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

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  26,476 Ratings  ·  238 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
Hardcover, 1083 pages
Published March 1st 1993 by DAW Hardcover (first published 1993)
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Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 to The Wheel
Richard S. Gerlach
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.
Feb 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 my
Kat  Hooper
Mar 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reread. Reviewing audiobook soon at
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is more a review of the whole trilogy rather than a review of its last volume.

Memory, Sorrow and Thorn is a good fantasy series. Events occur in a world named Osten Ard. The world itself follows many stereotypes of other fantasy worlds. The elves in this world are called the Sithi and the dark elves are called the Norns, but even though the author hasn't chosen the word elf to describe these creatures, they're essentially the same. The bad guy concept, Ineluki, is quite close to Tolk
†Ðawn†  has reading burn-out.

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 and it did seem at times the overdescr
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Xara Niouraki
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 the series were descrip
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
Edward Rathke
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 worldbuilding is probably s
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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 Dragonbone C
Earl Grey Tea
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 already bur
May 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
Pues más de lo mismo. Si hubiera leído esta saga de adolescente después de descubrir El Señor de los Anillos tal vez me habría encantado. Pero después de tanto tiempo, volver a leerme una trilogía llena de tópicos (protagonista humilde que se convierte en héroe, objetos mágicos que hay que encontrar/destruir, dragones que hay que matar, etc...) me ha resultado muy pesado.
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Robert Cooke
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.)
Sara J.
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review pending. Leaving it at a 5 for now. Because of feels. I can't wait to see what goes on in the new trilogy. Next up I have Heart of What Was Lost...
Claudia Putnam
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Why is it that
Barry Mulvany
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fairly slow burn of a book that actually felt like the end was kind of rushed. I did enjoy this but to be honest I felt the end was kind of anti-climatic, it all ended a bit too easily. I do enjoy the author's writing style, yes it's dense but it's so descriptive that you can get really immersed in it. I enjoyed pretty much all the POV's this time though some of them could have been cut back a bit. I had a burning question as to why Elias did what he did. I was answered. It was pretty mu ...more
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. SO much happened in 800 some pages. Some of it good some bad. I definitely found Simon far less irritating in this book, although he still had his moments. I was saddened by what happened with Maegwin and was cheering Miriamele, even when I wanted to smack her. Binabik I loved just as much as ever. This ended on a mighty cliff hanger though so I already urgently want to pick up the next book
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note: I read the one-volume edition. Below, my review is split into two parts. The first gives my general thoughts on the book and series, and the second details spoilers and major plot points. Be warned.

Part One: Overview

To Green Angel Tower is among the longest books to have ever been written in the English language, with over half a million words, the third volume in the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series is both epic in size and scope. The writing throughout the series is amazing, truly a part
Jan 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
Simon, a once kitchen boy turned knight, is caught up in a strange tale. He and his companions are at war with the greatest powers in all of Osten Ard, not all of whom are entirely of this world. Their only chance for survival? A strange poem found in the notes of a long dead madman and an uneasy alliance with the immortal Sithi and the cave-dwelling Trolls of the frozen north. At one time Simon might have found his current circumstance to be exciting, adventurous. But he's long since left behin ...more
Jan 19, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm just going to review this one for the entire series:

It's pretty good. It has a lot of the standard fantasy tropes: unlikely kitchen-boy protagonist, corrupted kings, dragons, dwarves (that is to say trolls), elves (that is to say Sithi). Tad Williams does a better job with genre cliches than most, but these are still sword and sorcery fantasy novels. The real strength of the books is the completeness of the world that Williams builds, which is well historied, and populated with believable an
Martin Glen
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A satisfying climax to the trilogy, though not without its flaws. Must be judged in the context of when it was written (1993), when there were still relatively few attempts to break away from the High Fantasy tropes that Tolkien had set out. The story moves to its inevitable climax, one that seems rather hackneyed when it finally arrives (and never properly outlines what the threat actually is), and takes its own sweet time getting there. But the characters are given time and space to grow and d ...more
Taimur Sheikh
I'm a fan of epic fantasy books and I generally prefer longer stories as they let the plot & characters develop.
This trilogy, however, was just too long & much too slow.
Half the book involves the characters wandering around. First, from the castle, across a forest, to the mountains on the other side of the world & then back down the mountains, through the forest, to the castle.

Tad Williams has created a wonderful and detailed world with really good, strong characters but I really wi
Apr 17, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Anyway, to my great surprise and pleasure this installment finally delivered on the page-turning I’d been promised in zealous reader reviews."

"There are scenes of dark horror in To Green Angel Tower that I simply didn’t think Williams was capable of that will stand as some of the most memorable scenes I’ve encountered in fantasy literature."
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The whole series is excellent. The storytelling is great. Each of the books are those that you don't want to end. I would definitely reread this whole series.
There is no sex, gore, foul language nothing to turn anyone off. There is a Christian theme to the series that I found refreshing. I am looking forward to reading the Shadowmarch series by this same author.
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Tad Williams has held more jobs than any sane person should admit to—singing in a band, selling shoes, managing a financial institution, throwing newspapers, and designing military manuals, to name just a few. He also hosted a syndicated radio show for ten years, worked in theater and television production, taught both grade-school and college classes, and worked in multimedia for a major computer ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn (4 books)
  • The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, #1)
  • Stone of Farewell (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, #2)
  • The Heart of What Was Lost (The Last King of Osten Ard, #0.5)

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