Review – Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

**Disclaimer: There are spoilers below for Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, and Empire of Storms.**

Title Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6)

Author Sarah J. Maas

Description from Amazon

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.

Initial Thoughts

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t super excited about reading a whole TOG novel that had nothing to do with my faves. Chaol is ok, but I wasn’t a really a huge fan of Nesryn (and I really didn’t like them together) so a book all about them just didn’t seem like it was up my alley. But, I had to read it. I knew there was vital information in this book for Kingdom of Ash.

Some Things I Liked

  • Irene. She was everything Chaol needed and more. I thought she was the perfect character.
  • Chaol’s injury and the ending. I was happy to see that everything didn’t tie up perfectly at the end. It was a good ending, but Chaol is changed – definitely for the better – but changed all the same.
  • The big reveal. WHAT?? Like WHAT?? No spoilers, but I did NOT see that coming.
  • Nesryn. And, Nesryn and Chaol. I’m so glad they didn’t end up together. That never felt right. Also, I’m glad that Nesryn found a place that she feels at home.

One Thing I Wasn’t Crazy About

  • Spiders. Gross. I feel like no further explanation is needed her. I was not a fan of the scene with the giant talking spider people creature things.

Series Value

I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about a “spin-off” book for this series. I put it in air quotes because it didn’t necessarily feel like a spin-off. It felt like Empire of Storms already had so much that this story was told simultaneously in another book. I would consider this book the official 6th book – as opposed to a spin off between 5 and 6.

Final Thoughts

I can’t wait to read Kingdom of Ash. So much happened in this book. I can’t say I wasn’t expecting much, Sarah J. Maas always delivers. But, I couldn’t possibly have predicted this! So much happened in this book and the epic finale has a whole new spin now.


Recommendations for Further Reading

  • Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas – if you liked this book even a little, you absolutely must read the next book in the series. I am *still* OBSESSED.
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – if you like the idea of a character getting a spin off series, definitely check out the Grishaverse spin offs.
  • Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne – if you liked the story of a healer and a soldier, give this duology by Livia Blackburne a try.

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