Barrick Eddon, prince of Southmarch, is no longer entirely human. He has vowed to safeguard the legacy of the dark Qar race, and must now decide where his loyalties lie.
His twin sister Briony has a difficult choice of her own. Her father, King Olin, is held captive by the Autarch, a mad god-king who plans to use Olin's blood to gain unlimited power. And the castle of Sout...more
Williams takes his time to build everything so very slowly until it all comes crashing together and we're left breathless.
On the other hand, stories like this are still only as good as the characters that drive them. And if you're dealing with a huge cast of characters, th ...more
My guess is that Robert Jordan's legacy to the current generation of fantasy writers is upping the ante (I think that cliche is actually technically accurate in this case) on the number of intertwining plots and POV characters considered necessary to drive a fantasy reader's ...more
Well, we go to Shadowmarch, which has even more breadth and scope than Osten Ard, but is slightly lacking in what made me fall in love with everyone and everything in that earlier trilogy. Namely: the characters. This series is made up of ten page chapters, each one of which is broken up in ...more
After finishing, this is definitely not a stand alone book. This series that needs to be read as a group in order to keep track of all the characters and truly appreciate what is happening. There are so many characters and plot lines that most of it is underdeveloped. I was also annoyed with several surreal, opium ...more
3.5 stars for the whole series together, rounded up to four.
i had read Shadowmarch soon after it first came out, with ...more
It's funny to me when I look back at my experiences with Williams. Halfway through Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, I thought I'd never read anything by him except that trilogy. By the end of that trilogy, I realized I wanted to read much more. Diving into Otherland, I came to see how much he grew as a writer between those two four-book-trilogies. In Shadowmar ...more
Basically, half of this book was an epic battle, where we switched between the various fronts.
(view spoiler)[The autarch's plan to enter the tunnels beneath Southmarch, where Kulipas banished the gods. The silver substance is Kulipas's blood from his wounds. From there, he will summon the god and command him.
Qinnitan retains her constant-prisoner status. Honestly, we could have cut out her plot line. We also meet King Olin.
Briony's alliance with Prince Eneas bring ...more
Or not. There's no need to impose any deep meaning on this material ...more
First, it's a great ending to the series. It ties up most of the loose ends with varying degrees of satisfaction. As a side note, I think I've been reading too many YA books, because those tend to tie up things in very satisfying, straightforward ways. Some of the characters had vague endings, and I found myself being a little annoyed at Williams because I wanted to know specifically what happened to them!
I don't want to give ...more
This was well worth the wait and this fantasy series becomes one of my all time favorites. Tad Williams is so adept at creating a believable world with intricate plots and characters fully fleshed out. Reading the ending was almo ...more
I found the journey of Briony especially interesting, but nothing compared to the complex plot and subplots of Quinnqinn. Her journeys and those of the autarch kept me riveted.
Character developments most of the characters were fully fleshed out with good and bad points. I love the subplots of the twins finding love in the most unexpected people.
Plot, like many epic fantas ...more
After not being able to put down book 3 because of the constant flow of information, this one I had to walk away from at one point because it was so heartbreaking. I thought I knew how things were going to end.
I should know better by now.
This was probably the best ending I have read in a long time. Tad Williams knows his stuff, and knows how to make you want to stay up to finish once the ending is in sight.
While I don't agree with everything that happened in the ending, it's OK, because it ...more
Sulepis to be Very Seriously Dead.
The world not to end.
Barrick to be the fairy king.
Qinnitan to be the fairy queen.
Briony to become heir/ruler of Southmarch.
Vansen to become Briony's consort. (I could make a whole other list of why this would be better than her marrying Eneas, but never mind.)
That is all.
(view spoiler)[YES, YES, YES, THANK YOU, JESUS!!! Everything I wanted to have happen happened and then some! Oh, yes! YYYYYYYYYEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS ...more
Only after putting the book away did I realize it was the fourth in a series. Small wonder I've never heard of it.
Without Williams' prose, I would have given up on this series.