Title: Tower of Dawn
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury on 5th September 2017
Wow! Oh my goodness I don't know how I will ever get over this book. I keep playing those last few scenes over and over in my head. There are not enough words that exist for me to express the feelings this book made me experience. Before I get into everything, I just want to say that I'm going to try my best not to spoil anything because no one deserves that. Maybe stay away from the quotes though ;)
I think this might be Sarah J. Maas' best executed and most well written book to date. The plot was unpredictable, the character development that progressed throughout this book was mind blowing and I honestly fell in love with Chaol all over again; which I would have never though would be possible after Queen of Shadows. I absolutely hated him so much during Queen of Shadows that I didn't think he could ever be redeemed. But it happened and it was amazing.
“Don’t you waste one heartbeat being afraid of a coward who hunts women in the darkness.”
I was apprehensive right from the start when I heard this book was going to happen but hopeful and excited nonetheless. I might even go as far as to say it was worth the very long wait however, I don't know how I am going to wait to see what happens after this. No idea at all.
"It was agony and despair and fear. It was joy and laughter and rest. It was life, all of it..."
So many things happened that I couldn't have guessed would, they were so well done and it really made for an exciting read. The idea behind this was very clever. The disabled character representation is the best I have ever read in a fantasy novel without a doubt and the fact that Chaol's emotional journey was what took the front seat over physical, really I don't have words.
Sarah also took a step up in terms of the amount of diversity she included when it came to the characters age, physical appearance and sexual orientation. She was able to write it in a way that felt natural and didn't feel forced at all and I am so happy about this.
"It was like waking up or being born or falling out of the sky. It was an answer and a song, and she could not think or feel fast enough."
This book is definitely going to be required to read before the final one because there is a lot of key information gained throughout. Before reading it I was pretty clear on what had happened in previous books and felt that I understood the turn in which the plot would go in but after this that has completely changed. The big reveals added a lot to the overall story and answered many questions I didn't even know I was asking. So if you were hoping to skip on this one and wait for the last in the series I would highly recommend that you don't. You would be seriously missing out in my opinion.
"He didn't understand-how she could be so delicate, so small, when she had overturned his life entirely. Worked miracles with those hands and that soul, this woman who had crossed mountains and seas."
Overall it wasn't my personal favourite of the series but it comes very close to Empire of Storms and I can say that I think it is definitely Sarah's best written work to date.