Tower of Dawn
5/5 STARS (A billion if I could)
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.
It’s no secret that Maas is one of my favourite authors of all time, anything she writes you can guarantee I will love it. However when this book was announced I was not a happy camper – I know it’s terrible of me to say, but I was annoyed because Empire of Storms (book 5) had ended on such a massive cliffhanger that the wait for the final novel was unbearable and it was disappointing knowing that instead of getting it in 2017 we were getting it in 2018.
To top it off, Tower of Dawn (book 6) was about Chaol’s journey. I was not a big fan of Chaol. When I first read the Throne of Glass (ToG) series I despised him, after re-reading it for the third time, I didn’t despise him anymore, but I still didn’t really like him.
Now you may have noticed above that I said “I was not a big fan of Chaol” – “was” being the important word there. After finishing Tower of Dawn I have a new found love for Chaol – that’s right LOVE! Maas has made me fall in love with a character I never thought I would.
Chaol’s tale of redemption and healing in Tower of Dawn is utterly perfect. This novel is easily one of my favourite books by Maas so far. Chaol’s character growth was astounding and so surreal – it had me immersed in the novel like I have never been before.
The care and attention to detail that Maas provided throughout this novel with disability and PTSD was so well appreciated by not just me but also by the book community and people who have PTSD and a disability. Having PTSD and being bound to a wheelchair did not define Chaol as a person and did not hamper his integrity and to see him come to realise this was a very special part of the novel.
Not only did we get to see Chaol’s growth but we also saw our beloved Nesryn grow and thrive on life in the southern continent, she found herself and it was pleasing to see and get to know her character on a more intimate level.
As Maas readers will know, Tower of Dawn takes place at the same time as Empire of Storms (EoS) – so we do not get to see any of the other returning charcayers throughout the novel, although they are mentioned at times and their adventures that occur during EoS are relayed during this novel.
Maas advised us that Tower of Dawn was so crucial the final book and that the events that occur during this book will have such a large impact on the final one and I couldn’t agree more. The events that occur in this novel and the revelations left me in shock – I cannot get over page 530 in the UK Paperback – I still go wide eyed just even writing that page number down.
This book was originally supposed to be a novella, but Sarah got so enthralled that we ended up with a 650+ page novel and I am so bloody glad we did. Tower of Dawn is a game changer for the Throne of Glass series and I can honestly say I have no idea how we are going to survive the final book in this series.
Lastly – the little snippet we had of one of our most beloved characters at the end of the novel nearly gave me a heart attack, my heart literally felt like it skipped several beats and then pounded so fast when I read the title of the snippet.
I need the final book in my hands ASAP, I need to know how this ends. Maas has once again left me sleepless thinking about her novels and anticipating what is to come.