- Paperback: 896 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (4 Jun. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841498408
- ISBN-13: 978-1841498409
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 4.1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 323,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Stone Of Farewell: Memory, Sorrow and Thorn Series: Book Two (Memory, Sorrow & Thorn) Paperback – 4 Jun 2009
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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)
Book two of the epic Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series, reissued with a stunning new cover style.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
Williams also has an ability to drop you in the centre of an intense action scene. More than once I found myself completely immersed in the scene being described to me. It almost becomes as if you are watching the action play out through your mind's eye, rather than reading words from a page in front of you. The book is there, but at times you almost forget the physical form of the book entirely. Instead you see the action which is written on the page, and find your heart rate rising correspondingly.
On the negative side these action segments were too short, and too few and far between for my taste, which is one of the things that brings this down to a 3 star rating for me. The plot is also quite weak.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book 2 of this wonderful trilogy - and if anything, it gets better and better as you get into it. Looking forward to book 3 because this is a thoroughly engrossing story.Published 3 months ago by JoeAt7
Elias rules as the High King of Osten Ard, but his policies have triggered war between the provinces and civil war within some of them. Read morePublished 4 months ago by A. Whitehead
I have not started to read this book yet I am reading The Dragonbone Chair first ,but I am sure it will be as goodPublished 4 months ago by Rosemary Fielder
The book was listed as good condition. It was a bit shabby, marked, smells of smoke and has a powdery dust in many of the pages. Read morePublished 6 months ago by toby hewson
A delight of a book which started me on a Tad Williams journey which I am still enjoying. The settings are complex but fall into place as the stories unfold. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Thistledinger