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Tower of Dawn

A Throne of Glass Novel
Written by: Sarah J. Maas
Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
Series: Throne of Glass, Book 6
Length: 22 hrs and 39 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (297 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the next installment of the New York Times best-selling 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.

Jacket illustrations copyright 2017 by Michael-Paul Terranova (shield) and copyright 2017 by Jeff Brown (cityscape).

©2017 Sarah J. Maas (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Fantastic.

I hesitated to pick up this one, because ugh... Chaol. But Maas did not disappoint, and neither did Chaol, to my surprise. Evans is a phenomenal narrator, which is why I started Throne of Glass to begin with. Eagerly awaiting number 7.

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Best narrator

Love this series and especially LOVE the narration done by Elizabeth Evans. I would listen to any series she narrates just because she does such a great job.

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Loved this one

I have yet to read kingdom of ash, but so far this is my favourite in the series! So much happens! You learn so much and piece a ton of stuff together

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Fantastic with some flaws

Plot 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 . . Characters Chaol I really liked how Maas portrayed Chaols disability and his emotional trauma. Maas did a good job of making me want to strangle him for his attitude and anger towards other characters or how he had a hard time managing his emotions. I still get the captain of the guard vibe from him even with his present day physical incapabilities. Throughout the book he gave the protective guard vibe and at times he was a calm in the storm that was Yrene’s mind. Nesryn I do find Nesryn an incredibly strong character. She has been through so much during her life and it is never going to get easier for her, especially with this war approaching. Her only thing she truly cares about is her family and every scene that featured her family gave me goosebumps. Towards the end of the book I could tell that she was really opening up about her feelings towards the prince. Yrene Yrene is definitely a new favourite character of mine. I couldn’t remember where she was from, but the friend I mentioned previously told me she featured in a novella in The Assassin’s Blade. I believe the story is “The Assassin and The Healer” – which would obviously make sense since Yrene is a healer. Yrene wants to help the world. She wants to spread her healing, as the Assassin told her to do. She has been following the words she was given for two years and holding a strong hatred for the King and all the people of Adarlan.She is the best healer though and the only one with the skill to help Chaol. It is her skill that will help him and for her to do that she must truly overcome the trauma that lives inside her. Hearing Yrene’s story was heartbreaking. I definitely shed a couple tears. Watching her develop throughout the novel was amazing. She was not a soft healer, she was kickass and not afraid to defend herself. She was not the stereotypical character who needs someone to fight her battles or to protect her. Yrene could do that all herself and it was amazing. Romance Chaol and Yrene Begrudgingly, Yrene is tasked with healing Chaol. It will be her greatest achievement, if she can overcome her deep-rooted hatred for Chaol and the kingdom that he represents. Yrene suffered greatly as a result of the King that Chaol fought for. She's faced with an ethical dilemma of epic proportions The two eventually strike up an unlikely friendship. While the memory of what Chaol represents is never far from Yrene's mind, she finds herself seeing him as more man and less monster as time passes. Their relationship grows slowly and steadily, each trying to hold back their feelings until it eventually becomes impossible. As Chaol begins to heal, he starts questioning what he really wants. He feels remorse and shame for some of his past actions. With Yrene, he finds forgiveness and revives humanity. Disappointments My disappointments were that although this was a great read, I just think it was waaaay too long and not really entirely necessary. At the same time I actually need more? I liked seeing a different perspective on things and being in a new setting following different characters. I loved the way the relationships ended up going, so that was a big plus. Buuut, I just wasn't really entirely wowed. I was dying to pick up where the last book left off. Unfortunately, I am still in the dark, along with a million other readers. In my opinion, the book was a bit hard to get into from the start, with the story taking place in a new continent with a lot of new characters and storylines. Also, the first half is driven by character and world building, which she is fantastic at, but it makes the story a bit slow. It took me about two weeks to finish the first 50% due to school and work, and for the first time it didn't bothered me to put down a Sarah J. Maas book. The last 50% however took me one night to finish with the story being a lot more plot driven! Aside from a few very brief mentions at the very end of this book, Celaena, Rowan and Dorian are noticeably absent from this book. We'll all have to wait for the next one to get our questions answered. Overall Tower of Dawn' explores an entirely different aspect of this complex story. This book focuses on Chaol and his exploration of the Southern Continent. Not what I anticipated...but still fantastic.

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Best side story yet

One of the best side stories ive red yet :) got you all caught up with other characters, and a shot to the past was nice

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Awesome

While this book shifts away from the series's main character, it's still a super fun juicy tale

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Excellent! As usual.

I am finally on the final book. What an adventure! Simply amazing! I am sad it is going to be over soon. So many awesome characters! So much love. Just awesome!

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Chaol is back!!

This book is perfect. Brings so many pieces together and allows for such great character development. Missed my guy Chaol so much and this was worth the wait.

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wasn't expected

The narrotor, awkward at first then I got used to it. I've read all the books but this one so it may have been my own stigma that got in the way. once i got used to the narrator i loved it.

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Amazing

Loved it so much better than I thought I would. Can’t wait to start the next one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-09-13

What's Chaol been up to?

First of all, I adore this book series. Right from the beginning. Having said that: Chaol is not my favorite character by any means. He's blindly loyal, broods too much, and has made some really bad decisions...which is exactly why we needed this book. I want to go right back to where we left Aelin, but the fact is that this book tied several pieces of information together. We learned so much new information as well, and Chaol got a lot of personal redemption. He's still not my favorite character, but I really like Yrene. We got a ton of character development out of Nezrin, which was needed.
In the end, this will not be anyone's favorite book of the series, but it is a necessary part of the whole.

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  • Ann
  • 2017-11-05

Agh!!! Soooo goood!!!

I wasn’t going to read this because ... well the main character is not featured! But I’m so glad I read it!!! Game changing reveals and oooohhh so many good characters to meet and root for!! Agh!!!!! Sooooo good! Can’t wait for the next book!

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  • Jenifer Lindstedt
  • 2017-12-03

This is basically a stretched out Novella

This book is basically a long drawn out novella. The story line was OK at best and definitely not what I would have used as the next book in the series. It's very slow going and doesn't really pick up.

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  • Deborah
  • 2017-11-05

not up to the usual standards

I was so looking forward to the release of this book. Unfortunately, the first 2/3 of the book dragged and felt more like a history lesson than a novel- all important and relevant information but could have been told in significantly fewer chapters saving room for some actual action and forward momentum of the storyline. A good read nonetheless but didn’t leave me on the edge of my seat as with the earlier books in the series. Hopefully the final book will return to the previous level of action and intrigue.

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  • CindiL
  • 2017-09-27

An Offshoot From The Main Storyline

First of all, Chaol is my least favorite character in the Throne of Glass series (which is one of my all time favorites) so I wasn't thrilled to get into a whole book about him. That said, there was quite a bit revealed that will be necessary to the next book in the series. I enjoyed the Nesryn and the Prince story line and even the Chaol and Irene story line.

This book lacked the excitement of the others. I feel like these stories could have been part of the other books and didn't need to be so long but I'm glad I know what I know now and CANNOT wait for the next book due out in 2018.

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  • Heather L
  • 2017-09-24

Is that it? 22 hours... could've been covered in 6 hours

This whole story could have been whittled down to a part in a novel that would have included the main characters of the series. While I love these secondary characters and understand the need to develop them and add more dimension to the history of the Volge, I didn't want a whole book just dedicated to the life and times of Chaol and Nesryn... This installment in the series was missing the action present in the other adventures.

Interesting content, but endless long winded conversations... characters and interactions that were clearly just to fill up pages of the book... no real action sequences... DISAPPOINTED...

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  • Elisha
  • 2017-10-03

AWESOME!!!!!

loved it...nasty cliffhanger though...can't wait for the last book. makes me want to listen to the whole series up to now again!

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  • Marlana M.
  • 2019-08-24

A boring diversion

This book exists literally just to give you two kernels of information about the volg and to give happily ever afters to chaol and nezrin. It did not need to be so long and it was so annoying to have to wade through this for the scraps of info necessary for the next book. I'd recommend not reading this and going for spark notes of you can.

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  • Lisa G
  • 2017-09-15

good narrator

the narrator was good, I am just disappointed that it only mentioned aelin at the end. And I wasn't aware that it would only be about my least favorite characters. The last book ended so well and I was super excited to see how it would continue...But then it didn't.

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  • Avid Fantasy Reader
  • 2017-09-08

Hope you like chaol!

When I first realized that this entire book was going to be about Chaol I was less than pleased. Tbh I was never invested in his character or story. I actually debated not finishing it in protest but when my child like tantrum lifted I decided to buck up and finish it. Descent story line but I feel like the unrealistic constant couple pair ups take up too much time and as much as I love alein i grew rather tired of her romantic exploits as well. There's 2 cheesy, predictable almost identically described romances going on in this book which i found to be very boring as a reader. I'm all for a good forbidden romance but maybe just 1 per series is a good rule of thumb. This book was ok but predictable and while it contained some good material it really just felt like a filler until the finale. Classic walking dead move😒

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