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It is a time of darkness, dread, and ultimate testing for the realm of Osten Ard, for the wild magic and terrifying minions of the undead Sithi ruler, Ineluki the Storn King, are spreading their seemingly undefeatable evil across the kingdom. With the very land blighted by the power of Ineluki's wrath, the tattered remnants of a once-proud human army flee in search of a last sanctuary and rallying point - the Stone of Farewell, a place shrouded in mystery and ancient sorrow.

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Overview

It is a time of darkness, dread, and ultimate testing for the realm of Osten Ard, for the wild magic and terrifying minions of the undead Sithi ruler, Ineluki the Storn King, are spreading their seemingly undefeatable evil across the kingdom. With the very land blighted by the power of Ineluki's wrath, the tattered remnants of a once-proud human army flee in search of a last sanctuary and rallying point - the Stone of Farewell, a place shrouded in mystery and ancient sorrow.

And even as Prince Josua seeks to rally his scattered forces, Simon and the surviving members of the League of the Scroll are desperately struggling to fulfill missions which will take them from the fallen citadels of humans to the hidden mountain caves of the Qanuc trolls...across storm-tormented waters to discover the truth behind an almost forgotten legend...to the secret heartland of the Sithi, where the near-immortals must at last decide whether to ally with the race of men in a final war against those of their own blood...

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this panoramic, vigorous, often moving sequel to The Dragonbone Chair , the scattered allies opposing the pirate Elias, high king of Osten Ard, and Ineluki, the Storm King, struggle toward a meeting at the Stone of Farewell in the ancient, deserted city of Enki-e-Shao'saye. The boy Simon, the troll Binabek and their companions carry Thorn, one of three swords critical to the defeat of the forces of evil. After surviving many perils, Simon becomes the only mortal to enter Jao e-Tinukai'i, last refuge of the elven Sithi, seeking their support. A small band follows Prince Josua, leader of the resistance against his brother Elias; they are betrayed by the chieftain of the nomadic Thrithings-folk. As Elias consolidates his power with the aid of the Norns, the Storm King brings permanent winter to a stricken land. Williams adroitly weaves together the tales of these journeys, heralding a suitably epic and glorious conclusion. (Aug.)
Library Journal
The advancing might of Ineluki the Storm King and his undead minions threatens to lock the world in eternal winter unless the tattered forces ranged against him can discover the secrets of the League of the Scroll and unite humans, Sithi elves, and Qanuc trolls. Continuing the story begun in The Dra gonbone Chair (LJ 9/15/88), Williams fleshes out the familiar themes of epic fantasy with vivid, likable characters and exotic cultures. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780886774806
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/28/1991
  • Series: Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 768
  • Sales rank: 110,492
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.95 (h) x 1.28 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2005

    Sweet!!!!

    This book is absolutely awesome. Tad Williams has an almost over descriptive way of wrighting. However, this fact only increases the image you attain by reading this book. I could often imagine a battle scene or one of the huge sprawling city of the Sithi. This book also includes a 14 page long appendix. This only makes it all the easier to rememer the foreign names and places. This book (and the series for that matter) is by far one of the best i have ever read. I even worked hours to buy the next book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2001

    A great lead in

    By the end of the first book you had followed simon from being a scullion boy to a dragon slasher. By the end of Ths second book, he makes it down the mountain to the stone of farewell. Many things happened to him and the other characters, but nothing truly exciting. i found this frustrating when coupled with Tad Williams over descriptive writing style. Despite all this i enjoyed the book and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoy a good and fulfilling fantasy story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    A fitting sequel to the classic "The Dragonbone Chair"

    A fitting sequel to the classic "The Dragonbone Chair", "Stone of Farewell" continues the story. This book actually feels, in some places, like reading poetry. I'd recommend for any lovers of epic fantasy... with a twist. The immortal Sithi remain one of my all-time favorite depictions of an alien, vanished race.

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  • Posted July 7, 2012

    Stone of Farewell....the whole book picturises the journey of it

    Stone of Farewell....the whole book picturises the journey of its various characters towards this destination....and its TAgic( Tad William's magic) that the reader travels along with them..The places mentioned are so perfectly narrated that they loom infront of u...and each character in this fantasy is so finely made...it almost makes it difficult if not impossible to forget their names for a long time even after reading..The fear of Inuleki deepens with evry chapter and the hatred for pryrates grows in the similar fashion...Josua captures hearts with his determination evn if its feeble at most of the times ..Binabik..the bestest of all buddies and sweet Qantaqa ...Simon...my Paul Jonas here.....proves to be brave but still full of mysteries.. The stretch of the author's imagination is higly commendable...In simple words..read the book..its breathtaking.

    Stone Of Farewell
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    Great read

    Although this book is used to set up the final book, i found it to be a very enjoyable read.
    Tad Williams is truly a master.

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  • Posted March 18, 2012

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    Another great installment in the trilogy, though I didn't think

    Another great installment in the trilogy, though I didn't think it was quite as good as the first and third volumes. This is EPIC fantasy at its best.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Great middle book

    This book sets up for what promises to be a great finale!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2009

    Loved this after "The Dragonbone Chair"

    Tad Williams doesn't disappoint in this second novel of the series. I'm reading the next book already =)

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