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Storm: Memory, Sorrow and Thorn: Book Four (Memory, Sorrow & Thorn) [Paperback]

Tad Williams
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4 Jun 2009 Memory, Sorrow & Thorn

Memory, Sorrow and Thorn: The three swords which seem inextricably linked to the fate of both Simon, the ex-kitchen boy and now Knight, and the land of Osten Ard itself.

As their enigma unfolds, new horrors of war and dark sorcery draw the land and its people to an unimaginably powerful climax, in this final volume of Tad Williams' landmark series.


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  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (4 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841498424
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841498423
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,661 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 four of the epic Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series, reissued with a stunning new cover.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Just one recommendation: Read the series! 11 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is the fourth and final volume in Tad Williams's Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series (started with The Dragonbone Chair, The Stone of Farewell and To Green Agel Tower: Siege).
Drawn by the will to finally reunite the three magical swords, the various heroes all slowly converge back to the Hayholt for the final and terrible battle against the Storm King, and his allies the High King Elias and his councellor, the red alchemist and priest Pryrates.
Using the legendary knight Sir Camaris as a rallying emblem, Josua conquers Nabban. Enrolling new troups on the way, his army grows steadily bigger and stronger.
Miriamele, accompanied by Simon, has fled from Josua's camp, convinced she can talk her father, the High King, out of his evil deeds. Even though complicity and trust settles, Miriamele is torn between her attraction to Simon and the shame she feels at having let Aspitis touch her.
Compared to the first three books, this final volume is much faster paced. With many reverses in the seemingly helpless situations, unexpected turns as well as treasons and, finally, romance, it is truly "unputdownable"!
And if, like me, you can't get enough of Osten Ard, do not miss Tad Williams's novella, The Burning Man, that you'll find in Robert Silverberg Legends anthology.
And just remember this: Beware of the false messenger...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 9 Sep 2013
By Andix
Format:Paperback
I have not actually commenced to read this book; as I am working my way through the series, however I can say I am looking forward to reading it. I am just about to finish The Dragonbone Chair and don't want to put it down. Tad Williams is a genius. I have read the ShadowMarch seres 4 times. These are as gripping and I imagine that I will enjoy reading these more than once. Books are in excellent condition and speedy delivery. Would highly recommend. :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lands safely after a bit of a wobble. 2 Sep 2009
Format:Paperback
Well here I am some 3000 plus pages from where I started at the conclusion of Memory Sorrow and Thorn. It's been a very enjoyable journey and an important way station in my ongoing mission to catch all the old fantasy classics.

I found this final installment perhaps stuttered a little. A friend of mine told me the story was originally planned as a trilogy, but over shot somewhat. I felt this did show a little as there was not quite enough remaining plot to fill the customary 800 pages, leading to a hint of padding and filler. The first 100 pages were largely devoted to Miriamele and Simons 'love' story then there is a period of the book where a charactor is lost in a maze of underground tunnels, which, for the poor charactor must have seemed never ending, sadly as a reader I felt the same way. This is a bit of a shame as the momentum and urgency brilliantly built in volume 3 is lost.

However this is a small gripe and the authors storytelling skill recovers the dramatic tension very well. He also answers all the questions that are posed throughout the series leaving a very neat and tidy ending, after a fitting climax, that just leaves the door open enough to revisit this world again at a future date.

The joys of the book are its charactors and stories within stories. Camaris is a particulary engaging side plot. The central charactors are all truly individual and believable, the support cast is suitably colourful and memorable and the plot itself is complex and for the main unpredictable. Add to this the ongoing humour and, at times, surprisingly graphic shocks, its a great 'old time' styled fantasy for the purist. No gunpowder, flying machines or steam engines but lots of magic, swords, dragons, elves and underground cities.

If you enjoyed Lord of the Rings, Magician, Thomas Covenant, The Bakers Boy Trilogy and early Wheel of time books chances are you will really enjoy this.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing to the exclusion of food and lectures. 30 May 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The fourth in this set of books is by far the best. A realistic description is of a Tolkien style epic but including the vital ingredients of religion, sex and humour! Set in a believably complex society, it is basically the story of a kitchen lad who makes good, becomes a knight, fights a dragon, finds a magic sword or two, grows into a tall sexy young man and eventually gets the girl.
Let's face it, the story wouldn't be nearly so satisfying if he didn't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tad Williams 4 Mar 2014
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i enjoyed the book and would like to be informed if another book in this series is published thank you for a great service
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 12 Dec 2013
By Boo
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Very well written. This is a fun and interesting conclusion to the series- would recommend it as coming of age sci fantasy drama.
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By Lucinda
Format:Paperback
`To green angel tower Storm' is book 4 in the series "Memory, Sorrow and Thorn" by international bestselling author Tad Williams. This dazzling series of incredible worlds and deadly intrigue is greatly impressive and hugely ambitious, on such a breathtaking scale. I am constantly astonished by how vividly creative Tad's world-building is and the sheer remarkable substance that is contained within his work, which epitomizes this genre in a nutshell. Assured and strong, `Memory, Sorrow and Thorn' is a well-written saga of profound depth and cleverly crafted narrative that will delight from beginning to end. In book 4 one follows Simon's journey as a Knight of Osten Ard, wherein terrible horrors and powerful dark magic unfolds. This splendid conclusion to a landmark series is intensely gripping, heart-pounding and so stunning as to leave you awed by the inspired plot.

Prepare to be taken on a long journey of discovery as you plunge into a complex world that is filled with refreshing originality and distinctive flair; unique to this author. `Storm' I feel is certainly one of the most dramatic, memorable and supremely singular endings to any fantasy series and which lingers upon your mind long after finishing the book. I was drawn into a colorful world filled with interesting characters and brilliant storytelling, and so lost within this story I was sad when it finally came to an end. It felt as though the One Ring had at last been tossed into Mount Doom, and as Frodo and Sam lay on a rock his words "It's gone. It's done" were brought to mind as I finally read...

`Firelight and the sound of laughing voices reached out to welcome them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is the second reading of the four books and ...
This is the second reading of the four books and im enjoying them just as much as i did first time
Published 21 days ago by Mrs M A Main
5.0 out of 5 stars Storm by Tad Williams
Part of the memory, Sorrow and Thorn series. If you love fantasy such as Lord of the Rings then you won't be disappointed with this. Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2011 by Peter Farr
5.0 out of 5 stars A Page Turner
This book is a gripping good read! Hard to put down, then sorry when it is finished!
Published on 9 Nov 2010 by goddess
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite saga - that is saying something
wow. tad williams' brilliant ability to drag a reader into an utterly believable world is amazing, and i could read this saga again and again for days on end without getting bored. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2007 by Eloise Reyne
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent conclucion 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 Simply Tad WIlliams
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. Read more
Published on 19 May 2006 by L. Parry
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Tad WIlliams
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. Read more
Published on 19 May 2006 by L. Parry
5.0 out of 5 stars Ending as endings should be!
It all ends as well as can be, after the different characters'
circumstances. Although you though you could see the end coming, it was still different from your expectations... Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2005 by B. Jonsson
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