New York Times best-selling Tad Williams' groundbreaking epic fantasy saga of Osten Ard begins an exciting new cycle! Volume one of The Last King of Osten Ard.
Enter the epic fantasy world that inspired a generation of modern fantasy writers, including George R. R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, and Christopher Paolini. The Witchwood Crown begins Tad Williams' next masterpiece, bringing together the best of character-driven fantasy, action-packed high adventure, and monumental worldbuilding.
Osten Ard is at a critical turning point once again. Ancient enemies, long silent, are preparing to reclaim lands that were once theirs....
Explore more of Osten Ard in Tad Williams' landmark original trilogy - Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn - and the new stand-alone novel The Last King of Osten Ard!
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As a longtime Tad Williams fan, it's painful to write such a negative review of one of his books. I was eager to see what awaited us on this return to Osten Ard. Alas, what awaited was a mere seed of a new story drowning in a tiresome homage to Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn. I thoroughly enjoyed the former series, but the ad nauseum references to it completely bogged down the story. Endless ramblings by characters from the original story bemoaning how they've gotten so old, 'playful banter' between the king and queen that is painfully uninspiring - way too many segments where I found myself thinking, 'Just move on, already!'
I also noted Williams' use of more 'off-color' language. His books tend to fall in the G-rating category, without any foul language or overt sexual content - and those stories didn't suffer from that. He's ramped up the language to PG, presumably in an effort to be more relevant and edgy in the wake of the huge popularity of the often X-rated George R. R. Martin. I love by Martin's and Williams' books - I don't have a hang-up about potentially offensive language being used or not used PROVIDED that is seems integral to the story. But it just doesn't work here - it seemed to be unnatural and forced, sticking out like a sore thumb.
This is Not a good book. It does no justice to a revisit to Osten Ard. But the seed of a good story is there if Williams could just scrape away all the tedious that is holding it back. Being a longtime fan, I'm in it for the long haul. I just hope for much better in book # 2.
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