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To Green Angel Tower: Book Three of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn par [Williams, Tad]
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From Publishers Weekly

This sprawling, spellbinding conclusion to the trilogy that began with The Dragonbone Chair weaves together a multitude of intricate strands, building to a suitably apocalyptic confrontation between good and evil. Prince Josua wins a first victory against the forces of his brother, Elias, who rules as High King in Osten Ard. Elias has the help of the dark priest Pryrates and of Ineluki the Storm King, onetime ruler of the immortal Sithi (the race that preceded humans). But others defy him, including Elias's own daughter, Princess Miriamele, the scullion turned knight Simon, and Camaris, once one of the greatest knights of Osten Ard and wielder of the sword Thorn, one of the three weapons that may effect a victory over Elias's hordes. As Josua's forces-- augmented by those Elias has wronged and by friendly Sithi--approach the king's stronghold, a secret battle takes place in the underlying caverns. It will affect not only the conflict's outcome, but also the futures of many races. The main caveat to Williams's engrossing epic is its length. A tetralogy might have been more easily digested, although that format might have drained some of the extraordinary tension built up in the book's closing pages.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

YA-This culmination of the trilogy is incredibly long and carries, besides the story, a dictionary of names, places, and other necessary information. It tells of the final battle between the forces of good and evil in the land of Osten Ard, a mythical place not unlike medieval Europe. Clearly, the author has been influenced not only by Tolkien, but also by Wagner's "Ring" story. Everything in Williams's narrative is larger than life-the individuals, the battles, the mysticism and magic. Yet his painstaking detail ensures that the world he creates is as believable and immediate as readers' everyday lives. The main character, Simon, is a reluctant hero. He is a superior warrior, yet he hates violence. He has been chosen as a seer by mystical beings who wish to aid his human counterparts, but he is never sure of his own worth. He understands cosmic truths, but considers himself ignorant. All action spins around Simon, but the book is replete with many other interesting characters, all fully developed. Enjoying the story's wealth of entertainment can literally take months, but for the author's fans it will be a treasure. It can also stand on its own.
Jessica Lahr, Edison High School, Fairfax County, VA
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2795 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 819 pages
  • Editeur : DAW; Édition : Reprint (1 juillet 1994)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B002SV372W
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35 internautes sur 38 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 The absolute best 16 juin 2000
Par Ilana Teitelbaum - Publié sur
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One thing can definitely be said for Tad Williams: in comparison to other fantasy writers, who start big and then peter out, his writing improves in leaps and bounds with each passing work. All the threads he wove together so cleverly, beginning with 'The Dragonbone Chair' and continuing in 'Stone of Farewell', are revealed to their fullest extent in this majestic conclusion. Typical fantasy this is not. Throw your predictions out the window when you read this series--Tad knows cliches when he sees them, and avoids them masterfully until the very end.
Toward the end, the story begins to take on the quality of a lush piece of music: marching in ever-twining threads which like strains of melody, spiral upward, constantly adding new threads of power and beauty whenever the tune starts to become familiar. There are moments so moving that they are transcendant, and so imaginative that one is tempted to predict that this is an epic that will last after many others have faded with the years.
The characters only get better, Simon in particular, who literally goes to hell and back. Tad Williams does not put his hero to minor tests and allow him to earn his status as the hero with the swing of a sword; rather, like Winston Churchill, he demands "blood and toil, tears and sweat" in relentless profusion. Yet rather than being an orgy in pain and suffering, the story is uplifting in its depiction of boy who begins as 'ordinary', and in overcoming tremendous suffering and tests of courage, becomes a hero worthy of the name.
There are some drawbacks to this otherwise perfect book. For one thing, Tad Williams is lacking in his portrayal of women, primarily Miriamele and Vorzheva. The latter is constantly whining and irredeemably selfish--it's difficult to understand how a great guy like Josua got stuck with her, let alone risked his life for her sake. The fact that the author is obviously in love with her does not make liking her any easier.
Miriamele is well-realized character, but toward the end she becomes sulky, and the problems that exist in her relationship with Simon are never resolved, let alone discussed, since any such discussion deteriorates into cuddling. This makes the abrupt resolution of their relationship at the end hard to swallow--so they slept together. Maybe it'll put off their problems for a night--but what about the rest of their lives?
I also thought that some very dramatic events at the end should not have been narrated by Tiamak after the fact--it took away any sense of immediacy, and belittled the importance of Cadrach's wrenching sacrifice.
Other than that, though, what is there to say? This is an epic that actually lives up to its length and delivers. The author obviously knew where he was going from page one, and his intent drives the story home by the end with stunning power. Not by any means a light read--but deep and immensely satisfying.
9 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Ending To A Mediocre Series 3 juillet 2012
Par David R. Tisdale, II - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
To Green Angel Tower (Part 2) is Tad Williams' final book in the epic Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series. The happy ending attempts to lift the entire series above its shortcomings, and it achieves that in it's own rose-colored way.

First, let me say that I'm pleased that Williams truly ended the series. After the wild success of the Wheel Of Time and A Song Of Fire And Ice series, publishers have become increasingly indulgent with authors, allowing them to stretch their series out far beyond what is necessary. Williams instead chooses to wrap his series up. Sad to say, but that is worth note.

With that, I'm also (mostly) pleased with how Williams chose to wrap up his series. All plot threads converged on the climactic ending, and all major players contributed both action and back story. This is also rare, though the juggling of so many disparate pieces dilutes the overarching story a bit and makes it a bit hard to follow. While I'm an admitted sucker for happy endings, some aspects of the ending were a bit too sugar-coated for me.

Unfortunately, the shortcomings of the series also come into stark focus on this last book. Williams' over reliance on his own plot devices saps much imagination out of the story. How many sets of characters on multiple occasions entered the Aldheorte forest throughout the series, or staggered blindly through tunnels? How many chapters consisted of 15-20 pages of tedious travelogue or exposition only to be punctuated with two pages of action and a cliffhanger ending? How many battles are interrupted by the POV character being knocked unconscious, with the rest of the battle told in summary by a different character after the fact? How many times is one character saved by another character who was following the first character without his or her knowledge? One gets the sense that Williams became dissatisfied with his own writing at times and tried to work around it.

The most grating problem is the pacing. Even three books into the series (four if you count the third book as two volumes), Williams' pacing leaves you frustrated. The battle to retake Naglimund, which should have been told in one epic chapter, was instead chopped up into several and then dispersed throughout several other plot lines. As a result, that battle falls completely flat. Simon and Miriamele's flight from Prince Josua's camp wreaks of yet more travelogue and side-adventures that don't contribute to the main arc. Simon's wandering through the tunnels, capture by Inch, and astral projection into the void were dragged out far too long, and some of it could have been excised for a tighter story. Therein lies the greatest weakness of this otherwise great series. The author drags everything out far too long. The entire series could have been cut down by 30%, certain extraneous plots eliminated, and you can imagine how much tighter and more thrilling the story would have been.

Overall, I'm glad I read this series. Despite its shortcomings, it's too-happy ending, and the nagging thought that this would perhaps be better suited as a teen or pre-teen epic series, it is a richly woven tale worth reading.
10 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Par Patty - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
The book itself is fantastic - but this Kindle edition is misleading. DO NOT BUY THE KINDLE EDITION. The cover suggests it's both parts 1 and 2 (To Green Angel Tower was split into 2 parts because of the sheer length in publishing for paperback). This version is ONLY Part 2. I was unable to buy Part 1 as a Kindle edition and had to get it through Google Reads.
16 internautes sur 20 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 6 stars is what it should have! 2 décembre 1999
Par Chris Gatterbauer - Publié sur
Format: Relié
I'll try to keep this short, yet still explain the multitude of reasons why you should (wil) buy this book. I am a student of biochemistry, and reading (everything i get my hands on) is my most important past time. The first time I read this series I read it in German (I live in Austria). Since then I have bought the English Paperback Version of all books, read it one more time in german, and three times in English; and now plan to buy the hardcover books (only few books get the "hardcover award" from me, since I couldn't afford it else - Lord of the Ring has, so do the Simarillion and LOTR, as well as a book about the roman law and its development until today...). Bought three times, read 5 times.....within 7 years... Anyway the whole series is ended with this book, wich in itself is as long as the previous two. The pace gets faster, the story more tense, the characters develop and are finally taking action themselves, the plot finally gets solved (...), a love story developing, a happy-end with a slightly bitter taste, you may dwell on the world you have grown to love on 1600 more pages. Problem is: it's too short! (whine, whine, i wan't more) Of course it isn't the perfect story/book. But that is as good as they get. Trust me-READ THIS BOOK. I'd be proud of you....(probably doesn't help you in any way, but still)
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Only contains part two 7 juillet 2016
Par Benjamin R Castle - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Complete disaster from Kindle edition, totally skipped part one of "To Green Angel Tower" and only included the 819 pages of part two. Extremely disappointing from Amazon Kindle editions.
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