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4.0 out of 5 stars A majestic fantasy masterpiece of epic proportions which beautifully blends magic and adventure for a thrilling tale., 31 Mar 2013
This review is from: Storm: Memory, Sorrow and Thorn: Book Four (Memory, Sorrow & Thorn) (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.'
- page 796

Simon and Miriamele's dangerous quest across war-and-magic torn lands is really exciting, and I enjoyed being able to really get to know each character inside out. Utterly believable, compelling and simply fantastic the final installment within this brilliant series is the perfect end to an incredibly long story. It did seem like a terribly long wait until I was able to grasp hold of this book, but it was well worth it as I was so elated by how Tad Williams constructed the ending with such excellence. I would say that `Memory, Sorrow and Thorn' has to be right at the top of my list for all-time favorite fantasy series of the epic kind!
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