on September 5th 2017
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.
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a bit of a Maas fanatic. Reading the first few books in this series I was a huge Chaol/Celaena shipper, that is until Rowan came along and Chaol fucked up. To be honest I’ve been a little angry at Chaol. His character in Queen of Shadows had become unpleasant and I thought he needed a swift kick in the ass.
Then Tower of Dawn came along.
It took me forever to actually get into this book. Partially because of how I’ve been feeling about Chaol, partially because the series is close to ending, and partially because I didn’t know what to expect. The book is set on an entirely different continent with an almost entirely new cast of characters. It was daunting.
But I finally took the plunge, and like all SJM books once I started I could hardly bring myself to stop. Except for one thing.
Now maybe this is an unpopular opinion but I don’t like Nesryn. I mean, I don’t hate her, or even dislike her. I just have no affinity for the character and I don’t care what happens to her. I feel similarly about Samwell Tarly in the GOT series. And like Samwell’s chapters I had the desire to skip over Nesryn’s chapters. Mostly I just scanned her parts until it really started to pick up. What can I say, I was getting bored.
Tower of Dawn’s subtitle should be “The One in Which Chaol Get Gets a Swift Kick in His Ass”. By the end of the book, Chaol was back to being the character I loved so much from the beginning. He shone again, rather than being this angry, dull, unlikable guy. But you do have to get through a little bit of moodiness before you start to like him again. So of course teenagers will love it! Lol.
The best part of this book though was not Chaol or Nesryn, but Yrene Towers. If you’ve read Assassin’s Blade, which I do recommend before you start Empire of Storms AND Tower of Dawn, you’ll recognize Yrene. Boy has she blossomed into one hell of a character. She might actually be one of my favorites in the series, her strength and determination are so inspiring. Her character feels more real and relatable than others SJM has written and I think it might be difficult NOT to like her. She doesn’t take anyone’s shit but she does it without violence.
Still because of the fact that Nesryn’s chapters tended to bog down the story I had to take off a nut. Tower of Dawn is a good read and has several twist that had me screaming “WHAT THE FUCK” in a public place. But the slight love triangular-ness of a few parts of this book had me groaning and Nesryn just put me to sleep. Having a character people don’t care about take a POV for half a book isn’t a great idea.
I recommend this book to SJM fans and people who want to see Chaol finally succeed. You definitely have to read this book before moving onto the final book in the series since there’s very critical information inside for the continuing war. I don’t know what Maas has planned for next but I tell you I have high expectations.
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From my shelf to yours,