Friday, April 22, 2022

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

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Started reading: March 31st 2022
Finished the book: April 16th 2022
Pages: 660
Genres: Fantasy
Published: September 5th 2017
Source: Bought the book
Goodreads score: 4.29
My score:
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.

My thoughts
I was NOT excited to read a whole book about Chaol and Nesryn. I wanted Aelin, Rowan, Dorian and Manon. But how wrong could I be. The varied additions to the cast of characters in this book is amazing and what did I expect? That I was going to rate a SJM book lower than 5? This book was brilliant and I can't understand how people would read this series and not read Tower of Dawn. After reading this book I'm so pumped to read Kingdom of Ash.
  • Characters: The additional charcters are really a lot of fun. I was very confused about the princes and princesses, because they just get thrown in your face, like "here's a whole bunch of new characters, remember them".  So that was a bit hard for me, but I came to love Sartaq and what about YRENE?! Ooh yes, she's fierce, smart and I feel like she's going to play a really important part in the next book. I can't wait to see how she will connect with the other characters.
  • Adventure: Reading a SJM book is just always one big adventure. It's fantasy with a lot of mystery in it and while reading you will get the answers you want and need, or not... Books by SJM are never boring, so much is going on. I do tend to feel like a lot of worldbuilding is going on in the beginning, but I also feel like that's needed. This book didn't feel like 600+ to me and I could just rush through. I binge read the final 350 pages in 2/3 days and that's fast for me!
  • Answers: OH YES. I got some really important questions answered and I got some extra information that I'm not so sure I wanted to know. Like, shit is getting serious right now! I was always guessing who the "bad" person was in this book and I didn't feel like that was a big surprise, but everything we get to know from this bad person, oh boy...
  • Next book: After learning all I did in this book, I'm SO READY for the next (and final?) book! I can't believe that I've then finished this amazing series. But it does open up some doors for me to read new series!


This is such an amazing series for Fantasy lovers. And I have to keep repeating it; If you want to start reading this series, you should read Assassins Blade (#0.5) first! Much that happens in that book is going to have an impact on the rest of the series. I already knew that I was an official Sarah J. Maas fangirl, but she keeps up her 5-star streak with this amazing book! 11 books read, 11 times 5 stars!

Other opinions on this book
"The progressive khaganate, a multicultural empire modeled after Mongolia, is lavishly and lovingly explored. A compelling story of hard-fought growth and redemption."
- Kirkus Reviews

Memorable quotes from this book
"We don't look back. It helps no one and nothing to look back."

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