Publication Order of Memory, Sorrow and Thorn Books
|The Dragonbone Chair||(1988)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Stone of Farewell||(1990)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|To Green Angel Tower||(1993)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Otherland Books
|City of Golden Shadow||(1996)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|River of Blue Fire||(1998)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Mountain of Black Grass||(1999)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Sea of Silver Light||(2001)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Shadowmarch Books
|Shadowmarch||(2004)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Shadowplay||(2007)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Shadowrise||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Shadowheart||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Ordinary Farm Adventures Books
|The Dragons of Ordinary Farm||(2009)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Secrets of Ordinary Farm||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Angel Doloriel/Bobby Dollar Books
|The Dirty Streets of Heaven||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Happy Hour in Hell||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Sleeping Late on Judgment Day||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlepig||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Standalone Novels
|Tailchaser's Song||(1985)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Child of an Ancient City||(1992)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Caliban's Hour||(1993)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Tad Williams' Mirror World||(1998)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The War of the Flowers||(2003)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Short Story Collections
|Rite: Short Work||(2006)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|A Stark and Wormy Knight||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Very Best of Tad Williams||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Tad Williams is an American writer born on March 14 1957 in San Jose, California. He an international bestselling science and fantasy fiction author of the multivolume Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series, Shadow March series, Other land series and the standalone novels The War of Flowers, Tailchaser’s Song, Caliban’s Hour and Child of the Ancient City. His short fiction and science essays have been published in several anthologies Cumulatively, more than 17 million copies of Tad Williams’ works have already been sold.
Writing long stories was one of the early hallmarks for Tad Williams. His works in comics includes the 6 issue mini-series for the DC Comics known as The Next. Williams also wrote Aquaman. Other comic work by Tad Williams includes Mirrorworld: The Rain and Helmet of Fate.
Tad Williams has probably held more jobs than any other sane person would admit to—selling shoes, singing in the band, managing a financial institution, designing military manuals and throwing newspapers, just to name a few. He has also hosted the syndicated radio show for 10 years, worked in television and theater production, taught both college and grade-school classes. Tad Williams also worked in multimedia for a leading computer firm. He’s the cofounder of an interactive TV company, and he is currently writing comic books along, television and film scripts along with novels.
Tad and Deborah Beale, his wife, live in the San Francisco’s Bay Area with their children and far more dogs, turtles, cats, pet ants and the banana slugs more than they can actually count. Williams has also collaborated on a series of young-adult books with Deborah Beale, known as The Ordinary Farm Adventures.
Tad Williams is also the writer of ‘Tailchaser’s Song': the first novel that spawned the subgenre of cats and the fantasy that we see today. ‘Tailchaser’s Song’ novel is currently in the preproduction as an animated movie from Animetropolis/IDA.
The ‘Memory, Sorrow and Thorn’ book series established Tad Williams as an internationally bestselling fantasies author. Let’s take a take a more deeper look at the first two books in The series, Memory, Sorrow and Thorn.
The Dragonbone Chair
Kitchen-boy Simon is restless, bored and at 14 years old, this is an extremely dangerous combination. However, it seems that Simon’s life has just taken a very different turn for the better when he is apprenticed to the castle’s resident wizard. As he is learning to read and also write under D.r Morgenes’ tutelage, forces that are greater than what he could imagine are gathering; forces that will change his life and the world forever.
Following the demise of King John, Osten Ard is plunged into the civil war as his own sons battle for the control of a fabled Dragonbone Chair – the nation’s throne and the symbol of the nation’s power. Simon is then forced to flee from the only home that he has ever known. This is a journey that will test him far beyond his worst ever nightmares.
With The Dragonbone’s Chair, Tad Williams manages to introduce his readers to the incredible fantasy realm of Osten Ard. This novel kicked off the beloved and internationally best-selling book series Memory, Sorrow and Thorn.
This is the opening to what’s probably the best fantasy series that you’ll ever read. Williams’ Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series remains to be one of the most underappreciated and underread series out there. Probably, the length of the books might scare off some people. For instance Dragonbone Chair is the shortest novel in the series and it is still close to 700 pages. Overall, this series incorporates the most classical fantasy elements: dark sorcery, an epic quest and an unlikely hero. However, what makes this novel unforgettable is one major thing; Williams nailed down the world-building. Even though he retains several traditional fantasy elements, they still show up in new forms and ways.
There’s no single time when you’ll ever have a thought like “This has already been done before” when reading the book. in fact, that’s rare considering the repetition in most fantasy literatures that you’ve ever read. The world of Osten Ard remains to be one of the most vivid locales in literature and its inhabitants are amazingly memorable as well.
Stone of Farewell
This is the second book in the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series by Tad Williams. The series launched one of the most significant fantasy authors of our time. In Osten Ard, the evils of the Storm King cover the land, the nation is riven by war and the nature which is unbalanced by a tide of evils slips into the permanent winter. Simon, who was once serving as a kitchen boy is now the hero hiding in the troll strongholds of Yiquanuc with prophetic dreams. Only he along with his companions area capable of saving the land. However, for him to do this, he has to embark on the second part of his journey towards the Stone of Farewell.
The first novel in the series went to the great pains so as to establish the world. As a result, there wasn’t a lot of exposition that was required for Stone of Farewell. This freed up the author to do what he seemingly does best: writing awesome, and remarkably cinematic and fantasy novels. There’s an epic sweep to The Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series that does both David Lean and Tolkien proud.
Simon is one great reluctant-hero type of character. He’s often bitter and resentful as he’s swept along within the story. Simon rarely understands the significance of all the events that occur and he never volunteers. Nevertheless, he is incapable of removing himself from the stage’s forefront. In fact, he mostly alternates between self-loathing and self-pity which make him pretty believable given all the circumstances surrounding him. And yet, ever slowly, the reader starts to perceive the subtle changes, because among all the things that this book spires to, it’s also a bildungsroman.
At times the novel is touching, at times it’s amusing. However, the fact is that it remains rousingly epic. This is the right book to read if you are into high fantasy. Just like the first book in the series, this novel also ends on such a fever pitch that you’ll have to look straight into the next novel in the series.Book Series In Order » Authors » Tad Williams