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Der Abschiedsstein (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn #2)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  27,104 ratings  ·  271 reviews
Über dem einst so schönen Land Osten Ard liegt düster drohen der Schatten des untoten Elbenprinzen Ineluki, der als Sturmkönig die Herrschaft der Elben in Osten Ard erneuern und, um altes Unrecht zu rächen, die Menschheit ausrotten will. Seine Verbündete ist die Nornenkönigin Utuk'ku, die ihre Jahrtausende hinter einer Silbermaske verbirgt. Auf dem Hochhorst, einst Mittelp ...more
Paperback, 878 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Fischer (first published 1990)
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Dirk Grobbelaar
My review of The Dragonbone Chair did not do the novel justice. It was written in haste, a few quickly typed lines before I launched into The Stone of Farewell. See, The Dragonbone Chair ended on such a note that I just did.not.have.the.time to think about a decent review. I simply had to know what happened next.

The first novel went to great pains to establish the world, so there wasn’t such a lot of exposition required for The Stone of Farewell. This freed the author up to do what he apparently
This one is a tough one for me.
It's a re-read and I haven't read this book since it was first released 30 so years ago.
My memory has always told me that it's my favorite fantasy series of all time and I loved the last book...this one was not as good.
The writing is beautiful, almost poetic.
The characters are amazing, probably a hundred or so, all fully formed. Interesting, conflicted, complex.
The plot is just what I like - epic, huge, sprawling, majestic.
This book was slow and let's be serious
Readers of fantasy know that, quite often, the second book in a trilogy suffers from the dreaded "black sheep" syndrome. Book two is the slightly overlooked middle child. Less respected than the first and less spoiled than the last -- but necessary nonetheless. Characters often go on long journeys in the second book and think about things ad nauseam, all in preparation for whatever climax awaits in book three.

Luckily for us, Tad Williams is a master of the genre and handles this unfortunate yet
Stone of Farewell picked right up from the abrupt ending of Dragonbone Chair. I was extremely pleased that all of the characters managed to find themselves in a variety of interesting situations, always keeping me turning those pages. I found this book to be considerably more entertaining than the first. It wrapped up with a satisfying conclusion. I'm jumping right in To Green Angel Tower (Part 1).
I just didn't find the book very good. And it is sooo long. I'm not saying the quality is terrible, I'm just saying that I didn't like it, which is what 1-star represents. To me, the book reflects everything that someone would be afraid of encountering in a fantasy novel - recycled storylines, uninteresting characters, predictable outcomes, overwritten prose, and being needlessly long.

I thing I have trouble with is things I like. Like, I'm sitting here and really trying to think of something to
I hate this book. Here, let me sum it up for you so you don't waste all the time I did hoping this monstrosity would get better.

Some people walk through a forest. A fight happens. Someone falls down and has a prophetic dream that they never tell anyone about. More walking through the forest.

Repeat ad nauseum.
Yes, that was the entire book. People 'falling senseless' or whatever the heck every ten pages, a lot of whining, and the occasional anticlimactic pointless battle followed by more passing
Enjoyed this book in spite of its faults, which are there but less important than what is good. The first of which is simply that for a book called Stone of Farewell, where like 75% of the characters are heading there, it takes a damn long time to actually get there. I'm not even marking this a spoiler because if you read the first book already, you understand. In Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies, Treebeard tells the hobbits he's brought to the Entmoot, "It takes a long time to say anyth ...more
Troy G
This book moves at a much faster pace than the first book in the trilogy. There are several very interesting set pieces that were very memorable (the battle on the frozen lake). Simon becomes less of a cypher, and in some ways is developed along a more realistic line than similar characters present in epic fantasy stories.

This book isn't great though. The prose is too descriptive, and damages the pace of the story. The characters in the story sometimes feel like they belong in separate books.

In this second book in the series called "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn" we continue following the adventures of Simon as he grows from boy to man, and from a frightened "mooncalf" to a hero to be reckoned with.

The story follows several characters and groups of characters who have been scattered to different parts of Osten Ard due the the huge onslaught of the evil Storm King and his minions. It seems that evil is having free reign and the northern part of the world has been plunged into permanent
This book is easier to read than the first in the series. That being said, it still took me a couple months to get through it. It just feels like its all over the map plot wise, so much so that its hard to get in to a groove with reading it. Yet I still had to give it four stars. The last fifth of the book is really great stuff that hits hard. I feel our many character Simon is finally starting to crystallize into a person rather than your traditional "why is this happening to me" fantasy protag ...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 lovable, but not annoyingly perfect. This is a classic epic fantasy plot: Simon the kitchen boy saves the world. But please don
The plot thickens... This is one of those fantasy novels that you finish feeling that both a lot and very little has happened -- it's very detailed and kind of dense, and follows so many threads of the story, that the actual plot tends to progress a little slowly. I'm not complaining, really; I never had the feeling (as I have had with Robert Jordan's works) that Williams doesn't have an ending in mind, and I basically became helplessly engrossed in the lives of all the characters. I like the wa ...more
I wondered how Williams could advance the story, given the ending of the first book and knowing that he had three books left in the trilogy (yes, that's right, three left in the trilogy - because book 3 is split up into two parts due to its length and heft).

He did a fine job of advancing the story, adding to its complexity and still keeping the reader invested in the characters. It left me hanging a little bit, and I might have to go and get Part 1 of book three just so I can see what happens n
Mike Gilbert
I am reading the whole series straight and like many middle novels (except for The Two Towers of course) this one gets a bit lost.

Williams spends a lot of time in this novel with two, no three, no four groups of characters travelling. At least the change of scene from Isgrimmur to Miriamele to Simon to Josua to Tiamak keeps the reader's interest more than if we simply followed Simon around.

Speaking of Simon, I believe he is following along a Luke Skywalker template. Young. Whiny. Lucky. And jus
While more exciting than the first volume of the Memory Sorrow & Thorn books, I still found Stone of Farewell to be pretty bland (for a Tad Williams book).
Thankfully, Simon is becoming a more interesting & developed character but I don't think it should have taken almost 1,600 pages for me to start to feel that interest.
In any case I'll continue to trudge through 'til the end & keep up hopes that the following volumes are better than their predecessors.
Simon grows up and Williams expands the story that he began in "Dragonbone Chair". A lot happens in this book, including war and love and treachery and prophesy. I was most impressed by the growing maturity of the younger heroes - especially Simon. I haven't come across many fantasies where the hero starts out as a pimply teenager and gradually grows to manhood and maturity. Witnessing these changes only added to the epic nature of the story.
Matt Mongiello
Meh. A mediocre sequel to a mediocre first book. While not quite as slow at the start, Williams still moves at a glacial pace until the vary end, and the climax to this book was a bit underwhelming compared to the first. It's all just a bit boring. Simon is still mostly unlikable, but I'm a sucker for main characters, so his is unfortunately the story I'm most invested in. The supporting cast is full of boring and unlikable characters as well and frankly too little happens. And too little is rev ...more
Martin Glen
The strongest book in the series. In this, we are exposed to the Sithi, Williams' take on the classical 'immortal Elf' trope - which he nails, I think. It's a canny blend of Tolkien and classical Sidhe/Norse Alfar. There is more of Simon's journey toward heroic status, and we are finally properly introduced to Miriamelle too. Like the first, it does have its loungers, particularly the segments relating the story of Tiamak the Wrannaman, or Princess Maegwin, which do drag a little. But overall, t ...more
Mark Oppenlander
The second book of the "Memory, Sorrow and Thorn" trilogy begins with Simon in the care of the mountain trolls after the fight with the snow dragon (which occurred at the end of "The Dragonbone Chair") but Binabik is under arrest there for being a traitor to his own people. Meanwhile, Prince Josua and the few survivors of the devastating attack on Naglimund flee across the wilderness, looking for any safe port in the storm that has overtake the entire land of Osten Ard. Eventually, both groups a ...more
This one is better than the first, but although I give it four stars, it's maybe more 3 and 3/4 if I'm honest.

I think perhaps part of the reason this one is better is because the author pays attention to characters other than Simon. Splitting the story does tend to make the plot wander about a bit, and there was the odd occasion was I ploughed impatiently through a chapter to get back to a character from an earlier chapter. To be fair, Simon is better in this book than he was in the first. He's
Adam Oleksa
Williams' series Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn continues in this, the second volume. As far as plot goes, there's a lot of running around, but few truly memorable moments, which is why I'm not giving this the full five stars. Setting is, as always, fantastic.
The entire "Memory, Sorrow, Thorn" trilogy is one mass in my memory, so I can't say if this is better or worse than the others. I know that I was not disapointed, and I loved the entire epic, so I'll give it four stars.
Full review at

(Contains spoilers for The Dragonbone Chair).

Where as the previous book was one of the slowest paced fantasy books out there, the Stone of Farewell manages to bring up the pace up to a point where it moves at the speed of a typical fantasy novel. In addition to this, there are many more narrators and different subplots, many of which greatly add to the moral dilemmas and issues being discussed.

If you made it past the first 600 pages of the l
Mike (the Paladin)
The trilogy slowed up quite a bit here, but it held my interest. When you find and confront a long lost and nearly forgotten race it takes a bit of explanation.
This series is slow-moving, but so enjoyable. I feel no rush to finish. I just want to savor the feeling of being in the midst of it.
Interesting, but still predictable. The more of Josua we see, the more I love him.
I give this book 3 stars only because of the fantastic characterization of Simon and other secondary characters. The world is rich and described in detail. However, I think the pacing is way off. Stone of Farewell picks up right where Dragonbone Chair left off, with Simon traveling to the Stone of Farewell. Miriamele is to the south and Josua and that gang is making the same journey as Simon. This book can be described as a whole bunch of walking-- little action, little conflict. But the charact ...more
Stephanie Hill
I want to be excited about this book, because I had really high hopes for it. And it wasn’t bad; it just wasn’t that good either.

The ending of the first book in this series, The Dragonbone Chair, was an exhilarating cliffhanger in a rich world with interesting characters I really enjoyed hovering just on the edge. That’s why I ordered Stone of Farewell from Amazon literally 24 hours after finishing the first book. And the title sounded interesting; Stone of Farewell sounds like a plunge into da
Fran Jacobs
I read this first some 20 years perhaps ago and loved it. Long, epic books were my 'thing' at the time, and being of an age with Simon, the main character, there was a lot I could relate to in his coming of age fantasy adventure.

I tried to read this again at 34. I got through the first one all right, but found the second, this one, dragged. I got most of the way through and i started to get irritated with the constant references to the big evil storm king. I was shouting SHUT UP mentally at the
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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)
  • To Green Angel Tower (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, #3)
The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, #1) To Green Angel Tower (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, #3) 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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