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Empire of Grass

Last King of Osten Ard, Book 2
Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
Series: The Last King of Osten Ard, Book 2
Length: 36 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Set in Williams' New York Times best-selling fantasy world, the second audiobook of the Last King of Osten Ard returns to the trials of King Simon and Queen Miriamele as threats to their kingdom loom....

The kingdoms of Osten Ard have been at peace for decades, but now, the threat of a new war grows to nightmarish proportions. 

Simon and Miriamele, royal husband and wife, face danger from every side. Their allies in Hernystir have made a pact with the dreadful queen of the Norns to allow her armies to cross into mortal lands. The ancient, powerful nation of Nabban is on the verge of bloody civil war, and the fierce nomads of the Thrithings grasslands have begun to mobilize, united by superstitious fervor and their age-old hatred of the city-dwellers. 

But as the countries and peoples of the High Ward bicker among themselves, battle, bloodshed, and dark magics threaten to pull civilizations to pieces. And over it all looms the mystery of the Witchwood Crown, the deadly puzzle that Simon, Miriamele, and their allies must solve if they wish to survive. 

But as the kingdoms of Osten Ard are torn apart by fear and greed, a few individuals will fight for their own lives and destinies - not yet aware that the survival of everything depends on them.

©2019 Tad Williams (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Tad Williams is a master storyteller, and the Osten Ard books are his masterpiece. Williams’ return to Osten Ard is every bit as compelling, deep, and fully-rendered as the first trilogy, and he continues to write with the experience and polish of an author at the top of his game." (Brandon Sanderson, New York Times best-selling author of Mistborn)
 

"Building upon the revered history of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Williams has outdone himself by penning a 700-plus page novel that is virtually un-put-down-able.... Williams’ grand-scale storytelling mastery is on full display here. Not just utterly readable - an instant fantasy classic." (Kirkus Reviews)

“Readers who delight in losing themselves in long complex tales of epic fantasy will be in their element here, and there is the promise of much more to come in future volumes.” (Locus)

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Best Writer In Fantasy

I read this the day it came out in hardcover. Now listening to it again on Audible. Another well-written epic. If you love lyrical atmospheric fantasy with great characters this is it. Wonderful tale. Wonderful. Tad Williams is the KING

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Masterful, inject this into my veins

Tad Williams is one of the finest writers not just in the genre, but in any genre, and this is series is is magnum opus. What I would give for just a few more pages with these rich, beautifully complex characters. As with the other books narrated by Andrew Wincott, this is expertly, even lovingly voiced. The wait for the next book will be agony.

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Next book?

Realized all these hours invested in this story that only seems 1/3rd written. Disappointed

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could not get past the poor narration

The narrator uses too many accent, none of them native. result is a story that is difficult to follow.

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Not what I was anticipating

The storyline was kind of flat. There was so much hinted at but nothing explored fully... seemed like filler. I’m hoping the third book more than makes up for this. It was some what disappointing.

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