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Otherland IV: Sea of Silver Light [Paperback]

Tad Williams
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2 May 2002 Otherland

Otherland is a realm of the imagination where anythng can happen, a triumph of technology, a virtual world of enormous complexity and possibility. But Otherland is owned and controlled by a secret cartel, The Grail Brotherhood, whose motives remain shrouded in mystery.

Otherland is out of control.

Fleeing through broken realities, a small band of adventurers struggle to avert the nightmare that Otherland could become. The only hope may lie in an alliance with their enemy. But time is running out - and Otherland's most terrifying secret is yet to be revealed.

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  • Paperback: 1312 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (2 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841490644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841490649
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Former singer, shoe-seller and radio show host, Tad Williams is now a full-time writer. His Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series established him as one of the most internationally popular fantasy authors of recent years.

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With Sea of Silver Light, Tad Williams completes his massive Otherland quartet, one of SF's more intriguing explorations of the eroding boundaries of the human and the non-human, the living and the dead. Otherland is a sequence that contains many secrets, and Williams plays fair by unpacking all of them in the final book. A group of adventurers, searching for a cure for comatose children, find themselves trapped in a sequence of virtual worlds, the only opponents of a conspiracy of the rich to live forever in a dream. Now, they are forced to make an uneasy alliance with their only surviving former enemy against his treacherous sidekick Johnny Wulgaru, a serial killer with a chance to play god forever.

Williams manages a vast cast of emotionally involving characters with considerable panache, but the real strength of the book is its endlessly questing intelligence; it is, among other things, an enquiry into the nature of story-telling as a way that human beings give structure to their perceptions of the universe around them. It is as story that Sea of Silver Light ultimately works so well--involving us in the gruelling descent of a vast mountain, the siege of an underground fortress, gun-battles in a nightmare Wild West. Williams never neglects to tell us how things feel. He efficiently ties up every plot strand and convincingly reveals every secret in this large complex plot. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The breathtaking conclusion to one of the most exciting and imaginative SF/fantasy series of all time.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting end to a gripping series 23 April 2001
By A Customer
This is the final volume in a four-book series. I've been waiting eagerly for this to publish - and had the book pre-ordered so it would arrive as soon as humanly possible. The whole series has had me absolutely gripped from the start, and this final volume is no exception. The story picks up where the last volume (Mountain of Black Glass) left off, and all the favourite characters are there. The plot twists and turns through some touching and terrifying scenes. There are some very clever and unexpected connections and links - and the result is compulsive reading. It had me torn in two directions - I wanted to read the book as quickly as possible, as the characters and structure are so compelling. On the other hand, I was enjoying the book so much I wanted to savour every word, so I kept trying to slow down by rationing myself to 50pp a day. I failed miserably and read the final 450pp yesterday. Wondeful stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wowwwww!!!!! 28 April 2001
By A Customer
One of the few authors I buy in hardback (ever since To Green Angel Tower), this was a truly addictive series, like many others I pre-ordered this to make sure I got my fix as quickly as possible!
From the moment you pick the book up, you are completely immersed. Tad Williams writes such complex stories that the denouement takes up at least 300 pages. Thats what's so addictive, you can feel the conclusion coming yet there's another few hundred pages to go.
When you finish any of Tad Williams' books, you have to come down again - the immersion is so complete. You almost start thinking as if you were one of the characters.
Juts one warning though - your arms will be aching by the time you've finished this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning and all-revealing 3 May 2001
By A Customer
This is the long-awaited last part of four exciting books. The first was so surprising and thrilling that I immediately read the second one. The third was bought expecting it to be the last one in this series. It was not. This fourth and last book in the Otherland series finally answers all questions and still manages to be as exciting as the first one. Unfortunately I can't tell much about the plot because it would only spoil the fun for all the people who still have to read it. But so much can be said: A fitting and well-written ending for a gigantic story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A satisfying end to an immersive story 5 Jun 2001
By A Customer
I didn't want this book to end. Each of the characters of Otherland have become a part of my life through the course of this series and in this book, I finally had to say goodbye. Williams plays fair in this book, bringing all of the subplots together for a conclusion that leaves you saying "how'd he do that?" When some of the series' nagging questions are finally answered, you do not feel Williams is answering them simply because he must. Each revelation is its own beautiful, frightening and tragic event, all of which, I discovered, had been worth waiting for. If I have a complaint, it is that while the ending as a whole is satisfying, the individual endings and final confrontations for some of the characters seemed anti-climatic and unsatisfying. Especially when compared to the slam-bang apocalyptic showdown which concluded Volume Three. A subplot is also introduced at the end involving Mr. Sellars and something he's created which I felt was awkward and possibly unnecessary.
Overall, however, the book is an astounding success and I fervently hope that Mr. Williams will take us into this universe and the lives of these characters again someday.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An awe inspiring climax to a magnificent quartet 26 April 2001
There are some books that manage to set your scalp tingling at the climax. The scale of this series is such that the last 300 pages of this book will hold you in that state. All the characters slide into place as the story reaches a superbly crafted climax. This series moves into joint #1 place in my list of all time favourite books (the other being Snow Crash, by Neil Stephenson). I really can't think of much more to say other than read the series. It also includes one of the oddest heroes in any book, ever. Fantastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow 22 April 2001
By A Customer
This was a fantastic ending to the otherland series! Every conspiracy and mystery unwrapped to my total satisfaction. This book is so well researched and so imaginative it is overwhelming. You can really relate to the characters, and some of the twists at the end were so unexpected! A disturbingly realistic idea of where mankind is heading and a truly ingenius book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent ending to a fascinating series 16 Aug 2002
I stayed up until 5am this morning finishing this book, and am now rather upset that I did so. As another reviewer has mentioned, it's difficult not to think like the characters in the book (Wicked Tribe!) and my head is full of lines and thoughts about the whole series. The many different story lines are tied up neatly, and there is no Spielberg ending, but already I feel myself missing the characters (Williams certainly has given us enough time to bond with them!) and wish that I hadn't finished the book.
I think reviewing a book like this is a little silly - if you've read the first three, it's unlikely you'll want to stop now; and if it's not your cup of tea, you wont have got this far! Suffice it to say that I greatly enjoyed the whole series and this last offering most of all. Chizz.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing conclusion to the series. 4 May 2002
By A Customer
A mostly strong and absorbing conclusion to the series, with all the subplots finally wound together. The book has a few weak points - which is why it only gets 4 stars - but these are only minor flaws.
It has one of the best representations of a villain (Jongleur) I've seen in a science fiction book - believeable, understandable and completely loathsome, the kind of person you pray you'll never become. It has some very fine writing, including one particularly powerful scene that made me cry. And it continues its theme of 'if virtual life becomes indistinguishable from real life, how will we know what is real?'- to the point where some characters discover that they were searching for the unreal.
I would strongly advise that you read the other 3 volumes first, as this is really the last quarter of an extremely long (3000 page) novel, rather than part of a series. I would also say that this truly mammoth read is well worth it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Super! Great Book!
"Sea of Silver Light" is just as riveting as the rest of the series! Tad Williams, as usual, demonstrates his mastery of the written word. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Tiki Kritzer Seger
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting conclusion, I loved it.
Everything falls apart at the close of Mountain of Black Glass (Otherland #3), and now the unlikely heroes of the Otherland system are scattered far and wide in the heart of the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by P. Hamill
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved the ending
I liked the ending of this quartet - no hints given here. The books are incredibly long and you have to be patient and awake reader in order to keep things together while following... Read more
Published on 30 Oct 2005 by humanitysdarkerside
3.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, but bloated, epic
If you've made it this far, you know what's going on (and if you don't, there are pages and pages of story-so-far synopsis to fill you in). The real question is, does it work? Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2003 by N. Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, climactic conclusion of a great story
It's essential you read the first three books because the story is continuous. Tad Williams amazes you by his ability to bring together all the ingredients of the previous three... Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointment and tedium
The conclusion to the series was a real disappointment. Although this should have come as no surprise, as the preceding book was just an endless trudge through one virtual world... Read more
Published on 31 July 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing conclusion to an otherwise great series.
In the words of Orlando's hero, this is one that "stumbled at the end of the road." The author, after maintaining a more-or-less consistently excellent standard throughout the... Read more
Published on 8 May 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea - just too repetitive & long
I really enjoyed the ideas in this series but was constantly frustrated by needless repetition and detail within it. Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - just brilliant!
I saved this birthday treat of a book for my holiday and finished it all too speedily - what a wonderful end to a spiffing yarn. Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars My Name Is Jonas...
Well, after five years i couldn't envisage a better ending for the story. It was just superb, William ideas are so startlingly original it scary. Read more
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