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To Green Angel Tower (Part 1)

To Green Angel Tower (Part 1)

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by Tad Williams
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.”


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
Tad Williams introduced readers to the incredible fantasy world of Osten Ard in his internationally bestselling series Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn. The trilogy 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.
The evil minions of the undead Sithi Storm King are beginning their final preparations for the kingdom-shattering culmination of their dark sorceries, drawing King Elias ever deeper into their nightmarish, spell-spun world.
As the Storm King’s power grows and the boundaries of time begin to blur, the loyal allies of Prince Josua struggle to rally their forces at the Stone of Farewell. There, too, Simon and the surviving members of the League of the Scroll have gathered for a desperate attempt to unravel mysteries from the forgotten past. 
For if the League can reclaim these age-old secrets of magic long-buried beneath the dusts of time, they may be able to reveal to Josua and his army the only means of striking down the unslayable foe....
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

Editorial Reviews

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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

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This sprawling, spellbinding conclusion to the trilogy that began with The Dragonbone Chair weaves together a multitude of intricate strands, building to a suitably apocalyptic confrontation between good and evil. Prince Josua wins a first victory against the forces of his brother, Elias, who rules as High King in Osten Ard. Elias has the help of the dark priest Pryrates and of Ineluki the Storm King, onetime ruler of the immortal Sithi (the race that preceded humans). But others defy him, including Elias's own daughter, Princess Miriamele, the scullion turned knight Simon, and Camaris, once one of the greatest knights of Osten Ard and wielder of the sword Thorn, one of the three weapons that may effect a victory over Elias's hordes. As Josua's forces-- augmented by those Elias has wronged and by friendly Sithi--approach the king's stronghold, a secret battle takes place in the underlying caverns. It will affect not only the conflict's outcome, but also the futures of many races. The main caveat to Williams's engrossing epic is its length. A tetralogy might have been more easily digested, although that format might have drained some of the extraordinary tension built up in the book's closing pages. (Mar.)
Library Journal
As Ineluki the Storm King and his undead minions gather strength for their war of conquest, Simon and his companions race against time to puzzle out a prophecy that can save their world. Multiple plot lines converge in a surprising final confrontation as Williams concludes his panoramic trilogy in grand style. Fans of The Dragonbone Chair ( LJ 9/15/88) and The Stone of Farewell ( LJ 6/15/90) will not be disappointed in this well-written extravaganza.
School Library Journal
YA-This culmination of the trilogy is incredibly long and carries, besides the story, a dictionary of names, places, and other necessary information. It tells of the final battle between the forces of good and evil in the land of Osten Ard, a mythical place not unlike medieval Europe. Clearly, the author has been influenced not only by Tolkien, but also by Wagner's ``Ring'' story. Everything in Williams's narrative is larger than life-the individuals, the battles, the mysticism and magic. Yet his painstaking detail ensures that the world he creates is as believable and immediate as readers' everyday lives. The main character, Simon, is a reluctant hero. He is a superior warrior, yet he hates violence. He has been chosen as a seer by mystical beings who wish to aid his human counterparts, but he is never sure of his own worth. He understands cosmic truths, but considers himself ignorant. All action spins around Simon, but the book is replete with many other interesting characters, all fully developed. Enjoying the story's wealth of entertainment can literally take months, but for the author's fans it will be a treasure. It can also stand on its own.-Jessica Lahr, Edison High School, Fairfax County, VA
Sally Estes
If you thought "The Dragonbone Chair" (1988) and "Stone of Farewell" (1990) were sprawling, wait till you see this concluding volume of Williams' epic Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy; it's only 141 pages short of equalling the first two together. Not only heavy to hold, but also heavy to read by dint of the continuing convoluted plot with its multitude of characters, human and nonhuman. Some of the scenes in the maze of tunnels and the castle's foundry below the Green Angel Tower and in the skirmish with abhorrent chitinous swamp creatures are reminiscent of the Dante-like scenes in Williams' "Tailchaser's Song". Other scenes drag on way too long, filled with more soul searching or detail than needed. However, readers caught up in the story of Simon, the scullery boy turned knight, will, by this time, have the important people sorted out and will eagerly follow the further exploits of the brave young man as well as the adventures of other of his stalwart companions. And there are adventures aplenty as the various factions opposing the evil legions of Ineluki the Storm King converge, along with the legendary three swords, at the Green Angel Tower for the final awesome battle.

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Publication date:
Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn Series , #3
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Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 11.04(h) x 1.58(d)
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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To Green Angel Tower (Part 1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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I recently finished this series, and was very impressed with Tad Williams and his writing abilities. The series moves at a rapid pace, and the characters are much more believable than in most other fantasy series. However, I also thought that the characters were developed more superficially than in other series. I also thought too much time was devoted to telling the stories of minor characters, at the expense of fleshing out Simon, Josua and Miriamele. Well worth a read for all this, but it does have some minor warts.
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this book was a great story Tad Williams has a great mind to write this book it has some pretty awsome battles in it.
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I have just finished reading this book and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. While the first book seemed to drag a bit, the second was better and this one far surpassed either! I couldn't put it down! I can't wait to read the last one! I am an avid reader of fantasy novels and I believe this book ranks in the top 5 for books I have read!
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Five minutes ago, I finished this book. It truly was the best book I have ever read. By the end of the day I will own the complete trilogy. It has great story lines, each chapter makes you want to explore futher. I can just see myself riding along side Simon, and the rest of the cast sword in hand fasing evile wherever it may be. Anyone who just needs a little escape should try this book.