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Stone Of Farewell: Memory, Sorrow and Thorn Series: Book Two (Memory, Sorrow & Thorn) [Paperback]

Tad Williams
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4 Jun 2009 Memory, Sorrow & Thorn

In Osten Ard, the evil of the Storm King covers the land and the country is riven by war. Nature, unbalanced by the tide of evil, slips into a permanent winter.

Simon, once a kitchen boy, now a hero hiding in the troll stronghold of Yiquanuc, has prophetic dreams. Only he and his companions can save the land, but to do this he must embark on the second part of his quest ... to the Stone of Farewell.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (4 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841498408
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841498409
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,613 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 two of the epic Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series, reissued with a stunning new cover style.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Farewell boredom! 1 July 2003
Format:Paperback
It is the second in a epic of four books, but there is a review at the front of the book giving an overview of the past novel. This book though was amazing to read, Tad Williams is a great writer and you lose time as he sends you through the travels of the characters. The prince who should be a king, commanding a hill, helping those in need, while his brother, the king, gets into even more trouble. Simon stays for a while in another world (almost). Trouble brews all around. It is a gripping tale and one that will leave you pleading for the next book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Seminal sword and sorcery 29 Mar 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The second book in the trilogy, the quest has now built up to breathtaking levels of unsuperable doom! This should be a standard text for would-be fantasy authors. It has everything, magic swords, dragons etc.etc., beautifully realised in 'a world gone mad' (tho' no elephants yet!). The pivotal character, Simon, starts off in the kitchens, as is only right, proper and traditional in these sagas but is soon caught up in a world threatening conspiracy which aims to ensure the return of the evil (and technically dead) Storm King, a vengeful, disembodied elf-prince. Williams' deft touch with ongoing cataclysm hurtles you through interesting quantities of weather and slaughter without letting the pace drop and spits you out breathless and hungry for the next instalment. The fact that this trilogy is barely portable is an advantage in my view, as it's so difficult to find books that last longer than a snack but don't get bogged down in 'on the three hundredth day of our quest we saw lots more grass and some mountains'. If this tale has a fault it is only that, in common with his other yarns, it takes a little while to warm up at the beginning, once its feet are under it, the actions never lets up. A superior example of its genre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great epic, just like I love them! 13 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is the second volume in the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn Tetralogy (starting with The Dragonbone Chair, ending with To Green Angel Tower: Siege and To Green Angel Tower: Storm).
As the great Storm is building up in the North and a terrible winter is spreading all over Osten Ard, Simon and his friends escape from Yiqanuc and start their long and perilous journey down the mountain and across the frozen plains to the Stone of Farewell, where they have to meet Prince Josua's party of exiles and deliver the sword Thorn.
In the meantime Princess Miriamele, accompanied by the enigmatic Brother Cadrach, travels southwards to seek help from her family, Maegwin and her folk hide in the Grianspog caves, where she discovers what seems like an ancient Sithi city, and King Elias and his advisor, the red priest and alchemist Pryrates conspire with the evil Norns.
A great epic, full of unexpected new turns as the plot unfolds, varied characters you get immediately attached to, and marvelously detailed descriptions, like those of the beautiful legendary cities of the Elf-like Sithi folk. Definitely a great read. Can't wait to read To Green Angel Tower.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The masterpiece evolving! 3 April 2003
Format:Paperback
The second part of this fantasy masterpiece never stops to surprise you!
It gives many many new acquaintances, a deeper plot than most stories can offer and so many ethnic and religious details, which give the story a deeper plausibility than most contemporary fantasy novels.
Williams' work is rapidly overtaking many other read fantasy series and climbing ever upwards on my top ten.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great epic, just like I love them! 13 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This is the second volume in the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn Tetralogy (starting with The Dragonbone Chair, ending with To Green Angel Tower: Siege and To Green Angel Tower: Storm).
As the great Storm is building up in the North and a terrible winter is spreading all over Osten Ard, Simon and his friends escape from Yiqanuc and start their long and perilous journey down the mountain and across the frozen plains to the Stone of Farewell, where they have to meet Prince Josua's party of exiles and deliver the sword Thorn.
In the meantime Princess Miriamele, accompanied by the enigmatic Brother Cadrach, travels southwards to seek help from her family, Maegwin and her folk hide in the Grianspog caves, where she discovers what seems like an ancient Sithi city, and King Elias and his advisor, the red priest and alchemist Pryrates, conspire with the evil Norns.
A great epic, full of unexpected new turns as the plot unfolds, varied characters you get immediately attached to, and marvelously detailed descriptions, like those of the beautiful legendary cities of the Elf-like Sithi folk. Definitely a great read. Can't wait to read To Green Angel Tower.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Tad WIlliams 19 May 2006
Format:Paperback
I would love to write a separate review for each of his books that I have read but I would ramble on far too long. I am in a dilemma, I do not want to read any more of his books (separate to this trilogy, the Flower Wars and Tailcahsers Song) for fear that there will be nothing left at the end. They are all enthralling page turners.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Epic Fantasy on an Epic Scale 23 July 2009
Format:Paperback
To write a tale as huge as this and keep the momentum flowing is a gigantic task, however a task that Williams on the whole, manages with seeming ease.
There are are couple of places in this, the second volume of Memory Sorrow and Thorn, that fail to match the excitement of the first. Mainly because all the charactors are at one point engaged in an epic voyage/ journey and there is relatively little actual sword play.

However Williams compensates for this by allowing the personalities of the characters we met last time, to really develop and there are also a couple of very humouress interactions. I am surprised to read a few readers find Simon unlikeable. I thought he was very believable and his actions very much in keeping with how a teenage boy who finds himself constantly in hardship and peril would be likely to behave. I became very fond of him.
If anything it was 'the back to front' talking Binabik who rather got on my nerves occasionally. I almost expected him to produce a light sabre and start talking about the dark side! so Yodo like was he at times! 'irritating a bit was he'
However his slightly annoying presence is more than made for by the richly drawn Duke Isgrimnur. Who is as grim as his name suggests but also wonderfully bad tempered, hard bitten, hard drinking and loveable with it! and the idea of him having to parade around disguised as a monk was very funny.

The end of this book brings us to the halfway point of the story and our heroes to a seemingly hopeless position. I look forward to, as Gandalf once said 'the turning of the tide' over the second two books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book great price!
Published 1 month ago by Pedr
5.0 out of 5 stars Tad Williams
Even after aleady reading the seriessome years ago, it still held me just like the first time. It's a must buy for fanasy fans.
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Peter J. Carney
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic fantasy series
I picked up the first of this series, the Drangonbane Chair, in the library and now I just can't stop. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. Floyd
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but very long.
A very good book - but very long and hard to get into - some of the names used in the book are a little hard for it to flow as a page turner - which is what you get from all the... Read more
Published 21 months ago by David J Marston
5.0 out of 5 stars just not enough hours in day
What a fantastic second book they can so often be a let down, my only problem not enough hours in day for reading the Boss just will not let me read while I am supposed to be... Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2012 by louise
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful series
I read voraciously, and could never review all the books I read, but these four books were so enjoyable that I want to recommend them to readers of fantasy. Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2010 by Mrs. Nicola Fusco
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear
This book is well written has great ideas and some fine charecters just none of them work together and the story just wanders round in circles biting its own tail. Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2010 by Big John
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good, some bad
I've just finished this book, the second in the series, and it would be a lie to say that I haven't enjoyed reading it. Read more
Published on 26 April 2010 by Robert Dodds
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting!
This is the second book of the four and better than the first (The Dragonbone Chair). Like the first however the first 400 pages are dull, dull, dull. Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2009 by D. Cadman
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
These books (Memory, Sorrow & Thorn) are a remarkable achievement. Very readable, enveloping, and beautifully written. Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2009 by Antiplod
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