Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas
[Audiobook Purchased from Audible]
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.
Synopsis from Goodreads
I vaguely remember SJM saying that this book was supposed to be a novella and, after reading it, I have no idea why she ever would’ve thought she could tell this story in so few pages.
I think part of the “issue” (and it’s not really an issue because I love this about SJM) is that it seems like every single one of the characters, no matter how briefly mentioned, in all of her books seem to have elaborate and interesting back stories.
I find that I want to know so much more about every freaking character that walks by! That’s how interesting she makes them and that is how well thought-out her novels are.
Speaking of which, I would love to see/hear how SJM maps out stories, because there are always so many bits and pieces that link together no matter how insignificant or far away it may seem in a previous book, somehow these things come up again later.
Like all of the books in this series, it took a little while for me to get into. But, I understand this going into it and I always end up really enjoying her books after giving it a chance, so I stuck it out and wasn’t disappointed.
If I’m being honest, I had no interest in Chaol’s story. I loved him in the beginning of the series, then I hated him, then I felt bad for him, but still thought he was being a jerk, and when I found out an entire giant novel was going to be about him, I wasn’t excited about it. Granted, I bought the audiobook as soon as it was available, but it also sat in my library for a really long time before I finally read it.
Partly because I wasn’t interested in hearing his story, but also because I hadn’t been in the mood for fantasy, and enjoying a book is a lot about timing for me.
Audiobook Performance: 5 Stars
Elizabeth Evans has been the narrator for (I believe) all of the Throne of Glass books and I’ve always enjoyed her performances.
Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars
There were so many little love stories happening in this one, but romance wasn’t really a huge part of this book. Not coming from a romance reader like me, anyway.
Re-read Worthiness: Maybe
I’m not sure… I have entertained the idea of re-reading the entire series and I just might when it’s finished, but until then…
Bookshelf Placement: Yes
I definitely plan on collecting the entire series for my bookshelf. Right now I only have one (signed) hard copy of Queen of Shadows (my favorite book in the series so far).
Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars
There were so many potential book boyfriends in this one, but if i had to give them an overall rating, it’d be 4 stars. Chaol, actually, being one of the lowest-rated ones of them all. Sartaq is actually my fav book boyfriend in this book.
”Free” Reading Availability
✘ Kindle Unlimited
✘ Prime Reading
✘ Audible Romance Package
(As of 02.25.29)