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. But Simon is more alone than ever before: his friends have been imprisoned, and his liege lord, Prince Joshua, has been exiled. And the Storm King may also be in possession of one of the swords....
A single chance remains: if Simon can deliver Thorn to Joshua and lead his followers to the Stone of Farewell, the rebels may be able to muster the forces necessary to rise up against Elias and the Storm King. But no one knows where the Stone of Farewell is. Or, indeed, what it is....
©1990 Robert Paul 'Tad' Williams, published by permission of DAW Books (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton
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"The reason I started listening to this genre"
Loved these books when I read them ten years ago. Osten Ard, seoman snow lock, binibik and co were the reason I started to listen/read this genre of books. The narrator is brilliant and his voices are excellent.
Love love love it. On to the next 35 hours and the next instalment.
"Very enjoyable - good follow up"
I thought this was a quality part 2 to the story. It followed up well on part 1, set some things up for part 3, and still delivered on action and having a story of it's own - not something that every 2nd book of a trilogy manages to do!
"Layer upon layer"
Oh I can't wait for the next instalment of this great story!
Excellently written and read
"A gripping tale"
I loved this book because of the richness of every character and the intricate web of their individual paths that cross and recross. Despite the intricacy of the story it did not become as unnecessarily complex as some fantasy books I have read. I had to listen avidly to the end and immediately ordered the next book in the series.
The narration was good although I didn't really appreciate his 'dour' tone. That is only a personal preference and it did not take away my enjoyment of the book.
"Now the story is really building!"
A other great performance by Andrew wincott. I really started to get drawn in this book. Much like the creeping winter in the book this series takes it easy but slowly grows on you. There is a much faster pace to this book the the first and the characters are really starting to gain some depth. Im Really looking forward to seeing what happens in the next installment. There are still many unanswered questions..
As I said these books aren't great on their own and should not be regarded or judged seperately. I can feel that they are just a l parts of an epic whole. If you have patience then read on!
"great listen. captivated for hours."
Great escapism. Faultness book. Faultless narration. I had a good time listening to it. Couldn't wait to wake up and listen to it again!
"asthma attack empire?"
Good compelling story, has a few tropes and lots in common with other epic fantasy but good all the same. biggest issue is with Andrew's reading, apparently the majority of people in this universe are just recovering from a bad asthma attack and can't talk in anything but a raspy whisper, got distracted more than once.
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