As the evil minions of the undead Sithi Storm King prepare for the kingdom shattering culmination of their dark sorceries and King Elias is drawn ever deeper into their nightmarish, spell spun world, the loyal allies of Prince Josua desperately struggle to rally their forces at the Stone of Farewell And with time running out, the remaining members of the now devastated LeAs the evil minions of the undead Sithi Storm King prepare for the kingdom shattering culmination of their dark sorceries and King Elias is drawn ever deeper into their nightmarish, spell spun world, the loyal allies of Prince Josua desperately struggle to rally their forces at the Stone of Farewell And with time running out, the remaining members of the now devastated League of the Scroll have also gathered there to unravel mysteries from the forgotten past in an attempt to find something to strike down their unslayable foe.But whether or not they are successful, the call of battle will lead the valiant followers of Josua Lackhand on a memorable trek to the haunted halls of Asu a itself the Sithi s greatest stronghold.
To Green Angel Tower As the evil minions of the undead Sithi Storm King prepare for the kingdom shattering culmination of their dark sorceries and King Elias is drawn ever deeper into their nightmarish spell spun world
A satisfying ending to an engaging trilogy I can see why this final tome was originally published in two parts it was a definite door stop I sprained my wrist two years ago, and I found that old injury aching at the end of lengthy reading sessions However, the size of the volume was necessary in order to tie up the many, many loose ends from the first two books I especially appreciated the return of Rachel the Dragon as an honoured elder lady, even as I grieved the loss of other characters I als [...]
Well, that was something Tad Williams, it seems, was ahead of his time in having the final volume of something have to be split across two volumes, as I actually read To Green Angel Tower across two paperbacks, each of which had 800 pages It was a very long, meandering, interesting journey, at times bogged down by tedium, but at times full of tension, building up to a dramatic finale.In writing about the first book of this series I mentioned that this is kind of like a brother to The Wheel of Ti [...]
This trilogy was pretty much my first into fantasy It was right after my first child was born and I had a lot of time stuck in the house to read I had kind of thought fantasy was for, you know, geekish people which was a problem considering my husband and two best friends were all into it I have now entered the geek and proud of it crowd These books were wonderful and I have not stopped reading fantasy since.
Ful review to come This was a buddy read with Laura from Fantasy Buddy Reads and there s not much I can say to add to the discussion of this trilogy besides the fact that it s one of the best fantasy trilogies I ve ever read.
Second read March April 2017 DNFMemory, Sorrow Thorn has not aged well for me I had to give it up less than 200 pages into To Green Angel Tower If I were the type to go back and adjust ratings, I d give four stars to Williams later Shadowmarch trilogy, and three for this Shadowmarch is essentially the same story as MST but it s so much focused on essential plot without wandering down trackless paths of unnecessary exposition and subplot.While reading, I was thinking to myself that this is what [...]
Reread Reviewing audiobook soon at fantasyliterature.
This review is a review of the whole trilogy rather than a review of its last volume.Memory, Sorrow and Thorn is a good fantasy series Events occur in a world named Osten Ard The world itself follows many stereotypes of other fantasy worlds The elves in this world are called the Sithi and the dark elves are called the Norns, but even though the author hasn t chosen the word elf to describe these creatures, they re essentially the same The bad guy concept, Ineluki, is quite close to Tolkien s Sa [...]
SPOILERS This is the third book in the series, and this edition contains both parts 1 2 of the Green Angel Tower There is a 4th book out and I plan to jump into that one soon.Even though there were momments I felt frustrated over certains aspects of the story, overall this series was excellent.The world building was incredible The pace was good and although it was over a thousand pages, I couldn t put the book down Yes there were times I skimmed and it did seem at times the overdescriptiveness g [...]
OK, just as a matter of timing, I managed to finish all three Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn books while I was engaged in various travels with little or no Internet access and with no access to a decent keyboard, so I won t be composing full reviews Instead I ll just say George R.R Martin has said that the Williams books were what spurred him to write A Song of Ice and Fire, and I do think that if you draw a line connecting Tolkien to Martin, Williams falls almost exactly midway between The books are [...]
As a whole, it was an entertaining series I enjoyed the feeling of classic fantasy that it gave me, especially since I ve been reading a lot of dark fantasy lately I was satisfied with the conclusion, but I had several problems with the third book.First of all, it is huge I don t have a problem with big books, but this one made me wish that it were smaller I grew tired of it as I was reading it.Secondly, the series is full of repetitions I felt that half the pages of the series were descriptions [...]
It feels so good to finally be able to finish a fantasy series So many of the ones I m currently reading aren t finished and its so frustrating having to wait years for the story to continue To green angel tower, part 2 is the second half of the final book in the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy It was exactly what I ve been waiting for while reading series The first two books of the trilogy were kind of a roller coaster, good at times but I also find myself daydreaming during other parts of the [...]
This is one of the longest novels ever written It s the third in a trilogy, but it s about as long as the first two novels combined, making it a very odd but very satisfying final chapter.Each step of this series has been pretty difficult for me to meaningfully rate, but I ll use this rating of this book to do the whole series.I think each book is about a four but the series as a whole is a five, if only because of how complex and beautiful and awesome it all is The worldbuilding is probably som [...]
Audiobook from Penguin AudioNarrated by Andrew WincottLength 63.25 hoursTad Williams, it seems, is very good at writing very long books to end trilogies This was a long book says that it s one of the longest books ever written though looking at the list of longest books , there are many that were even longer I don t say this disparagingly, I say it so that readers of this review will be able to grok the scope covered by this book, which is almost as long as The Dragonbone Chair and Stone of Far [...]
I don t put down a book or a series that I start While the first two books did peak my interest quite a bit, I was suffering through almost all of the 1,104 pages found in this behemoth of a tale Maybe I should have read it in two parts as it was released in its corporeal form and taken a break half way through Instead, I went for the e book version that doesn t suffer any publication problems when it comes to size.By the time I was about a third of the way through the book, I was already burnt [...]
Pues m s de lo mismo Si hubiera le do esta saga de adolescente despu s de descubrir El Se or de los Anillos tal vez me habr a encantado Pero despu s de tanto tiempo, volver a leerme una trilog a llena de t picos protagonista humilde que se convierte en h roe, objetos m gicos que hay que encontrar destruir, dragones que hay que matar, etc me ha resultado muy pesado.
Truly a marvelous end to a beautiful book and trilogy This return to Osten Ard for me after twenty years was beautiful I can t express how much I love this story.
I recently devoured the Memory, Sorrow, Thorn series having read and enjoyed Tad Williams Shadowmarch series I have to say I did enjoy this better, with Green Angel Tower providing a fitting climax to the series Strangely when reading Shadowmarch I found that the lore of the world richer than the characters, here I found it somewhat the reverse and could have happily had a bit background history at certain points Though that said part of the joy of the book for me was the central characters lab [...]
I sort of enjoyed this series, but there are some infuriating stuff in these books Simon, the main character of the books, seem to grow and pathetic as the series wore on From crying in the midst of battle to groveling for attention from a stuck up princess, he really wore on my nerves The pacing of the book is better than Stone of Farewell , but that isn t saying much One of the problems I had with the series is that I really didn t care who lived or died None of the characters really made me [...]
A fantastic ending to a fantastic series, though this book doesn t just close up the entire series, The last book in the trilogy sets up it s own themes, getting darker and hitting impactful notes The character development is fantastic, as you really see Simon grow along with the many other characters The best part is the worldbuilding I started to feel very connected to the world and all the different cultures and landscapes It is definitely not a short book, but it is worth it A great trilogy [...]
It is impossible to write a review of this novel without giving any spoilers, so I will simply make two points One, it is now 3 am and I have just finished the book I couldn t put it down which is quite a feat for a book over a thousand pages long Two, I would dearly like to sit down and have a drink with Tad Williams I want to know how such an epic is created Does he know from the beginning, was he in on the many secrets from the start, can one mind really imagine it all up from the start I m c [...]
Provisional rating.This is only Part One of the Third Volume I ll review it all hereTo Green Angel Tower, Part 2 Ebook buyers beware My niece bought me Part One, thinking she was getting the entire book.
Review pending Leaving it at a 5 for now Because of feels I can t wait to see what goes on in the new trilogy Next up I have Heart of What Was Lost
Got tired of all the tunnelsIt s a trope, of course, in these fantasy series, that you have to go underground, and we did, over and over, throughout the books, and in this one, we had to do it again, not once but I think three or four times from multiple characters points of view, and often through the same tunnels, with the same descriptions Tunnels in two different places, even.Also, other areas of this world s geography had to be revisited The forest, the swamp, the sea Why is it that the evi [...]
Another fairly slow burn of a book that actually felt like the end was kind of rushed I did enjoy this but to be honest I felt the end was kind of anti climatic, it all ended a bit too easily I do enjoy the author s writing style, yes it s dense but it s so descriptive that you can get really immersed in it I enjoyed pretty much all the POV s this time though some of them could have been cut back a bit I had a burning question as to why Elias did what he did I was answered It was pretty much as [...]
Wow SO much happened in 800 some pages Some of it good some bad I definitely found Simon far less irritating in this book, although he still had his moments I was saddened by what happened with Maegwin and was cheering Miriamele, even when I wanted to smack her Binabik I loved just as much as ever This ended on a mighty cliff hanger though so I already urgently want to pick up the next book
Loved this series Good finale.
Note I read the one volume edition Below, my review is split into two parts The first gives my general thoughts on the book and series, and the second details spoilers and major plot points Be warned.Part One OverviewTo Green Angel Tower is among the longest books to have ever been written in the English language, with over half a million words, the third volume in the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series is both epic in size and scope The writing throughout the series is amazing, truly a part of the [...]
Tad Williams gets 5 stars in my book for world building I fell down the rabbit hole each time I picked these books up But they were long and slow at times I actually read other books in the middle of Green Angel Tower But I still came back to it and finally finished I am glad that I stuck with it.
This was a fitting ending to an epic fantasy This trilogy was my first taste of Tad Williams.er late than ever It certainly won t be my last He s not just a good storyteller but a good painter, as well Nice color without hackneyed phrases and trite characters.
Simon, a once kitchen boy turned knight, is caught up in a strange tale He and his companions are at war with the greatest powers in all of Osten Ard, not all of whom are entirely of this world Their only chance for survival A strange poem found in the notes of a long dead madman and an uneasy alliance with the immortal Sithi and the cave dwelling Trolls of the frozen north At one time Simon might have found his current circumstance to be exciting, adventurous But he s long since left behind the [...]