Title: Tower of Dawn
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: NA Fantasy
Status: Book 6 of Throne of Glass series
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.
I’ve figured out why I like the Throne of Glass series so much. It’s the ships. The romance. The couples. I didn’t like the first two books very much, because I didn’t like the pairings. But from book 3 it’s good, because the love is ❤
I took a while to properly get into Tower of Dawn. Mostly because I’m not particularly fond of Chaol and I also wasn’t attached to Nesryn as she wasn’t given much highlight before.
But with a new continent comes new possibilities, characters, myths, legends and ships.
What I liked
I absolutely LOVED the southern continent. I love their traditions, ways, laws, the way the king doesn’t have to wear a crown because he doesn’t need to show that he’s king and everything else. The southern continent is like.. Asia, I want to say? But mostly India. Because they have different names, traditions, several deities and call their king a name of their own—khagan. For once, the setting in this series made me very happy.
Not only that, they also had a variety of forces under them. I LOVED the rukhin and the royal family with their relationships and complexities, all of it. Torre Cesme was so fun to read about as well.
At times I forgot that we’re in the same world as Adarlan and Terrasen because Antica is COMPLETELY different than Erilea and Doranelle. I felt like I was in a new fantasy world. And I loved it much MUCH more.
Honestly, I’m more attached to the characters introduced in this book than Aelin and crew. I’m sorry, but yes. I’m still not sold on Chaol but Nesryn and others are a delight.
I wish there was a whole series set in this continent, but then it probably wouldn’t be that interesting since there’s no war directly relating to them. But I’m glad I got to see this world.
What I didn’t like
For at least half the book we have personal bonding happening and minimal things related to the war. I’ve come to expect this of the series books now. Various characters bond, get to know each other, new rivers are navigated and there’s a standstill on the war front. I was more annoyed with that in this book because I didn’t like the characters enough to ignore that.
I took a while to warm up to the new characters and love them so the first part of the book was a drag. My interest went down in EoS and it was still on a downward spiral until the last quarter of this book when things actually picked up—both on the war and romance fronts.
A few twists have also been popped out in this book, and I’m not very happy with the way they were revealed. It didn’t feel like a major twist? Even though it was? I just wasn’t satisfied by that. Especially since the previous twists in this series were revealed very nicely and made me gasp, this one fell short. But then maybe it’s because there was no Aelin to make it dramatic.
I usually rate books on how they leave me feeling in the end, and that’s the reason I’ve given good ratings to this series. Because despite the first half and all that, the events in the end leave me feeling very nice (especially since they’re related to the ships). Same with this book.
I am very sad that we’ll be going back to Erilea in the next book because I JUST LOVE ANTICA SO MUCH. I’m also waiting for the series to be over. The ships leave me feeling giddy and nice, but I’m ready to be done now. I’ve been following this series since the year Heir of Fire came out, and it’s been long.