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—George R. R. Martin, New York Times-bestselling author
“Groundbreaking.... Changed how people thought of the genre, and paved the way for so much modern fantasy. Including mine.”
—Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times-bestselling author of The Name of the Wind
“Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn is one of the great fantasy epics of all time.”
—Christopher Paolini, New York Times bestselling author of Eragon
“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
“Panoramic, vigorous, often moving.... Williams adroitly weaves together the tales...heralding a suitably epic and glorious conclusion.” —Publishers Weekly
“Highly Recommended. [Williams] draws on many mythologies for the background of his fantasy epic...story spiced with political intrigue and strong appealing heroes.” —Library Journal
“A grand fantasy on a scale approaching Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.” —Cincinnati Post --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .
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In order for the Storm King can 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. The only problem: an undead army, bolstered by powerful magic, lies between him and his destination. It will take every ounce of Simon's courage and intelligence to journey to and then recover the great sword Memory and bring peace to Osten Ard.
If Simon's quest is to have any hope, Josua must move against the Storm King himself - a journey that will take him across endless seas, through ancient forests and into the stronghold of the Storm King himself.
The finale to Tad Williams' breathtaking, beloved series Memory, Sorrow and Thorn.--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .
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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.
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.