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Review: Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Review: Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. MaasTower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #5
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing on September 5th, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 672
Format: Paperback
Source: Amazon
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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.


“He could still speak with dignity and command whether he stood on his feet or was laid flat on his back. The chair was no prison, nothing that made him lesser.”

All the Chaol haters can take a seat at the far back. I was beyond excited when I heard Chaol was going to get his own novella, and then that tripled when it was announced that Tower of Dawn was a novella no more, but a book. A 700 page book of absolute glory. Sarah J. Maas did not let me down. Tower of Dawn has definitely been the best book in this series so far, and my absolute favourite.
I want to clutch this book to my chest and never let go. Chaol, you beautiful, pure cinnamon roll, that needs to be protected at all costs, bless your little heart. This book was honestly such a journey for him. A journey that he needed. A journey that forced him to confront everything that has happened to him and those around him over the last 5 books. I’ve never felt so proud of a fictional character in a long time. This book could so easily have just been 700 pages of him whining about his disability but it wasn’t, and for that I am so happy. Chaol never let it define him, for the chair was no prison.
I can’t even put into appropriate sentences what I loved about this book so I’ve made a list instead:

  • The relationship that blossomed between Chaol and Yrene. I’m still not fine. I knew as soon as she walked into Chaol’s room that very first time that ships would be changing.
  • There was some real grey area cheating going down in this book and I’m still not 100% sure how I feel about it.
  • I have finished this book liking Nesryn’s existence more than I ever thought I would.
  • I would like some happy things to happen to Kashin, please.
  • Sartaq had some of the best romantic one liners. Where is my man like that?
  • THE REAL IDENTITY OF THE VALG QUEEN. Someone hold my book because I almost threw it across the room.
  • Yrene was THE GIRL. IN THE BAR. THAT AELIN/CELAENA SAVED. I cannot wait until she finds out.
  • Nesryn + Sartaq makes me really happy and I’m also really sad that I didn’t get to see more of it
  • I need so many more scenes between Borte and Yeran, please and thank you.
  • The epilogue. LOL GOODBYE. I didn’t need that pain, thank you.
  • The worldbuilding was spectacular. Sarah J. Maas, you did good.
  • All the little plot twists and allusions towards plot lines and characters outside of this book had me squealing.
  • Why is everyone getting surprised married all of a sudden?
  • What is Sarah’s deal with saving the men of her books in the way that she does. Trying so hard not to spoiler here but you guys know what I mean (not that I don’t like the outcome but still!! Where is the George R.R. Martin level of ruthlessness? But please don’t kill my favs.)

I’m honestly a little terrified at how everything is going to play out, but the whole gang is finally going to be back together so as long as everyone sees each other before someone dies, I’m good.

Have you read Tower of Dawn yet?
Let me know what you thought about the book in the comments below.
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