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Publication Order of The Last King of Osten Ard Books

The Heart of What Was Lost (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Witchwood Crown (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Empire of Grass (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brothers of the Wind (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Into the Narrowdark (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Navigator's Children (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Bobby Dollar Books

The Dirty Streets of Heaven (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Happy Hour in Hell (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sleeping Late on Judgement Day (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlepig (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Legends Books

Legends (By: Stephen King,Anne McCaffrey,Robert Silverberg) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Legends II: Dragon, Sword, and King (By: Diana Gabaldon,George R.R. Martin,Orson Scott Card,Terry Brooks,Robert Silverberg,Neil Gaiman,Elizabeth Haydon) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Legends 3 (With: Terry Pratchett,Robert Jordan,Robert Silverberg,Ursula K. Le Guin) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn Books

The Dragonbone Chair (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stone of Farewell (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
To Green Angel Tower (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
To Green Angel Tower, Part 2 (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Ordinary Farm Adventures Books

The Dragons of Ordinary Farm (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secrets of Ordinary Farm (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Otherland Books

City of Golden Shadow (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
River of Blue Fire (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mountain of Black Glass (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sea of Silver Light (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Shadowmarch Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Tailchaser's Song (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Child of an Ancient City (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Caliban's Hour (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tad Williams' Mirror World (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
The War of the Flowers (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Helmet of Fate (With: Steve Niles,Bill Willingham,Phil Winslade,Gail Simone,Shawn McManus,Scott Hampton,Peter Snejbjerg,Duncan Rouleau,Steve Gerber) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Diary of a Dragon (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
War of the Flowers (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Rite: Short Work (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Stark and Wormy Knight (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Very Best of Tad Williams (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Oz Reimagined Books

Dorothy Dreams (By: Simon R. Green) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Emeralds to Emeralds, Dust to Dust (By: Seanan McGuire) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Boy Detective of Oz (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Meeting in Oz (By: Jeffrey Ford) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Off to See the Emperor (By: Orson Scott Card) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cobbler of Oz (By: Jonathan Maberry) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lost Girls of Oz (By: Theodora Goss) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blown Away (By: Jane Yolen) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Tornado of Dorothys (By: Kat Howard) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Veiled Shanghai (By: Ken Liu) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dead Blue (By: David Farland) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great Zeppelin Heist of Oz (By: C.C. Finlay,Rae Carson) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beyond the Naked Eye (By: Rachel Swirsky) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
City So Bright (By: Dale Bailey) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Flew Over the Rainbow (By: Robin Wasserman) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Weird Tales #292: Fall 1988(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Weird Tales #296: Spring 1990(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Anthology of Fantasy and the Supernatural(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Immortal Unicorn(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
DAW 30th Anniversary Science Fiction(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
DAW 30th Anniversary Science Fiction and Fantasy Anthologies(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wood Boy / The Burning Man(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honour of Jack Vance(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twilight Zone: 19 Original Stories on the 50th Anniversary(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The New Dead: A Zombie Anthology(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Warriors 1(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Eighth Annual Collection(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lightspeed Magazine, December 2012(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Oz Reimagined(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Multiverse(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unfettered III: New Tales By Masters of Fantasy(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

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.

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