Oh boy was book six in The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas a MASSIVE undertaking. Tower of Dawn is a whopping 660 pages long and I’m not totally convinced it should have been that lengthy which I will get into my reasons why below. I’m going to give you the synopsis and then my thoughts. This review will have spoilers.
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.
To put it simply, I really liked this book. Did I love it as much as the others? Eh, not really but for just a few reasons that I’ll get into below. Tower of Dawn is totally about Chaol and Nesryn as they are in Antica trying to get the royal family there to help with the war. It takes place during the same time period as Empire of Storms. Aelin, Rowan, Dorian or none of the others are in this book and only mentioned a few times but that was fine with me because I enjoy Chaol’s character. If you do NOT like Chaol, you are going to struggle to get through this book. I loved reading about Chaol’s healing process, physically and spiritually, and how he figured out that he’s the same man in a wheelchair as he is out of one. I think that Maas represented a disabled character very well in showing that he was still capable and strong. I absolutely adored Yrene Towers. Even though it was very obvious to me that she and Chaol would end up together, I was happy with that because I love both of them and their dynamic together. I also loved the Khagan and the royal family. I honestly would be ecstatic to see a spin off book just about Antica and the royal family. Now for what I didn’t like…
I felt most of Nesryn’s parts were somewhat dull. I don’t dislike Nesryn but I’ve never been a major fan of her so I just didn’t really care what she was up to. I think the romance between her and Sartaq was fine but I didn’t really care about it one way or the other. I understand why Nesryn is vital to the story but I still caught myself skimming all of her parts. That brings me to my next point, I think this book was just a tad bit too long. Some very important events happen throughout but those are far outnumbered by somewhat useless interactions and page filler. In my opinion, this book could have still worked and been an easier read if it was 25% shorter.
Of course, I recommend reading this book but I know there’s plenty of summaries of the major events out there if you just can’t make it through a total book of Chaol, lol. I personally love him and have since the beginning because I like that he’s not perfect and sweet all the time. This review went up later than usual because it took me longer to finish and Kingdom of Ash will probably go up later as well because it’s 984 pages long. I’m assuming some serious stuff is about to happen and I am READY. Let me know what you think about Tower of Dawn! Thank you for reading and have a great day!