Book Review: Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6)

Title: Tower of Dawn

Series: Throne of Glass #6

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre:  Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, New Adult

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis:

Chaol Westfall and Nesryn Faliq have arrived in the shining city of Antica to forge an alliance with the Khagan of the Southern Continent, whose vast armies are Erilea’s last hope. But they have also come to Antica for another purpose: to seek healing at the famed Torre Cesme for the wounds Chaol received in Rifthold.

After enduring unspeakable horrors as a child, Yrene Towers has no desire to help the young lord from Adarlan, let alone heal him. Yet she has sworn an oath to assist those in need—and will honor it. But Lord Westfall carries shadows from his own past, and Yrene soon comes to realize they could engulf them both.

In this sweeping parallel novel to the New York Times bestselling Empire of Storms, Chaol, Nesryn, and Yrene will have to draw on every scrap of their resilience if they wish to save their friends. But while they become entangled in the political webs of the khaganate, deep in the shadows of mighty mountains where warriors soar on legendary ruks, long-awaited answers slumber. Answers that might offer their world a chance at survival—or doom them all . . . 

**WARNING**

This is the sixth installment of the Throne of Glass series, and if you have not read the previous novels yet I would recommend not reading this review as it may contain spoilers. If you are interested, check out the previous reviews I have written about the series below:

Review:

I have to admit, I have absolutely loved the Throne of Glass series, however Tower of Dawn is my least favorite installment. That’s not to say it wasn’t a good book though!

In this book, we follow one of the characters from the series, Chaol, as he seeks to form an alliance with one of the worlds most respected kingdoms while also searching for a solution to an injury he received in the previous battle in Rifthold, limiting his ability to walk. He interacts with a variety of fascinating characters and we also get to see different and new perspectives from Nesryn, and the newfound healer, Yrene.

Though I appreciated the unique perspectives and the magical introduction to Antica, I wish this had been a companion novel released after the rest of the series instead of a necessary read inbetween the fifth and seventh installments. Chaol had slowly been losing my favor and interest through the series, and it was a bit irritating to be forced to follow his story and not know what was happening elsewhere with Aelin. However, I did come to appreciate this book the further I got, and ended up enjoying the change of scenery and pace.

Maas is a talented writer who has once again made a beautiful and deadly world that is addicting to read. I think the real star of the show was the new character, Yrene, a healer living in the Torre Cesme, a famous healing school. She is passionate and fiery while still being able to show compassion and tenderness. She is an interesting character whose journey was beautifully interwoven with Chaol’s, bringing them together in unexpected ways.

Chaol redemmed himself in my eyes in this book, and though I was impatient to get back to Aelin, I appreciated the artistry and concept of this book. I ended up giving it a grudging 4/5 stars as I eventually came to appreciate and enjoy the book as the story continued and as we got to see some unique character growth. I will say though if you were like me at the end of Empire of Storms and literally screaming, it might be a bit of a frustrating read to get through at first since we don’t get any updates on the rest of the characters until the next installment.

Have you read Tower of Dawn? Do you agree with my review? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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