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“Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn” – Tad Williams Fantasy Trilogy reviewed.

From Wiki:
Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn is Tad Williams’s epic fantasy trilogy, comprising The Dragonbone Chair (1988), Stone of Farewell (1990), and To Green Angel Tower (1993). The world and story draw upon many sources from history and folklore. Several characters’ elements and experiences mirror the legends of Great Britain and other lands (e.g., King Arthur and Sir Lancelot, Alfred the Great, Baba Yaga, and Amaterasu). The dominant Erkynlanders resemble the medieval English, with Anglo-Saxon/Biblical-sounding personal names in addition to the usual castle-based feudal/agrarian setting of stock fantasy. The other peoples of Osten Ard also have identifiable real-world parallels in their names, cultures, and native tongues.

Our Thoughts: I read this trilogy some years ago and three scenes stick out in my head. Simon facing the dragon in the snow. Tad William’s description of the dragon’s approach was so well written that I stopped and reflected on it. Also the flooded plains frozen over. Loved some of the battle strategies portrayed there. The Sithi city in the forest, with the strung up cloth art and vividly different culture. I enjoyed these books a lot. My ONLY gripe about this trilogy is that it is 4 books long. Book III – To Green Angel Tower was so big that the publishers split the paperback in two. Having to buy the 4th book was irksome. Luckily, these days we have ereaders and the title fits in a single file just fine.

The Sithi (which are pre-Sith) are like elves. The other creatures from Tad’s imagination are something else all together, and much terrible fun.

This is a 4 star epic fantasy that I highly recommend. – M.R.

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We Review: Lord Foul’s Bane (Chronicles of Thomas Covenant One)

Lord Foul’s Bane by Stephen R. Donaldson

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever
Lord Foul’s Bane (1977)
The Illearth War (1978)
The Power that Preserves (1979)

The most unlikely of heroes stars in this epic masterpiece. An author, who is also a leper from modern 70s earth, is summoned to a fantasy world by Drool Rockworm who weilds the Staff of Law. Drool tells him he must go on a quest to see the Council of Lords at Revelstone, so that they can make preparations to combat Lord Foul.

Thomas starts off by raping a girl who thinks he is an old hero reincarnated, Berek Halfhand. In his defense Thomas thought he was in a dream, and still really in the “Real World.” The quest is fantastical, meeting giants, Salt Heart Foam Follower, a favorite charachter of mine, as well as a few other interesting creations.

Thomas then goes into Mount Thunder, with Lord Prothall, and his sleepless, ageless protectors, the Bloodguard, in an attempt to wrestle the Staff of Law away from Lord Foul and his minions.

I recomend this book to people who are really into fantasy. This is no Harry Potter/Hunger Games types of story. And not nearly as political as Game of Thrones. Great writing and a solid (eventually 9 book long )  story await you. 4 stars recomended.

Find it on: Kindle or NOOK or Smashwords (currently not available)