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4.0 out of 5 stars Lands safely after a bit of a wobble., 2 Sep 2009
This review is from: Storm: Memory, Sorrow and Thorn: Book Four (Memory, Sorrow & Thorn) (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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Initial post: 26 Sep 2009 00:47:24 BDT
John says:
Thoroughly agree - i think mr william's has a passion for the underground - an excess of it in his shadowplay books!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Sep 2009 20:54:04 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Sep 2009 20:54:28 BDT
Yes did get a little tedious at times, shame because he can do a really good battle when he wants, as he proved with the seige at the Stone of Farewell.

Are any of his subsequent books a return to this world?
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