REVIEW : TOWER OF DAWN

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TITLE: Tower of Dawn
AUTHOR: Sarah J. Maas
SERIES: Throne of Glass #6
GENRES: Fantasy, Young Adult
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 660
PUBLISHED: September 5th 2017
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury

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A glorious empire . . .
A desperate quest . . .

Chaol Westfall and Nesryn Faliq have arrived in the shining city of Antica to forge an alliance with the Khagan of the Southern Continent, whose vast armies are Erilea’s last hope. But they have also come to Antica for another purpose: to seek healing at the famed Torre Cesme for the wounds Chaol received in Rifthold.

After enduring unspeakable horrors as a child, Yrene Towers has no desire to help the young lord from Adarlan, let alone heal him. Yet she has sworn an oath to assist those in need—and will honor it. But Lord Westfall carries shadows from his own past, and Yrene soon comes to realize they could engulf them both.

In this sweeping parallel novel to the New York Times bestselling Empire of Storms, Chaol, Nesryn, and Yrene will have to draw on every scrap of their resilience if they wish to save their friends. But while they become entangled in the political webs of the khaganate, deep in the shadows of mighty mountains where warriors soar on legendary ruks, long-awaited answers slumber. Answers that might offer their world a chance at survival—or doom them all . . .

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He didn’t understand-how she could be so delicate, so small, when she had overturned his life entirely. Worked miracles with those hands and that soul, this woman who had crossed mountains and seas.

Considering that I have been reading this for 78 days, you’d think I would have DNFd it already and rated way lower than four stars. Boy, wasn’t I close to do that! But I’m glad I didn’t give up and pushed through the book, ’cause all the good things waited in the end!

First of all I was so darn frustrated to realize that the previous book ended the way it did and this book was all about Chaol, not a word about the others’s situation! That possibly being the reason I didn’t feel that interested to put my time into reading this at the start of the book.
Pretty much almost all the way to the end of the book it was all the same. Healing, tiptoeing around the khagan and his family, healing, Nesryn, healing etc. Not much interesting happened. So I got bored and thought that I’d jut wait for the Kingdom of Ash to arrive to my house and read that right away, why waste time to this.

But boy didn’t the end do it for the whole book! I don’t think I could have understood a lot of things in the last book if I had DNFd this. Chaol and all the others discover so many secrets that are relevant to the story. They go through a lot together and in order to understand all the dynamics, it’s good that I read this book.
The ending was so full of sorrow, joy, love, suspense etc. And well, after crying my eyes out from happiness, it was almost taken a way, all of it! If this book had ended in a different note, I would have DNFd the whole darn series right there.

Chaol, well actually all of the characters, went through so much growth during this book. They all grew as a characters and I think all of them in a good way. I’m so happy to see my Chaol being himself and possibly even so much more.
Nesryn surprised me with her choices but she still stays pretty nonchalant for me. Maybe she will rise up in the last book then. Yrene, oh I had almost forgotten her completely from the other book! But I’m so happy she’s there and finally got enough courage to battle her own demons.

All in all this book started out so slowly but the ending compensated for it all. I got way too little sleep because I just had to finish ToD, couldn’t put it down with so much happening all around. I needed to know how it ends, hoping that no one dies.
If ToD got me crying, I don’t know if I’m ready for Kingdom of Ash.

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