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Siege: Memory, Sorrow and Thorne Series: Book Three (Memory, Sorrow & Thorn) [Paperback]

Tad Williams
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7 April 1994 Memory, Sorrow & Thorn

Simon Snowlock and Prince Josua's band of allies gather at the Stone of Farewell. King Elias is drawn ever deeper into the dark sorceries of Ineluki, the Storm King. The badly depleted League of the Scroll searches for age-old knowledge with which to aid Josua's much-outnumbered army. Across the face of Osten Ard lines are drawn as the final battle approaches, and the struggle between Light and Dark reaches a climax.

SIEGE is the first half of To Green Angel Tower - an international hardback bestseller - the final volume of Tad Williams' highly acclaimed trilogy Memory, Sorrow and Thorn. Together with its companion volume, STORM, it will confirm its author's position at the very pinnacle of epic fantasy.

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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 794,151 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Painfully good! 9 Jun 2005
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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, full of battles and adventures! 15 Dec 2000
By A Customer
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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Tad Williams: A decidedly brilliant writer 21 Aug 1997
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
The first thing I would like to say about this series, something which I almost couldn't believe I had found on the science fiction/fantasy bookshelves (especially after the shock I took with the Robert Jordan books) is that . . . and this is really quite amazing . . . the characters on the COVER of the book looked *exactly* like their DESCRIPTIONS *IN* the book! Besides this amazing feat, what struck me most about the whole series was the development of the main character. Williams succeeds wonderfully in absorbing the reader in his realistic depiction of Simon's growth from a clumsy, dream-filled boy to a clumsy, love-struck adolescent to a slightly more mature (but still clumsy) young man. Also, he masterfully transforms the tired old formula of disguising the standard fantasy races by giving them a different name. He imbues these characters with such incredible detail that you barely notice the gimick. Altogether a great read, worth the hours it takes to get through the dictionary-sized tomes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I first started the series, I was slightly bored with it, but a lot of the more enticing novel series are like that....I recieved "The Dragonbone Chair" as a gift for my 16th birthday and as soon as I finished it, I read it again. I did the same after buying "Stone of Farewell" and "To Green Angel Tower". Tad Williams has a way with words that ranks him as one of the greatest Fantasy writers of all time. Thank you Tad!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling!!! 11 Feb 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This series is a true epic which will go down in memory as one of the finest yarns to ever grace the pages of fantasy. William's undaunted prose and fully realized characters mix to create a tale that will make you cheer. Williams takes that classic fantasy beginning of a young boy and his trials and tribulations on his way to greatness and he adds a new twist that the fantasy genre has not seen in years: HE DOES IT RIGHT. The story is great, the setting realistic, the characters palpable, and most improtant of all for legitimate fantasy readers, the magic is realistic and believable. This is one tale that you will not want to miss, and the entire series is done being written and in paperback print. Williams is one of this age's finest fantasy authors and deserves the praise to be mentioned along with other greats such as David Feintuch and George R.R. Martin. Bravo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tad Williams
Excellent buy... A must read read for fantasy fans.... Having already read the series some years ago, it was great to meet old friends. Excellent buy.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Peter J. Carney
5.0 out of 5 stars seige: Memory, Sorrow and Thorne.
The series are a very good read, looking forward to the last one.

Delivery of the books I have purchased has been dealt with promptly.
Published 4 months ago by Chris Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVEEEEE !!!
This book is utterly orgasmic. Highly recommend Tad Williams Trilogy to all fantasy fanatics out there. The story is well written and designed.
Published 10 months ago by Harry>Jimbrown
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I adore Tad Williams writings, the stories are gripping and pull you in. You can visualise the characters, the castles and the countries. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Andix
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
Was a bit worn but worth it, sadly the wrong size to go with the other paperbacks but never the less a bargain, it took slightly longer to arrive hence the three stars.
Published on 14 May 2011 by Redstar7
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, excellent condition, excellent delivery!
This is a fantastic book, I recommend it to anyone who likes Tolkien. It's multi-layered and simply brilliant. Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2011 by Froudy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great example of 'Trad' fantasy
Do you like Traditional Fantasy? You want a gawky spotty teenager who will become a hero and save his world? Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2009 by Mr. A. I. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
These books (Memory, Sorrow & Thorn) are a remarkable achievement. Very readable, enveloping, and beautifully written. Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2009 by Antiplod
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent conclusion to a magnificent story
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. Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2007 by Thomas C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent right to the end.
I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy. This book was by far the best fantasy book I have read in a long time. I was totally gripped by it. Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2002 by "cpic689773"
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