RELEASE DATE: September 5th, 2017
AUTHOR: Sarah J. Maas
GENRE: New-Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Adventure, Magic.
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 Aelin shattered the glass castle, since Chaol’s men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken. Now he and Nesryn sail for Antica – the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire and of the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme. It’s Chaol’s one shot at recovery, and with war looming back home, Dorian and Aelin’s survival could depend on Chaol and Nesryn convincing Antica’s rulers to ally with them. But what they discover there will change them both – and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.
“Every step. Every curve into darkness. Every moment of despair and rage and pain. It had led him to precisely where he needed to be. Where he wanted to be.”
Tower Of Dawn is the sixth installment in throne of Glass series. I was very much excited to read this book because it’s Chaol Westfall’s book, one of my favorite characters in this series. I really enjoyed this book but I can’t say it was my favorite because it felt too long and a bit wordy sometimes. I might’ve enjoyed it more if it was a bit short. We’re introduced to some new characters but my favorites were Prince Sartaq and Yrene Towers. The best aspect of this book was the world building. Sarah took a great deal of time in describing the culture and the architecture. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
During their battle with the evil king of Adarlan, Chaol gets deeply wounded on his spine which leaves him crippled. Even Rowan’s magic couldn’t heal him completely. So together with Nesryn, Chaol sets on a journey to southern continent to find the gifted healers in Torre Cesme but it wasn’t their only mission, they need to forge an alliance with the khagan of the southern continent and bring an army to Erilea to join the fight against Erawan.
Yrene Towers is a gifted healer who nearly completed her two year term in Torre Cesme and wants to return to Fenharrow to help her people but when she was asked to assist a man who served under a ruthless king who killed many people including her mother, she was reluctant to assist him but she doesn’t have other choice because it’s her last test before she leaves for Fenharrow. When Yrene starts Chaol’s treatment, she realizes that he wasn’t what she had expected him to be and she starts to care for him. During their healing process, they discover vital information from his injury that leads to shocking secrets that could turn the tide of the war. On the other hand, Nesyrn and prince Sartaq flies off to an adventure to find some answers about the new dark threat in their kingdom and they discover hidden truths that will change everything.
Chaol Westfall, the star of this book was really amazing in this book. He’s quite broken inside. He was hurting both mentally and Physically. The deaths of his guards is the final straw that left him devastated. He was filled with lots of guilt and self loathing. He blames himself for the deaths of his guards and Princess Nehemia. His situation was pretty heart breaking and I really felt sad for him. This book is all about his healing and redemption. Yrene Towers was a strong woman with a strong will. She’s not the same girl we’ve met in The Assassin and The Healer. She isn’t a kick-ass girl like Aelin, Manon, Lysandra, and Nesryn but she still makes a strong heroine. She’s pretty likable and I really liked her caring, brave, and determined personality. I loved the slow burn romance between Yrene and Chaol. Yrene was a perfect match for Chaol. I’m glad that he finally found his soul mate. I enjoyed their steamy scene but it wasn’t as graphic as in empire of storms. This book introduces some other interesting new characters like Prince Sartaq, Prince Kashin, Princess Hasar, Borte, and Falkan.
Coming to Nesryn Faliq, she also played a major role in this book. I wasn’t surprised to see that her relationship with Chaol didn’t last long because obviously Sarah loves changing love interests. I’m kinda glad with this change because I’ve never shipped her with Chaol. I wanted them to stay as friends. Prince Sartaq was a great choice. He’s fun, rebellious, and a charming prince. They really make a great pair and I totally ship them! Kashin, Hasar and Falkan are also a nice addition to the plot. They didn’t get much part in this book but I hope we’ve more of them in the next book.
The plot was pretty good but the pacing was a bit slow for my taste. It’s mostly a character driven story. I enjoyed reading this book but sometimes I was a little frustrated with the slow pacing. The action parts were low in this book. However, this series never fails to surprise me with it’s unpredictable twists which makes me keep going. The book was written in multiple third person POV. The writing was vivid and descriptive. The world building was fantastic! Sarah has built another beautiful world which is inspired by Mongolian culture. She described everything in detail such as the history, culture, architecture, and people. You can easily picture everything. I really loved the Rukhin aspect in this book.
Despite issues, it was a good read filled with mystery, adventure, and romance. I can’t believe that I’m nearly finished with this series. I’m so excited to pick up the finale.
I would recommend this book to mature YA readers. I’ve tagged it as New Adult because the main characters are in their 20’s.