Part one of the epic conclusion to Tad Williams' classic fantasy series Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, set in the fantasy world of Osten Ard.
In order for the Storm King to cement his power over Osten Ard, he must find and defeat the rebel forces massing against him. But the rebels, led by the exiled Prince Josua, have rallied at the Stone of Farewell and are ready to fight the Storm King with every power they can muster.
The key to their victory lies in finding the third sword of legend, Memory - but the sword has been lost for ages. Lost, that is, until Simon Snowlock realises that he knows exactly where the sword is and how to recover it. The only problem: an undead army, bolstered by powerful magic, lies between him and his destination.
It will take every ounce of Simon's courage and intelligence to journey to and then recover the great sword Memory and bring peace to Osten Ard. If Simon's quest is to have any hope, Josua must move against the Storm King himself - a journey that will take him across endless seas, through ancient forests and into the stronghold of the Storm King himself.
©1993 Robert Paul 'Tad' Williams, published by permission of DAWBooks (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton
I love this book, although I may have to listen to it twice in order to completely follow the story! Contains everything a good fantasy should have, keeping the listener glued to his/her listening device. As for narration, I cannot praise Andrew Wincott enough! The range of voices he narrates is incredible! He has to be No 1 in the charts for narration! Altogether a very enjoyable listen.
The quality of story and performance continues in this penultimate part - keen to hear the final book but sorry it has to end!
As with all things Tad Williams it is extremely detailed and you sometimes feel limke you want to explode with the urge to yell" get to the point!!!" But intheendit makezs for an amazing story. You want to know how it is going to continue and whether the winter king is going to be defeated before the main characters die or not.
I am completely caught up in this world now!
The story is epic, many-layered, full of great characters.
The performance is truly excellent, I don't know how Andrew Wincott manages to make each person, mortal or Sidhe sound so different.
Classic fantasy, you can't beat it!
This 'trilogy in four parts' is superb, well written, gripping - and completely ripped-off by. George R R Martin. It preceded 'Game of Thrones' by four-five years, and GRRM has acknowledged he had read it. Just a couple of examples:? 1. Throne - only of dragon bones. 2. Mysterious evil undead creatures invading from the frozen north. 3. Dysfunctional royal family, etc etc. However, the women are strong feminist characters, not merely there to be stripped and raped, and although there's plenty of horror and nastiness there's also humour and beauty. The mystery to me is why it's out of print and - shame on you Audible!- volume 4 has still not been recorded and isn't due until May 2016!
The story is still compelling, the plot is slowing down slightly but am excited to see where Tad goes with it. Andy needs to have a serious word with himself about his female/mystical voices though, far too Breathy and sharp (can be uncomfortable to listen for the longer stretches of dialogue) and all the same which breaks emersion.
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