Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6)Title: Tower of Dawn

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy / New Adult

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Release Date: September 5th, 2017

Format: Own. UK Paperback

Synopsis:

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.

Thoughts:

No. Spoilers. With. This. One.

Today is the release of Kingdom of Ash! And what better way to hype your more up, well some bookish thoughts over Tower of Dawn, perhaps? I have to say Tower of Dawn is my favorite book yet.

Writing:

“It was like waking up or being born or falling out of the sky. It was an answer and a song, and she could not think or feel fast enough.”

The writing has changed so much through the years, that’s life and growth of course. What drifts my attention most is the story-telling here in Tower of Dawn. As an overall, it was somewhat predictable but the way the story strips down (and boy, when I say strip down *wags eyebrow y’all know what I mean*) #dirtyjokesaside

The unloading of the story is not information dumping nor it was slow. For me, it is where Sarah J. Maas has been consistent with, her pacing in storytelling. I already loved it but Tower of Dawn tops her previous works. And I praise where credit is due. #Queen

The breakdown of the story, it was in chunks of what you’ll predict yet not truly and the slow burn touch between characters was an awesome touch. It makes it more worthwhile than ever. I am so hyped up for Kingdom of Ash and ain’t even sorry.

There are still the repetitive terms present throughout the novel which was annoying but bearable. I believe I had noticed the appearance of these in the later thicker novels? Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows and boy, it was a whole new level in Empire of Storms (which you can see my thoughts too link below).

If you too are worried about that or you’re thinking this is a pure Chaol Westfall novel it isn’t there are part told from Nesryn Faliq’s, and for spoiler purposes, there are form other character point-of-views too.

World Building:

“Desperation breeds people who are willing to do anything to get what they need.”

From the beginning of the novel, you’ll feel a huge writing and atmospheric changes which were written vividly stunning and refreshing. (Another wherein Maas is consistent in her world building.) I love how I feel being reintroduced through her writing in the same world of Throne of Glass. Yes, it is from the same series but that feeling, seeing the southern continent new people and new norms of culture and government system.

If you’d loved Sarah J. Maas’ world building before you’ll fall deeper in love with it here. We get to explore more here geographically speaking. There are way too much to see, explore, and I feel like from all those pages I have but there are more. I kept looking at the map. Haha, I love the vibe it gave, outdoors and indoor settings to note and suck in.

New place new norms and beliefs, politically speaking the reign here in the south are very different from where we have seen in the first five books. Another reason why you should read Tower of Dawn before fully delving in Kingdom of Ash.

Plot:

“I will cherish it always.
No matter what may befall the world.
No matter the oceans, or mountains, or forests in the way.”

I love how this is taking place while Empire of Storms is happening. Yes, it is a parallel of  Empire of Storms! It’s really cool.

There is minimum news going into the breeze of the southern continent, Antica from what is happening in the north. So, the characters are mostly likely blinded-ish or not sure by the events in the North.

It will make your heart ever so satisfied and it will leave you hurting.

Gods, I always love where this series is leading us, but this is the part where I lost it. There is a freaking catch. And I have no idea how to say it without spoiling. And again no, I won’t spoil.

There are discoveries made here that I believe will be very supplemental to the following book, Kingdom of Ash.

The reveals are connected and are not limited to these…

  • Character-wise
  • Something about their allies
  • Possible allies? or enemy?
  • Something about the enemy
  • Other living creatures of this world…

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I can’t believe some people are skipping out on this one or I, almost believe on skipping it too. It’s okay if you’re not comfortable with Tower of Dawn, I just feel like you’ll be robbed of that feels when the events unveiling here is out and there for you to see but slept on. You know.

Characters:

“You looked at me without an ounce of pity. You saw me. Not the chair or the injury. You saw me. It was the first time I’d felt … seen. Felt awake, in a long time.”

HOHOHO, is it Christmas? Umm, in the Philippines it is never too early to celebrate so, YES! For me, I love Chaol Westfall from the beginning I know he’s not perfect and that’s what makes him perfect in my eyes. Call him a stale loaf of bread IDC. Judge me all you want, Chaol is my number 1. Followed by Manon…

Everything that Chaol had been through and still going through, I have no doubt it’ll wreck me. I love how he has grown here.

SPOILER! 

If you’ve read the earlier book it isn’t,

!!!!SPOILER FOR THOSE WHO HAS NOT READ QUEEN OF SHADOWS!!!

But Chaol was unable to walk at the end of Queen of Shadows and was completely wiped out of the picture. It was really painful as a Chaol Trash.

But we get to see him more here, completely exposed. Oh, yeah I said it.

 

End of Spoiler ~

Chaol Westfall as a character has been tested yet again and had developed and found more than he could ever need.

Everything Sarah J. Maas made him gone through. All of it now brings us to this. And it delivered. It was amazing. I even looked at the acknowledgments,  I see it had gone through sensitivity readings too. I really love how they had handled everything with what he’s going~being through in this novel.

Nesryn Faliq stays with Chaol in the Southern Continent, then like I have repetitively said, discovered too a buncha-stuff that’ll freak you out. She too is tested with this journey to do what is right and maybe a little wrong too. Or gets what she deserves, but really there’s another book. All I am feeling right now is scare for all of them.

We are introduced into new characters here, there is the khagan, his wife, sons, and daughters,

These characters you will all easily love and hate, be confused with, maybe we even get to see someone who we met from the earlier ones…

Lastly, favorite quote, hello, there *blushes*

“I will cherish it always.
No matter what may befall the world.
No matter the oceans, or mountains, or forests in the way.”

Overall:

Here’s an emotional gif of Matthew McConaughey from Interstellar that hits home with the novel Tower of Dawn.

Rating:

five

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Related: The Assassin’s Blade – Sarah J. Maas

               Queen of Shadows – Sarah J. Maas

               Empire of Storms – Sarah J. Maas

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