Title: Tower of Dawn
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, New Adult, Romance
Series: Throne of Glass #6
Blurb: Chaol Westfall and Nesryn Faliq have arrived in the shining city of Antica to forge an alliance with the Khagan of the Southern Continent, whose vast armies are Erilea’s last hope. But they have also come to Antica for another purpose: to seek healing at the famed Torre Cesme for the wounds Chaol received in Rifthold.
After enduring unspeakable horrors as a child, Yrene Towers has no desire to help the young lord from Adarlan, let alone heal him. Yet she has sworn an oath to assist those in need—and will honor it. But Lord Westfall carries shadows from his own past, and Yrene soon comes to realize they could engulf them both.
In this sweeping parallel novel to the New York Times bestselling Empire of Storms, Chaol, Nesryn, and Yrene will have to draw on every scrap of their resilience if they wish to save their friends. But while they become entangled in the political webs of the khaganate, deep in the shadows of mighty mountains where warriors soar on legendary ruks, long-awaited answers slumber. Answers that might offer their world a chance at survival—or doom them all . . .
Review: I’ll be honest — it took me a while to get into this one. After the major, MAJOR cliffhanger ending to Empire of Storms, to not be back with Aelin, Rowan, and Dorian was disappointing at first. I needed to know what was happening!!!!
Although now . . . I think Yrene may be my new favorite character of the whole series? Maybe? I still love Manon and Elide, but Yrene . . . she’s just awesome.
Where the previous book was about this large, sweeping campaign to raise allies to help fight Erawan and the enemies of Morath, this book was much more intimate than that. Sure, the war is still out there, and the enemies were getting closer and closer to Antica, but this book was primarily about the relationship between Chaol and Yrene. It was also about finding forgiveness: Yrene needed to forgive the people of Adarlan for what happened to her family, and Chaol needed to forgive himself for what happened to, well, everyone around him.
Their relationship is not an easy one. These are two strong-willed and highly opinionated people here, so there were lots of times when they butted heads, but when they did move through the traumas of their pasts, it was really beautiful to read.
Also, Antica is a really cool place, especially the Tower. And I want to ride a ruk! For anyone who hasn’t read it, a ruk is basically a giant bird big enough to ride (like a huge eagle or falcon) and the khaganate has an army of ruk riders. One of the princes is a captain of these ruk riders and I loved seeing Nesryn falling for him, and him for her. Nesryn is such a cool character, so when Chaol got closer to Yrene, I wanted Nesryn to find happiness for herself. Not that she needed a man to do it — I think becoming a ruk rider and reconnecting with her family and her home country went a long way to making her feel more settled and content — but having a beautiful prince who shares her adventurous spirit certainly doesn’t hurt things.
We also get a pretty big reveal about some of our favorite baddies. Not going to spoil that here — you need to experience that one for yourself.
I gave this 4 stars on GoodReads. It’s a solid chapter in the overall story, but it did drag in places and, as I said, took me a while to get into. But otherwise, if you are a fan of this series, it shouldn’t disappoint.