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

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  21,114 ratings  ·  160 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
Published July 1st 1994 by Turtleback Books (first published 1993)
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Mar 15, 2008 Carrie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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
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
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 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
Earl Grey Tea
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
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
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
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
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
Mike Gilbert
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
"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."
Just finished the last book and have only one word: "Wow". It has been an incredible journey and I am sad to have reached its end. The story was not only well written and developed, but was filled with diverse characters, exciting adventures, and thoughtful insights of the human spirit. What also captivated me about the books was the fact that the author tried to show that every hero has a dark spec in his soul just as all villains have goodness that has been suppressed by unfortunate events. I ...more
Jeff Forcier
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
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
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
First of all I need to confess that I read the first parts (same as the paperback To Green Tower part 1) in Finnish so I cannot comment the text itself that much. But then again Tad Williams is a well known and respected writer and I'm sure that anyone has no reason to suspect that his writing style would be somehow significally worse in the first part even if the translation made my skin crawl at some points. I actually also read the first book in the series, The Dragonbone Chair in Finnish but ...more
Jeff Pouring
Fantastic ending to a great series. People who say Tad Williams is a bit slow to get the point were dead on, however it all came together famously in the end. Without spoiling anything, I thought the ending had some elements that were a bit cliche, but if you're reading fantasy (especially something as old as this) you have to be able to take some of that in stride. Some of the characters got a bit tiresome at times (looking at you Simon and Miriamelle), but not enough to really detract from my ...more
Kadja Draenor
This review will count for all three books of the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series, as I feel the same about them all.

First, I will start with the good. I really liked the realistic, varied characters. The world was well thought out and felt... not real, but at least rich. The plot was interesting, and well told. A few very lovable characters make up for the more annoying ones. The ending was very satisfying, if a bit predictable due to the well laid out foreshadowing.

Next, the bad. I will start
El final de una trilogía que fue todo un viaje. Primero, leí el volumen 1 y me atrapó el final del libro como todo mundo fantástico que se respete. Encontrar los demás me tomó poco más de 2 años y no podía dar crédito a mis ojos cuando, finalmente, estaban en mis manos.

Por fin podía saber cómo continuaba la historia de Simón.

Si bien el principio me aburrió un poco, es lógico que comiencen a hacer caras de disgusto cuando no acaba de llegar a lo importante. Debo decir que Simón, si bien es el p
This review is a work in progress.

I am viewing this work in the context of just having finished Mr. Williams Otherwold series and finding out that George R. R. Martin says that MS&T was an influence on him when creating his Fire and Ice series.

First, to compare Tad Williams to Tad Williams. Otherworld was liberation of Mr. Williams creative genius. I lost count but there must be about fifteen unique world there, each with its own set of rules and unique identity. Some based on mythology or h
The first time I read this series, I was fifteen years old. I have read it a handful of times since then but because my first connection with it was when I was so young and so open, I classify these books as "babyheart," or something so entwined with who I am that I have a great deal of difficulty considering it objectively.

Each time I decide to return to this series, I think there is a part of me that dreads finding that I having outgrown it in some way. I worry that the writing isn't as good a
Troy G
This novel is massive. So massive that when I first read it, I read it in two volumes that were each close to 1,000 pages. It is bigger than the first two books in the trilogy combined.

My main critique of this series is that not alot seems to happen in the first two novels. This novel either picked up the pace, or just packed in soo much stuff that some of it had to be actions that advance the plot.

The conclusion to the series is satisfying for the most part. The very end left me rolling my eye
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
Craig Cote
OMG? Can I use that on a book that I read before OMG existed?

I pre-ordered the hardcover from Coles so early that when the book came in they missed me -- and I had to wait for the next shipment. Considering the ladies there knew me so well, they felt really, really bad. But the wait was worth it. I was emotionally involved with the characters, and have been a Tad Williams fan ever since.
This was my second read of this wonderful series.

There is an awful lot of fantasy out there on the bookshelves and a lot of it is similar, but this quartet of books is a cut above. I had forgotten how much I really enjoyed the characters, the plot twists and the thought behind the tale.

I also enjoyed the fact the the races in the story were not portrayed in a traditional way. For instance, one of the heroes of the story is a troll. He is NOT a tolkienesque parody of a troll that we have seen a t
Andreea Pausan
One incredible fantasy series, reminiscent of Lord of the Rings, but darker and somber. Amazing world building, powerful imagery, each character a piece of a complex and carefully constructed puzzle which reveals its secret only at the very end. I like the symbolism of the three swords, how they somehow subsume their human wielders, revealing that human life is insignificant and thus should be treasured all the more.
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Is this the longest fantasy book? 12 105 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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Other Books in the Series

Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn (3 books)
  • The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, #1)
  • Stone of Farewell (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, #2)
The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, #1) Stone of Farewell (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, #2) To Green Angel Tower, Part 2 (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, #3; Part 2) City of Golden Shadow (Otherland, #1) To Green Angel Tower, Part 1 (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, #3; Part 1)

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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.” 9 likes
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