This book review of Tower of Dawn may contain spoilers for the series, and you should probably avoid this review if you haven’t read the other books! I have written a review for Empire of Storms if you’re interested!
In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.
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 was dubious going into this book, and I’m pretty sure this is the only Sarah J Maas books that I have given less than 5 stars for. The only reason is that I’m not a huge Chaol fan, he annoys me more than anything else, and to have a book based only on him it was a test!
The biggest problem with Tower of Dawn would have to be how fickle everyone turned out to be. It ended up being pretty predictable and I foresaw how everything was going to end. Maybe not all the details but the relationships… It was kind of disappointing if I’m honest!
I also thought it was never going to be a popular book, especially with it coming after Empire of Storms and the way that ended. I was WAY more interested in learning about Aelin and what was happening on her end then Chaol’s recovery. I do think as well this book was an awful lot of filler and the information we learnt didn’t necessarily need an entire book to explain or find it out. Basically, I wanted to bypass Tower of Dawn and move onto the actual story!
I will say that the culture that was created in Antica was really well done, and I loved learning all about Yrene and the ways of the healers at Torre Cesme. I thought the religion that surrounded their lives there. I loved the stories of the bells and the “womb” as it was called. I just thought the entire thing was really well written and put together.
I think my favourite part of Tower of Dawn would definitely have to be the Ruks and their riders. Learning all about their sense of community and their lives together was the best bit of the book. I loved the different characters and how they linked back to Aelin and her friends. It was a nice link and one I really enjoyed.
Overall I would still recommend this series, this book was definitely not my favourite but there had to be one. I’m hoping the next one will be all the better in comparison. I’m waiting eagerly.
Have you read a series that you loved and one book let you down? Let me know in the comments!