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Stone Of Farewell: Memory, Sorrow and Thorn Series: Book Two (Memory, Sorrow & Thorn) Paperback – 5 Dec 1991

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  • Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (5 Dec. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857237862
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857237863
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 661,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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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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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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Tad William's Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy (+1) of books is a thoroughly engrossing read. I enjoyed reading them in paper back form in the dim and distant past. I decided to grab a new Kindle version for convenience of reading ...

Unfortunately, the conversion to Kindle has errors. Mostly, it's just missing the breaks that show that the story has moved onto other things ... but reading just now the chapter 17 "A wager of little value" (loc 7623 on Kindle) I find myself irritated enough to write this review. In the middle of Joshua's encounters in the High Thrithings (no details; I won't spoil the story) the Kindle text goes straight to a discussion of Eolair's pending journey with nothing more that a comma for punctuation. This continues for a couple of pages before jumping back to Joshua (with a chunk of the story missing).

I've had to grab my old paper back copy off the shelf to read the story as intended!

Not good enough. Message to the publisher: please try harder! Choosing Kindle format shouldn't mean the text of the book gets messed up.
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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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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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I picked up the first of this series, the Drangonbane Chair, in the library and now I just can't stop. I'm finding this series absolutely mesmerising and will be ordering the next in the series soon. Although first written in the 1980s, I hadn't heard of the series before but I love it.
In this second book the plot thickens (as they say) and our heroes move on in their adventure. Lots of baddies trying to destroy life as we know it versus a handful of plucky goodies who are doing their best to save the world. Sorcerors, swords, princes and princesses, lords and ladies plus our main hero, a teenage mooncalf scullion who must be more than he seems (clues have been dropped but nothing substantial by book two). Can't wait to get the next book.
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