Stone of Farewell

Stone of Farewell

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by Tad Williams
     
 

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The second book in the trilogy that launched one of the most important fantasy writers of our time.  See more details below

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The second book in the trilogy that launched one of the most important fantasy writers of our time.

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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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Praise for the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series: 

"A grand fantasy on a scale approaching Tolkien's Lord of the Rings."—Cincinnati Post

"Sprawling, spellbinding...weaves together a multitude of intricate strands, building to a suitably apocalyptic confrontation between good and evil."—Publishers Weekly

"An epic tale of the struggle of good against evil."—San Francisco Chronicle"The fantasy equivalent of War and Peace."—Locus

"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." —Christopher Paolini, bestselling author of Eragon

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101160787
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
04/05/2005
Series:
Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn Series , #2
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
768
Sales rank:
48,192
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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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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Stone of Farewell 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Archanaa More than 1 year ago
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 The Safehold of A Reader's Heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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kamas716 More than 1 year ago
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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Michael D More than 1 year ago
This book sets up for what promises to be a great finale!
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