Series: Throne of Glass #6
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on September 5th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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.
Throne of Glass is quite the addictive series. The story is complex with so many different characters and angles factoring in. But if there is one thing I’ve noticed about the works of Sarah J. Maas is that you cannot get too attached to a ship. Relationships don’t always last in life and you better believe she reflects that in her stories. Needless to say, when my favorite couple of Aelin and Chaol was split apart earlier in the series I was heartbroken. But Chaol is still a major player in this story and in this book he travels to another continent with Nesryn to see if his injury can be healed, allowing him to walk again, and if he can make allies in this war.
Chaol is one of my favorite characters and has been right from the beginning. I was very much still grieving his relationship with Aelin when I picked this book up, unsure of how it would go over. But I absolutely loved his journey throughout this book. It really helped me come to terms with previous events. His injury was so much more than just physical and he needed this healing in more ways than one. And it’s that healing that provides the catalyst of learning some very important information on what could help them defeat the Valg. And there may have been a new romance that blooms that very much helped mend what was once the broken pieces of my heart.
The book goes in many different ways than I expected heading in. We have all these new characters that are introduced and at first I was feeling unsure because I was missing the ones I already knew and loved. But all of these new characters grew on me and I became quite attached to them all by book’s end. Nesryn as well. Some of her chapters were incredibly exciting and I loved getting to know and understand her character more.
I have to admit that the beginning was quite slow for me (and parts of the middle as well), especially as I was reminded that I barely remember the events of the last book. The timeline of Tower of Dawn sort of runs parallel with Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) though so it wasn’t knowledge that was overwhelmingly needed. These books are basically happening at the same time but on different continents with different characters all trying to find ways to defeat the Valg and save the world. There are a few mentions of what is going on with Aelin and Dorian as they receive updates though! But as I was reading I remembered that I meant to finally read the prequel, The Assassin’s Blade, after the last book. The missing details are starting to catch up to me and a major player in Tower of Dawn, the healer Yrene, is someone that had already been introduced in the series and I was beating myself up about not having that background beforehand. I will absolutely be prioritizing that book before the next publishes later this year (for the love of god please don’t end up being pushed back).
The last half of the book was really exciting and hard to put down, though I could have done without a certain section (why are there always giant spiders?!), but I really did enjoy this installment when it came down to it. It was worth the slower moments I struggled through at times and now I’m so excited to see how it ends!