Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas
Goodreads Summary: In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.
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.
Rating: 5+ Stars
Review: Chaol Westfall may never walk again. Suffering a crippling spine injury, him and new Adarlan Captain of the Guard Nesryn Faliq are heading down to Antica, where Chaol's last hope lies in the legendary healers of Torre Cesme. They're also there to try and broker an alliance with the Khagan, a man who commands the might of massive, sprawling armies which may be crucial to turning the tide in their war of impending doom.
Tower of Dawn is a beautiful, utterly personal recount of Chaol, and also Nesryn and Yrene. Told from the perspectives of those three, the book really is a story of self discovery and development for them. They must face their worst fears, and accept some realities which they do not like. This is the main reason I love this book so much: we see a lot of character growth. I'm not saying the main Throne of Glass series lacks it, simply that Tower of Dawn has more because of its perfect setting for this. Tower of Dawn is super addicting, and while I found the first part not all that interesting, the dramatics were greatly increased in part two.
Relationships. I don't want to get into too much depth here for those of you who haven't read the book yet, but let's just say a lot changes. At first I resisted the urge to follow Sarah J Maas' beckoning with the direction certain relationships were headed, but as time passed and I read more I saw how much planning had gone into the move, and the amount of sense it made, for the characters weren't shoved together, they fit well. As characters were more at ease with themselves, their relationships changed too.
Another reason you should read Tower of Dawn: new characters! You'll love them, hate them, all of the above. But it doesn't matter, because they make everything enjoyable. Hasar is cunning and while I don't love her, I respect her ambition. Kashin, I felt a little sorry for, but the man is awesome and deeply loyal. Arghun? Don't like him at all. Sartaq? My king! He's so perfectly flawed, I love that he feels at home with the Rukhin. We don't see so much of Duva, Urus or the empress, but I'd love another story involving them and also Tumelun.
Mention of our main Throne of Glass storyline is scarce, mostly coming in rumours, but Tower of Dawn is a crucial addition to the series, featuring a lot of information Sarah J Maas may otherwise have held back until TOG7. The new characters introduced are already my favourites... Antica may be a place Sarah J Maas hasn't explored until this book, but she details the place with breathtaking descriptions. All her writing is well though out and executed perfectly, the way Aelin's plans always seem to end up.
Purchase Location: Bought at University Bookshop
Buy the book: Book Depository
Recommended for: Fans of fantasy and adventure.