Tower of Dawn
Sarah J. Maas
“He was Lord of Nothing. Lord of Oath-Breakers. Lord of Liars.”
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass Book 7 (Counting Novella)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
WARNING SPOILERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT READ ALL THE THRONE OF GLASS SERIES.
Tower of Dawn has become one of my favorite read of 2017. I admit I was dreading this book and had to give myself a peep-talk to even read it. I was never a fan of Chaol, even in the first book I just couldn’t like him. In Queen of Shadows I wanted to sling him into the Avery. I am currently eating my words for all the bad thing I said about Chaol. There was so many mentions of Aelin, Rowan, Aedion, and Lysandra that heart was beating a mile a minute. This book followed around the same time of Empire of Storms and that means for once we know what the crap is happening before the characters in this book. Did anyone else do the evil laugh anytime they were all wondering what Aelin was going to do or was that just me?
Here my review of this inspiring book. Sorry if I ramble I was excited and I try to reign it in.
The story is center around Chaol and Nesryn journey to the mysterious Southern Continent that we keep getting whispers of throughout the whole series. They have arrived at the Capital called Antica (The God-City) to seek an alliance with the mighty Empire that is ruled by the Khagon and worshipers of 36 different gods.
“They called it the god-city for them— and for the living god seated on the ivory throne a top that golden dais.”
Chaol has also come seek the best healers in the world who study at the Torre Cesme, so he can be healed and walk again after the battle in Queen of Shadows.
There is so much history that was laid out perfectly that we all wanted answers too, such as, the history of the three Valg Kings, secrets of Mauve, and history of the healers.
The world-building in this reminded me of Game of Thrones so much so I couldn’t stop imagining Khal Drogo and keep waiting for the dragons to fly in. (Technically the Ruks could have been design after the dragons.)
I felt like there was no details about this new land, basically because the world-building mainly came from Nesyrn or Yrene. I need to know more about this land. History of Southern Continent was crammed into the story all in one place.
- Chaol Westfall– Chaol is the new hand of the king/ Lord of Anielle/ Ambassador for Terrasen , seriously so many new titles. Chaol journey though this book was hard at times, not because it was bad, but because it was so emotional. We get to see Chaol trying to let go of all the hate, anger, fear, and guilt he has held on to long before this series began.
“The heart he’d offered and had been left to drop on the wooden planks of the river docks. An assassin who had sailed away and a queen who had returned.”
I love see how all that pain didn’t just magically go away and didn’t just go away because he fell in love. He had to work though his problems on his own. The healing sessions in this book were so intense that I could feel the pain that he felt. Truly he’s character development in this book is amazing.
“Using the chair is not a punishment. It is not a prison,’ he said softly. ‘It never was. And I am as much of a man in that chair, or with that cane, as I am standing on my feet.’
- Nesyrn- Personally I enjoyed Nesyrn in Queen of Shadows when she actually spoke. I love getting to see what behind that cold and calm mask she always wore. Nesyrn’s POV did irritate me in the beginning because of all the fan-girling she was doing over the Khagan. About halfway through the book I became engross in her story because she uncovers so much information that we seriously need 3 books ago. She began to grow on me and the sassy with a straight face was brilliant and she is the only one who seems to see the real Aelin. Thank you Nesyrn!
“Nesryn supposed that was why she liked the queen: there were plans so long in the making that for someone who let the world deem her unchecked and brash, Aelin showed a great deal of restraint in keeping it all hidden.”
- Yrene Towers
: Chaol wasn’t the only one who has some issues to work through. Yrene was first introduced in The Assassin Blade novella called “The Assassin and The Healer”. Sneaky Sarah to bring a character from the novella into the main series but she is a pro at that isn’t she. Yrene was an amazing character and I love seeing how the healing power was explained in further detail and get to see the toll that it can take.
I do love Yrene’s relationship with Chaol because she didn’t down him and understood the darkest, hate, shame and guilt that he was holding on to. She didn’t baby him. She is so strong and fierce and wants to help all those who are in playing a part in the war to come.
“I once lived in fear of other people. I let other people walk all over me just because I was too afraid of the consequences for refusing. I did not know how to refuse.”
She wants to return the favor that was given to her by a “mysterious” young girl who gave her the money to follow her dreams because the world needs more healer.
“A gift. A gift from a queen who had seen another woman in hell and thought to reach back a hand. With no thought of it ever being returned. A moment of kindness, a tug on a thread.”
- The Khagan and all his many children: Seriously this guy had so many kids it took me forever to keep them all straight. So his kids are all commands to different aspects of the kingdom. They are backstabbing, spies, conniving, and bad-a**es. So of course of I love them.
Sartaq Aka The Prince of Wings– commander of fathers aerie forces and the Ruk riders. Rux’s are enormous birds, eagle-like in shape and large enough to carry off cattle and horse. His Rux’s name is Kadara. Sartaq was my favorite of the family and he’s a massive flirt!
Arghun Aka Prince of Spies: The oldest of the heirs. He is a politician, beloved of merchants and power brokers of the continent. Trades in knowledge. He is pretty much a douche and that’s putting it nicely.
Duva- Youngest and married to a man from a territory near Doranelle that wanted to protection from the Southern Continent. She is quite and really smiley.
Hasar: Claims the armadas and have them bowing to her whim. She is ruthless, no filter, and cunning. Pretty much just like Aelin.
Kashin: Controls the armies on land, which are foot soilders and the horse lords. He is quiter than the others and listens to every order thrown he’s way.
All in all I loved this inspiring book. I felt like Sarah J. Maas took a huge risk with the darkest and topics of this book. I would gladly say that the risk paid off because this is my favorite book of the series. I would recommend this book to everyone.
The ending of the book was typical Sarah J. Maas style. You are crying and praying to the stars to give you the next book now.
Plus, it was no lie, you really NEED to read this book before reading the series finale because there is so much of this book that will hugely impact the story to come.
My Rating: 4.5