Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
Dear Books Lovers, good morning
This week I’m not leaving you a day off. Tuesday the ten thousand doors of January, yesterday Thunderhead, today Tower of Dawn and tomorrow The poppy war, what an overview.
Maybe I don’t talk enough about it either on the blog or on social media, but Sarah J. Maas, after Cassandra Clare, is my absolute favorite author, the first book I read in English was hers when the throne of glass saga had still only 3 volumes published, and it made me discover high fantasy.
Tower of Dawn is the sixth volume of this saga that started off with a bloody first book to erase any stereotype of the damsel who needs to be saved. A retelling of Cinderella where the killer has to save the prince. The real protagonist has always been Celaena, but not in this book, the protagonist of this volume is Chaol, the one we have always known as the youngest captain of the royal guard, lover of Celaena and now with a story and a mystery of his own .
In the previous volume Chaol was seriously injured and thus paralyzed and had to leave to travel to a continent with the best healers in the world in the hope of being able to walk again soon and return to help his friends in the war.
Here he meets Yrene, one of the best, who will do everything in her power to heal him. But like any self-respecting Maas story we have many other secondary characters integrated into the story, characters thanks to which Chaol and Yrene will be able to discover many things, because even if Chaol hoped to go to Antica only to be healed he was wrong. There is something else on the streets, and thanks to some books in the library they will be able to discover new things that will help Celaena in her battle too.
It is perhaps precisely for this reason, of this adventure in itself, without strong references to characters or past events, tower of dawn could be read as a standalone. It could also be a way, if you’ve never read the Mass, to experiment and see if you like it or not.
I recommend it. I tell you the truth I have not yet had the courage to read the seventh and final volume. From how the fifth ended I’m afraid of what will happen. One thing Maas likes is killing or maiming important characters, and I still don’t feel ready for that. XD
Speaking of Chaol for a moment before concluding, he has always been my favorite male character before Rowan’s arrival. For some reason I always preferred him to Dorian too, so when he and Celeana got together I had an internal party, but we also know that one of Maas’s specialties is breaking hearts so you can never rejoice with her for long enough. But despite everything I already know that either they will all have a happy ending or they will all end up dying, the author is very fair in this field. Maybe I’ll read the seventh volume when it comes out for oscar, who knows.