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To Green Angel Tower, Part 2 (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn #3 part 2)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  14,241 ratings  ·  113 reviews
Miriaamele and Simon embark on a perilous quest through war- and magic-torn lands as they and the valiant followers of Josua Lackhand struggle to make a stand against the Storm King's seemingly unstoppable evil forces. Reprint.
Kindle Edition, 819 pages
Published April 1st 1994 by DAW (first published 1993)
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David Zerangue
The end to an incredibly long trilogy. The series has a bit of The Grapes of Wrath feel to it in that obstacles are constantly put in front of the character and sorry and misery is all that ever remains. Even when there is a glimmer of hope, something worse happens. However, unlike The Grapes of Wrath, this series does end with a happy ending (which was refreshing). The story itself is quite epic and at times I could not understand why I was investing so much time reading it. However, if you tak...more
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
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(Spoilers for the previous three books in Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn are below).

Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn reaches its epic conclusion as Humans, Sithi, and Trolls head back to the Hayholt for their final battle with Elias, Pryrates, and the Norns. The larger plot lines are traditionally predictable, which is typical of good vs. evil epic fantasy, however the minute by minute events in the plot have a few twists in them which helps to keep thi...more
A majestic fantasy masterpiece of epic proportions which beautifully blends magic and adventure for a thrilling tale.

‘To green angel tower Storm’ is book 4 in the series “Memory, Sorrow and Thorn” by international bestselling author Tad Williams. This dazzling series of incredible worlds and deadly intrigue is greatly impressive and hugely ambitious, on such a breathtaking scale. I am constantly astonished by how vividly creative Tad’s world-building is and the sheer remarkable substance that i...more
This series requires a lot of patience. The most important conflicts are metaphysical, and much of the time is spent with single characters struggling with their situation, with no one around to interact. The first couple books can be forgiven their slow pacing, as the pace gives you a tone and evokes feeling, but eventually, you need interaction or actual action.

I did enjoy the series, it was a throwback to my high school days. There were things that are well done. Binabik and Tiamak are great...more
What a journey it has been. This series from author Tad Williams dives into the good vs evil theme utilizing well-developed characters. This story is equipped with an array of battle scenes and includes an coming-of-age story of the scullion Simon and his clique of friends. The story includes trolls, Sithi (a magical people that remind me of Avatar folk), Rimmersman (viking type ruffians), Nabbani (human sea-folk/trade), Thrithings folk (plains people) and Hernystiri. Dragons are part of the st...more
This was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I read it in two sections, with two other short books falling in between. I don’t think it hurt the story any though. The interplay between Simon and Miriamele was fantastic. I was amazed by Williams’ descriptions of kissing or touching for the first time. The second half of the book really drew me in and I had a hard time putting it down. The ending left a little bit to be desired. There was so much build-up throughout the whole 2,000 pag...more
At last, I have slain the dragon that is the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series. I find that in the end, I cannot give this final volume five stars. My endurance for its low action-to-page-count ratio was tested several times. However, when it was good, it was very, very good. There are some wonderful passages of writing in this book, as there were with the previous volumes. I think Tad is a fantastic writer in need of a brutal editor to help him find and excise some of the fat from his manuscripts...more
This is a typical coming of age book where the author expresses thoughts and words for the hero - Simon - which at the time I thought were a sign of depth and nowadays I have a hard time to identify with. I originally had read this as a teenager back in the 90's.
Now, several years older, I see the weaknesses in the plot-line and the characters. I guess it also didn't help that I could faintly remember what was going to happen and the major revelation which appears in this book. Where it becomes...more
So it's done. I've run out of the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy. And now I have finished it, I'm kind of sad there isn't more. These books definitely grew on me as I read them. No, they're not the fastest-moving plot-wise, but for the building of a world and its history, they are quite spectacular.

Once again, there was more action in this book than there was in the preceding volumes. The huge finale, with its several Aaaargh!!!! moments, was pretty spectacular. The plot threads are tied up we...more
Mar 07, 2014 Katie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who love a good quest with a healthy dose of magicy things
Shelves: kindle
Why did this series have to end????

I seriously can't believe it took me this long to read it. I'm ashamed to admit that I suspect it was the cover art that had put me off before. BUT don't judge these by their cover. They were fantastic. Also, where I find that fantasy books frequently lose me when they try to layer in too much mythology and magicy stuff all at once, the pacing and gradual build throughout this series was well done. And, while one or two of the storylines bored me somewhat, I lo...more
Yep, I finally finished this gargantuan mediocre read.
Nothing much left to say that I haven't already said in my reviews of the previous books in the series.
Shane Findlay
One of the best trilogies I have had the pleasure to read...
There's a wicked edge to the very best of books - they are gaspingly painful to finish. We are only given so many hours, so precious little time to live, and reading a fantastic book can cheapen the rest of the novels we choose to read. A series like Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn grasps the heart and soul, and although I've read the series many, many times, finishing it still feels as though I'm being forced to part with dear old friends.

The conclusion of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn should have perhap...more
To Green Angel Tower, Part 2 continued to build on the achievement that is Williams' Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn. Like To Green Angel Tower, Part 1 it was plotted far better than The Dragonbone Chair and the Stone of Farewell. Written originally as 1 giant novel I thought the split worked well for the paperbacks and came at a logical time. Most importantly with a final novel in a series there needs to be a finality to it, a satisfactory conclusion to everything that was building and I really felt...more
3/2/2003 - 8/10
the ending was a little too anti-climactic and a little to pat, but a nice wrap-up to a solid series nonetheless.

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 good political intrigue and lots of plot twists. Th...more

Okay --- so for me, the second half of the third book was .... a grueling read, and did not arouse any strong interest until 'about' page 320 --- once past that marker, however... WOW. What a ride?

So many gorgeous characters in this series... so many flawed, yet beautiful personalities that I found myself desperately fond of --- I guess what I liked most about this trilogy, was the richness of characters fulfilling theirs roles --- i have a terrible love for 'side' characters --- a...more
The second part of To Green Angel Tower brings Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn to a stunning and thrilling finish. The book begins with the Norn attack on Josua's camp and Simon & Miriamele's quest to the Hayholt, directly where it left off in Part 1 giving a "sense of continuity" of the overall novel. The story arcs of the various second tier characters were either ended or brought into the main story before the last quarter of the book so as to concentrate on the major climactic si...more
Luca Lesi
"Inij koku na siqqasa min tag"
' Quando ci incontreremo di nuovo , sarà un buon giorno'
Termina questa bella e poco conosciuta trilogia, ristampata di recente.
Termina con regni da ricostruire, con alcuni valorosi amici che non ci sono più e un gruppo di personaggi, che abbiamo seguito con affetto ed apprensione, cresciuti attraverso la difficile impresa di salvare il mondo dalle orde del male.
Come diciamo noi perdruinesi,' quando il capitano è sottocoperta, ci sono molti posti dove stendere un'am...more
Note - this review encompasses my impressions of Williams' entire Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series, of which this is the final volume.

One of the poll questions here on Goodreads asks "When do you abandon a book?" When I answered that particular question, I truthfully replied "50-100 pages." With few exceptions, when I begin reading a book and can't get into it by that time, I set the book aside and move on to something else.

Memory, Sorrow and Thorn is a series that I almost didn't read, and it's...more
Warning: This review contains spoilers. Skip to the end paragraph for a overview of the series review, without the spoilers.

OK, well, all I can say is "wow". For a start, it is such a weird feeling getting to the end of a 3500 page series in miniature print - and William's does the aftermath of the battle perfectly, giving you a solid feeling of it all being finished, while incorporating both the terrible grief and memories of lost friends with a sense of hope that Simon and Miriamele and all th...more
Love this passage: "We tell lies when we are afraid,' said Morgenes. 'Afraid of what we don't know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger...It is, in fact, a kind of magic -- perhaps the strongest of all...Study that, if you wish to understand power, young Simon. Don't fill your head with nattering about spells and incantations. Understand how lies shape us, shape kingdoms." "But that's not...more
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Erik Oliver
Despite a denouement that, I think, cheapens elements of what came before, this is overall an absolutely fantastic finale to a phenomenal fantasy trilogy; the 5 stars are both for To Green Angel Tower, both parts, and for Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn as a whole. Tad Williams has created a story that feels simultaneously classic, subversive, and innovative. I'm very intrigued by Last King of Osten Ard, and I really look forward to seeing how Tad continues this story.
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
This book was just ok. A lot of it bothered me and only some of it was good. A few characters were interesting, but most got on my nerves. Miriamele was by far the most annoying. Her lack of common sense was mind numbing. And it was way too long. It dragged for most of it. How many times did a character begin to tell me something before being interrupted or deciding that the character they were talking to could be told the important information later. Things took so long to be explained that cha...more
Der letzte Teil hat mich auch nicht so mitgerissen, wie ich erhofft hatte. Es hat sich an einigen Stellen wieder gezogen und es gab ein paar Wendungen und Geheimnisse, die ich einfach nur doof fand.

Gerade Miriamel mit ihrer Dickköpfigkeit :rollen: Da war sie für mich wieder typisch Prinzessin: alles muss nach ihrer Nase gehen und nur sie kann Recht haben... Und Simon hätte ich am liebsten manchmal kräftig durchgeschüttelt.
Die Idee im letzten Teil war schon toll, nur war es für mich etwas zuvie...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...more
It took me some years until I finally finished this trilogy. It takes patience and understanding, but once you've read it, you can be sure you'll never forget its heroes. They're all admirable and, very fast, you grow fond of them. Tad Williams is a great writer even though he likes to stretch the plot. It was hard getting through some parts (the labyrinth scene in the first part !!! - you get the feeling like you're on LSD) but was worth it in the end. I never though I'd cry to this book - but...more
Tom Harrington
A very very good trilogy (well, it's actually four books that were intended to be three!) for lovers of epic fantasy. The final volume wraps up nicely. Very good character development, which I always love. All in all, a great read.

However ... the Kindle version of these wonderful books is a bit of a mess. Random periods placed in the middle of sentences, several letters in the middle of words placed as superscripts, many broken words ("to gether" instead of "together"), and the one thing that dr...more
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