Title: Tower of Dawn, Book 5 in the Throne of Glass Series
Author: Maas, Sarah J
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Genre: Teen Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, Ebook, Audio
Rating: 5 Lattes
Heat Level: Espresso Roast (The back cover contains a warning noting the ‘mature content.’)
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.
As with all of the books in this series, it delivered much more than was expected. This is NOT just a side plot about Chaol and his journey. This book revealed so much about the entire series plot and what is REALLY going on in Erilea!
My FIRST Impression:
I fully expected the book to give us the story of Chaol’s healing – both emotionally and physically – and possibly introduce some new characters. I absolutely LOVE and underdog story, so Chaol’s character intrigued me. Having been through the emotional and physical growth of Rowan, and Celaena’s journey to Aelin, I expected a powerful character arc for Chaol, and I was not disappointed.
What Kept Me Reading:
But – if that had been the whole point of the book, his ongoing pity party and crappy attitude might not have been enough to keep me reading. But the nuggets of revelations dropped like mini-bombshells as the book progressed, and gave a much deeper (and more sinister) meaning to his injuries.
Nesryn entered the story as an interesting side character, but honestly, she ended up being my favorite character in the whole story. She and Sartaq together immediately made my romance heart squeal, and what they discovered about those tricksy spiders tossed a huge grenade into the plot of the entire series.
Together with what Chaol and Yrene discovered, it should be a very interesting race to the end of the series. I can’t wait to find out how it will change relationships and alliances. The things revealed in Tower of Dawn will have massive implications as the series slides into the conclusion this October.
The After Taste:
This book was the caffeine jolt that will ensure I will dive into book 7 as soon as it is in my hands!
Overall Impression and Final Notes:
I truly LOVE the story and the world Ms. Maas has created. The characters are rich, individual (even though there are MANY of them), and extremely relate-able. The action and story arc are exciting and feel fresh. It is easy to visualize the settings, costumes, and mood of any given scene. She gives the exact amount of description necessary to paint the scene, then lets the action unfold.
However, as with Empire of Storms, this book contains several detailed sexual scenes. And just like the rest of the series, the language is strong at times. Also, the character ages would put this book firmly in the New Adult category. Putting all those together, I would not recommend this series for anyone under 18. I wavered about reducing the rating by a star, but with the sheet amount of story presented in 6 books, and the fact these few scenes make up less than 1% of the individual books, I couldn’t justify taking my rating down.
Instead, I recommend readers go into the series knowing that after book 5, these are NOT clean YA books, nor are they suitable for tweens or young teens.
About The Author:
Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series, as well as A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog.