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Stone of Farewell (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn #2)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  34,548 Ratings  ·  407 Reviews
The second book in the trilogy that launched one of the most important fantasy writers of our time.

It is a time of darkness, dread, and ultimate testing for the realm of Osten Ard, for the wild magic and terrifying minions of the undead Sithi ruler, Ineluki the Storm King, are spreading their seemingly undefeatable evil across the kingdom.

With the very land blighted by the
Paperback, 576 pages
Published April 5th 2005 by DAW (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
As I look back on the reading experience for Stone of Farewell, I wonder exactly why I enjoyed it so much? I mean, not an awful lot happens. Simon returns to being a pouty, immature boy more often than not. There’s an awful lot of walking, while keeping a look-out for the bad guys. In fact, you could probably sum up the whole book in one sentence: Most of the good guys get to the Stone of Farewell.

I guess what made it worthwhile for me was learning quite a bit more about the Sithi (Williams’ ver
This is book #2 in the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series and it's a pretty classic fantasy series. I find that classic fantasy often tends to fall into some of the tropes I don't love very much (sloooooow pacing and not so developed characters were the two major complaints with this book) but when I am in the mood to read a classic fantasy series I do enjoy a good one and I think this one is that :)

Simon is the main character for a lot of the first book but I feel like in book two we start to bran
Kitvaria Sarene
It has been about 7 years since I read the first book - and it took me quite a while to get back into the story. Once I remembered the multitude of characters, I was quickly sucked in again.
On the one hand I really enjoyed the story - on the other hand it was veeeery long in places. A lot of description, that didn't feel entirely necessary in some scenes - while at other places it felt perfectly balanced, even though it had some minute details.

What bugged me (as everyone knowing me will expect)
Sara J.
Sep 11, 2012 Sara J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#ReturnToOstenArd: Re-read this as part of a bookstagram group-read with Tange, Jacob & Nadine in anticipation of the Witchwood Crown coming out in June 2017!

23/5/17: Annnnd I'm done! Not going to stop to write anything atm as it will be mostly fangirling as per the review for Dragonbone Chair. Used mostly my ebook version to get through this one as well - I will stick a review on the ebook version later on too (urgh - so many mistakes Hachette UK!) - I also need to add a new edition for the

Whereas the first book was a nice comfort read, this one gave me anxiety through much of it.

Lots of stuff going on, a bit more conflict but few resolutions, which I expect will come in the last book.

There is alot of back and fourth with different characters POV's as they all strive to their own purposes.

I have grown to dislike Mirabele, who in the first book seemed strong but has now turned to a stupid shallow child. I hate that she gave herself to the earl..little whore.. I also hat
Aug 27, 2015 Marina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing. Full of magic and intrigue, characters were awesome. Plot was engaging, but it is still bit too long. Picking this book would be great way to loose couple of hours or, in my case, weeks. I'm slow reader, but it was worth reading this book.
Kat  Hooper
Mar 31, 2009 Kat Hooper rated it really liked it
Re-read on audio. Will review at
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Stone of Farewell, the sequel to The Dragonbone Chair and the second book in the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn epic fantasy series continues the journey of our cast of main characters - quite literally.

Simon and his friends might have found the sword Thorn, but a single sword is not enough to bring down King Elias. Meanwhile, Prince Josua flees from the Norn that have destroyed his army and his city. Miriamele and the mysterious Father Cadrach try to reach her uncle to appeal to him and get his to s
Oct 29, 2013 Jacob rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
When I first read this book twenty years ago I was frustrated with the side characters/stories because I had no patience and thought this story should be about Seoman alone. Now I can laugh at how foolish and shallow I was and marvel at how beautiful the story truly is. Tiamak's inner struggles alone would be worth a story about. This is an excellently crafted tale that adds depth and life to this trilogy.
Jul 20, 2007 Jessica rated it it was amazing
On my third (possibly fourth) reading of this book, I realized something: it was just as good as the first time I read it.

The splendid cast of characters, all real individuals, are just as engrossing. The layers of plot (and plotting) are just as tight and as fascinating.

Thus I maintain my stance that this is one of the best fantasy series of all time.
Sep 09, 2012 Aurora rated it it was ok
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
Oct 02, 2016 Kiwi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Beautiful prose, interesting and complex world, an extensive cast of well defined characters (even females!), however the pace was slower that I would have liked, I wasn’t exactly bored but I felt I was meandering along the story.
3.5 stars rounded down
Feb 06, 2017 Jenn rated it it was amazing
This amazing fantasy series continues in the second volume with more excellent plotting, characterizations, and world-building. It reminds me of the Two Towers, which is also a "middle" novel, where events continue to progress from the first novel (and there's a lot of traveling and characters moving around). I'm impressed with Williams' ability to create so many characters who are given interesting roles and backgrounds, and to weave their stories so effortlessly, but sometimes feel resentful w ...more
Vivone Os
KUMSKI BOOK CLUB READING CHALLENGE 2017 (naknadno dodana, fantasy book, book over 400 pages)
Moram reći da je puno puno bolja od prvog dijela. Prvi me apsolutno smorio, a drugi dio je od početka napet, zanimljiv, pun akcije. Likovi su odlični, pratimo ih nekoliko, raznolike, zanimljive, a ne kao u prvom dijelu pola knjige samo Simona.
Toliko mi je dobro sve napravljeno da sad jedva čekam vidjeti što će s kim od njih biti i kako će se izvući iz svojih nevolja.
Scott (GrilledCheeseSamurai)
Dec 19, 2016 Scott (GrilledCheeseSamurai) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, epic, fantasy
It's true, what they say, there is a lot of walking in this book. In fact, one could say that the entire book is, for the most part, one big journey. Don't be fooled, however, this is no mundane trek through a predictable fantasy world full of whimsy. It is a journey fraught with peril - filled with Giants and creatures that crawl beneath the ground - and not all the dangers are as mysterious as the creatures of legend, for the evils of man are just as treacherous as the teeth of the most fearso ...more
Jun 23, 2012 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, re-read
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
Dec 24, 2010 Aleah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
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
Feb 22, 2010 David rated it really liked it
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).
Aug 24, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Vera Maslow
Memory, Sorrow and Thorn Series Book #2

So far I am liking this series, though there are some very slow parts. It is nicely written. Lots of description where you can really see the world. This jumps around quite a bit between different characters or groups of characters in different parts of the world.
Sometimes I wished to keep reading about a certain group and wished it didn't jump around, other times it wasnt so bad. All the characters whether major or minor are so well done. They all have a
Zeta Dina
May 16, 2017 Zeta Dina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kumski-klub-2017
koliko me prva knjiga na neki nacin umorila s detaljnim I dosadnim uvodom, ova me toliko odusevila. fantasticna radnja s velikim brojem likova, mjesta radnji I nizom avantura koje nikoga ne ostavlja ravnodusnim
odlicna prica, mislim da na nastavak necu cekati toliko dugo kao sto mi je sada trebalo da je ponovno uzmem u ruke
Edward Rathke
Mar 14, 2015 Edward Rathke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This a fantastic novel.

I was excited when to begin reading this trilogy, but I didn't really know what to expect. I knew it was an influence on George RR Martin's epic fantasy, so I was expecting something in a similar vein. Something dark and gutting and ruthless with a relentless plot that keeps pushing you forward even as you stumble over your feet and the trail of the dead.

But Williams writes in a much more naturalistic way. It reminds me a lot of Sapkowski, in only good ways. The story spil
Jan 10, 2017 Ron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, maps, ebook
“I thought it would be like a story. I didn’t think any more people would die.”

Keeps getting better. Second installations of trilogies often suffer being bridges without beginnings or endings. No so here. Stone of Farewell advances the story (stories) and keeps the reader guessing. Like all good epic fantasy, this series is not just about just magic, swords and crowns, but life and death, love and hate. The real questions of life.

“Winning and losing are only the walls within which the game take
Feb 17, 2017 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Found this book much more enjoyable than the first. The world opened up and I was intrigued by the sithi and Eolairs POV. Miriameles I found less than exciting game for the most part. I still think moon calf was used a bit too much, but didn't make it any less enjoyable. Simon is still an annoying brat, but it's easier now to feel for his character. Great ending, can't wait to take on the final monstrosity.
Apr 24, 2012 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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
Troy G
Dec 01, 2010 Troy G rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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.

Apr 07, 2013 Jesse rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
So much better than the first book. The Dragonbone Chair was so slow to get started, I really think that nothing happened until about a hundred pages in. With this book, the setup is all done, so the whole book can be constant plot movement. What really puts this book above most is the fact that I loved like most of the characters, which is extremely rare with me. That also contributed to my running around the house with this book, going "Oh no! Oh crap! Oh my god, that was freaking badass!" I'm ...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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Other Books in the Series

Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn (4 books)
  • The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, #1)
  • To Green Angel Tower (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, #3)
  • The Heart of What Was Lost (The Last King of Osten Ard, #0.5)

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