- Series: Throne of Glass (Book 6)
- Hardcover: 672 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (September 5, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1681195771
- ISBN-13: 978-1681195773
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,169 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series, as well as the Court of Thorns and Roses series. Her books are published in over thirty-six languages. A New York native, Sarah lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog.
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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.”
How do I even put to words all that is Tower of Dawn?
Chaol wasn’t one of my favorites in the previous Throne of Glass books. He was.. alright. However, I thought ToD was fantastic. To see more of Nesryn and Chaol was much better than I expected it to be, as well as seeing Yrene again. Her story in The Assassin’s Blade novella wasn’t one of my favorites, but I liked her so much more in ToD.
Reading this actually raised Chaol in my eyes. He battles a lot of emotions and personal obstacles throughout the entire book pertaining to his current situation: being confined to a wheelchair. He feels emasculated, helpless, and worthless–and quite honestly, I don’t blame him one bit. HE. WAS. A. SOLDIER. All he’d ever worked for and wanted to do was gone in the blink of an eye. For a man that had never had to ask for help from others, that was used to being the one asked, having to rely on others for every action in his life was the worst thing that could happen to him. He was a defender of the people and now has to have help just to take a bath. He is in a world where he is now looked down on, literally, just because he suffered a terrible injury that he might not be able to recover from. I’m sure anyone would go through mixed emotions and mental battles after that kind of tragedy. In a perfect world, every single person would be able to move past it and go on with their lives in a positive manner, encouraging others to do the same. But we are not in a perfect world. Not everyone can get past it. Not everyone can let it go. As sad as that is, it’s the truth.
I did not have any hopes or expectations for this book. I guess you could say I wanted Maas to surprise me. I know now that Maas could NEVER disappoint me. Was Tower of Dawn as good as the other five books in the Throne of Glass series? No. But it still gets 5 stars. I loved the characters, the story, and THAT TWIST THOUGH.
Maas rocked this book. ROCKED. IT. And now I’ve got a book wishlist a mile long.
Maeve book! I need a prequel!
A novella collection on the King of Adarlan, Arobynn, and Aedion.
If you have a different opinion on Chaol, that’s perfectly fine. Everyone is entitled to their own. But please, no negative comments.
Chaol redeemed himself guys I didn't know if it could happen and it did. I wasn't a fan of Nesyrns chapters until she went off and did her own thing THATS when I started appreciating her own chapters. Yeren Towers is a fantastic new character whom I can't wait to see in action in the next book and finally meeting up with Aelin.
I love these books, I know people hate them but I find it so awesome how someone can create whole new worlds and just make them seem so real.
I'm very much looking forward to the last book.