Tower of Dawn is happening concurrently with Empire of Storms. Chaol and Nesryn have gone to Antica which is not on the map in the beginning of the book but the in southern continent. They have gone to heal Chaol’s back as well as ask the king to join forces to defeat Erawan.
When Chaol and Nesryn arrive to Antica, we learn that the king is called the Great Khagan and the heir is not born into the title, he/she is chosen. When you are chosen to be heir, all siblings must sworn fealty to the king and not challenge them or risk execution. When sibling swear fealty they cannot have children (I don’t understand why) but if they do have a wife and kids when the heir is chosen they can all be executed (once again, i’m not sure why. Because they can try to claim the throne?) Anyway, the Great Khagan had his sibling killed or exiled and made them infertile. What’s the point? The Great Khagan has five living kids and has not named his heir. One of his daughters is married and pregnant so technically when he names Sartaq his heir, is he going to follow tradition? I’m guessing no. Anyway, Sartaq was named heir and he loves Nesryn.
The youngest sibling died from a fall but Kashin thinks it was murder and asks Chaol to investigate. We finally learn that the Valg has made its way to Antica, entered Duva (the pregnant one) and made her kill her sister. This revelation finally makes the king believe that evil is going to take over and allows Chaol to use his army.
Yrene Towers is from Fenharrow and her mother was a healer. When the king of Adarlan outlawed magic, he had Yrene’s mother burned to death as Yrene watched. She fled to Innis where she met Aelin (she doesn’t know it was Aelin). This story is in Assassin’s Blade. She made it to Antica to study at the Torre-healers. Yrene wants to go back to Fenharrow to heal the fighters but the head healer wants her to heal Chaol first. At first she hates him but then they fall in love and get married at the end.
When Yrene was researching in the Torre library, a healer that resembled her was murdered by the Valg and she thinks they are after her. They are after her because she is a healer and they don’t want healers.
Nesryn and Sartaq fly the ruks and they discover some giant Valg spiders. The ruk is injured trying to save them but the spiders take Sartaq. To save him, Nesryn takes a shapeshifter named Falken, Lysandra’s uncle, to the spider cave and while they are there, Nesryn learns that Maeve is the Valg Queen.
Hundreds of years ago, Maeve married Orcus but fled to a new universe. She then cast a spell on Mab and Mora and made them and everyone believe that she was their sister. She also took the keys. The kings almost found her but didn’t and she sent all of them except Brannon back to the other universe. Brannon is the fire king and I think Maeve fears him because Valg doesn’t like fire.
Hasan gets news that Aelin has defeated Maeve and has gone back to Terresen but what they don’t realize is that Aelin has been captured and who they saw was Lysandra.
We find out that Anthril is loyal to Silba because he had the owl symbol somewhere around him. Mala gave the immunity ring to Anthril and not Brannon even though she loves Brannon. That wasn’t answered-I think. Because Brannon is the fire king and the Valg fear fire so he doesn’t need immunity? IDK.
In the end, Duva was going to kill Yrene but Chaol jumped between and she damaged his back even further. As Chaol lay dying, Yrene prayed to save him at any cost and the cost was that when Yrene is exhausted from healing, Chaol will be paralyzed. When she’s recovered, he can walk. When one dies, they both die.
They are all sailing to the north to help fight the Valg.
The last chapter is Brannon? But I’m not sure who he is talking to. Mala?