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The Dragonbone Chair
     

The Dragonbone Chair

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by Tad Williams
 

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New York Times-bestselling Tad Williams’ landmark epic fantasy saga of Osten Ard begins an exciting new cycle!
 
“One of my favorite fantasy series.” —George R. R. Martin • “Groundbreaking.” —Patrick Rothfuss • “One of the great fantasy epics of all time.”

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New York Times-bestselling Tad Williams’ landmark epic fantasy saga of Osten Ard begins an exciting new cycle!
 
“One of my favorite fantasy series.” —George R. R. Martin • “Groundbreaking.” —Patrick Rothfuss • “One of the great fantasy epics of all time.” —Christopher Paolini
 
With The Dragonbone Chair, Tad Williams introduced readers to the incredible fantasy world of Osten Ard. His beloved, internationally bestselling series Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn inspired a generation of modern fantasy writers, including George R.R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, and Christopher Paolini, and defined Tad Williams as one of the most important fantasy writers of our time.

This edition features a brand-new introduction from Tad Williams' editor as well as the original introduction from Williams himself! 

BOOK ONE: THE DRAGONBONE CHAIR
 
A war fueled by the powers of dark sorcery is about to engulf the peaceful land of Osten Ard—for Prester John, the High King, lies dying. And with his death, the Storm King, the undead ruler of the elf-like Sithi, seizes the chance to regain his lost realm through a pact with the newly ascended king. Knowing the consequences of this bargain, the king’s younger brother joins with a small, scattered group of scholars, the League of the Scroll, to confront the true danger threatening Osten Ard.
 
Simon, a kitchen boy from the royal castle unknowingly apprenticed to a member of this League, will be sent on a quest that offers the only hope of salvation, a deadly riddle concerning long-lost swords of power. Compelled by fate and perilous magics, he must leave the only home he’s ever known and face enemies more terrifying than Osten Ard has ever seen, even as the land itself begins to die.
 
After the landmark Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy, the epic saga of Osten Ard continues with the brand-new novel, The Heart of What Was Lost. Then don’t miss the upcoming trilogy, The Last King of Osten Ard, beginning with The Witchwood Crown!
 
Praise for Osten Ard:
 
“Inspired me to write my own seven-book trilogy.... It’s one of my favorite fantasy series.”
—George R. R. Martin, New York Times-bestselling author of The Game of Thrones
 
“Groundbreaking...changed how people thought of the genre, and paved the way for so much modern fantasy. Including mine.”
—Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times-bestselling author of The Name of the Wind
 
“Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn is one of the great fantasy epics of all time.”
—Christopher Paolini, New York Times-bestselling author of Eragon


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
As war threatens to rip apart a once peaceful land, a young kitchen boy turned magician's apprentice embarks on a journey that could save his world from the dark machinations of a king gone mad. The author of Tailchaser's Song draws on many mythologies for the background of his fantasy epic, creating a solid story spiced with political intrigue and strong, appealing heroes. Highly recommended. JC
School Library Journal
YA-- Williams, author of Tailchaser's Song (NAL, 1986), scores with the first book in another fantasy trilogy. Simon is an ordinary kitchen helper who is taken under the tutelage of the magician Morgenes. When King John Presbyter dies and his son Elias ascends the throne, the way opens for a long-dormant evil to enter the realm. Elias, a pawn of the black magician Pyrates, moves to eliminate his brother Josua, and the brother-against-brother, good-versus-evil clash begins. Simon is thrown in with Josua and muddles through adventure and peril, maturing into a hero by book's end. Williams weaves all of the classic ingredients of fantasy into his tale--trolls, giants, elf-like sithi, and dragons. Simon must travel from drought-stricken lands to ice-bound peaks as he follows his far-seeing dreams. The land of Osten Ard is well created, and readers quickly become immersed in the story. Unfortunately, despite the high adventure and excitement, The Dragonbone Chair leaves many loose ends, so readers, like Simon, are left waiting--for book two.-- Margaret Sloan, Willowridge High School, Sugar Land, Tex.
From the Publisher
“Inspired me to write my own seven-book trilogy.... It’s one of my favorite fantasy series.”
George R. R. Martin, New York Times-bestselling author
 
“Groundbreaking.... Changed how people thought of the genre, and paved the way for so much modern fantasy. Including mine.”
Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times-bestselling author of The Name of the Wind
 
Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn is one of the great fantasy epics of all time.”
Christopher Paolini, New York Times bestselling author of Eragon
 
Readers who delight in losing themselves in long complex tales of epic fantasy will be in their element here, and there is the promise of much more to come in future volumes.” —Locus
 
“Panoramic, vigorous, often moving.... Williams adroitly weaves together the tales...heralding a suitably epic and glorious conclusion.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“Highly Recommended. [Williams] draws on many mythologies for the background of his fantasy epic...story spiced with political intrigue and strong appealing heroes.” —Library Journal
 
A grand fantasy on a scale approaching Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.” —Cincinnati Post

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101160770
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
03/01/2005
Series:
Osten Ard , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
800
Sales rank:
988
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"An epic tale of the struggle of good against evil."—San Francisco Chronicle

"The fantasy equivalent of War and Peace."—Locus

"Sprawling, spellbinding."—Publishers Weekly

Meet the Author

Tad Williams has held more jobs than any sane person should admit to—singing in a band, selling shoes, managing a financial institution, throwing newspapers, and designing military manuals, to name just a few. He also hosted a syndicated radio show for ten years, worked in theater and television production, taught both grade-school and college classes, and worked in multimedia for a major computer firm. He is cofounder of an interactive television company, and is currently writing comic books and film and television scripts as well. Tad and his family live in London and the San Francisco Bay Area. You can find Tad Williams at tadwilliams.com. 

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The Dragonbone Chair 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 130 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best books are the ones in which I can "lose myself." This is an excellent book if you enjoy getting caught up in the characters, their lives, and their world. I count the "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn" series as my personal favorite. The books kept my interest all the way through to the end.
Deborah_Beale More than 1 year ago
Deborah Beale here (Tad partner & wife): we recently received this rave review from Christopher Paolini, and I thought I would take the liberty of posting it here. "Tad Williams is a huge inspiration for me. He's one of the main reasons I started writing fantasy. His books are epic, exciting, and filled with fascinating characters. When it comes to inventing imaginary worlds, he's as skilled as J.R.R. Tolkien and Frank Herbert. "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn is one of the great fantasy epics of all time. I can't even remember how many times I've read it. It kept me so enthralled, I plowed through the last book in just one sitting! Here be magic, dragons, sprawling battles, thrilling feats of derring-do, ancient mysteries, hidden secrets-all the things a good story needs. These are the books, along with a few others, that led me to write Eragon. "Otherland is an awesome sci-fi story. The scale of Tad Williams' ambition and accomplishments as a storyteller in this series is amazing. He weaves together so many characters, locations, and unique worlds, you can't help but be impressed! Also, with Otherland Tad predicted the rise of the internet and online gaming long before it was invented. "Tad Williams' work is an essential part of any science fiction and fantasy library. I look forward to each new book he writes. If you like exciting, thought-provoking fiction, you owe it to yourself to give Tad a try. "His books are thick enough to stop a bullet! I know!" - Christopher Paolini
DevoursFantasy More than 1 year ago
Out of the older tradition of fantasy writing, this one takes its time and builds slowly, carefully, meticulously, until we have a world and conflict that feels real and surprising in the present with the depth that a long history provides. Really good stuff if you're patient enough to let it simmer. What I would consider to be the introduction takes about 200 pages. Even then, it's not really until the end of this first book in the series that it really reaches the pace and depth that spurs you on to pick up the rest - immediately. No, it's not your quick fantasy fix, but it's infinitely more satisfying than the easy in-easy out fantasies that abound these days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truly one of the best books I have ever read. Very human characters. Also, enough twist in the plot to keep you wanting more. I truly hope that Simon and friends have more adventures.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tad Williams is one of the best writers today, I will continue to buy everything publishes. This book had me up until all hours of the night reading. I would also recommend 'The War of the Flowers'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read this series 3 times, and it is absolutely one of my favorites. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves fantasy as much as I do. The books are very well written, and the story is very original. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
An unbelievable series, I cannot express my gratitude to Tad Williams for his great creation. After being hungry for well written fantasy cause I finished Robert Jordan's last book I stumbled onto this. Fascinated by the artwork of Otherland I had purchased it and though I loved the writing I decided I was more in the mood for fantasy, and went out and bought this book... I'm very glad I did, don't be put off by the seemingly slow start because it very soon quickens and I almost devoured the books! A MUST read for any fantasy fan! The only downfall is that you won't find anything this good in a long time... but hey! just start over again! and don't be surprised when at times you feel a tear trickling down your cheek...;) If you know anything as good or similar please mail me.
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As above.
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I bought this series almost 10 years ago, and it is still one of my favorites. The characters, which I feel are the single most important piece of any story, are wonderfully fleshed out, and the plot is engaging as well. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best fantasy series of all time. If you like books that you can get lost in for weeks or months, "The Dragonbone Chair" is for you. At the center of the story is rich, complex world of Osten Ard, as dozens of cities, towns, and villages appear in the storyline. But the best part of this series are the complex, three-dimensional characters who people the world. There is a reason that both George R. R. Martin and Christopher Paolini love this series: they recognize a complex world with good storytelling, having written fantasy novels themselves. I re-read "The Dragonbone Chair" nearly every year.
LAL_of_Flora-IL More than 1 year ago
I have read this in hard cover over and over. My books are falling apart, so I decided to get a digital copy. It has plenty of adventure and action and is easy to read. I can let my teenagers read it because in the tv world, I would rate it PG-13. LOVE this book!!
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This series started my love of epic fantasy before I discovered when Tolkien. I must have been in sixth grade and I still reread this series often ( I'm 31 now). I still compare all books to this series.
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Good book overall. Starts off slow, but it is a great debut. Characters are pretty black and white, and some actually arent invinsible like in some other popular fantasy novels.
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An amazing start to a truly epic journey. This is a must read for any person who loves character development and thrilling story telling. By the time you finish this series you will be astonished at how organicly all the actors develop. You feel as if you grow with them in the end.
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kamas716 More than 1 year ago
The first book in my favorite fantasy series. It introduces the characters well, it moves the pace along nicely and crafts a wonderful vision of a world with some halfways familiar backstory. One of the things I like about this series is that none of the characters are safe; anyone could die at any time. Seriously, I think by the end of the third book at least half of the listed characters are dead. When I first started reading this series I was in college and listening to a lot of Joe Satriani. Since then, whenever I hear a Satriani tune I associate it with a particular part of this (or the subsequent) book(s) and vice versa.
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