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.
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Excellent fantasy with superb narration
This is a traditional fantasy epic, but unlike many from its era, it derives much of its inspiration from the original European mythology, and not Tolkien's interpretation. Here we have fair elves, but they are much more savage and alien than those of Tolkien.
While the story is a somewhat cliched kitchen boy's journey to power, it is a cracking yarn that I found to have a good mix of action, suspense and intrigue.
Love the accents for the different cultures on show. Andrew mixes the standard British English accents with Welsh, Norse and Scottish, among others.
Epic relatable fantasy. Gritty and wonderful!
It ranks up near the top. I love this novel and I really hope the entire Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy is made available by Audible.
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I don't normally focus on narration unless it is especially awful. The narrator did a great job and I'd be happy to hear him voice any further novels in the series.
Read or listen to books - don't watch movies.
Theater of the mind - use it!
This is the first novel in a fantasy trilogy about Simon, his friends, and a land in turmoil as an inescapable darkness approaches.
Simon is neither a magician or a magical warrior. He's a flawed and believable character amid a great number of flawed and believable characters - in a world painted believable despite the fantasy setting.
I'm not normally a HUGE fan of fantasy because often the authors of big fantasy epics get bogged down trying to fill a huge world with hundreds of characters and their stories.
Tad William's keeps a tight narrative focus and only expands on the stories of other characters when it pushes the over arching plot forward. It's an amazing trick to pull off - there ARE other stories in here besides Simon's - but they never seem unnecessary and they always add to the over arching plot rather than being distracting word bloat.
When you've finished this novel you'll be aching for the next installment. I promise you.