The Dragonbone Chair [NOOK Book]

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A war fueled by the dark powers of sorcery is about to engulf the peaceful land of Osten Ard--for Prester John, the High King, slayer of the dread dragon Shurakai, lies dying. And with his death, an ancient evil will at last be unleashed, as the Storm King, undead ruler of the elvishlike Siti, seeks to regain his lost realm through a pact with one of human royal blood. Then, driven by spell-inspired jealousy and hate, prince will fight prince, ...
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Overview

A war fueled by the dark powers of sorcery is about to engulf the peaceful land of Osten Ard--for Prester John, the High King, slayer of the dread dragon Shurakai, lies dying. And with his death, an ancient evil will at last be unleashed, as the Storm King, undead ruler of the elvishlike Siti, seeks to regain his lost realm through a pact with one of human royal blood. Then, driven by spell-inspired jealousy and hate, prince will fight prince, while around them the very land begins to die.

Only a small scattered group, the League of the Scroll, recognizes the true danger awaiting Osten Ard. And to Simon--a castle scullion unknowingly apprenticed to a member of this League--will go the task of spearheading the quest for the solution to a riddle of long-lost swords of power...and a quest that will see him fleeing and facing enemies straight out of a legend-maker's worst nighmares!



From the bestselling author of Tailchaser's Song comes the first volume in an epic fantasy trilogy with all the magic, wonder, and magnificence of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. A young magician's apprentice's dreams of adventure come true when his world is torn apart by war and dark sorcery. Advertising in Locus.

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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
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101160770
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Series: Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 800
  • Sales rank: 34,279
  • File size: 2 MB

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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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2009

    One of my all-time favorites

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2010

    Christopher Paolini talks about Tad

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

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    Worth some patience

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2010

    Christopher Paolini talks about Tad

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2006

    Started slow and picked up steam and never slowed down

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2006

    Epic Fantasy Lover

    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'.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2006

    Great Book!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2000

    No words can do justice...

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Superb

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    One of the best fantasy series of all time. If you like books th

    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.

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

    My favorite series!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    All the rest of the resses are dens and mating places

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    This series started my love of epic fantasy before I discovered

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Slow beginning

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    Amazing start

    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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  • Posted March 18, 2012

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    I Also Recommend:

    The first book in my favorite fantasy series. It introduces the

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    Will it EVER get better....

    I picked up this story because the ratings were so high. I absolutely love a good fantasy, and especially love anything by authors such as Robin Hobb or the older book series by David Eddings. So when I saw the cover it reminded me of books written by Hobbs and the reviews were good so I bought it.

    Let me tell you, it is one out of the hundreds of books I have read over the years that I have actually put down. The book is well over 700 pages long, so you expect some great long story full of interesting events. I am over 400+ pages in and nothing has really happened. There was one scene that was exciting when they were being chased by the vicious dogs...but other than that you are just as likely to read 100 pages describing a rather boring escape through some tunnels that hold no real interest.

    I may end up picking it back up at a later date to see if the last 300 and some odd pages get better...but I suggest you save your money and buy something by Robin Hobbs like her Farseer series which is worth every penny! You shouldn't have to read 400+ pages before anything starts to happen in a book!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2011

    Excellent story

    First read this book at the library about 1990, just had to pick it up when I saw it at the book store...along with the rest of the trilogy...sent them off to my daughter-in-law, who is also enjoying the series. Tad Williams is a very realistic fantasy writer, creating characters and a storyline that are very believable and engrossing. Had a hard time putting them down.

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  • Posted October 20, 2011

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    Excellent!

    Very good read. This is my first Tad Willams book and i have to say I was blown away. Highly recommend!

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  • Posted March 12, 2011

    GREAT BOOK

    start of a great read.

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