No excuse for such sloppy quality control. My niece bought me Part One, thinking she was getting the entire book. In scope, in world building and especially in characters. As with any series about war there where deaths that where extremely sad, more than a few tears where shed. SO many twists and turns from the small to the amazing. I don't really know what to say I want to rave about this book but I don't want to spoil it for anyone else Suffice to say its truly amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. Although it pains me to read about Maegwin death, I'm glad that Joshua lives. The end of this book was so rewarding. Reading this book was such a pleasure, the Simon journey below Hayholt through ruins of Asu'a was so inspiring. This book was so magical, epic and touching I wish Tad's new installment follows the same path. Oct 22, Logan rated it really liked it. I did really enjoy this trilogy. My impression during the first book was that it was eloquent but got off to a slow start, but ending on an exciting note.
The second book tried to bring too many threads together and ended up having lots of viewpoints from seemingly disconnected people. The third book s brought people together so there were fewer "groups" to follow, and wrapped everything up pretty nicely, for the most part. The ending can be described as nothing short of epic, with a very vivid I did really enjoy this trilogy. The ending can be described as nothing short of epic, with a very vivid scene and wound up nicely with the hope of rebuilding. It was a clean trilogy and very, very enjoyable.
If I was a huge Tolkien fan, I'm quite certain that this would be pure gold for me. I really liked the book and would recommend it. That said, there were a few things that in my opinion lacked some polish they might seem numerous but they are really more of nitpicks : A few things off the top of my head that I didn't think were really answered: what the drink continually served to Elias was doing to him unbinding his soul?
I don't know. Why was Prester John's body completely preserved? What was it about Camaris that Towser did not tell? His sin? A few complaints? There was a foreshadowing of Simon's ancestry Miriamele thought his face looked like someone she'd seen before but it wasn't something anyone reading could have guessed. Sort of out of the blue there. Bright-Nail turned to dust said in passing in the midst of everything else. Nothing said of the other swords or even why that happened. Not much focus on it and no one even talks about the swords later.
The timeline for Simon's ancestor Eahlstan didn't make sense to me. He apparently ruled hundreds of years before, but died killing the dragon, at which time John took up the throne. One would have expected the king to have been at most Simon's great-grandfather, but how could that be if it was many hundreds of years earlier? And in either case, Why would Simon have such a strong resemblance to his ancestor of years ago, so much so that the statue in the throne room reminded people of Simon?
I also didn't feel like there was ample reason given why Simon wasn't told this by before by all the people who knew about it. There didn't really seem to be a strong redemption or forgiveness for Miriamele.
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She had confessed her sin to Simon, they both seemed a little hard toward each other, and then suddenly she asks him to not leave her, he says he loves her, and they have sex. I would have liked to have seen her "purified" or "redeemed" somehow. The last paragraphs wrap up with Eolair being told about Maegwin's sacrifice, which I suppose is nice that he knows but it was an odd note to end on and I didn't really feel like it gave Eolair closure, relief, or joy.
So maybe I should just make up my own ending and wrap up all these things A majestic fantasy masterpiece of epic proportions which beautifully blends magic and adventure for a thrilling tale. This dazzling series of incredible worlds and deadly intrigue is greatly impressive and hugely ambitious, on such a breathtaking scale. This splendid conclusion to a landmark series is intensely gripping, heart-pounding and so stunning as to leave you awed by the inspired plot. Prepare to be taken on a long journey of discovery as you plunge into a complex world that is filled with refreshing originality and distinctive flair; unique to this author.
I was drawn into a colorful world filled with interesting characters and brilliant storytelling, and so lost within this story I was sad when it finally came to an end. Utterly believable, compelling and simply fantastic the final installment within this brilliant series is the perfect end to an incredibly long story. It did seem like a terribly long wait until I was able to grasp hold of this book, but it was well worth it as I was so elated by how Tad Williams constructed the ending with such excellence.
Nov 09, David Zerangue rated it it was ok Shelves: fantasy. The end to an incredibly long trilogy. The series has a bit of The Grapes of Wrath feel to it in that obstacles are constantly put in front of the character and sorry and misery is all that ever remains. Even when there is a glimmer of hope, something worse happens. However, unlike The Grapes of Wrath, this series does end with a happy ending which was refreshing.
The story itself is quite epic and at times I could not understand why I was investing so much time reading it. However, if you tak The end to an incredibly long trilogy. However, if you take a sneak peek at the author's comments about this series on his website, you'll find he was just as daunted with writing it.
There's a whole lot of traveling and discovery and an incredible amount of mystery which can be quite frustrating. However, this final installment does finally bring it all together and it ends up being a worthwhile read in the end. It took me almost 15 years to complete this read because I could not compel myself to read this final installment. Truly, I am glad that did. Sep 10, Chris Gousopoulos rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. What a journey. Four books full of unforgettable moments. Haunting battles, beautiful harsh vast landscapes, terrifying labyrinthine subteranean places, great climaxes and even very well executed horror scenes.
A classic epic. A twisted and original Lord Of The Rings type. The worldbuilding was incredible.
Characters too. It might be kinda slow, especially compared to modern fantasy, but I savored almost every page. Its really a shame that these books are not hyped nowadays because there are so What a journey. Its really a shame that these books are not hyped nowadays because there are so many moments that could inspire artists. Especially those Elves. All of their subraces. Compared only to Tolkien's. All an all a very fulfilling and satisfying experience for everyone who likes traditional epic fantasy.
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Sep 28, Kyleigh rated it it was amazing. I read it in two sections, with two other short books falling in between. The interplay between Simon and Miriamele was fantastic. The second half of the book really drew me in and I had a hard time putting it down. The ending left a little bit to be desired.
There was so much build-up throughout the whole 2, page series and then the end was just rushed through.
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I had a very hard time visualizing all the magic and sorcery as Williams describes it at the climax. There were a lot of twists to the plot as it neared the end though, and I enjoyed that thoroughly. Mar 15, Nevena rated it it was ok. I grew very tired reading it, some situations were repeating over and over again, and after all, the ending didn't surprise me as much. It's a decent series, but I recommend it only if you have spare time and true love for fantasy books because you'll find nothing new and thrilling here. Feb 25, Kate BloggingwithDragons rated it really liked it Shelves: favorites , read-fantasy.
Originally posted on Blogging with Dragons I read the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series for over a year, in between other books. This was a huge change from when I initially began reading the series and barely made it through the first book, The Dragonbone Chair, because I found it so boring. But knowing that these books served as inspirations for George R. And boy, was I glad I did. The world building in this series is rich and complex, with the sense of impending doom surrounding three mystical swords, which decide the fate of the world, inescapable.
The characters are flawed; Prince Josua is depressed and indecisive, the hero Simon attention-seeking and selfish, the Princess Miramele is snobbish and impulsive, and her father the evil King Elias, both sympathetic and utterly detestable. Pyrates, the dark sorcerer is the impetus for the end of the world, and is a repugnant evil villain, swathed in red robes and wielding magic and mystery from which all of the characters fear and cringe.
Pyrates successfully ensnares King Elias with false promises in the very beginning, and plunges the world into ever-encroaching chaos. The evil beings the Norns that serve Pyrates are utterly chilling, the gardenborn Sithi majestic, and the League of Scrolls utterly joinable, what with its brilliant members who are dedicated to researching and deciphering the forces at work in the world of Osten Ard.
However, in finally reading it, I was rewarded with my favorite book in the series. It was full of not only action, strife, and even romance, but also the eerie clashes between the Sithi and their evil counterparts, the Norns, which were fought via haunting songs, and even the final battle with the Storm King, Ineluki. Though I was disappointed with what I found to be the short appearance of the Storm King himself, he certainly made quite the entrance and impression.
Pus, everything leading up to the confrontation was just as powerful as the pulse of the swords that drove Simon, Caramis, and Elias to their confrontation with the Elias, Pyrates, and the Storm King. Like our heroes, I was driven forward through the book and when I heard birds chirping and found it be 4am, I was stunned.
But there was no way I was sleeping until I knew what happened! For Ineluki was so powerful, he turned the time of the world back to when he existed, allowing him entry into the body of long-suffering King Elias. In moments, the Storm King dissolved traitorous Pyrates, the most feared and powerful sorcerer of Osten Ard, into firey ash. I was very happy and found it fitting that she played such a role, as she toiled as much as anyone in the hopes of saving the world and her father. And ultimately, I was glad to witness many characters find their own happy endings after all that they endured.
It was also a wonderful, heartfelt touch for Cadrach to finally find his own redemption through sacrifice, which allows Simon, Miramele, and Binabik to escape the crumbling castle. Truly and heart-twistingly well done. But conversely, I found it a little too convenient that Simon just happened to be the lost and rightful heir to the throne and that he could marry his beloved Miramele and finally receive the recognition and hero worship he so desperately craved. She could have fallen in love with Simon after his reappearance. It just seemed too much of a fairy tale ending for me after so much suffering and destruction.
But not all of the characters met similarly happy fates. I was quite sad that Maegwin and Eolair did not get their much longed for love. I was really rooting for Maegwin throughout the series, even after her descent into madness, and felt that she and Eolair deserved their happy ending more than Simon and Miramele. Though the series was over and the reader was able to glimpse the world a year after the final battle, I was still extremely interested in Osten Ard.
After all, Aditu gave such a curious prophecy concerning them! I want to know more and I am hoping for another series where this question is answered! Plus, I would love to revisit the world of Osten Ard all over again. Wonderful end to a wonderful series though it recently has been taken up again! I still believe the first book is the best, though. It got too epic here, and the writing style suffered in the name of utilitarianism. Nicely opens up the possibility for stories for the sequels! I have deliberately k Wonderful end to a wonderful series though it recently has been taken up again!
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