12 September, 2017

#BookReview :: 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.

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I wasn’t expecting much from this book. Chaol Westfall is not one of my favourite characters, but I was expecting to see Yrene Towers again from the moment I realized that Chaol is heading towards Torre Cesme.

After the incident at the Glass Castle, Chaol was badly hurt. His agenda for Torre Cesme was not only to see if the legendary healers of Torre Cesme could heal him but also meet the Royal family there as the hand to the King. From the moment Chaol and Nesryn meet the Royal family, they knew that they had their hands full when it came to convincing the Southern Empire to join in the war. But there is something evil lurking there… whether it was awakened by Chaol and Nesryn’s arrival or something else entirely remains to be discovered. 

I expected quite a bit of politics in this book as it seemed to me that the Southern Continent, which is yet to be touched by Erawan, is so far away from the heart of all the action that they would need some convincing so as to what was really happening out in the world. Arghun, the eldest Prince, also known as the Prince of Spies already has some information on the happenings in Adarlan and Terrasen. And as news trickles in, the group – including Chaol, struggle to keep up to what is true and what is not. 

The book introduces quite a few new characters – Arghun, Sartaq, Hasar and Kashin among them. I took a liking towards Kashin at first who seemed more welcoming of the party from Adarlan than the others. But it was Sartaq who slowly built up a place of his own. I quite like the character of Hasar – who can be manipulative at times. But being one of the heirs, she has to be strong and manipulative if she wants to live in the long run. Nesryn got her fair share in the spotlight too. But it was Yrene who won my heart in this book. She is such a strong girl. It may not have been very apparent in The Assassin and the Healer, but she has some strength and light in her that makes her very likeable. And her experience with Celaena Sardothien only made her stronger.

I didn’t really feel the romance in this book. There are two sets of romantic relationships that played out in this book and both felt very sudden and forced. Also, the pace of the book felt really slow. There were things that felt too repetitive (especially reference to Yrene having tended to an injury similar to Chaol’s) and could have been done without.

However, that HUGE plot twist just about made up for the missed mark on romance and pace. Those of you have read it – can you believe it about Maeve? I always thought that there was some motive behind Maeve’s actions that we did not know, but I could not have imagined this in my wildest imaginations. Those of you from the ToG fandom who are wondering whether to pick this book up or not – please do. That one plot twist is totally worth it. It changes everything we know!

I am going to have a very hard time waiting for #ToG7!

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