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To Green Angel Tower

(Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn #3)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  29,957 ratings  ·  381 reviews
As the evil minions of the undead Sithi Storm King prepare for the kingdom-shattering culmination of their dark sorceries and King Elias is drawn ever deeper into their nightmarish, spell spun world, the loyal allies of Prince Josua desperately struggle to rally their forces at the Stone of Farewell. And with time running out, the remaining members of the now devastated Le ...more
Paperback, 1083 pages
Published May 3rd 2005 by DAW (first published March 1993)
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A satisfying ending to an engaging trilogy. I can see why this final tome was originally published in two parts—it was a definite door-stop! I sprained my wrist two years ago, and I found that old injury aching at the end of lengthy reading sessions!

However, the size of the volume was necessary in order to tie up the many, many loose ends from the first two books. I especially appreciated the return of “Rachel the Dragon” as an honoured elder lady, even as I grieved the loss of other
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Phew! Three volumes and exactly one month later I finally finished this mammoth series. It’s a long, long journey but totally worth it.

Although it’s kind of LOTR copycat in terms of structure, it has its own original world, diverse characters and an intricate, multilayered plot. Peter Jackson would make a hell of a movie out of it.

This finale volume puts together all the pieces of the puzzle. Every loose thread is weaved in the big canvas. Being a classic fantasy (view spoiler) ...more
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Well, that was... something. Tad Williams, it seems, was ahead of his time in having the final volume of something have to be split across two volumes, as I actually read To Green Angel Tower across two paperbacks, each of which had 800 pages. It was a very long, meandering, interesting journey, at times bogged down by tedium, but at times full of tension, building up to a dramatic finale.

In writing about the first book of this series I mentioned that this is kind of like a brother t
Matthew Quann
Wrapping up more than 2000 pages of storytelling, To Green Angel Tower is a wholly satisfying conclusion to a super solid and influential fantasy series. Though I found the first book, The Dragonbone Chair , to be a bit plodding with innumerable ancillary characters, by the time I started To Green Angel Tower I might as well have been preparing a thesis in Osten Ard's lore. It is at first a challenge to acclimate to the slow seduction and melancholy tone of Williams' world, but it is a challenge well worth un ...more
Feb 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Carrie by: Jeff and Camille
This trilogy was pretty much my first into fantasy. It was right after my first child was born and I had a lot of time stuck in the house to read. I had kind of thought fantasy was for, you know, geekish people which was a problem considering my husband and two best friends were all into it. I have now entered the geek and proud of it crowd. These books were wonderful and I have not stopped reading fantasy since.
Scott Kemper
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ful review to come. This was a buddy read with Laura from Fantasy Buddy Reads and there's not much I can say to add to the discussion of this trilogy besides the fact that it's one of the best fantasy trilogies I've ever read.
Leah Nadeau
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-fav-fantasy
Loooooooooove <3 I don't even know how to review this book... it's massive. LOT's happen... it's amazing. I especially loved Miriamele's plot, and Tiamak's. Interesting new build characters on Cadrach and Camaris too.
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To Green Angel Tower is an action packed, exciting and all-around excellent ending to Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy. However, there were definitely times throughout the book that I felt like To Green Angel Tower was longer than it needed to be and occasionally featured scenes that felt redundant, with multiple scenes kind of feeling like a repeat of previous scenes throughout the book, and I felt like that didn't exactly help move the plot forward when that happened. That being ...more
Jun 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
[Second read: March-April 2017]: DNF

Memory, Sorrow & Thorn has not aged well for me. I had to give it up less than 200 pages into To Green Angel Tower. If I were the type to go back and adjust ratings, I’d give four stars to Williams’ later Shadowmarch trilogy, and three for this. Shadowmarch is essentially the same story as MS&T but it’s so much more focused on essential plot without wandering down trackless paths of unnecessary exposition and subplot.

While reading, I was thinking to myself that this is what The Lord/>Memory,
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure, owned, fantasy
Definitely a 4 or 5 star book. Much of GoT can be found in these and the two previous novels....the story is a masterwork of fantasy, romance and action...
This last book is a carpel tunnel inducing tome of no small significance...worth the effort tho imho...
Kat  Hooper
Mar 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
Reread. Reviewing audiobook soon at
Xara Niouraki
Apr 08, 2014 rated it liked it
As a whole, it was an entertaining series. I enjoyed the feeling of classic fantasy that it gave me, especially since I've been reading a lot of dark fantasy lately. I was satisfied with the conclusion, but I had several problems with the third book.

First of all, it is huge. I don't have a problem with big books, but this one made me wish that it were smaller. I grew tired of it as I was reading it.

Secondly, the series is full of repetitions. I felt that half the pages of
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hard-copy, favourites
This is one of my favourite series, ever. Tad Williams is my favourite author of fantasy. I met him once, and he is also hilariously funny and a good guy.

So, I can not give an unbiased review, hee hee. :-) Only praise for this series and everything else Tad writes.

I was looking for fantasy books like Lord of the Rings when someone recommended me this. And while you shouldn't compare anything to Tolkien in terms of writing (my humble opinion), these books are a whole diffe

This is the third book in the series, and this edition contains both parts 1 & 2 of the Green Angel Tower. There is a 4th book out and I plan to jump into that one soon.

Even though there were momments I felt frustrated over certains aspects of the story, overall this series was excellent.

The world building was incredible! The pace was good and although it was over a thousand pages, I couldn't put the book down. Yes there were times I skimmed an
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
OK, just as a matter of timing, I managed to finish all three Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn books while I was engaged in various travels with little or no Internet access and with no access to a decent keyboard, so I won't be composing full reviews. Instead I'll just say: George R.R. Martin has said that the Williams books were what spurred him to write A Song of Ice and Fire, and I do think that if you draw a line connecting Tolkien to Martin, Williams falls almost exactly midway between. The books ...more
Earl Grey Tea
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I don't put down a book or a series that I start. While the first two books did peak my interest quite a bit, I was suffering through almost all of the 1,104 pages found in this behemoth of a tale. Maybe I should have read it in two parts as it was released in its corporeal form and taken a break half way through. Instead, I went for the e-book version that doesn't suffer any publication problems when it comes to size.

By the time I was about a third of the way through the book, I was
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
Truly a marvelous end to a beautiful book and trilogy. This return to Osten Ard for me after twenty years was beautiful. I can't express how much I love this story.
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This thousand plus page, "bloated epic" (to use the author's words) was a bit of a slog about two-thirds of the way into it. The last several chapters, by contrast, were real page burners. Our main character, Simon Mooncalf, became reminiscent of Robin Hobb's Fitz in the various Farseer books. Forever going off and doing things we all know he should not have been doing. But after all, that is what a mooncalf does.

Since I already have The Witchwood Crown (The Last King of Osten Ard, #1) by Tad Williams The Witchwood Crown, the sequel to Memory, Sorrow and Thorn on my kindle, I
Edward Rathke
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the longest novels ever written. It's the third in a trilogy, but it's about as long as the first two novels combined, making it a very odd but very satisfying final chapter.

Each step of this series has been pretty difficult for me to meaningfully rate, but I'll use this rating of this book to do the whole series.

I think each book is about a four but the series as a whole is a five, if only because of how complex and beautiful and awesome it all is.

The wor
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Audiobook from Penguin Audio
Narrated by Andrew Wincott
Length: 63.25 hours

Tad Williams, it seems, is very good at writing very long books to end trilogies. This was a long book. Wikipedia says that it's one of the longest books ever written (though looking at the list of "longest books", there are many more that were even longer). I don't say this disparagingly, I say it so that readers of this review will be able to grok the scope covered by this book, which is almost as long as The D
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
What can one say about the final book of an epic fantasy trilogy without spoiling too much of what came before? Tad Williams really knows how to luxuriate in his setting (and that's not always a good thing), and this particular novel on its own was one of the longest single fantasy books written at approximately 550,000 words (not even Jordan, Martin, Sanderson, or Erikson ever matched that).

It's definitely better than the first two in general pacing, though (my usual complaint about
Michael Battaglia
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay, Tad Williams, I'll admit it . . . you wore me down.

Each of these books so far in the trilogy has individually been longer than other entire trilogies and with each book Williams seemed to be in a contest to one-up his page count each time, probably necessitating a generous Christmas/birthday/Arbor Day gift to his editor for some years to come after the publication of this. A spine cracking thousand pages plus, in paperback it was originally too big for mortal bindings and was p
Robert Cooke
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I recently devoured the 'Memory, Sorrow, Thorn' series having read and enjoyed Tad Williams 'Shadowmarch' series. I have to say I did enjoy this better, with Green Angel Tower providing a fitting climax to the series. Strangely when reading 'Shadowmarch' I found that the lore of the world richer than the characters, here I found it somewhat the reverse and could have happily had a bit more background history at certain points. Though that said part of the joy of the book for me was the central c ...more
Claudia Putnam
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Got tired of all the tunnels...It's a trope, of course, in these fantasy series, that you have to go underground, and we did, over and over, throughout the books, and in this one, we had to do it again, not once but I think three or four times from multiple characters' points of view, and often through the same tunnels, with the same descriptions. Tunnels in two different places, even.

Also, other areas of this world's geography had to be revisited. The forest, the swamp, the sea.

Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've been hearing about Tad Williams's "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn" series simply forever, it seemed, so when I saw a deal on this book, I snapped it up.

This was my introduction to the series, even though it's book 3 in the overall series, so I was coming in at a bit of a disadvantage. However, I was able to follow along with the plot about as well as it was possible to follow along , and got to know the characters pretty well along the way.

By that you might guess that the
Ren Bedell
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book
A fantastic ending to a fantastic series, though this book doesn't just close up the entire series, The last book in the trilogy sets up it's own themes, getting darker and hitting more impactful notes. The character development is fantastic, as you really see Simon grow along with the many other characters. The best part is the worldbuilding. I started to feel very connected to the world and all the different cultures and landscapes. It is definitely not a short book, but it is worth it. A grea ...more
Jan 24, 2013 rated it liked it
I sort of enjoyed this series, but there are some infuriating stuff in these books. Simon, the main character of the books, seem to grow more and more pathetic as the series wore on. From crying in the midst of battle to groveling for attention from a stuck up princess, he really wore on my nerves.
The pacing of the book is better than "Stone of Farewell", but that isn't saying much. One of the problems I had with the series is that I really didn't care who lived or died None of the characters r
Dec 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
It is impossible to write a review of this novel without giving any spoilers, so I will simply make two points. One, it is now 3 am and I have just finished the book. I couldn't put it down - which is quite a feat for a book over a thousand pages long! Two, I would dearly like to sit down and have a drink with Tad Williams. I want to know how such an epic is created. Does he know from the beginning, was he in on the many secrets from the start, can one mind really imagine it all up from the star ...more
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Provisional rating.

This is only Part One of the Third Volume. I'll review it all ... hereTo Green Angel Tower, Part 2.

(Ebook buyers beware. My niece bought me Part One, thinking she was getting the entire book.)
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Tad Williams is a California-based fantasy superstar. His genre-creating (and genre-busting) books have sold tens of millions worldwide, in twenty-five languages. His considerable output of epic fantasy and science fiction book-series, stories of all kinds, urban fantasy novels, comics, scripts, etc., have strongly influenced a generation of writers: the ‘Otherland’ epic relaunches June 2018 as an ...more

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Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn (3 books)
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“Even the king's Erkynguard might have wished to be elsewhere, rather than here on this killing ground where duty brought them and loyalty prisoned them. Only the mercenaries were here by choice. To Simon, the minds of men who would come to this of their own will were suddenly as incomprehensible as the thoughts of spiders or lizards—less so, even, for the small creatures of the earth almost always fled from danger. These were madmen, Simon realized, and that was the direst problem of the world: that madmen should be strong and unafraid, so that they could force their will on the weak and peace-loving. If God allowed such madness to be, Simon could not help thinking, then He was an old god who had lost His grip.” 11 likes
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