All about Books
This is the page where I will be discussing what I'm reading, reviewing those books and be open to suggestions to keep adding to my To Be Read pile. Honestly, I'm never going to get through that thing anyway, so the more the merrier.
Today, I'll be uploading two book reviews. The first is for 'Tower of Dawn' by Sarah J Maas, who is my favourite author and I've been looking forward to this book for a while.
Title: Tower of Dawn
Author: Sarah J Maas
Part of a trilogy: No, book 6 in the Throne of Glass series
Original publication date: 5th September 2017 (UK and US)
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (Read September 2017)
As always, I've done my best to keep it spoiler-free, though there may be a couple of minor ones in here.
I was a bit nervous going into it with what happened to Chaol at the end of Queen of Shadows, but Sarah J Maas handled it really well. Though I'll put it out there that other people on Goodreads have written better reviews than I will on this book; some of those people can relate more personally than I can, for a start.
In many people's opinions- myself included- Tower of Dawn was for Chaol's character development what Heir of Fire was for Aelin and what A Court of Mist and Fury was for Feyre.
I'm so glad we got this book. I've always liked Chaol, though other characters have sometimes taken preference for me, but I don't understand where the hate for him comes from. He has much to work through on so many levels and I could relate to some of the emotional things to an extent. It meant forgiving himself and seeing that he wasn't a bad person though he had to make some tough decisions in the past.
After reading Tower of Dawn, Chaol has gone up a few more notches of my heart. I'm so proud of him and can't wait to see how he will develop further in the final book.
Yrene is back!! I had to skim read her novella before I began because it's been a while, but I remember how curious I was to hear she would return and what her life would be like. And now I'm basically going to gush about her. Yrene hates Chaol at first because he's from Ardalan and with her past, she doesn't want to help heal him. This book was as much for her benefit as Chaol's I think and I'm glad things...worked out for them. :) Ok, I love them together.
She became far more fierce since Aelin saved her in the novella- and I loved that she carried the note around with her still, to remind herself that she was doing something good with her abilities. I really want Yrene and Aelin to meet; it will be wonderful.
Now I admit Nesryn wasn't always my favourite so at first, I found her chapters a little slow, only because I wasn't fully invested in her character. But as she met Sartaq, I grew to like her a lot more. I think she and Chaol did the right thing by each other in not staying together and am glad they've both found their own happiness.
Another thing was all the new characters. I was so excited to explore more of the world and the Southern Continent is interesting. The royals were people I was either rooting for, suspicious of, or just didn't like. There were plenty of interesting twists with them and some of my suspicions were proved wrong.
I also liked the other new characters, the healers and guards, who I'm sure will make more appearances. And Borte is hilarious and wonderful and so fierce herself. I really hope the ruks and wyverns meet. Imagining that kind of aerial force, led by Kadara and Abraxos, would be a force to contend with!
I found myself laughing far more at this book than I thought, but also cried of course. And those revelations...I'm really scared for what might come up in the last book. Though the others were mentioned, I found myself them- just like I missed Chaol when reading EoS. It hurts that no one yet knows about Aelin and everyone needs to team up find her and bring her home.
This review ended up being longer than I thought haha, oops. There is so much more I could say but won't. But I am glad this original 'novella' turned into a full length book all of its own.
As always, feel free to comment. All the best. Happy reading.
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