Wednesday, October 31

Review: Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6)

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6)
Sarah J Maas

Published By: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Date Read: September 19, 2018
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 664
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31450852-tower-of-dawn

From Goodreads:
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.

"We don't look back. It helps no one and nothing to look back" 

Tower of Dawn has been sat on my shelf unread for nigh on a year. I pre-ordered it before it released back in Septeber 2017 but decided not to read it just yet. Why? Because I knew it would make my wait for the final book in the Throne of Glass series seem even further away than it already was. Fast forward a year and with the publication of Kingdom of Ash imminent, I decided to finally pick this one up... and I am so very glad that I did. I really loved Tower of Dawn.

When I was reading Empire of Storms when it first released I found it hard going. It was the slowest book of the series in my opinion and I do believe that it was due to the lack of Chaol. Chaol has been one of my favourite characters within this series right from the beginning and although in later books he annoyed me a little I found I really missed him in Empire of Storms. I really wanted to know what was happening with him. That's why I absolutely adored Tower of Dawn. It tells Chaol's story and what happened to him in the time frame of Empire of Storms and man did he redeem himself!

As I expected I absolutely loved Chaol's journey in this book. Chaol is on a mission to be healed so he can walk again and help Aelin in the war. What Chaol doesn't count on is the mental healing that he goes through as well. I absolutely loved seeing Chaol go through his journey of self-discovery and that came in the form of incredible healer Yrene. I absolutely adored Yrene, she is fiesty and furious and just all-round awesome, as I expected from her brief appearance in The Assassin's Blade. She is such a good match for Chaol and their romance was just heart-stopping.

What I wasn't expecting was to love Nesryn's point of view and story so much. Nesryn plays a very vital role in the book and finds not only an army for Aelin but discovers the major reveal that I never saw coming. I was seriously laid in bed reading and then gaping around at the empty room as if looking for someone to share my shock and surprise. Nesryn finds a new love interest of her own in the form of Sartaq, a very sweet and adorable prince. At times within the book I was enjoying Nesryn and Sartaq's romance and storyline even more than Chaol's and Yrene's. It's a lot more slow-burning and I absolutely adored it. One of my favourite things about this book was the focus on romance more. You'd have never got to experience that adorble book-romance feeling you get in the other books of this series as they are so fast-paced and preparing for the war but Tower of Dawn was able to move a bit more slowly and I loved every single moment of it.

Tower of Dawn was perfect, and possibly my favourite book of the series. I loved every moment, the romance, the new characters... everything. I absolutely cannot wait for Kingdom of Ash and to see how it's all going to end. I'm slightly devastated that it's ending as it's one of my all time favourite series but at the same time, I've been reading this series for 7 years and I can't wait to finally see how it ends. I highly recommend this series I have loved every moment of it so far and can't wait for the emotional trauma that I'm sure Kingdom of Ash will bring me.

"I loved you before I ever set eyes on you."

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