Memory, Sorrow & Thorn

13 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 4,342 ratings

The Dragonbone Chair Publisher's Summary

The beloved first novel in Tad Williams' classic fantasy series Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, first published in 1988 and now available as an unabridged audiobook for the first time.

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 55
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Tad Williams and Andrew Wincott ...simply awesome

    • By Cameron on 06-16-17

    Regular price: $26.64

    • The Dragonbone Chair

    • Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Book One
    • By: Tad Williams
    • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
    • Length: 33 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,606
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,490
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,493

    A war fueled by the dark powers of sorcery is about to engulf the peaceful land of Osten Ard - for Prester John, the High King, slayer of the dread dragon Shurakai, lies dying. And with his death, an ancient evil will at last be unleashed, as the Storm King, undead ruler of the elvishlike Siti, seeks to regain his lost realm through a pact with one of human royal blood. Then, driven by spell-inspired jealousy and hate, prince will fight prince, while around them the very land begins to die.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Better than I had dared hope

    • By Tose on 07-30-16

    Regular price: $49.00

    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Felt Like I was in Osten Ard Myself!

    • By Carlisle van Einzbern on 09-19-18

    Regular price: $27.27

  • 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 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    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.

    Regular price: $21.31

    • The Stone of Farewell

    • Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Book 2
    • By: Tad Williams
    • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
    • Length: 32 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 992

    It is a time of darkness, dread, and ultimate testing for the realm of Osten Ard, for the wild magic and terrifying minions of the undead Sithi ruler, Ineluki the Storm King, are spreading their seemingly undefeatable evil across the kingdom. With the very land blighted by the power of Ineluki's wrath, the tattered remnants of a once-proud human army flee in search of a last sanctuary and rallying point - the Stone of Farewell, a place shrouded in mystery and ancient sorrow.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great story

    • By Darrell Frith on 11-08-16

    Regular price: $49.00

  • Book 3-4

    • To Green Angel Tower

    • Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Book 3
    • By: Tad Williams
    • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
    • Length: 63 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 980
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 925
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 925

    The evil minions of the undead Sithi Storm King are beginning their final preparations for the kingdom-shattering culmination of their dark sorceries, drawing King Elias ever deeper into their nightmarish, spell-spun world. As the Storm King's power grows and the boundaries of time begin to blur, the loyal allies of Prince Josua struggle to rally their forces at the Stone of Farewell.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Kings and Queens, trolls and kitchen boys

    • By Erika M. on 10-05-17

    Regular price: $84.00

  • 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 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27

    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
    • Riveting!

    • By B. C. Furzer on 05-02-17

    Regular price: $24.00

  • 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
      5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    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.

    Regular price: $23.44

  • 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 15
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    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
    • Wow. Brilliant!

    • By Catalin Ciubotaru on 02-01-17

    Regular price: $21.31

    • The Heart of What Was Lost

    • A Novel of Osten Ard
    • By: Tad Williams
    • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
    • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 216
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 202
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 200

    In the wake of the Storm King's fall, Ineluki's loyal minions, the Norns, dark cousins to the Sithi, choose to flee the lands of men and retreat north to Nakkiga, their ancient citadel within the hollow heart of the mountain called Stormspike. But as the defeated Norns make their way to this last haven, the mortal Rimmersman Duke Isgrimnur leads an army in pursuit, determined to end the Norns' attacks and defeat their ageless Queen Utuk'ku for all time.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Suffers from being a 'bridge' story

    • By Mac on 04-30-17

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 5

    • The Witchwood Crown

    • By: Tad Williams
    • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
    • Length: 38 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 268
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 260
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 257

    New York Times best-selling Tad Williams' groundbreaking epic fantasy saga of Osten Ard begins an exciting new cycle! Enter the epic fantasy world that inspired a generation of modern fantasy writers, including George R. R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, and Christopher Paolini.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • So disappointing

    • By Mac on 07-16-17

    Regular price: $49.00

    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 11

    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....

    Regular price: $26.64

  • Book 6

    • Empire of Grass

    • The Last King of Osten Ard, Book 2
    • By: Tad Williams
    • Length: Not Yet Known
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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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: $26.64