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Siege: Memory, Sorrow and Thorne Series: Book Three (Memory, Sorrow & Thorn) Paperback – 7 Apr 1994


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  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (7 April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857237870
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857237870
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 877,764 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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I was rarely held so captive by a novel...Williams is our Tolkien (FEAR)

Epic fantasy you can get lost in for days, not just hours (LOCUS)

Tad Williams proves himself as adept at writing science fiction as he is at writing fantasy. Best of all, however, are Williams's well-drawn sympathetic characters . . . (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY)

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Book three of the epic Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Jonsson on 9 Jun. 2005
Format: Paperback
How it is possible for Tad Williams to have written so many books is a riddle to me, since those I have read are masterpieces! Usually, writers seem to strike gold once only.
The advancing on the Green Angel Tower is slow, deliberate and very dangerous and it's very very exciting.
I often forgot myself and was lost for hours in the book, both wanting to read more and not wanting it to end.
I have read a good many series of different kinds, but never was I more eager to get hold of the sequel!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Dec. 2000
Format: Paperback
To Green Angel Tower: Siege is the third volume in Memory, Sorrow and Thorn (started with The Dragonbone Chair and The Stone of Farewell, and ending with To Green Angel Tower: Storm).
After meeting with Josua's party and exiles from the plains on Sesuad'ra, the Stone of Farewell, Simon is knighted by the prince for having recovered the legendary sword Thorn. But soon they learn that Josua's brother, the High-King Elias, has sent an army led by Duke Fengbald.
They have to prepare for a desperate war. With a makeshift army of exiles, and even with the unexpected help from the trolls, they know they'll be greatlty outnumbered.
To the south, Princess Miriamele, pretending she's daughter of a minor nobleman, has unwillingly given in to Lord Apsitis. He soon tells her he knows her true identity and plans to marry her, for political purposes. She'll have to escape.
In this book, Tad Williams manages to keep us reading avidly without revealing too much of the final plot, digging deeper into each character's personality, making them seem so real. I just can't wait to read the next and last one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Mar. 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I picked up the books in this series not expecting a profound experience but simply an enjoyable adventure. The story is good and parts are quite creative, although it borrows heavily from Tolkien (Elves are called Sithi, Hobbits are Trolls, the Sithi are immortals who are dying out and came from a faraway land, lots of Tolkien here.) I think the series would have benefitted from a lot of editing - Williams drags on far too long with many scenes. There characters are rather shallow and sometimes hard to believe. One moment they're intelligent, the next they miss the obvious. I became rather tired of them bursting into tears every ten pages. Nearly every character would freeze in terror when some danger faced them. These would all be fine, but when Williams uses the same reaction for every character and repeats it ad naseum, one grows a little tired of it. One of the other reviews here thought that the best thing about the book was that the depictions of the characters on the covers matched their descriptions in the book. Heh. If it's covers that are important to you, enjoy! Otherwise, spend your time and money on other books. There are many better ones than this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas C. on 7 Jan. 2007
Format: Paperback
Alas! So the story does have to end! But oh, does it end beautifully! To Green Angel Tower (divided in 2 parts, Siege and Storm) is quite simply magnificent. With 1500+ pages (paperback) between the two books, you could say Tad Williams knows how to build up his ending. I won't divulge anything about the plot as it must be read, but I will say this: this book has one of the most wonderfully crafted, climactic ending I have ever read. The build up is long, fascinating, and all subjects which one would consider important in the story is dealt with. There are only one or two little things which are left open ended, and might suggest that Tad might even grace his readers another tale of Osten Ard one day. To those who read Dragonbone Chair and Stone of Farewell and are hesitating to purchase the rest (though I don't see how that could be possible), do not trouble your mind any longer! To Green Angel Tower is a majestic ending to a majestic epic. Thank you, Tad Williams, the first trip to Osten Ard was as unforgettable as the first trip to Middle Earth.
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Do you like Traditional Fantasy? You want a gawky spotty teenager who will become a hero and save his world?, do you want exotic and mysterious elves riding reluctantly to the aid of mankind? Heroic seiges? epic journey's?, daring rescues?, Magic swords?
Then this is definately for you!

I found this the third (and penultimate) installment of Memory, Sorrow and Thorn the best so far. If you are coming to Fantasy late and have only read LOTR and want something of a similar nature before you become a little cynical and desire a darker tale, then this series is an excellent choice. Or if like me you have read a lot of the darker side of modern fantasy like Abercrombie, Lynch, Erikson etc and fancy basking back in warmer waters, this kind of feels like a welcome homecoming.
Yes I will leave for more 'dangerous' shores again soon, but I am very much enjoying my time in Tad Williams world and feel this is an important stop in my quest for routing out the 'classics' I missed first time round.

This the third novel leaves us a huge amount of unanswered questions. What is Camaris so ashamed of? What exactly is the nature of Elias and the Storm Kings agreement? What has Miriamele remembered that makes it vital for her want to race off on her own again? Just what is Pyrates up to?
Who were Simons parents?, what is the connection between Camaris and the Elves? will Binibik ever stop talking backwards and will poor Simon ever lose his virginity?

In fact I am guessing this was probably penned as a trilogy and over shot it's landing, as the ending of this book didn't feel a particularly natural place to pause. However all the more exciting for that and after a little break for diet variety I, as Arnie once said, 'will be back!'
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