Memory, Sorrow & Thorn

9 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,971 ratings

The Dragonbone Chair Summary

The beloved first novel in Tad Williams' classic fantasy series Memory, Sorrow and Thorn.

Kitchen-boy Simon is bored, restless and 14 years old - a dangerous combination. It seems, however, that his life has just taken a turn for the better when he's apprenticed to his castle's resident wizard. As Simon's learning to read and write under Doctor Morgenes' tutelage, forces greater than he could possible imagine are gathering: forces which will change Simon's life - and his world - forever.

Following the death of Good King John, Osten Ard is plunged into civil war as his sons battle for control of the fabled Dragonbone Chair - the country's throne as well as the symbol of its power. Simon is forced to flee the only home he has ever known, a journey which will test him beyond his worst nightmares. 

With The Dragonbone Chair, Tad Williams introduced readers to the incredible fantasy world of Osten Ard and kicked off the beloved, internationally best-selling series Memory, Sorrow and Thorn.

©1988 Robert Paul ‘Tad’ Williams, published by permission of DAW Books (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton
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  • Book 1

    • The Dragonbone Chair

    • Memory, Sorrow & Thorn, Book 1
    • By: Tad Williams
    • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
    • Length: 33 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 638
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 589
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 588

    Kitchen-boy Simon is bored, restless and 14 years old - a dangerous combination. It seems, however, that his life has just taken a turn for the better when he's apprenticed to his castle's resident wizard. As Simon's learning to read and write under Doctor Morgenes' tutelage, forces greater than he could possible imagine are gathering: forces which will change Simon's life - and his world - forever. Following the death of Good King John, Osten Ard is plunged into civil war as his sons battle for control of the fabled Dragonbone Chair - the country's throne as well as the symbol of its power.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • You'll need a little patience for this one

    • By Robyn on 26-09-16

    Regular price: £21.99

    • The Dragonbone Chair: Booktrack Edition

    • Memory, Sorrow & Thorn, Book 1
    • By: Tad Williams
    • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
    • Length: 33 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 2

    The Dragonbone Chair: Booktrack Edition adds an immersive musical soundtrack to your audiobook listening experience! Kitchen-boy Simon is bored, restless and 14 years old - a dangerous combination. It seems, however, that his life has just taken a turn for the better when he's apprenticed to his castle's resident wizard. As Simon's learning to read and write under Doctor Morgenes' tutelage, forces greater than he could possibly imagine are gathering: forces which will change Simon's life - and his world - forever.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Distracting

    • By A. R. Daw on 29-06-18

    Regular price: £24.99

  • Book 2

    • Stone of Farewell

    • Memory, Sorrow & Thorn, Book 2
    • By: Tad Williams
    • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
    • Length: 32 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 404
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 380
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 375

    The stunning second novel in Tad Williams' classic fantasy series, Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, set in the fantasy world of Osten Ard. Following a brutal civil war, Osten Ard has been crushed under the rule of the two villainous High Kings. A single hope remains: if the rebels can find the three swords of legend - Memory, Sorrow and Thorn - they might be able to bring the Storm King and evil King Elias down. Once but a humble kitchen boy, Simon is now Simon Snowlock, dragonslayer and bearer of the mythical sword Thorn.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Still trotting pace, not a gallop

    • By Robyn on 09-11-16

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 3-4

    To Green Angel Tower cover art
    • To Green Angel Tower

    • Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Book 3
    • By: Tad Williams
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  • Book 3

    • To Green Angel Tower, Part 1

    • Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, Book 3
    • By: Tad Williams
    • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
    • Length: 32 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 359
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 323
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 319

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another very enjoyable installment

    • By Deborah Seton on 27-06-16

    Regular price: £21.99

  • Book 4

    • To Green Angel Tower, Part 2

    • Memory, Sorrow & Thorn, Book 4
    • By: Tad Williams
    • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
    • Length: 32 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 360
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 332
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 332

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The End of a Long and Winding Road.

    • By Farniboy on 27-03-17

    Regular price: £21.99

  • Book 4.5

    • The Heart of What Was Lost

    • A Novel of Osten Ard
    • By: Tad Williams
    • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
    • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 94

    The world was nearly destroyed, but now knows hope again. At the end of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Ineluki the Storm King, an undead spirit of horrifying, demonic power, came within moments of stopping Time itself and obliterating humankind. He was defeated by a coalition of mortal men and women joined by his own deathless descendants, the Sithi. In the wake of the Storm King's fall, Ineluki's loyal minions, the Norns, retreat north to Nakkiga, an ancient citadel which holds a priceless artefact....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A wonderful return to Osten Ard.

    • By InquisitorRex on 25-05-18

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 5

    • The Witchwood Crown

    • The Last King of Osten Ard, Book 1
    • By: Tad Williams
    • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
    • Length: 38 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101

    The Witchwood Crown continues the story of Simon, servant boy made king, and his queen, Miriamele, 30 years after the events of the concluding part of the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy. In To Green Angel Tower, the might of the Storm King was conquered by the League of the Scroll. Now new troubles have come to the kingdom of Osten Ard, a world where humans, Norns and the Sithi can live in peace for only a little time before war raises its head....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Eclipses MS&T

    • By Rhyian on 12-07-17

    Regular price: £24.99

  • Book 6

    • Empire of Grass

    • The Last King of Osten Ard, Book 2
    • By: Tad Williams
    • Length: Not Yet Known
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    Following on from The Witchwood Crown, Empire of Grass: The Last King of Osten Ard, Book 2 continues the story of one of the best loved fantasy epics of all time - Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, the inspiration for Christopher Paolini and George R. R. Martin.

    Regular price: £24.99