The Witchwood Crown (Signed Book) (Last King of Osten Ard Series #1)

The Witchwood Crown (Signed Book) (Last King of Osten Ard Series #1)

by Tad Williams

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New York Times-bestselling Tad Williams’ ground-breaking epic fantasy saga of Osten Ard begins an exciting new cycle! • Volume One of The Last King of Osten Ard
Enter the epic fantasy world that inspired a generation of modern fantasy writers, including George R.R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, and Christopher Paolini. The Witchwood Crown begins Tad William’s next masterpiece, bringing together the best of character-driven fantasy, action-packed high adventure, and monumental worldbuilding.
Osten Ard is at a critical turning point once again. Ancient enemies, long silent, are preparing to reclaim lands that were once theirs…
Explore more of Osten Ard in Tad William’s landmark original trilogy—Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn—and the new stand-alone novel, The Last King of Osten Ard!
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 Games 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756413705
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 06/27/2017
Series: Last King of Osten Ard Series , #1
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 672
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.80(h) x 2.30(d)

About 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.

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The Witchwood Crown (Signed Book) (Last King of Osten Ard Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Masterfully crafted to set up the remainder of the trilogy and after 20 years the gaps have been filled and the fight between evil and good has begun with the little twists and turns that made the first novels so great. Can't wait for the next installment!!!
NovelKnight More than 1 year ago
Goodness this was a long book. It’s probably the first massive fantasy I’ve tackled in a long time and I’ve learned that my reading tastes have changed since the last time around. The Witchwood Crown continues the story of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, starting a couple decades later with characters new and old. I haven’t read the first series in this world but I never found that it hindered my reading experience. In fact, the author did a wonderful job of weaving in details from the past books into the present one without spending pages upon pages of history to set the stage. Sure, there were info dumps, but not to the extent I expected for a book continuing a previous series but written many years later (for the record, the first book of the previous series came out in 1988). The story itself is a slow build. And I mean slow. There are a lot of characters to introduce and a lot of the world to establish before the last third of the book can hit the plot home. The pacing was an issue for me and part of it is the format of the book itself. This doesn’t reflect in my rating in any way but the font of the hardcover is very small and I found myself reading with a pair of over-the-counter glasses to avoid a headache (I don’t wear glasses or contacts, by the way). It made the reading experience more tedious and I recommend grabbing an eBook version if smaller font is an issue for you. Much like larger fantasy epics, I felt the need to keep a guide of who is who and what is what. The cast is HUGE and trying to mentally keep track of everyone was a challenge. But each character is developed in full and I never felt that their growth was lacking in favor of the world or story. But when it comes down to it, I’m reading for enjoyment, right? The Witchwood Crown is very well written, and the author clearly knows how to manage a story this vast without letting any part of it be sacrificed for another. So perhaps it is a change in reading taste, perhaps the book moved too slowly for me to be fully hooked, but I didn’t quite enjoy this one as much as I had hoped to. It took a long time to get through and I think some of the action was lost in the description. Definitely recommend it to fans of the author’s previous work, as well as readers of epics like A Game of Thrones and The Wheel of Time series, just not quite for me.
TheLoon More than 1 year ago
I can not recommend this book at all. 937 pages in Nook format and only enough actual content for a 200 page book. Page after page after page of backstory and endless repetitions of simple character traits like the Prince drinks way too much, the Queen is a nervous wreck over the Prince's safety and the disrespect with which half breed Norns are treated. I got it by the third time these "themes" were stated. Sorry, this is a good writer filling up a very large book with filler in order produce three books when fewer would have easily sufficed and made for a tighter tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rich cast of characters and a well-developed world. It is good to back in Osten Ard.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well done sir. Can’t wait for the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think is going to be a great series...
Firs More than 1 year ago
The Witchwood Crown is Tad Williams' magnificent return to Osten Ard. This is a novel I've been waiting for, for 24 years. I'm happy to report that The Witchwood Crown lives up to expectations. Set 35 years after the end of To Green Angel Tower, The Witchwood Crown answers the questions avid readers have been wondering for the last two and a half decades: What happened after the end? Were Simon and Miriamele good rulers? What happened to the remaining characters? And what about Aditu's prophecy about Josua's twin children? Many of my questions were answered (not all, though), but even more questions were introduced. I'm now anxiously awaiting the next volume, Empire of Grass... Thank you, Tad, for writing the novel I've been waiting for the last 24 years. I missed these characters and this world.
ylvs More than 1 year ago
A glorious return to Osten Ard I don’t start this review with the book but with me. I was one of the first humans in the whole wide world who knew that Tad would return to Osten Ard. The thought that there would be more stories in my favourite parallel universe overwhelmed and excited me in a fashion I never thought news about fiction could. Later I was one of the first readers giving comprehensive feedback on each new version. Now I write a review on the ARC I got from the publishers. I still feel like in a dream - this is surreal. All this should make transparent where I come from. Expect an eulogy. So. The long awaited and highly anticipated sequel to Memory, Sorrow and Thorn. News from the vast world I keep going back to because I love it so much. It features a mind-swirling amount of characters old and new, awesome & annoying, funny & frightening. Places familiar yet still changed like the Hayholt. Others described in much more detail than before like Nabban. Those that never before had featured as a setting like Elvritshalla. And Nakkiga where the old enemy stirs again. Tad masterfully manages to revive the old heros albeit it took me a few chapters to feel close to them again. Simon and Miriamele, Eolair and Tiamak after all are not the same people I knew - 33 years of story time have passed since I last met them. A reunion scene brought tears of joy to my eyes and from that moment on I was emotionally engaged with The Witchwood Crown as I am with Memory, Sorrow and Thorn for 25 real years now. The multiple plots burble along like mountain spring creeks: there are trade wars, unrest in Hernystir, fights for power and territory in the South, the occasional bloody fight - all the stuff expected from a civilisation on the brink of enlightenment and it is a joy to see it unfold in Osten Ard. Plus fearsome monsters and fairies, demons and a hilarious troll. All this is wonderful to behold all the while the real mysteries are slowly growing in a few passing paragraphs and the occasional subclause. A beautifully composed set-up for a great story. I would have been perfectly happy with that book and would have praised Tad über den grünen Klee for it. Although it not truly accelerated my heart rate for page after fast turned page. Then come the last 200+. Tad shifts gears and … major stuff starts happening. The thing is hitting the other thing. Like big time. This showdown had me respectively gasping in surprise, shouting: Finally!, laughing with joy, holding my breath for two pages straight, slapping my head, shedding more tears and smiling woefully at the very end. An incredible rollercoaster ride that made me crave for more the moment I turned the very last page. I’ve said it elsewhere and I say it again: I have not read a final act that exciting and surprising since George R.R. Martin’s A Stom of Swords. And I mean that literally. A lot has been said about the similarities between MS&T and GRRM’s A Song of Ice and Fire (insert link to 50 similarities by Ron) . Martin himself names the former a major inspiration for him. While he was writing TWC in 2014 I talked to Tad about stories and tropes influencing each other in general and these two in particular and he said he „would like to keep the conversation going.“ And darn he fricking did. Iconic scenes from A Song of Ice and Fire are mirrored in The Witchwood Crown and I yayed every single one of them. This seesaw between two masters of story telling is an additional treat in this