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To Green Angel Tower, Part 1 by Tad Williams

To Green Angel Tower, Part 1 (1993)

by Tad Williams (Author)

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Series: Memory, Sorrow and Thorn (3a)

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Tad Williams’ MEMORY, SORROW, & THORN trilogy was one of the first fantasy series I ever read and it’s still one of my favorites.

The writing style is very pleasant and the pace is slow enough to be savored, but characters actually accomplish things by the end of each book (you know what I mean).

The characters are well-developed and lovable but not annoyingly perfect. This is a classic epic fantasy plot: Simon the kitchen boy saves the world. But please don’t roll your eyes — this was written in the 1980’s — before it was a cliché. Even though he’s now a cliché, Simon is still charming and you can’t help but love him.

Memory, Sorrow, & Thorn is on my list to read again, and along with Robin Hobb’s FARSEER SAGA, it’s the one I always recommend to newcomers to the genre. ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
The first part of To Green Angel Tower hooks the reader from the first page with suspense, action, growing tensions that are unique to particular characters, and mysteries both solves and still unanswered. Tad Williams begins the finale of his series Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn with major characters still separated throughout the vast terrain of Osten Ard, but through course of the events bring many of them together only to separate them once again. The majority of the action takes place in and around the Stone of Farewell as newly knighted Simon Snowlock joins the battle for the survive of the town of refugees that had sprouted on the ancient Sithi site as Prince Josua begins to openly challenge his brother's rule.

The journey of Miriamele to the Stone of Farewell along with the dubious Cadrach brought together Isgrimnur, Tiamak, and the mentally lost Casamir in a journey through the dangerous Wran and enemy held borderlands. The reunion of nearly all the major characters results in very interesting dynamics and sometimes annoying with Simon and Miramele's interactions varying on the situation. The situation in Hernystir sees the Sithi ride to war and Maegwin lose her mind, which is neither improves or worsens her character development instead of just continuing to make it frustrating as usual. And Williams turns his attention to Pryrates, Elias, Rachel the Dragon, and blind Guthwulf to give the situation in the Hayholt.

To Green Angel Tower (Part 1) builds on the first two books in the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series as well establishing the endgame for entire story. Part 1 ends just as important things look like they are about to take place, especially as Simon and Miriamele separate from Josua's ragtag army on a mission only Miriamele knows the objective. It's an ending that makes the reader want to go straight to Part 2. ( )
  mattries37315 | Oct 17, 2013 |
I loved this book. Unfortunately, Simon wasn't all that enchanting to me, and Miriamele really annoyed me. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
  rustyoldboat | May 28, 2011 |
This is the first half of a longer book which had to be split in two for the paperback edition as it would otherwise have simply fallen apart. Although this is probably a sign Tad Williams needs a more ruthless editor it still packs enough excitement on its own, though it leaves you desperate for the conclusion. ( )
  lnr_blair | May 7, 2009 |
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And death shall have no dominion.
Dead men naked they shall be one
With the man in the wind and the west moon;
When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone
They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though lovers be lost shall not;
And death shall have no dominion...

(from "And Death Shall Have No Dominion")

Tell all the truth but tell it slant,
Success in circuit lies,
Too bright for our infirm delight
The truth's superb surprise;

As light to children eased
With explanation kind,
The truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind.

This series is dedicated to my mother,
Barbara Jean Evans,
who taught me to search for other worlds,
and to share the things I find in them.

This final volume, To Green Angel Tower,
in itself a little world of heartbreak and joy,
I dedicate to Nancy Deming-Williams,
with much, much love.

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Guthwulf, Earl of Utanyeat, ran his fingers back and forth across the scarred wood of Prester John's Great Table, disturbed by the unnatural stillness.
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First came Tad Williams' bestseller The Dragonbone Chair and then the chart-busting Stone of Farewell. Now comes the spellbinding conclusion to the New York Times bestselling trilogy. The 1,104-page saga finale is being published in two 816-page special paperbacks, the first released in April and the second in July.… (more)

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