Format Read: Paperback
Published by Bloomsbury Australia on September 5th 2017
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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.
Sarah J. Maas is back with another epic installment to her Throne of Glass series! To be very honest, I was a little nervous going into Tower of Dawn, knowing that this was meant to be a novella that took a different turn and ended up being a 600 page book. I know Sarah can write — and write a lot — but I wondered if it was all that necessary to give Chaol a full-blown story ARC of his own.
Turns out, it was a really good idea. And those that think you can skip Tower of Dawn and proceed straight to the next book…well surprise! You can’t.
Tower of Dawn follows Chaol and Nesryn as they journey to Antica for two reasons:
- Find a way to convince the thriving southern empire to provide aid to Aelin and Dorian as evil descends upon Erilea
- Seek help from the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme to heal Chaol’s broken body following the events of Empire of Storms
Chaol’s story has always been a sad one, but in Tower of Dawn, we finally learn the full extent of his exile from his birthright, and what really went down between him and his father when he renounced his lordship to become a soldier in Adarlan’s army. As a character, Chaol has grown and matured over the series — coming to realise the changing world and people that he’s surrounded himself with throughout his life. While he’s strong physically, as a character, he has plenty of flaws. And he does learn from them. After finishing Tower of Dawn, I am 100% for Chaol having his own book, as his journey throughout this novel has really shown his true growth as a character who went from having (almost) everything in the world, to losing it all, and picking himself back up again.
While I cannot speak for the disabled community, I thought Sarah did a good job in portraying a character that’s lost his ability to move his lower body. This story-arc could have gone so many ways — and I can honestly say that I’m so glad Sarah never took the easy route with Chaol in this regard. If you want to read more about what someone in the disabled community thought of Sarah’s disability representation in Tower of Dawn, I’d highly recommend reading Brittney @ Her Bookish Things’ review. Sarah has coped of a lot of accusations for her representation of disability in this novel — which I think is quite unfair, especially coming from those that are not a part of the disabled community and shouldn’t really be jumping to conclusions. It’s super important to do your research before you start accusing anyone of anything. While there are certainly flaws to each author and their work — think and do your research before you attack or accuse, especially when you’re not in the position to represent that community.
Tower of Dawn also introduces (although if you’ve read the short novella, The Assassin and the Healer, then you’ll have met her before) a new character called Yrene and gives Nesryn a bigger part in the overall story as well. Both Yrene and Nesryn are wonderful female characters, albeit starting off a tad boring a slow. Nesryn’s story escalates towards the middle of his huge book, as she visits the ruk riders and discovers a dangerous and hidden secret that could completely change the course of the entire series. This is what I love about Sarah J. Maas — her worlds are so intertwined and intricate that I never know what will happen next. Yrene is also a really great character to follow, and it was interesting to really get to know her and discover her backstory more. While we got a glimpse of it in The Assassin and the Healer, it just wasn’t enough. And it’s pretty cool how novellas released years ago are now playing a large role in the series in some way or another.
While the Torre Cesme — the tower where all the healers reside — was an interesting addition to the Throne of Glass world. My favourite part of his whole novel was the introduction of Antica to the story. Yes, Sarah’s coped some flak for not being diverse enough in her stories…but think about it this way. There are SO MANY parts of his world that’s yet to be explored. Erilea is just a tiny, tiny part of it. Antica and its entire history and empire was amazing, and I gobbled up all the little details. Based on Genghis Khan, I can definitely see which parts of Antica was influenced by one of the best military leaders and warriors in history. The introduction of Antica also came with the introduction of new characters that you can’t help falling in love with, particularly the prince Sartaq and princess Hasar of Antica. Antica is definitely a world that I was to find out more about, and I really hope we get to revisit it sometime soon.
While Tower of Dawn was definitely worth the read, I couldn’t help but think that it was extremely long, so it did drag slowly in some scenes. But Sarah is and has always been such an engrossing author, so I definitely lapped up all the details despite the slow pacing in parts of the book. Overall, I don’t think you can give his book a miss. There are crucial information in Tower of Dawn that you need to know, before you dive back into the perspectives of Aelin and gang next year. Don’t debate it, pick up a copy of Tower of Dawn. You’ll definitely be sucked in and fall deeply for all its characters.
Thank you to Bloomsbury Australia for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.