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

2. November 2018

GENRE & SYNOPSIS

Fantasy/New Adult/Romance/Paranormal/Magic/Fae

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.

Credit: Goodreads.com

RATING & REVIEW

★★★★☆/5

So I finally managed to finish Tower of Dawn, and I’m kind of proud. I used one month on it. Seriously destroyed everything about my reading flow in September. BUT, the thing is, it was mainly because I was kind of let down by this book only being about Chaol and Nesryn and the characters introduced in Antica. I missed Aelin and Rowan and everyone on that side, so I was actually so bummed. Of course it was a cool book, but I just missed the other characters so much.

For the first time in this series I felt like this book was the most stretched out, and the most unnecessary one. But I do like Yrene and Sartaq and the other characters that came with this book, and I liked the more in-depth characterization of Chaol. I needed to get to know him better because in the first books he was kind of a neutral sidekick that we enjoyed but didn’t really know. So I loved that about this book. I also liked how the relationship with Nesryn and Chaol was settled.

I think this book kind of proved that Chaol is just as part of this story as the other characters. And I liked how we got a deeper understanding of the history of Antica and Adarlan. I also loved the discoveries in this book, and how important that information will be in the upcoming book. So, it was a four-star rating, and I can’t wait to begin Kingdom of Ash, all though I need to get it first.

FAVORITE MOMENTS

  • When Yrene thought about what you should yell if you’re about to be raped. “Fire. Yell about fire” (p. 129)
  • When Chaol had all the feels about the class he was participating in on the Torre (p. 198)
  • When Chaol got feeling back in his toes (p. 207)
  • When Yrene and Chaol totally hit it off with opiums and I was grossly waiting for them to scurry off to a room (p. 259)
  • When Chaol understood that he loved Yrene and not Nesryn, and she knew too (p. 264)
  • When Nesryn said she didn’t hold Chaol to any promises (p. 292)
  • When Sartaq told Nesryn about her being called “Neith’s Arrow” (p. 304)
  • When the Valg was after Yrene and Chaol (p. 324)
  • When the Kharanaki came after Sartaq and Nesryn (p. 400)
  • When Borte said that Yeran was her betrothed (p. 438)
  • When Yrene and Chaol FINALLY kissed (p. 456)
  • When Yrene pushed Hasar in the pool and I was like YEEES (p. 507)
  • When Sartaq was seconds from being taken by the Kharanaki and he said “I loved you before I ever set eyes on you” (p. 525)
  • When the Kharanaki revealed that Maeve is the Queen of the Valg (p. 530)
  • When Falkan talked about his niece and a lightbulb lit up above my head (p. 540)
  • When the letter from Chaol reached Nesryn and they went to Antica in a hurry and I realized something was coming (p. 584)
  • When Chaol and Yrene reached the spot in the basement of the Torre (p. 601)
  • When Yrene’s price was that her life was connected to Chaol’s, and his injury was connected to Yrene’s powers and my heart shattered and then blossomed at the same time (p. 624)
  • When Sartaq was appointed heir of Antica and sort of proposed to Nesryn (p. 647)
  • When Chaol thought about riding into war with a horse called Butterfly (p. 654)

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