Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas
Published September 6, 2016 by Bloomsbury
RRP AUD $17.99
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.
To give a little background information, I love the ToG series but never really liked Chaol or Nesryn to be honest. Chaol’s character really bothered me and I hated him for most of the series (whoops), so I wasn’t rushing to pick this book up like I did with every other instalment. The only reason I picked this book up when I did, was because I want to read Kingdom of Ash when it comes out in October.
Sarah’s writing style can be very descriptive at times, but I also found myself skimming a little bit whenever the descriptions were a bit too long. I began the book in the evening, read until I was falling asleep (around 4am I think), and then continued as soon as I woke up. The storyline drew me in, but at times I felt like some scenes and sub-plots really dragged on, but other scenes were way too quick and I felt like I needed to re-read parts. I don’t think the book necessarily needed to be 650+ pages, and the same story probably would’ve worked in a 500ish (or less) page book. Regardless, I enjoyed the story.
Regarding characters, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Chaol and Nesryn were a lot more likeable in this book! Chaol’s character was explored a lot more and developed further. I enjoyed reading his chapters, and seeing things from his point of view. Nesryn was also explored a lot further, and I enjoyed that. I liked the interactions with the other characters, and I loved Yrene from the get go. ALSO guys, the ships in this book?? SAILED. 1000% here for them.
There’s quite a bit more representation and diversity in this book, most of the characters are of colour, there’s a LGBTQ+ couple and of course, the main protagonist has a disability. While I don’t have any experience with disability, I know Sarah did a lot of research and put in a lot of care to make sure Chaol was a realistic character. In saying that, I felt like Chaol’s thoughts and feelings were well-represented. I could understand and sympathise with the emotional distress he battled with, and it felt raw and real.
I wouldn’t recommend skipping over this book if you’re reading the series, even if you don’t like Chaol. Even though it was slightly long, I loved how the book turned out in the end and I’m so excited for the story to continue in Kingdom of Ash!
I received a review copy from the publisher
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.