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

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  19,832 ratings  ·  148 reviews
As the evil minions of the undead Sithi Storm King prepare for the kingdon-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 the forces at the Stone of Farewell.
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Published July 1st 1994 by Turtleback Books (first published 1993)
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Carrie
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.
Mark
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...more
John
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
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...more
Laurel
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
Javier
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...more
Aleah
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
Tony
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...more
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...more
Annie
"Anyway, to my great surprise and pleasure this installment finally delivered on the page-turning I’d been promised in zealous reader reviews."

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"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."

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Chris
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 (...more
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...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...more
SSirppi
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...more
Elle
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...more
David
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...more
Jess
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...more
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...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...more
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.
Skyemberr
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...more
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.
Eric Smith
I thought this was a pretty good ending to the trilogy. It wrapped everything up for the most part and finished the story of the characters being followed in the previous books. I thought the ending was just a little too convenient since so much of it just seemed up to chance and coincidence that the right people were in the right places at the right time for everything to work out just as it did. Perhaps that was the point with some kind of fate or destiny or whatnot setting the stage for human...more
Jeffrey
Although the culmination of a pretty good trilogy, I remember that I was pretty peeved that it took so long for the novel to come out (2 years and 5 months after the second book), which is a long time to remember the characters, it was practically 1100 pages, when bookstores apparently allowed books that big, and I was not crazy about how the story had progressed from the first volume, which I found really great.

However, maybe if I had a couple of months to reread the 2325 pages of this trilogy...more
Potter
An excellent conclusion to the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy. Williams resolves the myriad issues brought up in the previous two books in a logical, pleasingly bittersweet, and sometimes surprising fashion. Although long, the story moves at a swift pace as the conflict between the two human groups and their respective Sithi allies comes to climax.

My only complaint about this series is that the lack of well-rounded strong female character. Williams' female characters in this trilogy have a t...more
Mattt
i'm a hopeless sucker for epic, sweeping, character-developing fantasy. This series was very good from beginning to end. It diddled with (but didn't fall prey to) a bunch of the genre cliches, but consistently surprised me by keeping the characters and events human and relatively unpredictable. The medieval machismo is scant, and when it does surface is applied to a single (and often immature) perspective as opposed to the whole paradigm. The obvious Tolkien elves/dwarves/humans archetype is sti...more
Joe
The story is flowing better now as more of the group finally gets their butts together. There are still the occassional little odd side threads which I assume will work themselves out eventually. Its good to find out a little more about the Sithi, Japanese sounding elves that they are. :) Of course, these too can be compared to a direct Earth relation, which would be the Sidhe. Would that mean the Norn Queen, one of the evil do-gemmers of the series, would be a banned-Sithi and therefore a banne...more
Ben
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...more
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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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“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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