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To Green Angel Tower

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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.”

Overview

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. 
 
BOOK THREE: TO GREEN ANGEL TOWER
 
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

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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Praise for Tad Williams: 

“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 A 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
 
"Tad Williams is a master storyteller, and the Osten Ard books are his masterpiece. Williams’ return to Osten Ard is every bit as compelling, deep, and fully-rendered as the first trilogy, and he continues to write with the experience and polish of an author at the top of his game." —Brandon Sanderson, New York Times-bestselling author of Mistborn

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101142226
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
04/01/1994
Series:
Osten Ard , #3
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
816
Sales rank:
16,493
File size:
8 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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"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

Meet the Author

Tad Williams is a California-based fantasy superstar.  His genre-creating (and genre-busting) books have sold tens of millions worldwide. His works include the worlds of Otherland, Shadowmarch, and Osten Ard—including the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, and The Last King of Osten Ard series—as well as standalone novels Tailchaser’s Song and The War of the Flowers. His considerable output of epic fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, comics, and more have strongly influenced a generation of writers.  Tad and his family live in the Santa Cruz mountains in a suitably strange and beautiful house. He can be found at tadwilliams.com or on Twitter at @tadwilliams.

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To Green Angel Tower 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a secretary, wife of 32 years, mother of three, grandmother of six, and an avid reader for many years. This is one of the best series of books I've read -- and I've read a lot. The characters are so different and real, you can feel what they're feeling, as if you were there. The story-line flows and doesn't fall apart. The plot is such that it's hard to quit reading and I found myself thinking about it while trying to work. Tad Williams is one of the best writers yet. I've nothing but praise for this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story but this book had so many typos. Very frustrating to be in the middle of being submerged in the fantasy and be pulled out by them. Regardless the story is as they say in France muy excellente!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This series was absolutely amazing, Tad Williams has a fantastic imagination, and his work flows smoothly. All of Williams's work is worth purchasing, although the only novel I don't have is 'Tailchaser's Song' simply because I'm not a big fan of felines, and I refuse to pay almost $8 for a book less than an inch thick.
Anonymous 11 months ago
One which has brilliant characters fast paced plot. Burnt the midnight oil, couldn't wait to finish it. Now I want the next installment, I have always been a fan of tad williams. The descriptive way the plot unfolds is masterly , keeps you glued to the pages. A very exciting and adventurous tale,buy it.
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DragonfireTJ More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this story. Good story line.
kamas716 More than 1 year ago
The conclusion to my favorite fantasy series. If your favorite characters survived the first two books, get worried, because by the end, they might not be standing anymore. This is great epic fantasy.
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