Already at the last book of this series (so far)! Time flies when you’re having fun huh 😉 Okay, enough bad jokes. I looked forward to writing this review, but also not, because I know a lot of people who didn’t particularly liked Chaol and Tower of Dawn, so of course I was afraid that I’d get hate on my review. However, I really liked the book so I’ll just write down my opinions as usual 🙂
Title: Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6)
Author: Sarah J Maas
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Summary: After getting a spine injury during the battle, Chaol takes Nesryn with him and leaves for the southern continent to see if someone can heal him. He is currently in a wheelchair, not being able to walk or move anything from his hips to his toes. They visit the Khagan and ask him and his family for help. His children are competing to be named heir, and are prepared to doing their worst for it. While Yrene Towers, a healer at the Tower, is busy healing Chaol, Nesryn has her own plans too. Sartaq, one of the Khagan’s children, takes Nesryn to visit the Rukhin, a cavalry of archers flying on giant birds, and his second hometown.
Ohhh I loved this book (I should count how many times I’ve said that about a book lmao)! I must admit, I was afraid to start reading because many people told me it was actually a shame to the series, and it wasn’t all that interesting, but I thought, well, I’ll read it anyway and I personally am a huge fan of Chaol, so I just dived in. And boy, it was good.
Chaol is presumably the main character, but in my opinion, they all are. He hates his injury, as we could expect. He meets Yrene, who is gonna try to heal him, but before any of that can even happen, he has to deal with his own problems first. After everything that happened with Dorian, Celaena, Aelin, Nesryn and everything else, he feels so much self-hatred and guilt that he almost can’t live with it. He was so loyal to Dorian’s father, who was basically the Valg King, that he made faults he didn’t see until later on. I felt quite bad for him, because I really like his character and in the previous books, I did understand the things he did in loyalty; as long as you stay loyal, nothing can go wrong, right?
Yrene is an awesome character, in my opinion. After reading about her in The Assassin’s Blade, she went to the Torre Cesme, to be a healer. “the world needs more healers,” the note she still has says, the note from her unknown hero. It kinda frustrated me how much she knew about Aelin, about what Chaol was telling her, and she still didn’t know that she was her hero. I really hoped she’d find out one day. She is healing Chaol but the thought that he served the Adarlan soldiers who she hates is still there. She, too, must stand up for herself and deal with her personal emotions.
Before Yrene can even do anything about Chaol’s spine, she has to go through what the Valg left there, the thing that keeps trying to take Chaol back to everyone he lost and everyone he disappointed. It’s a difficult, and tiring journey they’ll have to take but I thought it was written really well. Sometimes, it was not as easily understood as other times, but I think that’s the whole point of the Valg stuff. It hurt me to read about everything painful all over again, but it was really good story-wise.
Nesryn was a character I didn’t really care for in Queen of Shadows. She was busy doing stuff with Chaol, and while Chaol and Aelin were constantly fighting, she didn’t help either. I didn’t really like her together with Chaol, and although in this book they are still together, they didn’t seem like it in the little interactions they had. Something I really loved were Nesryn’s visits to her family close-by. She has quite a big family, with nieces and nephews and it’s shown that she cares about them very much.
Sartaq, one of the Khagan’s children has a second homeland, the home of the Rukhin. The Ruk-riders fly around on enormous birds, and it reminded me of the witches on the Wyverns. Sartaq takes Nesryn with him one day, to show her his second home, and I expected them to fall in love immediately, but to my surprise, it didn’t go like that. Nesryn is well-respected among the Ruk-riders, since she apparently is quite famous. She goes along well with the people, and eventually she even sends word to Chaol that she;s staying longer because of trouble. I didn’t like how Chaol and Nesryn were handling their relationship, if you could still call it a relationship, but at least they both cared about each other.
Overall, I loved the story so much. I enjoyed all parts, and I sped through the book. I particularly liked how it ended (no spoilers), and how Chaol was dealing with his injury. He eventually learned to go with it, to not see it as a disability, but just a different way to do things. I found myself reading on and on, wanting to know more, to find out what would happen next.
“And I am as much of a man in that chair, or with that cane, as I am standing on my feet.”
It’s true that this took some time to get into, the first few chapters were a bit difficult to read, and the story has a lot of history about the Khagan and the history of the Southern Continent, but it helps later in the story, so I didn’t really mind it.
And, of course, let’s not forget Kingdom of Ash! It’s the very last book in this series, part 7, and I pre-ordered it as soon as I heard. I can’t wait to read it, and I hope it’ll be the best finale ever. But, given how much I loved this and how much I liked Empire of Storms and all the plot-twists happening in that book, I think it’ll be okay!
Did you read this book? What did you think? Are you excited for Kingdom of Ash?
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