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Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Throne of Glass, A Court of Thorns and Roses and Crescent City series. Her books have sold more than nine million copies and are published in thirty-seven languages. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son and dog.
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The problem with this book is that from a series standpoint it is wholly unnecessary. There is no real ties to the main plot until 80% in. There is no direct mention of the main plot until the LAST 3 PAGES & those pages do not add anything revelatory. The content editor really dropped the ball here.
Why is this a problem? It breaks the flow of the main story of the series. The pacing of the series is affected because a whole book is devoted to what could've been accomplished just as well with a few chapters; not to mention, no other side characters get a whole book devoted to them, and there are arguably way more important and/or interesting side characters than Chaol & Nesryn. From a reader's standpoint this book is disappointing/ infuriating; a Wheel of Time series 2.0. Within a series it is a bad idea to have the main characters absent for the majority of a book in that series. It's off-putting enough that some readers may either just skip the book (which, let's be honest, wouldn't lead them to miss much), or stop reading the series altogether.
This was my least favorite book of the series, for those reasons.
SPOILERS-- for those who want to skip the book:
The only information you need to know from this book is: (1) Healers with Silba's magic in their blood can push Valg demons out of human/fae hosts & the Torre (Healey's place of learning) had in their possession ancients books/scrolls with wyrdmarks. (2) Maeve is actually a Valg Queen with some sort of mind/memory control powers. And, maybe keeps an owl beside her because it's a shifted fae healer (the owl is Silba's emblem). (3) The giant spiders of the Daghun Fell are Maeve's servants left to guard a gateway to her home realm & are not the same as the Stygian spiders on the north who trade things for their spider silk. (4) Chaol married Yrene, a Silba healer whose lifeforce is now entwined with his (she uses up her power & he loses his ability to walk; he dies, she dies; etc.) & who benefitted from one of Celaena's many small acts of kindness. (5) Yrene's abilities & contacts secured an armada, weapons & maybe even a cavalry for the cause. (6) Nesryn is now in love with a Prince Sardaq who has an aerial bird legion, the ruk, to fight for the cause. (7) The Valg have kings, queens, princes & princesses, and now hide the wyrdstone by playing it with other metals. (8) Nesryn & Sardaq brought ever-sharp fae blades with them from ruins they investigated, which were forged in Asterion.
The first part of this review is spoiler free for Tower of Dawn, but it does have minor spoilers for the rest of the Throne of Glass series!
Also, before I even start this review, I just want to say that I actually think Sarah has been listening to her readers and this book truly proves it. First off, we have a very predominant queer side character, who clearly states this from the beginning and is written very believably and seamlessly. Next, we have a full diverse cast of characters, besides Chaol, in this novel. And lastly, and the thing I was most concerned about going into this book, Sarah respectfully writes about Chaol’s disability, without ever making it seem like he must be “fixed” in order to have self-worth. (But please be aware that this review is coming to you from a white, able-bodied woman, so I am not the voice you should be listening to for the last two representations.)
I also think Sarah unfortunately listened to the backlash about her “young adult” books having so much sex in them, because there is totally less sex in this book than in EoS, ACOMAF, and ACOWAR. There is still amazing angst and build up to sex, and there is one actual sex scene, but nothing near as graphic or even as descriptive as her previous works. Me, being the perverted person that I am, was a little disappointed by this, especially with how much I love Chaol.
I should also preface this review by telling those of you who do not know that Chaol is my favorite character in ToG, well, besides my queen, Manon Blackbeak! I’ve never been the biggest fan of Celaena/Aelin, and I think this story (and the rating I gave it) probably really benefited from that.
The last thing I will say before I actually start this long-winded review is that I cannot stress enough how important it is to read The Assassin and the Healer novella from the novella bind up, The Assassin’s Blade, before you read this book!
Tower of Dawn is a story that is running parallel with the events that took place in Empire of Storms. While Aelin, Dorian, and the rest of the gang are trying to unite empires and bring them together to fight the greater threat at hand, Chaol and Nesryn left for Antica, located in the southern continent, to convince another strong empire to join them in the battle that is inevitably coming, while also seeing if the healers at the Torre can heal Chaol’s paralysis.
Also, the southern continent is way more advanced than Erilea could ever hope to be. Magic is not only thriving here, but it’s celebrated. And healing is one of the most prized powers of all. And one of the three points of view in this book, besides Chaol and Nesryn, is a very talented and powerful healer named Yrene Towers.
I would say the point of views are definitely equal seeming between the three, but there are two big story lines going on. The first being Chaol’s healing, and how he is hurting a lot more than just physically. Chaol is struggling with his self-worth, but I believe he’s also struggling with PTSD. He feels very guilty and that he is to blame for Aelin, Dorian, his family, his guardsmen, and also his disability. This book really showcases and highlights how mental pain and disabilities are just as hard to overcome as physically pain and disabilities, and Chaol for sure learns this lesson in true Chaol fashion: the hard way.
And the second storyline is a big mixture of different ways Chaol and Nesryn are trying to sway the current khagan, Urus, to their cause. Urus has six children and when he passes on one of them will rule, because in this kingdom it is not automatically given to the first-born heir. No one knows who the ruler will be, so this can make siblings rather blood thirty for one another, and once one is chosen to rule, the others must submit or things can get really bloody. This also makes the task of winning them all over a little difficult for Chaol and Nesryn.
“Your city is the greatest I have ever laid eyes upon, your empire the standard by which all others should be measured. When Morath comes to lay waste to it, who will stand with you if we are all carrion?”
Urus’ six children:
➽Arghun – oldest child and enjoys power in knowledge.
➽Sartaq – second oldest and commands the Rukhin riders.
➽Hasar – third oldest and amazingly queer.
➽Kashin – fourth oldest and most loyal.
➽Duva - fifth oldest, who is married and carrying the first grandbaby right now.
➽Tumelun - the baby, and the cause of an underlying mystery.
All of these side characters are very impactful to not only this book, but the greater arching story at hand, too. These characters also put a big emphasis on family for this story, and the amazing lengths we are willing to go for the people we love.
Tower of Dawn not only introduces a vast array of new characters, and it also helps showcase that this book feels like a love letter to being young and finding yourself. Yet also, finding what you truly want in your life. I mean, these characters are all in their early 20s, it’s not plausible that they are all going to know what path they want to take, or that they all choose to take the path that was set for them by others. I love that this book realistically depicts that your first love won’t always be your last love, and how normal and okay that truly is. Finding yourself, and what you want from this life, is a truly beautiful story in and of itself.
There is a vast amount of world building and character development within these 700 pages, and I truly believe this is such a wonderful addition to this series. Before I get into the spoiler section, I will say that there are trigger warnings for talk of suicide, grey area cheating, war themes, and violence. I will also say that the epilogue of this book will probably shatter your soul. Like, is it Fall of 2018 yet? But I loved this and it was such a wonderful and important installment in the Throne of Glass series.
“The heart he’d offered and had been left to drop on the wooden planks of the river docks. An assassin who had sailed away and a queen who had returned.”
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Regular readers of this series read on. Although do note:
1: This is not book six in the series. This is a story involving other characters from earlier books which takes place at the same time as much of book five.
2: Although books one to four were young adult novels, this, like book five, says on the back CONTAINS MATURE CONTENT. NOT SUITABLE FOR YOUNGER READERS.
This volume runs for six hundred and fifty eight pages. It is divided into two parts. Further into sixty eight chapters. And an epilogue.
There's a map of the setting at the start.
Said setting is the continent to the south of the lands where all the rest of this series takes place. Where Chaol and Nesryn have gone, in order to try and get the leader of this land to help in the fight. Plus to try and heal the injuries that have left Chaol unable to use his legs.
They face intrigue. And Chaol faces the ire of Yrene, a healer who could help him. If she can get past her issues with him.
There are also answers to big questions to be found...
Sarah J. Maas writes excellent prose, which one again really sweeps you into the book from the off. The Chaol chapters early on in particular are excellent in their depiction of him trying to live with his disability.
Everything that follows is firmly character driven, and all that happens comes out of the action and interaction of said characters.
Character relationships are really achingly well done at times, especially early on. But this is a very slow burn of a book, one of those that keeps the threat level firmly in the background while people go about their business. Some of what Chaol and Yrene go on to down is a bit predictable, but well written enough so you won't care about that too much.
Nesryn's story arc is a lot less predictable, and certain things in that do develop very nicely.
As does the eventual main plot. Whilst the developments to the main narrative that come from this may end up being summarised in book six easily enough, this does get very interesting at points. And it does have some good revelations.
There are references to things that happened in book five every so often, so you can parallel it with that.
How essential a read this is will end up being a matter of opinion. But I liked it a lot. Despite it being slightly predictable at times. There's some excellent writing and great character moments, and an interesting and well realised setting also. It is a worthwhile detour in the series, and worth five stars as such.
However SJM knows best every issue I had with Chaol was address in this book. Also if this book would have come out after the next the final book this story would have had the prequel curse where I would have known everything that was going to happen.
I admit I was thinking about Aelin through this book, so I was glad to see her make appearances (only as mentions throughout). This is a great story tying up threads from former books and novellas. I think the “nothing is coincidence” is featured and shown perfectly in this book.
This is a great story about redemption, character development/growth, using left over bits from the other stories to make a great story, and characters finding their own place. Once again it the it is a great credit to SJM’s storytelling skills that she wrote such a great book essentially just the side characters, and made them shine. Especially Nesryn who definitely deserved better then just being Chaol’s backup (in more ways then one). There is also great description about the mental injury recovery, and how much of the process is mental. Anger, frustration, and guilt can be as detrimental to a person’s recovery as the cause of the physical injury itself.
As much as I hate to admit it these characters would not have had a chance to shine like this if Aelin was in this book. If possible this book has increased my anticipation for the next book even more. I can’t wait for the final book of this great series. I am expecting all out WAR, and one hell of a retribution beat downs to all the Vargs.
More importantly, for me, some aspects of Maas' writing style are really starting to grate.
'S/he could have sworn [usually something flashing in eyes]...' is one I've started finding particularly irritating. I started noticing it about half way through the 'A Court of Thorns and Roses' series. She must use it at least a dozen times per book now and it sets my teeth on edge and takes me right out of the narrative. I'm not sure why her editor hasn't stepped in (unless I'm the only one who's noticed!). The abrupt, short dramatic statements I can just about live with - although a little of this type of thing goes a long way, I find.
I think this might be Sarah J. Maas' best executed and most well written book to date. The plot was unpredictable, the character development that progressed throughout this book was mind blowing and I honestly fell in love with Chaol all over again; which I would have never though would be possible after Queen of Shadows. I absolutely hated him so much during Queen of Shadows that I didn't think he could ever be redeemed. But it happened and it was amazing.
“Don’t you waste one heartbeat being afraid of a coward who hunts women in the darkness.”
I was apprehensive right from the start when I heard this book was going to happen but hopeful and excited nonetheless. I might even go as far as to say it was worth the very long wait however, I don't know how I am going to wait to see what happens after this. No idea at all.
"It was agony and despair and fear. It was joy and laughter and rest. It was life, all of it..."
So many things happened that I couldn't have guessed would, they were so well done and it really made for an exciting read. The idea behind this was very clever. The disabled character representation is the best I have ever read in a fantasy novel without a doubt and the fact that Chaol's emotional journey was what took the front seat over physical, really I don't have words.
"It was like waking up or being born or falling out of the sky. It was an answer and a song, and she could not think or feel fast enough."
This book is definitely going to be required to read before the final one because there is a lot of key information gained throughout. Before reading it I was pretty clear on what had happened in previous books and felt that I understood the turn in which the plot would go in but after this that has completely changed. The big reveals added a lot to the overall story and answered many questions I didn't even know I was asking. So if you were hoping to skip on this one and wait for the last in the series I would highly recommend that you don't. You would be seriously missing out in my opinion.
"He didn't understand-how she could be so delicate, so small, when she had overturned his life entirely. Worked miracles with those hands and that soul, this woman who had crossed mountains and seas."
Overall it wasn't my personal favourite of the series but it comes very close to Empire of Storms and I can say that I think it is definitely Sarah's best written work to date.
I always loved Chaol even more than Dorian (unpopular opinion I know).
Not that I don’t love Dorian but for me Chaol was helplessly flawed but in all the right ways. Yes there were times when I didn’t particularly like what he’d said or done but let’s be honest most people who have read the ToG series will have thought the same about Aelin at one time or another.
So when I heard that Chaol was getting his own book it was a no-brainer for me to read it and I’m so glad I did because I loved everything about this book!
The character development of Chaol as well as the introduction of some new amazing characters like Yrene and Sartaq was fantastic. It may be cliche but Chaol really goes on a voyage of self-discovery in this book and, IMO, is shown for who he really is; a brave, selfless, caring man who makes mistakes but learns from them.
The word-building and descriptions of the Southern Continent are superb and really makes you feel like you are there (or certainly wish you were).
I think the storyline of ToD complimented EoS really well and linked them together brilliantly, and although ToD does not end on the sort of cliffhanger that EoS did (thank Gods for that!!! Not sure I could have handled another ending like that one) it does lead perfectly to where we left off in EoS.
I am now eagerly (if not patiently) awaiting ToG book 7......
I quite liked Chaol as a character when we first met him in Throne of Glass but then I thought he turned into a bit of an idiot as the series went on. I was really apprehensive for what would happen in this book, what with his injury and whether it would be healed or not or if I even wanted it to. But it went sooo much better than I thought and I'm actually so pleased with the ending and how everything turned out. It's just really fitting and works so well.
As always, the writing is fantastic and I love the ships. We learn more of the Southern Continent and its ruler, the khagan, and his princes and princesses who made fantastic additions. The Torre healers are explained more and Yrene Towers is a wonderfully brilliant character and healer who gets assigned to help Chaol, who we get to see a lot of, inevitably.
With some twists and new bits of information revealed regarding the Valg and the war along the way, this book does not disappoint with delivering more action and secrets revealed. I thoroughly enjoyed Chaol's story and I like him a lot more as a character now! It's a story of healing in every sense of the word, and setting up for the war that's about to begin and end as all of Erilea is threatened by Erawan and a newly discovered enemy...
At least one of those issues are solved in this book, I guess.
The minus 1 star is because of him I'm afraid, his parts were dull and I don't think he really did much to move the plot along - granted there wasn't a lot he could do but heal but I'm giving no breaks. I'm glad he ended up with someone who was also annoying and whiny though granted she was far less so, I still liked her more than him and think I would like her more if the two weren't associated.
The four stars are pretty much all for Sartaq and the Ruk Riders and I guess Nesryn, Bort and her Beatrice/Benedict relationship with whats-his-face can share one of them with him.
Can't wait for the next one but really I'm waiting for the book both Sartaq and Rowan feature in so I can decide who I like better - Rowan obviously but the Ruk Riders did make me rethink my dragon rider plan so Saraq's really not doing badly for himself because I do love dragons.
Sarah J. Maas has such a unique and beautiful way of stitching her stories together, every little connection is well thought out and brilliantly done:
“A note, written by a stranger who had saved her life and granted her freedom in a matter of hours. Yrene had never learned her name, that young woman who had worn her scars like some ladies wore their finest jewelry. The young woman who was a trained killer, but had purchased a healer’s education”
This part made me so gleeful, I just loved how many references to Aelin were thrown in, in fact, the whole crew is mention from time to time. The way in which SJM did this was just awesome it all felt seamless and none of the story felt like it was forced to fit in with what happening in EoS that’s how good the story telling was.
There are lots of new characters in this book, but I’m going to focus on Yrene and Sartaq. I thought Yrene was the perfect character to match Chaol, I loved all the banter between them it was so on point and many passages had me laughing at the amount of sass Yrene threw at Chaol. And then there’s Sartaq, another long haired swoon worthy warrior, this guy is smooth and charm personified:
“He blew out a breath, shoulders loosening. “And I’m relieved to see that the reality lives up to the legend.” Nesryn chuckled, grateful to be back on safer ground. “You had doubts?” They reached the landing that would take them to the great hall. Sartaq let her fall into step beside him. “The reports left out some key information. It made me doubt their accuracy.” It was the sly gleam in his eye that made Nesryn angle her head. “What, exactly, did they fail to mention?” They reached the great hall, empty save for a cloaked figure just barely visible on the other side of the fire pit—and someone sitting beside her. But Sartaq turned to her, examining her from head to toe and back again. There was little that he missed. “They didn’t mention that you’re beautiful.” Nesryn opened and closed her mouth in what she was sure was an unflattering impression of a fish on dry land”
I really loved the journey that Chaol went on during this book, he really does grow and most importantly he heals emotionally. There’s a great scene towards the end of the book where he finally makes peace with all the choices he’s made in the past and forgives himself.
There also lots of revelations about Valg, Maeve, and the Healers. This is the part for the Chaol haters; you need to read this regardless of your feelings for him otherwise you will miss some major things that will follow on in the next book.
who can tell me whats going on?!!!!please!!!!!!!!! guys tell me whats going on!! not read book guys read review to find this out but sarah are you going to just gonig to make acotar after the last tog book!?? i need to know please!!!!!!!!!!the throne of glass books are great!! I am only ten right now but i love the books there great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So Chaol is on a mission, with Nesryn, to build upon Aelin's army. She needs more help, and Antica might be just where she can find them. But the banners hang white around Khagan's castle; a murder of his youngest daughter, or a suicide? So he's not feeling up to listening to Chaol bang on about how wonderful helping Aelin might be. And that's not forgetting the distinct disadvantage Chaol now has of not being able to hold his own in battle.
Enter Yrene. A healer, who might just know how to bust the darkness right out of Chaol's destroyed spine as well as find the information Chaol might need to convince the Khagan. You are going to love Yrene. She's the typical bad-ass female character, although not quite as wonderful as Manon because..she's not Manon, and she doesn't have a Wyvern! But she's also painfully intelligent and has her own backstory (which ties in somehow to Aelin's - I can't wait for them to meet!!). And whilst Chaol and Yrene get down to fixing him up and searching the libraries for information about the Valg, Nesryn and one of the King's sons are off on their own adventure full of dark spiders, evil Valg bedtime stories and a couple of magnificent creatures known as Ruks who might give the Wyverns a run for their money. Sadly not as high on the cute scale though.
Whilst it might be a concern that all of these new characters couldn't possible be as great as the ones you've already become attached to, worry not - because once again Maas managed to make me become utterly, embarrassingly, attached to even the most secondary character. And she has mercifully cut down on the cringe-worthy love scenes (because her sexy time stories are painfully cringe for some reason I can't quite place). I couldn't have asked for more.
I love the way that Maas always manages to weave her smaller stories, or other characters from her books, into each of the other books. Such a complex level of storytelling is beyond my small-ish imaginations abilities and as such, when something crops up (like a link to one of her Novella's from the Assassin's Blade collection, or a distant relative to another beloved character) I fall more and more in love with her world-building as the realistion hits. It's so damn clever, perfectly rich and beautifully written and you know what? It's utterly addictive. Again!
I thought I might be disappointed with a book just about Chaol and Nesryn. A book "just" about Chaol and Nesryn indeed. How wrong I was. Read it now, or may the Valg get you!
It took me a little while to get into - there was a new cast of characters to get a feel for - before the story properly took off. But once it did? I was hooked.
This book is action-packed and allows for some great character development, with much more diversity than we have seen before from Maas. The story-line is starting to come together, but I struggle to see how it will be wrapped up with just one more book left to go.
I can't wait for the next, and last, book. And I really can't wait to binge-read all of the books together!
Beautifully written, with such real, raw and relatable character development. You need to read this book for the final book, coming out in 2018, to make sense. So much key information is revealed! Information that had me gasping and tearing up at what it could mean for Aelin and co....
But you need to read this book regardless of that. Even if you don't like Chaol (I didn't dislike him, so maybe I'm slightly bias) you'll end up at least understanding him by the end of this book. But mostly, the journey he goes on is...unmissable. Breathtaking. As is the journey Yrene goes on (and if she doesn't become one of your favourite characters, I'll be amazed).
Basically, just read this book. SJM doesn't disappoint. In fact it is one of her strongest books yet, and I am equally excited and terrified to read the final book in the ToG series after reading this.