Saturday, February 17, 2018

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) review

Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6)
By: Sarah J. Maas

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 want to start this review by first admitting that Chaoll Westfall has never been a favorite character of mine. At one point I used to dread his parts entirely because I found both his personality and his story lines to be very dull. It's pretty safe to say then when I found out that this installment of Throne of Glass was entirely about Chaol I did not rush out to buy it. I knew at some point I would have to read it or else that last installment (due out this year!! Woo Hoo!!) would probably not make as much sense to me. Luckily, I was given this book as a gift from my other half (thanks, babe!) and though I may not have been excited about the amount of Chaol I was about to digest, who could ever turn up their nose at a Sarah J Maas book?? She is a brilliant writer, and I knew that no matter what I would not be disappointed at the end of the book. I was so right.

This book was about Chaol and Nesryn's journey to Antica, for Chaol to be healed from the injury he received in the Queen of Shadows book and I looked forward to exploring a new place with new characters. It's always exciting to see what the mind of Mass will create next for her readers. This time she came up with a royal family with an interesting way of selecting the next heir, a group of prominent magical healers and potential new allies in the great war that's coming. 

One thing that disappoints me about Chaol's character is that he never evolves in any way. His thought processes, actions and values always stay the same no matter how much the world around him changes and evolves, or how much he learns about the wonders of this fantasy world. He's a bit of a caveman in that respect. Don't get me wrong he is still protective, observant, caring and mindful of the people and places around him, however because he comes at every new obstacle in much the same way as the last, his story lines tend to get stale quickly as the reader already knows what to expect of this character. I had hoped that during this 664 page tomb he would grow and become slightly more unpredictable, thus making him more interesting but unfortunately that didn't happen, and as such there were quite a lot of dry parts is this novel.

The new characters that Maas brought in were all rather interesting though, my favorite being Yrene. By the end of the book I could just feel that Yrene will be playing a very big part in the war, not that I expect her to survive to see the aftermath of it. Her character is powerful in a way that we hadn't seen yet and that power, combined with her extraordinary empathy was so refreshing to read. She definitely brings a lot of character and vigor to the series and I am very excited to see what she does next and how she handles meeting Aelin for the first time. 

Actually, one thing I can definitely say about this book is that it has built up so much excitement in me for the final installment that I cannot wait for October for it to come out! I am beyond excited to see the entire rag-tag cast of characters from all of the books finally culminate into an incredibly powerful force. The war is going to be something to behold that is for sure. 

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Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

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