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To Green Angel Tower (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn #3)

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  24,970 Ratings  ·  185 Reviews
As the evil minions of the undead Sithi Storm King prepare for the kingdom-shattering culmination of their dark sorceries and King Elias is drawn ever deeper into their nightmarish, spell spun world, the loyal allies of Prince Josua desperately struggle to rally their forces at the Stone of Farewell. And with time running out, the remaining members of the now devastated Le ...more
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Oct 07, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Well, that was... something. Tad Williams, it seems, was ahead of his time in having the final volume of something have to be split across two volumes, as I actually read To Green Angel Tower across two paperbacks, each of which had 800 pages. It was a very long, meandering, interesting journey, at times bogged down by tedium, but at times full of tension, building up to a dramatic finale.

In writing about the first book of this series I mentioned that this is kind of like a brother to The Wheel
Mar 15, 2008 Carrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Carrie by: Jeff and Camille
This trilogy was pretty much my first into fantasy. It was right after my first child was born and I had a lot of time stuck in the house to read. I had kind of thought fantasy was for, you know, geekish people which was a problem considering my husband and two best friends were all into it. I have now entered the geek and proud of it crowd. These books were wonderful and I have not stopped reading fantasy since.
Aug 06, 2014 Javier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is more a review of the whole trilogy rather than a review of its last volume.

Memory, Sorrow and Thorn is a good fantasy series. Events occur in a world named Osten Ard. The world itself follows many stereotypes of other fantasy worlds. The elves in this world are called the Sithi and the dark elves are called the Norns, but even though the author hasn't chosen the word elf to describe these creatures, they're essentially the same. The bad guy concept, Ineluki, is quite close to Tolk
Xara Niouraki
As a whole, it was an entertaining series. I enjoyed the feeling of classic fantasy that it gave me, especially since I've been reading a lot of dark fantasy lately. I was satisfied with the conclusion, but I had several problems with the third book.

First of all, it is huge. I don't have a problem with big books, but this one made me wish that it were smaller. I grew tired of it as I was reading it.

Secondly, the series is full of repetitions. I felt that half the pages of the series were descrip
It feels so good to finally be able to finish a fantasy series! So many of the ones I'm currently reading aren't finished and its so frustrating having to wait years for the story to continue. To green angel tower, part 2 is the second half of the final book in the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy. It was exactly what I've been waiting for while reading series. The first two books of the trilogy were kind of a roller-coaster, good at times but I also find myself daydreaming during other parts of ...more
Edward Rathke
May 22, 2015 Edward Rathke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the longest novels ever written. It's the third in a trilogy, but it's about as long as the first two novels combined, making it a very odd but very satisfying final chapter.

Each step of this series has been pretty difficult for me to meaningfully rate, but I'll use this rating of this book to do the whole series.

I think each book is about a four but the series as a whole is a five, if only because of how complex and beautiful and awesome it all is.

The worldbuilding is probably s
Earl Grey Tea
Jan 11, 2013 Earl Grey Tea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I don't put down a book or a series that I start. While the first two books did peak my interest quite a bit, I was suffering through almost all of the 1,104 pages found in this behemoth of a tale. Maybe I should have read it in two parts as it was released in its corporeal form and taken a break half way through. Instead, I went for the e-book version that doesn't suffer any publication problems when it comes to size.

By the time I was about a third of the way through the book, I was already bur
May 30, 2016 Jeraviz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
Pues más de lo mismo. Si hubiera leído esta saga de adolescente después de descubrir El Señor de los Anillos tal vez me habría encantado. Pero después de tanto tiempo, volver a leerme una trilogía llena de tópicos (protagonista humilde que se convierte en héroe, objetos mágicos que hay que encontrar/destruir, dragones que hay que matar, etc...) me ha resultado muy pesado.
May 19, 2014 Ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I sort of enjoyed this series, but there are some infuriating stuff in these books. Simon, the main character of the books, seem to grow more and more pathetic as the series wore on. From crying in the midst of battle to groveling for attention from a stuck up princess, he really wore on my nerves.
The pacing of the book is better than "Stone of Farewell", but that isn't saying much. One of the problems I had with the series is that I really didn't care who lived or died None of the characters r
Dec 30, 2009 Laurel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is impossible to write a review of this novel without giving any spoilers, so I will simply make two points. One, it is now 3 am and I have just finished the book. I couldn't put it down - which is quite a feat for a book over a thousand pages long! Two, I would dearly like to sit down and have a drink with Tad Williams. I want to know how such an epic is created. Does he know from the beginning, was he in on the many secrets from the start, can one mind really imagine it all up from the star ...more
Martin Glen
Mar 25, 2015 Martin Glen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A satisfying climax to the trilogy, though not without its flaws. Must be judged in the context of when it was written (1993), when there were still relatively few attempts to break away from the High Fantasy tropes that Tolkien had set out. The story moves to its inevitable climax, one that seems rather hackneyed when it finally arrives (and never properly outlines what the threat actually is), and takes its own sweet time getting there. But the characters are given time and space to grow and d ...more
Jan 31, 2011 Aleah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
Simon, a once kitchen boy turned knight, is caught up in a strange tale. He and his companions are at war with the greatest powers in all of Osten Ard, not all of whom are entirely of this world. Their only chance for survival? A strange poem found in the notes of a long dead madman and an uneasy alliance with the immortal Sithi and the cave-dwelling Trolls of the frozen north. At one time Simon might have found his current circumstance to be exciting, adventurous. But he's long since left behin ...more
Jan 21, 2010 Tony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm just going to review this one for the entire series:

It's pretty good. It has a lot of the standard fantasy tropes: unlikely kitchen-boy protagonist, corrupted kings, dragons, dwarves (that is to say trolls), elves (that is to say Sithi). Tad Williams does a better job with genre cliches than most, but these are still sword and sorcery fantasy novels. The real strength of the books is the completeness of the world that Williams builds, which is well historied, and populated with believable an
Kat  Hooper
Mar 31, 2009 Kat Hooper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review refers to the trilogy.
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 loveable, but not annoyingly perfect. This is a classic epic fantasy plot: Simon the kitchen boy saves the world. But please do
Jun 29, 2016 Philo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, sff
Game of Thrones Without the Porn

I've been meaning to write a review of the magical, wonderful, splenderiffic (that's a new word, splendor and terrific combined. Because Neil Patrick Harris says to make new words) for a few weeks now. My delay has been one part procrastination, one part stewing on a great story and one part "what the hell am I going to say?"

First of all, I'm 100% sure that this trilogy inspired about half of Game of Thrones. If not half, then certainly a meaty portion. Fire Danc
Jul 03, 2015 Kaila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review applies to both part one and part two of To Green Angel Tower. The third book was split into two parts, each around 800 pages long, but later were also republished as book three, and the book four.

While I've given this book the same rating as the previous two there is no doubt that To Green Angel Tower was the best of them. Where the others were overly slow and seemed lengthy beyond reason, To Green Angel Tower was lesser so. While it was by no means a book that is impossible to put
Mike Gilbert
Nov 29, 2014 Mike Gilbert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was definitely the best book in the series. Even if it was too long. This time, though, there was a bit less walking. The story still was not particularly tight - and in many cases it seemed that part-way through book three of the trilogy Williams himself finally figured out what the Storm King's plan was. Almost as if in the first two books there was a bad guy (several actually) and he was up to no good - but even the author wasn't powerful enough to figure it out, so the characters wander ...more
Jul 18, 2007 Annie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Anyway, to my great surprise and pleasure this installment finally delivered on the page-turning I’d been promised in zealous reader reviews."

"There are scenes of dark horror in To Green Angel Tower that I simply didn’t think Williams was capable of that will stand as some of the most memorable scenes I’ve encountered in fantasy literature."
Sep 20, 2016 Grasha1m rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was much better than the previous one. I pretty much got what i wanted. I realy liked that Tad sticked to the already established storylines and characters and I also liked that we got more chapters around the main plots while the the sidestories were kept short. I rather read about my favorite characters, that are most developed, than about some semi-important happening on the other side of the country. The problem with Robert Jordans Wheel of Time is that the story went almost nowhere fro ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Aug 13, 2010 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Good book, good trilogy, good conclusion. But it took a long time for this book to get published. I had begun to worry about Williams. It was several years between vol.2 and the conclusion. This was/is a long book... in paper back it was published in vol.1 and vol.2. But again it holds the interest and tells an exceptional story. I like it.
Jul 10, 2014 Justin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very long with incredibly slow pacing. Wanders at a crawl rounding out with an monumentally unsatisfying ending. You could play a drinking game by taking a shot every time a character loses consciousness.
Aug 16, 2015 Jens rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very well executed creative writing 101, with ideas stolen from all over the place. It would be entertaining if one didn't know absolutely all of the tropes. Unfortunately for Williams, I know them.
Taimur Sheikh
I'm a fan of epic fantasy books and I generally prefer longer stories as they let the plot & characters develop.
This trilogy, however, was just too long & much too slow.
Half the book involves the characters wandering around. First, from the castle, across a forest, to the mountains on the other side of the world & then back down the mountains, through the forest, to the castle.

Tad Williams has created a wonderful and detailed world with really good, strong characters but I really wi
Jeff Forcier
Dec 21, 2014 Jeff Forcier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some thoughts on the trilogy as a whole. Most of what I wrote in my review of Dragonbone Chair still stands, 2-3 books later.

The story remains gripping and well told, the characters remain believable (& manage to develop at least somewhat as time progresses), and the world is fleshed out (& the annoyances I had at the thinly veiled real world inspirations largely faded).

On the downside, the character development could have been better than it was (Simon and Miri especially are too much l
Katie Dunn
The trilogy has all the typical elements of a good epic fantasy, dying king, dueling brothers, higher evils, elf-like immortals, trolls, betrayals, infidelity, hidden truths, and the ultimate quest by a kitchen scullion to save the kingdom and all of mankind. This series draws upon many sources of European history and folklore. It is also one of the series that inspired GRRM to write A song of Ice and Fire. Really enjoyed the books and the characters. Some of the events dragged a little (aka whe ...more
Mark Oppenlander
This is the third and final book in the "Memory, Sorrow and Thorn" series, and it is almost as long as the first two books combined. This is the epic ending to an epic trilogy. I won't attempt to write a plot synopsis here as no one in their right mind would (or should) start reading the trilogy with this book. So if you've made it this far in the series, you know all the major characters (e.g. Josua, Simon, Miriamele, Binabik, etc.) and the story lines that need to be completed. Williams adds s ...more
I have conflicting feelings about this book. On the one hand, it had a fun, exciting--if rather predictable--ending. On the other hand, Miriamele's story arc did not make me comfortable and Simon's reaction to a revelation she makes is frustrating at best.

This book is also way too long. I'm not sure why it wasn't just printed as two separate books instead of two volumes that are each just as long as the previous books.

If you enjoyed the first two books, you'll probably like the last one. I found
Jun 05, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, but looooong. I thought it dragged a bit at the end of part 2 and first half of part 3. I can see why they decided to split the paperback release into 2 books. I was a little disappointed with the climax. 3,000 pages of build up for 2 pages of "We can defeat the enemy by not hating him". That's convenient, but I remind myself that reading a book is about enjoying the journey, not the end point and I enjoyed the journey very much.

So, if you want to read a well written, traditional fantasy (
Matthias Thorn
Jan 06, 2015 Matthias Thorn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this series, Williams' first epic fantasy saga, in the mid-to-late-90's, when it edged out The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant as my all time favorite epic fantasy saga. In 2014 I decided to give it another go and see if it stood up to the test of time.

Short version: almost, but not quite. My favorite parts are still my favorite parts, but there's an awful lot of reading to do between my favorite parts. Also turns out that nearly 20 years of festering in my brain magnified my favorit
Stephanie Hill
(This review contains some spoilers.)

This book is populated with interesting characters. From Josua to Vorzheva to Miriamele to Guthwulf, I wanted to know more. I was excited to see these characters blossom.

And they did. This book was good in that it wrapped up all the character strands very well. All the story lines converged into one massive climax, and it was pretty impressive. Good timing and planning on the author’s part. As before, Tad Williams’ world building is, in a word, phenomenal. La
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Is this the longest fantasy book? 12 174 Sep 10, 2014 07:48AM  
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Tad Williams has held more jobs than any sane person should admit to—singing in a band, selling shoes, managing a financial institution, throwing newspapers, and designing military manuals, to name just a few. He also hosted a syndicated radio show for ten years, worked in theater and television production, taught both grade-school and college classes, and worked in multimedia for a major computer ...more
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Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn (3 books)
  • The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, #1)
  • Stone of Farewell (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, #2)

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“Even the king's Erkynguard might have wished to be elsewhere, rather than here on this killing ground where duty brought them and loyalty prisoned them. Only the mercenaries were here by choice. To Simon, the minds of men who would come to this of their own will were suddenly as incomprehensible as the thoughts of spiders or lizards—less so, even, for the small creatures of the earth almost always fled from danger. These were madmen, Simon realized, and that was the direst problem of the world: that madmen should be strong and unafraid, so that they could force their will on the weak and peace-loving. If God allowed such madness to be, Simon could not help thinking, then He was an old god who had lost His grip.” 10 likes
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