My rating in stars: 4 stars
My rating in words: Really liked this
Warning: Review contains spoilers for previous installments AND Tower of Dawn.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT:
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.
I must admit, though I love the Throne of Glass series, it took me a LONG time to start reading this. Because I’ve had some issues with some plot decisions Sarah J. Maas made and how she has treated her characters, mostly Chaol, in the previous books. So I was procrastinating to say the least. I wasn’t even all that sure if I wanted to read this, or even the last book. But after reading quite some positive reviews and my best friend pushing me to read it, I gave in and started and guess what? I actually quite enjoyed this one. Enough to fly through it in 2-3 days. And I’m looking forward to the final book again. So if you felt the same way and were maybe hesitating to pick this up, I can definitely recommend giving it a try either way.
Since this is already book 6 (say what?), I felt it was quite difficult to write a spoiler-free review. So I decided to go a whole other way and just give you a bullet-point list of everything I loved and didn’t love, spoilers included! Here we go:
!! SPOILERS FOR TOWER OF DAWN START HERE!!
What I loved:
– Discovering the Southern Continent. When I though we already had such a big world, and so much to discover, guess what? There is more. And the Souther Continent is every bit as intriguing as the other Continents.
– The ruling family and political intrigue. I loved getting to know the khagan and his family. The princes and princesses of the Southern Continent are all so intriguing and I loved getting to know them.
– Yrene. Though she may have appeared in my least favorite novella in The Assassin’s Blade, I found that I actually quite adored her character here. And I for one can’t wait to see her interact with the other characters in the final book.
– How Chaol’s disability was handled and his healing process. I was worried this book would end up giving a very ableist message, but it actually handled Chaol’s healing process very nicely. It felt similar to me to Aelin’s healing process in Heir of Fire. But mostly, Chaol realized his happiness and his worth were not tied to his ability to walk. And I thought it was written and handled well.
– The Chaol and Yrene romance. In my heart, I will always stay a Chaol/Celaena shipper. But I am okay with this. Chaol and Yrene fit well together, I loved seeing their relationship develop and thought it was handled realistically.
– The healers and their important role to play. Though this series is filled with a ton of ladies who slay, whether they are assassins, queens, witches or shapeshifters, pure brute strength isn’t everything and I love that these healers get the spotlight and have such a huge importance to the storyline.
– Ruks. Sartaq and his army of Ruk riders easily grew on me the most. Though I am just as hesitant as Nesryn to see these magnificent creatures going to war and be pitted against the witches and their wyverns.
– Nesryn. She is nobody’s sidekick and I loved that she got her own adventure and meet up with her family again.
– Hasar. I loved that despite the fact that the princess was a cruel, conniving and manipulative commander of the armadas, I still quite enjoyed her character and will adore seeing her interact with both Aelin and Aedion.
– Falkan. Boy, everybody from The Assassin’s Blad is really coming back to play an important role, and I AM HERE FOR IT.
– Important revelations. This is not just a little novel on the side. Don’t skip this book. Important discoveries are made that will change the course of the war and will have a HUGE impact on the final book.
What I loved less:
– Enough with the off-page marriages. Or even enough with the marriages. Why do you have to marry everyone off, Sarah?
– Though I thought the Chaol-Yrene romance was well done, I was less convinced about the Nesryn-Sartaq romance. It felt a little forced and though I love seeing Nesryn happy, I don’t think every single character HAS to be paired off.
Overall, I highly enjoyed Tower of Dawn. Though it’s not perfect, it reminded me of my love for the series, redeemed a few of my issues and got me super excited for the finale. So I couldn’t have asked for more.
“He’d almost told the princess that she could keep Hellas’s Horse, but there was something to be said about the prospect of charging down Morath foot soldiers atop a horse named Butterfly.”
A gift from a queen who had seen another woman in hell and thought to reach back a hand. With no thought of it ever being returned. A moment of kindness, a tug on a thread.”
“He supposed he’d learned that strength could be hidden beneath the most unlikely faces.”