The new and slightly unexpected installment in the Throne of Glass series. A lot of mixed reviews for Tower of Dawn!!
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.
I think (like most fans) I wasn’t super excited about this one as I didn’t really care about Chaol. He’s not my favourite and certainly not a fan favourite. This felt like a filler book. So I was very meh going in – especially as it picks up not from the end of the previous book, but from Queen of Shadows (Book Four). However… I love this series so there was no way I could skip it!
Sooo… *spoilers ahead*
We follow Chaol who now serves as King Dorian’s ambassador to the Southern Continent. He and Nesryn, his successor as Captain of the Aderlan Royal Guard, come to the Kaghan’s court. They are seeking an alliance for the coming war. Also to bring paralysed Chaol to the renowned healers of Antica. Chaol begins the healing process under the care of Yrene Towers, a gifted healer. Who we have met before in The Assassins Blade. His healing is complicated by her prejudice towards Aderlan and by the emotional demons he must face.
I love me a bit of backstory so was amped up that we got some more on The Valg! The War now carries more weight and context and actually feels like a solid threat. We’ve got a bit more fear that we know who is really holding Aelin. And what they are capable of.
This was definitely a story about the growth of character’s (new and old). Also establishing their roles in the coming war. I did really enjoy the Ruk’s; they were a cool addition and can’t wait for their battle against the Wyrvens.
While not my favourite by far it was necessary for the story and did benefit from being fleshed out from a novella into a full novel. Yrene will definitely be a new favourite for fans and hopefully from now on people won’t hate Chaol… as much.
Obviously, if you’ve read Throne of Glass series Tower of Dawn a must. Persevere people. Persevere.
If you like this post read my review of A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas