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Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas REVIEW


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 REVIEW: (contains NO spoilers)

Yes, I am FINALLY reviewing the 6thThrone of Glass book, Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas! If you saw my previous blog post all about meeting the amazing Sarah J. Maas, then you know that I attended her book tour for this book, I got to hear her talk about it, and I even got to meet her and get my book signed and personalized!!! So you can tell that I was super excited to read this book!

I don’t think there was a single Throne of Glass fan who wasn’t nervous about this book, though. Tower of Dawn basically takes place during the events of Empire of Storms (5th book in the series). It follows what happened to Chaol and Nesryn, who were both absent from the 5th book. They traveled to the Southern Continent for reasons that you will know if you’ve read Empire of Storms. There, they discover some incredibly shocking things about Erilea and the Valg demons and how they can help save Erilea.

The whole fandom was both anxious and excited for this book. This is because Aelin, Rowan, and the rest of the crew are not in it. The main character is Chaol, who most people were not a huge fan of after the events in Queen of Shadows.

But, let me tell you this: I LOVED THIS BOOK. It is 100% necessary for you to read Tower of Dawn before the final Throne of Glass book is released next year. It contains some VITAL information for the world and the war we all know is approaching.

I gave this book 5/5 stars on Goodreads. I was sucked into the story immediately, which is always a good sign. Chaol used to be one of my favorite characters, so I was really hoping I would like him better than I did after the terrible things he said in Queen of Shadows. And I totally did. I have so much to say about Tower of Dawn!

First off, the setting was different than the other books in the series. Reading about the Southern Continent had to be one of my favorite things about this book. At the event I attended, Sarah J. Maas said that she drew inspiration for the culture of the Southern Continent from the Mongol empire. I was totally able to see that as I read! The government of the Southern Continent was so intriguing and unlike anything I’d ever read about before. Also, the scenery that was described sounded gorgeous. Antica, the capital city of the Southern Continent, is the complete opposite of the Northern Continent – it is a city full of light and learning and beautiful culture. Can I please live there???

I was not a huge fan of Chaol and Nesryn going into this book. But I quickly grew to love them as much as all the other characters back on the Northern Continent. Sarah J. Maas delved deeper into both characters’ pasts and the motives behind everything they do. Both overcome some struggles throughout the plot, which was so amazing to read about.

Also, some new characters were introduced!! I love each of them with all my heart. But my favorite character is a character that is mentioned in the novella collection, The Assassin’s Blade. She is in the story, “The Assassin and the Healer.” Yep, Yrene Towers is one of the main characters in Tower of Dawn as she is a healer at the Torre Cesme in Antica! I LOVED her character; it was such a different one, and I felt so inspired by her at the end of the novel.

Honestly, the only problem I have with this book was that the pacing was a little slow at times. It seemed like there were several chapters at a time where not much would happen, and then something big would happen all of a sudden. That’s my only critique, and it’s honestly not that big of a problem at all! The plot was intense the rest of the time, and the ending made me sob. Literally sob. (for anyone who’s read it – THAT LAST CHAPTER!)

Overall, I am telling all of you doubting TOG fans that Tower of Dawn is worth the read! And if you have never read any of the books in the Throne of Glass series, I highly encourage you to pick up the first one!! You will not regret it!

Just because I wanted to show you all how much I loved this book, here are all the Throne of Glass books in order from my favorite to least favorite:

  • Queen of Shadows (book 4)
  • Tower of Dawn (book 6)
  • Heir of Fire (book 3)
  • Throne of Glass (book 1)
  • Empire of Storms (book 5)
  • Crown of Midnight (book 2)

If you’ve read this series, what’s your favorite book in the series?

I hope you enjoyed my bookish babblings for today! Keep reading!!

~ Rebekah A.C.

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6 thoughts on “Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas REVIEW”

  1. Tower of Dawn is my new favorite Mass book, and that’s a big deal! I loved the ACOTAR series, but ToD completely blew me away. Chaol’s character and Yrene – they’re just so beautiful. I loved how the story flowed, the Southern Continent, the royals, and Nesyrn. It was fantastic.


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