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Stone of Farewell by Tad Williams
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May 25, 2010

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The Stone of Farewell is the second book of the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy and unfortunately it has the familiar issues associated with such in-between books. If you felt the pacing of The Dragonbone Chair was slow, this one is slower. And that is the main issue with this entire series: its glacial pacing. Like the first book, much of Stone of Farewell is used to describe characters who are traveling; it's as if Williams considers the journey much more important than the destination.
Further, the main hero Simon barely develops his abilities. You expect he will discover his magic abilities and find a teacher, but he doesn't.

Little is wrong with these books besides this though. The writing is strong, the characters are great. This isn't the best fantasy I've ever read, but there's a lot to like as well.
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