Stone Of Farewell: Memory, Sorrow and Thorn Series: Book Two (Memory, Sorrow & Thorn) Paperback – 5 Dec 1991
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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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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.
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.
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.
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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Great Seller. Really brilliant price!!! one very happy customer. Will be using again!! Thanks very muchPublished 14 days ago by Steph
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 10 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 10 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 11 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 13 months ago by toby hewson