Author: Sarah J Maas
Genre: Fantasy, New Adult
Cover Rating: 2.5/5
This cover wasn’t horrible or anything. The only reason that I am rating it so low is because I don’t like that it does not go with the other books in the series. I mean I get that the novel was about Chaol, so it couldn’t have Aelin on the front like the past books. Though I felt like she could have adjusted it to Chaol better by maybe putting him on the front. I’m just salty that the series won’t be as aesthetically appealing when put together on my shelf. I also didn’t like how similar it looked to one of the Game of Thrones books.
Here is the Game of Thrones cover:
In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.
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.
Spoiler Free Review:
I started this book not expecting much because Chaol was the main character. I mean Chaol is what I would call a background character. He was slightly prominent in the first two books, but after that he was kind of just floating in the background because he was done with Aelin for the moment. So I was honestly wondering how Sarah J Maas was going to get a whole novel just about Chaol nursing his injury. Then when I knew Nesryn was in it I started thinking that they will probably end up together since they got a little close in the last book.
Then as usual Sarah J Maas blows my mind! She is literally queen of writing fantasy books. I knew, I just knew that as soon as I saw the narrative for a new character that she was battering up to throw a curve ball at us. She is just so good at it! Then she makes you fall in love with more characters, just when you thought you had enough. I mean this girl has a mind like no other, she has characters coming out of the ying yang.
I loved how she included things in Chaol’s narrative such as the struggle that one has to go through in a wheel chair. The constant judging and people feeling sorry for them. I thought that this was a key detail, especially for someone who, for most of their life, could walk on their legs. I somewhat know what this feels like because when I was 14 I broke my leg and had to be in a wheel chair for two months straight. At least I could still use one leg. It is very hard for someone to become dependent upon others. She pulled at my heart strings when Chaol was struggling through things like this.
Then when Yrene, the new healer, was thinking about not helping Chaol, I was thinking no no no no. At this point she already pulled me in and I knew I was ready for this ride. She was on a steady track of blowing my mind. I honestly amazes me at how long her books are, but the next thing you know, you are finishing the book!
I loved how many twists and turns that we had to go through with both Chaol and Nesryn in this book. Then Sarah threw some things in there that you would never see coming! At one point towards the end there was a detail where I literally slammed down my book because I was so surprised! You have to read it to know!
Overall I think that Sarah did an AMAZING job of turning something as simple as Chaol, a menorahs character, into something amazing that sucks readers in. I never expected to enjoy this novel and I honestly loved it so much!! I need people to converse with me about it and talk about the feels!! Please feel free to message me on Twitter or Instagram to talk about the book 🙂
If you want a book to blow your mind and take you through twists and turns, please go pick up Tower of Dawn now!
I will not include a spoiler section since this book is so new and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone!
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From your local bibliophile, until next time!!