Tower of Dawn

Tower of Dawn

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Following the shattering of the glass castle and the deaths of his men, Chaol pursues recovery by searching for healers in the southern continent while trying to convince Dorian and Aelin to ally with him and Nesryn in order to avoid war.
Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury,, 2017
ISBN: 9781681195773
1681195771
Characteristics: 664 pages : map ; 25 cm

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susan_findlay
May 30, 2019

This book definitely benefited from the fact that I hadn't been waiting a year for resolution to the cliffhanger at the end of #5 (and didn't therefore find out that I had to wait another year since this book doesn't pick up where the last one left off; its timeline runs parallel to that of book #5).

While technically part of the overall series, this book takes place on another continent and only one of the characters is familiar; everyone else is new.

After #5 built up to a huge climax, we're now to ignore that and enjoy a leisurely stroll through the south meeting new characters, some of whom will presumably be important in #7. Because of that (and because there is one very significant revelation with regard to the overall arc of the series), you can't just skip this book. But I can understand why this entry in the series frustrated many readers - particularly when it was first published. That said, I disagree strongly with those who suggest that #5 and #6 should have been merged and condensed. There were enough different stories to follow in #6; we did not need to add Chaol/Yrene and Nesryn/Sartaq to the mix. There is enough world building and story here to merit its own book. It's just that you have to be okay with "taking a break" from the main Aelin story.

Anyway, I enjoyed it despite a somewhat anticlimactic ending.

I think I've also come to the conclusion that when reviews accuse a book of being "slow", I'm probably going to like it. Battle scenes do nothing for me. I like the character development and world building stuff.

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jennycranford
May 16, 2019

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KBibaeff3
Mar 27, 2019

Was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this enstalment even without the main character. While Chaol is not one of my favored characters, my fondness for him grew. Can’t wait for all the storylines to converge and see what awaits at the end!

kirstd31 Oct 09, 2018

I could just not get into the book. It was too drawn out and I was very tired of reading about Choal and Yrene fighting all the time.

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happycanuck
Oct 07, 2018

Excellent... as are all SJM's books in this series. Lots of action. Not too much filler. Can hardly wait for the release of the final book in a couple of weeks.

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Sealion101
Jun 26, 2018

I thought I wouldn't like ToD as much as the other books just because Chaol is ok but isn't my favorite character. I also was sad to learn that I would have to wait a whole year for the last book and to find out what happens to Aelin!
However, I really enjoyed ToD! it gave a lot of good back story that helped me understand the whole series better.
I think that Chaol and Yeren are good for each other, but its kinda similar to schorcha and Dorian.
I want to here more about the back story of mannon and all of the wiches! in the whole serries, I think that mannon and Abraxtos are my favortie characters

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Linyarai
May 15, 2018

After reading a lot of 3/5 books by unfamiliar authors, it's comforting to turn back to a loved author and curl up in a book you know you will enjoy. Comforting, until you start getting emotionally attached and scared as you get closer and closer to the ending knowing it's going to tear your heart out, or at least make you dread the conflict in the next book.

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faithmurri99
Apr 22, 2018

AKA Chaol Westfall and the Book That Was Good Because Aelin Wasn't In It

Ok, but in all seriousness, this book was good. And not just because Aelin was only physically present in the very last chapter as a teaser for the final book. It was good because it took everything that was effective in all the previous books—the sneaking and sleuthing from ToG and CoM, the self-discovery and battles against personal demons (quite literally in this case) from HoF, and well, not much from EoS because it was mostly atrocious and the few things that were good were really just okay—and joined them into one volume. It felt like a return to form, but smoother and better.

The inclusion of more diverse characters with the Khagan's children and Nesryn's family was much appreciated. I am not usually too bothered by a lack of diversity, but when Maas established this world as somewhat of a real-world 1700s equivalent with the fashion and technology, and with vast empires and globalization, it really was a problem that there wasn't much diversity, because in such a world, there would be a great deal of diversity.

The characters were fantastic. They felt so real and believable, with understandable motivations and intentions. Chaol has always been a favorite of mine, being just about the only character who wasn't an idiot in all the previous books, and his absence from EoS might have contributed to it being trash, and in this book, he only got better.

His battle with the demon residue left in him from his epic battle with the Adarlanian king (did he have a name? I really can't remember him having a name) was reminiscent of Celaena's in HoF when she reclaimed herself as Aelin. HoF was my previous favorite book in the series for that fact alone (as Celaena/Aelin was at her least annoying then), besides the lack of much obnoxious romance other than the short-lived and rather forced Sorscha crap which brought my rating down a star. I've felt what Chaol felt before, that self-loathing that makes you want to curl up and wither away, and his perseverance over it, both on his own and with much-needed help, was fantastic.

Nesryn was interesting, because she had not been a perspective character before, and her reserved nature had made her seem rather boring in QoS, but she really became a new favorite, because I found myself relating to her a lot as well. She was complex and introverted, not boring. While her romance with Sartaq felt a tad forced and stalker-y, her character growth felt natural.

Yrene was also a great character, which surprised me because her introduction in The Assassin and the Healer was kind of boring tbh, and she was just too similar to Sorscha (a healer from Fenharrow who's a love interest for an Adarlanian) but much to my surprise, she become an interesting person, not just someone for Celaena to ~astound~ and ~utterly mystify~ with her ~gloriousness~

I was worried I wouldn't like this book, because of EoS bringing down my expectations, and because I disagreed wholeheartedly with Celaena in CoM when she hated him for what he "did" that allowed Nehemia's death. I was afraid this would be a pity party book, not for Chaol, but for Aelin. That he would feel so bad for her, when she's actually just a crazy person. But it wasn't. It was a journey of self-discovery. Of learning to rely on yourself, but also to rely on others. To learn what the balance must be between the two. It was exactly what I needed right now, and I'm so glad I read it.

IamWowie Apr 19, 2018

My least favourite book. Why devote the full book to supporting characters and introduce more characters. The story of Chaol & Nesryn can be told in less than 3 chapters. Their characters are not that exciting anyways. Would have been better if the story of Maeve & Erawan were told instead. This book is boring.

LPL_ColtonS Nov 20, 2017

Tower of Dawn is a revealing character novel in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. It explores the separate journey of the well known characters, Chaol Westfall and Nesryn Faliq, as they attempt to heal mentally and physically, after a debilitating wound. It gives great insight into a soldier’s mind after losing control of a large part of his life, and how people can learn to grow away from life-long hatreds to become strong together. Lovers of the series should appreciate the return-to-the-roots feeling of the novel, and learn more about characters they already know well.

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faithmurri99
Apr 22, 2018

He had not healed. Unmoored and raging, he had not wanted to heal.
Not really. His body, yes, but even that...
Some part of him had whispered it was deserved.
And the soul-wound... He had been content to let it fester.

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