Title: Tower of Dawn
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Page Count: 660
This review may contain spoilers!
This story follows Chaol and Nesryn as they head to Antica in the southern continent to receive healing for his spinal injury. He is also hoping to receive Antica’s support, to fight against Erawan. He meets with his healer from the Torre, Yrene Towers and they get to know each other. Meanwhile Nesryn is back in her homeland and goes to visit with family and also forms a relationship with Prince Sartaq, one of the sons of the Khagan. Prince Sartaq is the leader of the armies of the rukhin. He shows Nesryn his ruk, Kadara, and takes her for a ride on her. He eventually asks Nesryn to go with him to the nests of the rukhin and she says yes. While Yrene is healing Chaol, they start to uncover the mystery and secrets around the palace and so do Nesryn and Sartaq. Secrets that will leave them rushing to find Aelin and fight against Erawan and maybe even something darker and far worse.
I really wasn’t expecting to like this book that much. I actually liked Chaol from the beginning but I didn’t love him like I did Dorian, so I wasn’t super excited to read a book that’s 660 pages from Chaol’s perspective. But I really enjoyed this book! This story doesn’t take place after Empire of Storms. It actually takes place during Empire Storms, just in the southern continent from different point of views. At the beginning I was very bored with Nesryn’s chapters because I’ve never been a huge fan of hers. She’s not really any special kind of character and didn’t really stand out to me that much. But I LOVED reading about Chaol and Yrene. I could sense their relationship turning into a romance the moment Yrene walked in the room and Chaol saw her for the first time.
We learned so much from this book about the Valg and everything! Like, that Maeve is the Queen of the Valg. So now, not only is Erawan a threat but Maeve is as well. I mean, obviously we already knew that she is a threat but now it seems that she may be even worse that Erawan and could be the real enemy in the last book. I’m really scared for the last book…
I was also very much confused until about halfway through the book because of all the new characters. I literally had to make a chart so I could remember who was who. Urus is the Khagan of the southern continent and he has 3 sons and 3 daughters but we learn that before Chaol and Nesryn arrived, one of the daughters had committed suicide. The three sons are Sartaq, Arghun and Kashin. And the two living daughters are Hasar and Duva. Duva is currently married and the only one with child and she’s claimed to be the “good” one. Hasar has befriended Yrene but she seems suspicious because she is very deceitful. The daughter that has passed was named, Tumelun.
Chaol starts to wonder if Tumelun really committed suicide or was murdered. Then one night when a healer is killed and then started hunting Yrene, things really get suspicious. Chaol and Yrene work together to read old books and scrolls to read on the Valg. And then they discover that a Valg is inside of Duva, as the Valg inside of her wants to take Yrene to Erawan because he wants the best healer.
This book gets really suspenseful and I cried quite a few times. I think I might have enjoyed this story more than Empire of Storms. I highly recommend it, if you are a fan of the Throne of Glass series. I think it’s going to be great seeing the reactions of everyone coming together. Especially, since Yrene has already met Aelin, as Celaena. In the Assassin’s Blade, the story of the Assassin and the Healer, Celaena meets Yrene and teaches her how to defend herself and tells her that she should teach any women that she can how to defend themselves. Yrene then heals Celaena, and leaves Yrene money and a note when she leaves saying “For wherever you need to go- and then some. The world needs more healers.” And Yrene still holds on to that note. So when Yrene sees Aelin (who will really be Lysandra), she won’t be recognized and I’m just wondering how that’s going to play out.
I’m so excited for the last book. I feel like it’s going to be the longest one yet but I think and hope that it will be an amazing conclusion to this epic story!