Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6) – Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis  

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 Aelin shattered the glass castle, since Chaol’s men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

Now he and Nesryn sail for Antica – the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire and of the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme. It’s Chaol’s one shot at recovery, and with war looming back home, Dorian and Aelin’s survival could depend on Chaol and Nesryn convincing Antica’s rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover there will change them both – and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

Discover the untold story of Chaol’s journey to the southern continent in this companion novella to the Throne of Glass series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas.


More Details

Genre:  Fantasy/High Fantasy
Page Length: 668
Characters: Chaol, Nesryn, Yrene and Sartaq
Publication Date: 5th September 2017
Format: e-Book


Review

When I read the Throne of Glass series last year, I didn’t really have many feelings about Chaol. I wasn’t a hater and I wasn’t a lover but not anymore. Holy cow I love Chaol and I have no shame! Seriously I was so unexcited about this book but it completely blew me away!

Sarah J. Maas has such a unique and beautiful way of stitching her stories together, every little connection is well thought out and brilliantly done:

 “A note, written by a stranger who had saved her life and granted her freedom in a matter of hours. Yrene had never learned her name, that young woman who had worn her scars like some ladies wore their finest jewelry. The young woman who was a trained killer, but had purchased a healer’s education”

This part made me so gleeful, I just loved how many references to Aelin were thrown in, in fact, the whole crew is mention from time to time. The way in which SJM did this was just awesome it all felt seamless and none of the story felt like it was forced to fit in with what happening in EoS that’s how good the story telling was.

There are lots of new characters in this book, but I’m going to focus on Yrene and Sartaq. I thought Yrene was the perfect character to match Chaol, I loved all the banter between them it was so on point and many passages had me laughing at the amount of sass Yrene threw at Chaol. And then there’s Sartaq, another long haired swoon worthy warrior, this guy is smooth and charm personified:

“He blew out a breath, shoulders loosening. “And I’m relieved to see that the reality lives up to the legend.” Nesryn chuckled, grateful to be back on safer ground. “You had doubts?” They reached the landing that would take them to the great hall. Sartaq let her fall into step beside him. “The reports left out some key information. It made me doubt their accuracy.” It was the sly gleam in his eye that made Nesryn angle her head. “What, exactly, did they fail to mention?” They reached the great hall, empty save for a cloaked figure just barely visible on the other side of the fire pit—and someone sitting beside her. But Sartaq turned to her, examining her from head to toe and back again. There was little that he missed. “They didn’t mention that you’re beautiful.” Nesryn opened and closed her mouth in what she was sure was an unflattering impression of a fish on dry land”

 I really loved the journey that Chaol went on during this book, he really does grow and most importantly he heals emotionally. There’s a great scene towards the end of the book where he finally makes peace with all the choices he’s made in the past and forgives himself.

 There also lots of revelations about Valg, Maeve, and the Healers. This is the part for the Chaol haters; you need to read this regardless of your feelings for him otherwise you will miss some major things that will follow on in the next book.

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The Bottom Line:

If you have read the rest of the series and plan to read book 7 when it comes out then you have to, I repeat have to read this book because it’s just so beautiful and you will be missing out if you don’t.

My Rating:  5/5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟🌟

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A Court of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J. Maas

Blurb

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.


Stats

Page Length: 699
Publication Year: 2017
Genre:  Fantasy, New Adult, Romance
Characters:  Feyre, Tamlin, Lucian, Rhysand, Nesta, Elaine, Mor, Cassian, Azriel and Amren


Thoughts

WOW!!! That was most definitely worth the wait! This book was such an emotional rollercoaster and I loved every single damn page 😊

Story

I thought the story had great flow and was written really well. Feyre spent just the right amount of time at the spring court, I was a bit worried she was going to be there for ages. I loved how BA Fayre was in this book.

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A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J Maas

*This review contains spoilers, I recommend not reading this unless you have read the first book*

Blurb

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.


Stats

Page Length: 626
Publication Year: 2016
Genre:  Fantasy, New Adult, Romance
Characters:  Feyre, Tamlin, Lucian, Rhysand, Nesta, Elaine, Mor, Cassian, Azriel, and Amren


Thoughts

This is my 3rd reading of this book. I love re-reads because I always manage to learn something new or pick up on things that I missed the first time. As it’s two days until the release of ACOWAR it’s super great to have this story fresh in my mind.

I remember the first time I finished this book it totally blew me away! Usually I’ll kind guess where a story is headed but this one completely blindsided me.

Story

The story picks up 3 months after Under the mountain happened. Fayre is back at the spring court, trying to adjust to life as a High Fae and preparing for her wedding to Tamlin.

On the day of said wedding Fayre desperately calls out for help (in her mind) which is when Rhys appears and calls in the bargain she made with him under the mountain from there he whisks her away to the night court and so begins the monthly visits.

This goes on for about 2 months. It’s on her 3rd return to the Spring Court that Tamlin locks her in the house for her “own safety” that Fayre completely breaks down and is rescued by Mor, who takes her to Rhysand where he promptly takes her back to the Night Court.

Fayre decides to stay at the Night Court and work with Rhys and his inner circle which is comprised of his most trusted friends, Mor, Cassian, Azriel, and Amren.

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A Court of Thorns & Roses – Sarah J. Maas

Blurb

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.


STATS

Page Length:  421
Publication Year:  2015
Genre: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance
Characters: Feyre, Tamlin, Lucian, Amarantha, Rhysand, Nesta, Elaine etc


Thoughts

I’m so excited to be reviewing this book! A bit of background, I first heard about this book back in May/June 2016 when it started blowing up on social media. I think I spotted it Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Facebook Group. Anyway, I’m a huge sucker for retellings so I added it to my TBR list which is where is sat for a couple of months I don’t think I read it until late July/Early August! This was probably the best reading decisions I made in 2016, it’s seriously one of my all time favorites now! 😊

Story

This story is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, the original story not the Disney version! It’s written entirely from Feyres POV, in the first person. The writing of this book is magnificent! It’s filled with in-depth and rich descriptions. It’s just so beautifully done!

Characters

Feyre is a deeply complex and dynamic character. She has had a lot of responsibility thrust on her at a really young age, she is strong in a quiet way but she is also a bit naïve. Due to the fact she has been the sole reason for the continued survival of her family it’s clear that she has been starved of love and affection.

“I found him carefully studying me, his lips in a thin line. “Has anyone ever taken care of you?” he asked quietly.
“No.” I’d long since stopped feeling sorry for myself about it.”

One of the things that I really liked about her is that she is as ballsy as hell!

“Do you ever stop being so serious and dull?”
“Do you ever stop being such a prick?” I snapped back.
Dead—really, truly, I should have been dead for that.
But Lucien grinned at me. “Much better.”

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1 Month Count Down! (ACOWAR)

Today is exactly 1 month until the release of A court of Wings and Ruin. To say I’m excited would be a huge understatement. I’ve even gone to the extreme length of taking the day off work so I can dedicate the entire day to reading it!

I don’t think I’ve been this excited about the release of a book since the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

I first stumbled upon this series back in July when my facebook page suddenly blew up with posts about A Court of Thorns and Roses and since then I have been hooked! I have to admit as well as being overwhelmingly excited I’m also nervous and a little bit sad that the series is coming to an end, well as far as we know. There are more books planned around the world of Prythian so it may not be the last we of Fayre and the gang!

back to the new book let’s take a look at  some of the teaser quotes that have been released:

“ My goal was bigger than revenge. My purpose greater than personal retribution”

“I repeated their names silently, over and over into the darkness. Rhysand. Mor. Cassian. Amren. Azriel. Elain. Nesta”

“We deserve to be happy… And I will fight with everything I have to ensure it”

Are they trying to kill us!? I mean come on. Also this just a small selection of the quotes they have released!

Then they share this with us: excerpt

and of course blurb:

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

Argh!!! It’s all just too exciting! In preparation for release, I’m planning a re-read of Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury so stay tuned for those reviews.

If you haven’t pre-order your copy yet here are the links to do so: