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To Green Angel Tower, Part 1 (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn #3 part 1)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  11,338 ratings  ·  101 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.
Kindle Edition, 816 pages
Published April 1st 1994 by DAW (first published 1993)
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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
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.
Eduardo Schimitt
onward to part two
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
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
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
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
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
'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.
Johnny Sparrow
Well, it took me quite a while to finish this book, due to reasons unrelated to reading.

Oh, but it was good. I mean, really good. The bad thing is, that I don't really remember where 'stone of farewell' ended and where 'to green angel tower started'...

But what I can say, is, that I was impressed. The story grew more tense and the character developement was great. And this book had some pretty unexpected twists.

The only negative thing (this is something Tad Williams always does) is the slow pacin
The weakest book of the (not so great)series so far. Too many descriptions of the cold weather, questions of the type "Why, oh why can't I understand the women and the world" and only one battle are not the best way to fill half of a 800 page volume. Good that at least one of the plot lines was more interesting to follow. It was not really interesting. It was just more interesting than the other.
I really hope the last book will do justice to this series because none of these volumes has captured
Blutiger als die ersten beiden Bände, aber nie primitiv gewaltverherrlichend, sondern immer mit kritischem Abstand.

Diese Männer, erkannte er, waren wahnsinnig, und das war das Schwierigste auf der Welt - dass die Verrückten stark und furchtlos auftraten und den Schwachen und Friedliebenden ihren Willen aufzwingen konnten."

Das schätze ich sehr an der "Schwerter"-Reihe.

Es gibt viel Krieg und Schlachtengetümmel in diesem Band, aber auch ruhigere Handlungsstränge. Einige der vielen Fäden, die in den
Adam Evans
3.5 stars. The most anti climactic ending so far, but most likely attributed to it only being the first half. I did, however, love the battle at the Stone and the return of Camaris. One more to go.
The plot thickens. A really long showdown begins in this first part of the third book in the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy. I love how Williams brings all the threads together. Also that his characters aren't just good or evil. The good ones do stupid things as well and the evil ones (apart from Pryrates) also have their very human moments which almost make you feel with them (okay, sometimes they really do). This to me is the biggest and best difference to Lord of the Rings. Tolkien's charac ...more
Vom Titel her bin ich davon ausgegangen, dass ich viel mehr über die Nornenkönigin, den Sturmkönig und die Nornen überhaupt erfahren würde. Dem war leider nicht so. Es wurde schon einiges erklärt, aber ich fand die "böse Seite" kam einfach zu kurz.

Spannend war es auf jeden Fall wieder, obwohl einiges leider auch sehr vorhersehbar war. Schön, wie alles miteinander verflochten ist und langsam zusammenfindet. Nur vom Titel hatte ich mir eben einen anderen Erzählstrang vorgestellt.

Nun gut, auf zum l
Patrick Bättig
3. Teil Märchen von Königen und Elfen
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