in Empire of Storms? Well prepare yourself for some more old characters showing up again in this book. If you have read The Assassin’s Blade then you actually have already met one of our main chickies, Yrene. She was the barmaid that wanted to be a healer that Celaena rescued in The Assassin and the Healer. Oh! and that random merchant that Celaena speaks to about spider silk in The Assassin and the Desert, the one that the stygian spider speaks of to Manon in Heir of Fire, he shows up as well (which leads to some rather interesting developments).

I have three words for you: Fantasy. Disability. Representation. THIS IS SO EXCITING GUYS!! I would like to super applaud Sarah for writing this book the way that she did and, while Chaol may be fairly bitter at the beginning, Sarah (and the characters by default) have pushed the message that even if you are disabled you are NOT LESS OF A PERSON FOR IT.

He could still speak with dignity and command whether he stood on his feet or was laid flat on his back. The chair was no prison, nothing that made him lesser.

You won’t be too surprised when I say that this book was written beautifully (as I kind of said before). The language used is beautiful and lush and complex and just PERFECT! Reading this book will give you all the feels, trust me. The amount of emotion these books create is truely astounding (I both cried and made some kind of angry screaming noise that sounded like an furious, screechy cat).

Unlike many of the other Throne of Glass books, Tower of Dawn has a LOT of world building which is both good and bad. Good because we get to learn tons about the Southern Continent (which is based off of the Mongol Empire and Genghis Khan’s rule) but bad(ish) because the pacing is significantly slower than what we are used to.

Another change from Empire of Storms, Tower of Dawn has very little sexual content. Actually, from memory, I believe that there is only one or two pages of it in the entire 660 page book.

Now that I’ve practically written an entire essay reviewing this book, I’ll sum it up real quick: This book was awesome! If you weren’t planning on reading it you REALLY need to, and HOW DARE YOU SARAH J. MASS! WHAT ON EARTH DO YOU CALL THAT LAST BIT, EH??!?!

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