September 16, 2017
“No one recognizes me here. No one has ever heard of Anielle. And it’s…refreshing.” – (Chaol) Sarah J Maas, Tower of Dawn
My Chaol heart is full.
Writing spoiler-free reviews for Maas novels is never easy, but I am going to do it! About an hour ago I finished Tower of Dawn which is the sixth book in the Throne of Glass series by the amazing Sarah J. Maas. This lovely book follows the adventures of Chaol Westfall and Nesryn Faliq as they continue on from where we left them at the end of Queen of Shadows when they ventured to the Southern Continent to raise an army to fight Morath. This book runs parallel to Empire of Storms so no new information to be added, but they did have a rather immaculate adventure of their own. Read the full synopsis from Goodreads below:
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.
If you weren’t a fan of Chaol in the other books, I think this one will change your opinion of him! It was just as great as the other books in the series. This fast-paced fantasy adventure not only shows another part of Erilea but also reveals EVEN MORE of the history and mythology behind it when it comes to Fae, Valg, and the vast warriors that live within the Southern Continent.
Chaol goes on a big journey in this book. Most of it being emotional. He has to deal not only with his injury that he sustained in Queen of Shadows, but also the guilt he feels and the hollowness that echoes from him as he thinks of his friends across the Narrow Sea. Even though the gang from the North isn’t in this book…well, I won’t give away too much, but there is enough mention of them to make this book feel very much apart of the main series.
Old and new characters are in Tower of Dawn and it so refreshing to see another side of Erilea. I loved learning all about The Southern Continent through not just Chaol and Nesryn’s eyes, but everyone they met as well. Speaking of which, you will see a side of Nesryn that you haven’t before and the smaller moments with her were some of my favourites. I love seeing her smile!
The writing in this story is just as great as the other six novels. And just like the others, there are nods to the past novels including The Assassin’s Blade. That is definitely my favourite thing about this series. You can constantly connect characters that you meet to references from the past. It’s like one big jigsaw puzzle. Everything and everyone is connected and I think that is how they will win against Erawan.
Alongside the big fantasy attributes that Tower of Dawn provides, the story is really all about healing. In the physical and emotional sense for ALL characters. With war on the horizon, everyone from healers to lords has to take a look themselves and see what truly haunts them and defeat it. Nobody is safe from the emotional toll that takes hold due to Morath’s shadow in the North. In Chaol’s mission to gather an armada to sail North he discovers things about himself that add new layers and foreshadow events that I cannot wait to see unfold in the seventh and final novel.
I did find that I was contempt with how the book ended. As I said this book is set during Empire of Storms and I remember being so upset at the end of book five, but with this one, I am very okay with waiting until TOG 7. I can wait, just not too long! It ended the way it had to and left many questions that the kings and queens of the North may be able to answer. This book was a perfect intermediate story before the finale and I loved it.
I give this book 5/5 stars for it’s never-ending adventure and plot twists. The characters had heart and created beautiful scenes together. The vastness of the Southern Continent offered a bit of a vacation from the harshness of the North. It was a lighter book than the others and reminded me why I love this series so much! I cannot wait for book 7, but in the meanwhile I will enjoy this story and my new found favourite characters.