I read Tower of Dawn recently, so here are my thoughts!!
Title: Tower of Dawn
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Date of Publication: September 2017
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.
Many of you may already know that I was never a big fan of Chaol. I liked him a bit in the first and second ToG books, however I always thought he was just a coward and he really annoyed me (sorry to all the Chaol lovers out there – and I know there are ALOT). So I was less than excited about ToD. I was annoyed that it wasn’t the follow on from EoS because…umm…MASSIVE cliffhanger!!
Anyway, I was very, very surprised to find myself thoroughly enjoying this book by the 4th chapter in. It started off a bit slow, but then I think all of SJM’s books tend to do that. Despite the slow start, I still found myself really interested in what was happening.
The portrayal of Chaol’s injury and disability, I thought, was done really well. SJM obviously did a lot of research on back injuries and mobility which I really appreciated. I think it would be challenging to write about disabilities while being sensitive and not offending readers (i.e. I have seen books where someone has a disability and they get referred to as a “cripple” and I absolutely LOATHE that word).
I always love SJM’s character development in her books. I love the way they tend to be in the dark and build their way into the light – if that makes any sense? Chaol’s character development in this book was really on point, and I thought his story was very inspiring. I really grew to love Chaol and what he stands for. I felt sad for him but also felt joy because out of all of the characters in this series, Chaol is probably the most deserving of happiness (who would have thought I would ever say that!!).
I loved the other characters in this books such as Nesryn, Yrene Towers and Sartaq. I loved the world building – but then I think SJM has always been great at this.
I really don’t have much to fault with this book at all. Yeah, it probably didn’t need to be as big as it is, but if that’s the only fault I can find at this point then I am pretty happy with that!
For those of you who haven’t read this story and aren’t sure whether to read it or not – you definitely need to read it as there are some points throughout the ToD that will be EXTREMELY relevant to the 7th and final book. And for those of you wondering if you need to re-read QoS to read ToD – I would say, no you don’t. If you remember what generally happened in QoS then you will be fine.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it has made me even MORE excited for the final book to come out (even though I know I am going to be an absolute freaking mess…none of my faves better die!!!). I highly recommend this book to those of you who were a bit iffy on reading a book about Chaol, I can almost guarantee that you will love it!