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

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  14,763 Ratings  ·  144 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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Nov 24, 2015 Marina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review soon on

Not much to say, its most interesting part of the series so far. More on
Jun 23, 2012 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, re-read
Just wrote a really long review that Goodreads didn't save and I'm not in the mood to rewrite it so I'll put the abbreviated form below...

It's a re-read for me (first read it when it came out 25 years ago)

Part 1 of the 3rd book in the series

Love it
Great characters
Well moving plot - but slow enough to let it build
World building is incredible

In my opinion the best epic fantasy ever written - Lord of the Rings is the only thing in it's league and I think this is better than LOTR (although I do admi
Ulf Wolf
Mar 25, 2015 Ulf Wolf rated it it was amazing
The spellbinding epic unfolds.

I can’t help but to continue to compare Tad Williams’ excellent trilogy to George R.R. Martin’s epic (and still in progress) Song of Ice and Fire (dramatized as Game of Thrones), of which I have read all published portions; and to be honest, Martin does not fare well in the comparison.

Both epic tales are long, huge canvasses with multiple threads and fates that move at varying pace across the page and in such a broad telling one can easily find oneself a little lost
Adrian G Hilder
Sep 09, 2014 Adrian G Hilder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story shifts into a new gear with To Green Angel Tower: Seige the third of four books in the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series. The heroes of the tale begin to do better than just flounder the evil of the Storm King that upsets the balance of nature so greatly winter has come to all the land - Game of Thrones style "Winter is coming" (remember this series inspired George RR Martin to write his series).
Reading the book cover text, you would be forgiven for thinking this is the climax of the sto
I know To Green Angel Tower is technically one book, but since 1) our hardcover edition has by now become too rare and valuable to use as a mere reading copy, and 2) I first read it split in two, as I'm doing now, I will treat it as two separate volumes - of which I will always consider Part 1 as The One Where Everything Starts To Come Back Together.

In fact, for being set smack in the middle of a world-wrenching conflict, this one has always struck me as a particularly uplifting book. Not becau
Dec 13, 2015 KostasAt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy

(Review for both parts)
In the last book of the trilogy William gets us closer to the conclusion of the war, with the story becoming more epic and with the protagonists getting into even greater adventures than before.

Even though this book might be a little too big (the UK edition 1600 pages on both parts), I felt that the story flowed really well, and although it could definitely have been a little bit smaller it didn’t bother me in the end as Williams has made a very enjoyable story.
In the
Feb 01, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Vera Maslow
Mar 05, 2016 Vera Maslow rated it really liked it
Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn Series Book 3: Part 1

This one starts out very slow, but once it gets going it holds my interest better then the first two books. If you are someone who has made it this far into reading this epic fantasy, there is something you like about it. The world is grand, the characters all have their own personalities and flaws. i rally like the world, characters and meat of the story. At this point I feel there is a lot that could've been edited down in the series.
There is jus
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
Feb 24, 2015 Steven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Eduardo Schimitt
Feb 11, 2015 Eduardo Schimitt rated it it was amazing
onward to part two
Oct 06, 2014 Logan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Shaitarn .
May 09, 2017 Shaitarn . rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say that I haven't already said about this series? Superb world building and engaging characters. This is the first part of the third and final volume, and Tad Williams is starting to pull all the threads together to a definite end; the pace starts picking up and is engrossing throughout.
Mar 17, 2017 Data rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a massive work; part 1 of this work is over 800 pages. The story continues, although as Simon has discovered, war is something of a drag ...
Andrew Kordower
May 22, 2017 Andrew Kordower rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The world building just keeps getting better...
Jane Iacono
Feb 26, 2017 Jane Iacono rated it liked it
An epic novel that needs a little tweaking

This series was engaging enough to carry me through all three books. It had interesting creative cultures and people blended into the story. Often I found myself wondering how will he/ they get out of this situation. I wish the author would have only allowed Rachel to use the word "mooncalf" referring to the main character. When Simon kept referring to him this way it seemed immature. It would have liked Simon to have grown up sooner and become an inter
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
Feb 05, 2013 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2013-reads
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
Aug 25, 2015 Rozele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm seriously loving this series; it's so engaging and despite its length, once you have a moment to sit and simply read through the book, it's barely a hardship at all. Now in the first part of the last book, things are beginning to come together after all the building from the first two books. It's both frustrating and exciting to be able to finally get some action going and some movement after so much world building but I have to say that's its fascinating and altogether wonderful because it' ...more
Chip Hunter
Dec 30, 2016 Chip Hunter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first half of the final book in the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy. Not being intended as a stand-alone book, it ends without any sort of conclusive note, leaving you with a burning desire to immediately pick up the next (and final) volume. That being said, this book is still great. Much better than the previous one, STONE OF FAREWELL. The story actually progresses nicely here, with events escalating and coming together for what should be a highly exciting finish.

This book is prim
It seems a little silly to review this half-book (it doesn't break at any particularly climactic point in the plot), but it does have enough substance to bear a few comments of its own. If it warranted its own title, this volume could be called "The Battle of Sesuadra" (as opposed to "The Final Battle of Asua", which would be the last volume).

When I read Tolkien, I would always sigh when I got to the battle bits, which are my least favourite aspect of fantasy fiction. And there are plenty of th
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
May 10, 2012 02nathanbeck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 05, 2011 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 18, 2010 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  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
Mar 15, 2008 Mike Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 10, 2011 Bearcatmark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 02, 2010 Kat Hooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 24, 2008 matteo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn (4 books)
  • The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, #1)
  • Stone of Farewell (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, #2)
  • To Green Angel Tower (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, #3)
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