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Die Nornenkönigin (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn #3 part 1)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  12,461 ratings  ·  111 reviews
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.
Paperback, 876 pages
Published 1996 by Fischer-Taschenbuch-Verlag (first published 1993)
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Just wrote a really long review that Goodreads didn't save and I'm not in the mood to rewrite it so I'll put the abbreviated form below...

It's a re-read for me (first read it when it came out 25 years ago)

Part 1 of the 3rd book in the series

Love it
Great characters
Well moving plot - but slow enough to let it build
World building is incredible

In my opinion the best epic fantasy ever written - Lord of the Rings is the only thing in it's league and I think this is better than LOTR (although I do admi
Ulf Wolf
The spellbinding epic unfolds.

I can’t help but to continue to compare Tad Williams’ excellent trilogy to George R.R. Martin’s epic (and still in progress) Song of Ice and Fire (dramatized as Game of Thrones), of which I have read all published portions; and to be honest, Martin does not fare well in the comparison.

Both epic tales are long, huge canvasses with multiple threads and fates that move at varying pace across the page and in such a broad telling one can easily find oneself a little lost
Feb 10, 2014 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tad Williams fans, fantasy fans
Shelves: 2008, 2014
A Quick Review of To Green Angel Tower Part 1 by Tad Williams

Rating: Five Stars

Genre: Fantasy

Date Published: 1993

Series: Memory, Sorrow, Thorn #3

General: To Green Angel Tower Part 1 is the first part of the last book of the Memory, Sorrow, Thorn trilogy. Originally, it was split into two books for printing reasons, but I have seen books where you can get both parts in one book. (Tad Williams has a hard time writing trilogies without making them four books long.)

Plot: The story line, which was k
The realm of Osten Ard is falling under the dark magic of the undead Sithi Storm King. As the darkness spreads, King Elias is succumbing to the evil sorceries that is luring him into an unholy alliance. Prince Josua is struggling to rally the tattered forces of the hopeful in a effort to make a stand against the Storm King. The League of the Scroll’s only hope is to unravel the mysteries of long forgotten magic. Tad Williams continues to captivate readers with this epic tale that rival Tolkien’s ...more
Erik Oliver
Consider this a partial grading, because this is after all only half a book; while this installment of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn was easily up to par and worth five stars, it's only the first act of a greater work. Aside from a satisfying battle a little ways in, this part of To Green Angel Tower was mostly threading the story lines back together for what will undoubtedly be a gloriously epic finale. But while it doesn't earn five stars by itself, this part of TGAT was, as usual, beautifully wri ...more
The story is getting really interesting now, as everything starts to come together and more of the past is revealed. This is probably my favorite book of the "trilogy" so far.
I know To Green Angel Tower is technically one book, but since 1) our hardcover edition has by now become too rare and valuable to use as a mere reading copy, and 2) I first read it split in two, as I'm doing now, I will treat it as two separate volumes - of which I will always consider Part 1 as The One Where Everything Starts To Come Back Together.

In fact, for being set smack in the middle of a world-wrenching conflict, this one has always struck me as a particularly uplifting book. Not becau
Full review at

(Spoilers for the previous two books in Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn are below).

To Green Angel Tower turned into such a massive book that it had to be split into two volumes. Essentially this is half a book, but it ends as conclusively as the previous two.

Maintaining the same pace as the previous installment, the first half of To Green Angel Tower is largely focused on reuniting most of the major characters. This book falls a little short when
Just FINISH it already, Tad, seriously, you're killing me here. Its not bad/boring enough for me to give up on it & is only *just* interesting enough to keep me reading.
I've been meaning to write the review for this since I finished it a couple of weeks back, but only now get round to doing it having finished the last book this morning. Though in a way I suppose it's kind of fitting since this was technically the first half of the final book. I'm relieved the publisher did split this into two, it was pretty heavy to hold up for any length of time, and I dread to think of potential binding collapse if it had all been in one book....

This one was better. There was
2/1/2003 - 9/10
much better. very fast paced and difficult to put down. lots of plot turns and action.characters are well done - maybe overly lucky but doesn't detract from story.

Series 3/2/2003 - 8/10
Memory, Sorrow and Thorn is a fantasy series somewhat similar to George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. It's kind of a Martin-lite, but it does get some props for coming out earlier. If I had read this before aSoIaF, I think I would have liked it a lot more. MSaT is well written with g
This book was very well done. Though lots of people die and it is kind of sad, everyone can tell that things are starting to look up. The prince has an army that won't be defeated because this is a fairy tale. Simon and Miriamele left and are going to fall in love. That is kind of obvious. I can't wait to see how the author makes Simon and Miri deal with the fact that she lost her virtue to Aspitis. I can see a lot of possibilities with the next book. Joshua is going to go to Nabban and take ou ...more
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 ar ...more
Luca Lesi
Benvenuti nel mondo di coloro che ogni giorno sono condannati a pensare e a porsi domande e a non sapere mai niente con certezza, un mondo dove è meglio un figlio di puttana che un santo, dove barche e spade sono "lei", tempeste e montagne sono "lui".
Benvenuti a Voi, proprio mentre arrivano i primi freddi "iq ta randayhet suk biqualuc" come si dice in quanuc "L'inverno non è la stagione per nuotare nudi" eccoci, sotto la copertina, continuiamo questa deliziosa trilogia che vede protagonisti Simo
Once again, To Green Angel Tower: Siege ticks all the boxes for character development, plot line,scenery, and deep thinking. Once again, the narrative can be a little slow in places.
This book was originally, I believe, one book before it was split into two parts, so for some the ending of this book/part may seem a little bit anti-climatic. The flip-side of that, of course, is that is should leave you dying to know what happens at the beginning of the next one (To Green Angel Tower: Storm).
I love
Sep 22, 2010 Robin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
Shelves: at-home
The first book in this series was just okay- just good enough to make me curious about the rest of the story. The second was better- I was actually excited to move on to the next book (which is SO HUGE they had to split it into two parts). Part one of book three has all the throat gripping, can't-put-it-down excitment that the first two installments lack. That speaks highly of this book, but not so highly of the series in general. If a story is around 3000 pages long and it takes all the way unt ...more
Mike Evans
This is a general review for the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series.

These books came highly recommended, and I'm glad they did, as (IMHO) the series starts weak, but finishes quite strong. For all the extraneous fluff you have to wade through, the world is not quite as rich and real as I would hope and I always wanted the characters to be a bit more three dimensional. Trying to figure out what was going on was really the only thing that kept me reading, which may be why I appreciated the end of th
Stephen Fichter
I really want to say I like this book. And I do. I finished it after stopping time and time again. It is very long and it is only part 1. I am taking a break before I read part two which I already have a used copy. As others have said, it moves slowly and goes back and forth between the characters and not much happens it seems though there are a lot of things in works.
Part I of To Green Angel Tower is easily the best part of Memory, Sorrow, Thorn to date (I thought the first two books were relatively equal with some similar faults and some very different faults). This book flowed much better than either of the first two...each plotline that was followed was interesting in its own right (though I think Meagwin had the least interesting plot). Everything that was established at times rather slowly in the first two novels was prominent and worked very well in th ...more
Kat  Hooper
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
Sean McCune
Continuing with my re-read of this series. I forgot why I liked it so much. Nowhere near as dark as some of my more recent reads but still with tension and weighty themes. Some of the plot lines get strained a bit as the characters are a bit younger than what I would prefer. However, other great characters and merging storylines make this a fantastic bit of fun. On to the final part...
Excellent read. What else to say ?

I thought of plenty of things to say while I was reading. But just now, I realize that there's so much that is happening that...well, I wouldn't know where to start.

I might be more inspired when I've read the second part of To Green Angel Tower. Who knows ?
I think I might have to take a bit longer of a break before my next read-through of the series; I am just more annoyed with the characters than I remember in the past. Having said that: this is the book where it all starts coming together. As with the first two books, this one has lulls, but this is also where the series starts making moves to the end game. An undercurrent of "epic" drives things: allies start reaching each other and preparing for the major battles, and evil keeps building. And ...more
I read this trilogy, and enjoyed it. It was fun, but I kept thinking how LONG it was. The first book took forever for anything interesting at all to happen. The second book really seemed like nothing happened at all, just lots of people traveling, and then the third book was more of a lot not happening for a long time. It was a fun story, a good story, but I got very bored for long stretches. That's just me, though, my husband and another friend really love this series, and my husband says that ...more
Originally, To Green Angel Tower was one book and that's how I read it the first time. Separating it into two parts seems a bit off but is understandable because a paperback that size would last until you got it out of the store.

As to the book itself, I really enjoyed it. Of course, in many ways it's just a set up to Part 2. Characters are reunited and events transpire to lead us to the ultimate conclusion. I found Simon to suddenly be a much more mature character, though still growing.

Marty Heidorn
Getting better

Getting better

this series is getting better but it still has a pacing problem. I like the book but I don't love it
Beth S.
MAYBE if you hadn't wasted so much time at the BEGINNING of the series, you wouldn't have had to shove so much plot into the last book that it had to be SPLIT for paperback (and also inexplicably for ebook).
'To Green Angel Tower' is book three of Tad Williams 'Memory, Sorrow & Thorn Trilogy'. Originally one hardcover it was split into two parts for paperback, this being the review of part 1 (sometimes known as Siege) only. There are basically two major story arcs in this segment: the journey of Miriamele from the Wran and the the siege of Prince Josua's forces at Sesuad'ra.
Although this is enjoyable novel it has a very high words to action ratio. There are some books you wish were fleshed out a
Matt Mongiello
The plot begins to pick up. The side characters and subplots are more interesting. Simon is less annoying. There's something to be said for a series that builds and improves as you go along.
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