The Dragonbone Chair : Memory, Sorrow & Thorn

  • by Tad Williams
  • Narrated by Andrew Wincott
  • Series: Memory, Sorrow & Thorn
  • 33 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.
Only a small scattered group, the League of the Scroll, recognizes the true danger awaiting Osten Ard. And to Simon - a castle scullion unknowingly apprenticed to a member of this League - will go the task of spearheading the quest for the solution to a riddle of long-lost swords of power...and a quest that will see him fleeing and facing enemies straight out of a legend maker's worst nighmares!

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Glad it's finally available in audio

I have to admit that I'm only a few hours into this audiobook at this point, but I've already read it in print, so I know what happens. That being said, I'm very glad that this great series is finally being made available in audio. So far, I'm very impressed with the narration. Mr. Wincott does an excellent job differentiating between characters, so it's easy to tell who's speaking, and he reads at a comfortable pace while infusing the narration with the proper emotions. The books themselves are fantastic, and Memory, Sorrow, & Thorn is one of my all time favorite series. This series was written back in the 80's, so the plot may seem familiar to many readers, but It's very well written with characters you can care about.
The bottom line is that I highly recommend this book. Back to listening!
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- Brad "crazyreader"

One of the worst fantasy series I have read

Review of the Series with some spoilers.

I know that some people will enjoy this series, but I am not one of them. I always try to finish a series, but I struggled a lot with this one. There are lots of secrets, prophesies, and odd mysteries in this book, but to me there were no characters that felt REAL to me. The main character does not really seem to accomplish anything great throughout the book by himself. Everything that happens to him is usually dumb luck. Also he complains the whole time and is very arrogant as well even when he kind of fell into situations that made him "great." Also the rest of the characters are just weird. When the evil guys loose battles they act all arrogant and say that it is alright nothing can stop us, and when the good guys win they say things like "Well we won, but it probably won't matter we are going to die anyways later." In this series this is how both sides react constantly and it got really grating to me since time after time the good guys win they are just gloomy and negative. Also after reading this whole series you may realize that most characters can be replaced by anyone since no one ever really makes their own decisions.

There are dreams and warnings in most of this book. Sometimes it feels that about 50 % of the book is in the dream world, where hints about dealing with the dark terrible evil will be hinted at. Well they do not always remember the dreams and are really daft when they do and keep it to themselves. Too many characters have "unexplained" things in their past that is somehow too hurtful to ever say except maybe in secret. Also the character use way to many metaphors and description while talking to one another. Crucial information while in the battle is riddled with metaphors and just bad speech. It never felt like they were really talking since nearly every single person used metaphors while talking about anything.

The main character is the worst. In the end all the other characters see him as some awesome amazing hero, and he does to, but he is terrible. He becomes an apprentice and does not want to learn anything from the start. Then he becomes a knight and when someone says he is not a complete knight till he learns the virtues, learns to care for his horse and everything he says he says that he does not really care about learning them. He does start taking care of his horse though I guess. He is just a selfish kid who gets constantly lucky and does not have many admirable qualities. Even when he is "brave" he is stupid and arrogant about it. Then at the end of the book everyone is looking up to him and says that he has grown to a good strong man,he is noble, great, but no he did not if you look at examples from the whole series he might of become even more childish. How am I supposed to think of him as some hero when during the whole series he does nothing to deserve anything except maybe an arrow.

Anyways I disliked the series, but some people must like it since it is rated so high. I think part of it was that I have read a lot of fantasy and this book just had way too many tropes and just obvious things in it.
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- Christopher "My name is Chris and I am an addict."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-05-2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio