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
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Characteristics: 664 pages : map ; 25 cm

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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.

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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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Nymeria23
Nov 07, 2017

I don't understand how Sarah J. Maas does it. I started this book not super thrilled, feeling like I would rather get more storytime with the other characters in the Throne of Glass universe (honestly, of them all, Chaol was my least favorite character to begin with). I had decided to read it because it had changed from being a side novella to being ToG6 and I felt like I couldn't just skip a vital part of the storyline; plus I was hoping that Chaol's story would get done soon and he would somehow be integral in finding Aelin/would share some screen time with the other characters I've been missing. While I didn't exactly get my wish, I was given what I never knew I desired.
It was amazing. The start was slightly rocky, but it picked up pace real quick and I quickly became lost in the book. I love Yrene, and I love knowing just how far she's come since she unknowingly met Aelin. This story had vital information and discoveries for the ToG world and thrilling action was still to be had in the peaceful town. I'm even more excited for the series to continue and I can't wait to see how Maas blows my mind (though I am very fearful for all my favorite characters' safety).

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 19, 2017

I went into Tower of Dawn by Sarah.J.Maas with low expectations since I wasn’t fond of the character it centred around, and I wanted the last book in the series instead of a book parallel to the previous book. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I genuinely enjoyed it. The pacing at first was slow, but picked up at page 100. This is definitely a book that you need to read before continuing the Throne of Glass series.
- @AccioBooks of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Like many of my friends, I had strong feelings of disappointment and displeasure with Chaol after all he did, in Crown of Midnight. However, as a believer of second chances, I took one and read this because I do love the author. I am very thankful I did, because I think that in finding acceptance with himself, Sarah intended us to forgive him as well. The romance and relations are distinct and feel real, dynamic, and powerful. The plot races at a speed that is not overwhelming but also insanely tense at twists and turns. I finished this in a day, and I can't wait for 2018's new book(s)!
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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haleyhopeg
Oct 12, 2017

This was a book I was really excited for, and it didn't disappoint. This is probably one of my favorites in the entire Throne of Glass series.

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Oct 28, 2017

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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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