Book Review: Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Tower of Dawn
Series: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Laura’s rating: 4.5 stars
Daniela’s rating: 4 stars


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

Well well well Chaol, we meet again. This time you are strapped to a chair and that fucking attitude gone.

I’ll be clear Chaol is the worst, I hate him. But then I read Tower of Dawn.

Chaol goes with Nesryn to The Southern Continent, in search of aid for the war against the Valg and also to heal his broken spine and be able to walk again.

This book is very long, there are parts that I thought were to repetitive, but at the same time I could understand why. For example, in order for Chaol to walk again, they had to heal his back and also his broken self, a soul healing if you will, to come to terms with all the crap he did and how can he make it better. To me this part was crucial in forgiving Chaol for his very existence.

This is a new world, beautiful and very hot, everyone is sweating all the time (yuck) a lot of new characters and a lot of politics. I’ll just mention one new character and most likely a game changer: Yrene Towers, a healer blessed by the Goddess, with the power to heal the “Valgness” off of a person.

I always thought the relationship between Nesryn and Chaol was forced, like whatever lets hook up kind of feel, and now with the introduction of these new characters I came to terms to the fact they are not meant to each other.

I started this book with no hopes of information for the happenings in the Northern Continent, WRONG. Valuable information is discovered, information that is crucial to Aelin winning the war, at some point my jaw hit the floor so hard I forgot the boring parts of the book.

Looking forward to series finale.

Daniela’s review

Well, well, well. Chaol Westfall, we meet again.

I never thought I would find myself reading this book, because I truly disliked Chaol. He became this annoying character that had just the wrong idea of everything that was going on and became an obstacle in everything. Besides, the way he used to feel and think of Aelin, was infuriating, especially considering everything that happened between them in the beginning.

So yeah, I didn’t think I would read it.

But I did. And guess what? I enjoyed it. Quite a lot, actually.

The story:

So, Chaol is stuck in a wheelchair after that whole encounter with the king and Aelin and Dorian. He’s absolutely annoyed and furious about how everything turned out for him, and him being the proud prick that he is, he can’t stand to be in this position. So he embarked on this unknown journey with Nesryn to the Southern Continent, to find the healers that might be able to get him back on his feet. But it’s also more than that. They need to create an alliance with the Southern Continent’s kingdom that will help them win this war with Erawan. This is a journey both Chaol and Nesryn need, not only because they need this alliance or because Chaol needs to walk again… they need it because it will make them see life in a whole new light and learn things about their own path that will set them into the right one.

The book:

This book is extremely long. Like, way too long. There were a bunch of chapters (especially those from Nesryn’s POV) that felt completely unnecessary, since they didn’t actually give anything to the story, so they became kind of annoying. But then, as the story developed, and the characters started growing and understanding more about their role in this whole mess, I found myself completely wrapped up in the story, which was also refreshing, since the previous book of the series turned out to be beyond annoying.

The characters:

I actually loved getting to read more from Chaol’s perspective. I was truly skeptical at first, but as I kept reading, I found him more and more human. His thoughts, his feelings, even though some were infuriating, were completely raw and you knew they came from a deep place. He has this burden in himself that’s eating him from within, and I found his progress amazing.

Then there’s Nesryn, but seriously, she was kind of doll. At first I thought her no nonsense attitude towards Chaol was refreshing, but she became this meh character. She started losing all her appealing the more I read about her.

And then we have all these other characters, new ones that made this whole story unbelievable. I’m not going to dwell on them, but trust me, they each give something awesome to the story and the character’s development.

This book made me interested in the story again, which I had lost while reading Empire Of Storms. I’m really happy I decided to read it.

I can’t wait to read the next book and see how this reunion will go.


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