Tower of Dawn: A book devoted to Chaol! And I absolutely loved it!

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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…

Non-Spoiler Review

The 6th installment of the Throne of Glass series picks back up from Queen of Shadows. Chaol is left with a spinal injury leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Chaol and Nesryn travel to the southern continent to go to the "Torre Chesme" in hopes of Chaol being healed by one of the amazing and gifted healers there. They also hope to ally themselves with the southern continent to help Aelin with the upcoming war.

I absolutely loved this book. Even though Chaol was a huge jerk to Aelin, in so many ways, I never lost hope in him. He has changed so much from the Chaol we were first introduced to. I am still so sad that he and Aelin will never happen, but, I am now okay with that. Re-listening to this book was super helpful. I was really able to take my time with it and enjoy it. The first time  I sped through this book because I was so happy to get a whole book about Chaol and what he has been doing in Antica.

I love all the new characters that we are introduced to, and the old characters that we are re-introduced to. I'm so in love with the Torre Cesme! I love the healers and all the things they learn while there, and I love what they stand for.

Chaol's time in Antica was a struggle. Trying to get the Khagan to ally with them has not been the easiest task, and the healing has been so hard on both Chaol and the healer Yrene. For those of you who have read all the novellas, you will be so happy to learn more about Yrene. I loved her in the novellas, but I am so glad in this book we get to learn so much more about her.

Nesryn's job, during Chaol's healing, was to scout out what all is going on in the city and in the palace. She is paired up with Prince Sartaq a lot of the time, but he is a great help to her. We learn so much more about Nesryn and her life before getting entangled with Chaol and Aelin.

There are a lot of things going on in this book. We have Chaol's healing process, both physically and emotionally. There is so much more about Nesryn and who she is. We are introduced to new flying creatures called ruks. Many new things revealed in Tower of Dawn. I am so excited for Chaol to bring all that he has learned from his time away, to the others.

Maas is Queen for deciding to make this into an entire book. I know she had plans to make this a short novella of what Chaol was doing during the crazy Empire of Storms events, but I am so happy that she made this book number 6. I'm excited to see what happens next in Kingdom of Ash with Chaol!!!!!!

 

Character Love

Chaol Westfall ~ It's no secret to those who know me, how much I love Chaol. I have been rooting for him since the beginning of this series. He is so loyal to those he loves, almost to a fault. The beginning of this book was so sad to read at times because Chaol is down in the dumps about not being able to walk. I love how he and Nesryn stick to the reason why they are in Antica and don't give up. They really do make a great team.

Yrene Towers ~ I was so excited that we got to learn more about Yrene. I loved Yrene From the novella, Assassin and the Healer. She has changed so much from that barmaid we met in Innish. Aelin really made an impact on her and helped her in so many ways. I can't wait to see the reunion. I love how Yrene is such a strong, independent woman and so sweet and caring. She doesn't take her gift as a healer lightly, which is probably why she moved up so quickly at the Torre Cesme.

Nesryn Faliq ~ Nesryn has never really been on my favorite list. I am not sure why, but I just didn't care much for her. In this book, I really start to like her, and by the end, love her character. We learn more about her in this book and about her family. She is a very strong woman, which it seems all the women are in this series, and she has such a connection with her family. So much goes on in this book, and I feel bad for her many times, but I am so glad how everything ends up.

Sartaq ~ Out of all the Khagan's children, Sartaq is my favorite. He is known for his Ruk, which is a flying creature named Kadara and he has been with her since she was a hatchling. He isn't very close with his family, mostly because he grew up with the Rukhin clans He is very close to his hearth-mother Houlun and hearth-sister Borte. I like Sartaq because he is very straightforward and not conniving like the rest of his siblings. I can't wait to learn more about him and hope we see more of him in Kingdom of Ash.

 

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Spoilers ahead

 

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Alrighty! I had to have a little area where I went over some spoilery things! It was just too good not to talk about it. Like I said earlier, this is my second time going through this particular book. I enjoyed it more this time because I got to take my time with it. This book was also insane! I have so much to talk about, and I have no idea where to start.

  • I felt so bad for Nesryn. She had really strong feelings for Chaol, and I just hate how it turned out for her. As much as I love Chaol, I really hate how he treated her throughout this series. I'm glad that she got close to Sartaq, and that they ended up together. Even though it was totally predictable, I think they are perfect together. I love that Nesryn got to ride on the ruks that she heard so many stories of. 

  • The craziness with the Valg going after Yrene and the power these healers may actually have. I cannot wait to learn more about this! The way that Yrene had to heal Chaol was so intense. I love that they had to endure all that together. It definitely brought them closer.

  • These Valg are getting better at hiding in people. I tried to look back, after finding out Duva had been possessed by a Valg, and I saw no signs. Her family didn't even see any signs. I'm so glad that Yrene was able to get the Valg out of her and heal her and keep her baby safe. I love that Yrene and Chaol are now connected because of what he did for her. This connection is definitely going to play a big part in Kingdom of Ash.

  • Nesryn and Sartaq's journey to find out more information on the Valg and what is going on was one of my favorite parts. I love the riders and Sartaq's hearth sister and mother. You can't really help but like Sartaq. He is the only one of the Kahgan's children that I actually liked the whole way through.

  • Finding out the truth about Maeve and the Valg was crazy! I definitely did not see that one coming at all. Mave is actually a Valg princess!!! What?!?!?! The history that the Stygian Spider shared with Nesryn seriously blew me away. Oh, and that the spiders are Valg as well! Who the crap knew!!! I was so scared for Sartaq because I thought for sure he was dead. I felt so bad for Nesryn. I'm so glad that they were all able to get out of there!

For a thousand years, they ruled, equal in power, their sons and daughters spread throughout the land to ensure their continued dominion. Until a queen appeared—her power a new, dark song in the world. Such wondrous things she could do with her power, such horrible, wondrous things ~Stygian Spider
 
  • I love that Falkan is a shapeshifter! And not only a shapeshifter, but related to Lysandra. I had a feeling that he would be tied to her in some way. I can't wait for that reunion, which I hope we get in Kingdom of Ash.

  • Chaol and Yrene's relationship made me so happy! They are perfect for each other. Yrene is such a strong woman, but also very sweet and caring. Their whole relationship from the beginning reminded me a lot of Chaol and Aelin's relationship. The way they bickered and fought throughout the book and how they just weren't sure what to think when they started having feelings for one another.

 

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