Title: Tower of Dawn
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #6
Audience: Young Adult
Length: 660 pages
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Source: Personal collection
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 . . .
I did not expect this to be a 5-star read, but I should know better than to underestimate Sarah J. Maas. Tower of Dawn is a parallel novel to Empire of Storms, following Chaol and Nesryn’s journey to the Southern Continent. This is especially cruel following the cliffhanger at the end of EoS, and I can’t even imagine what that wait for resolution was like for readers when the books were originally published.
It was strange being in a whole new setting with so many new characters in the penultimate book in the series, and the need for more world building got this book off to a slow start. However, in typical Maas fashion, the twists kept building and building toward the book’s unputdownable final 200 pages or so, featuring heart-stopping action and revelations that have major ramifications for Kingdom of Ash.
I do think this book was too long for what amounts to a side story in the overall arc of the series, but it introduced a lot of vital information and characters who clearly have large roles to play in the series conclusion. I adored Yrene and Chaol’s arc in this book, and I am continually impressed by the depths of Maas’s world building in this series.