Since the mainstreaming of books like Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, people have been looking for other novels that reach that same quality of ‘epic story’.
Tad Williams books in the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn Trilogy reach that level of Epic.
The trilogy starts with The Dragon bone Chair.
We meet young Simon. He works in the castle of the High King. Well, he is SUPPOSE to work there but like most 14 year old boys prefers to dream of adventures and magic. Simon spends more time avoiding work. He become the apprentice of Doctor Morgenes the castle scholar. Simon thinks he will be learning magic only to find his days filled with numbers and writing. The young man is easy to identify with making it easy to follow him on his adventure.
The old king dies and his eldest son, Elias, takes the throne. Things seem to be going well until drought and plague hit the Kingdom of Osten Ard. The king argues with his brother, Josua about one of the kings advisers. A snake of a man named Pryrates.
The adventure gets underway when Simon discovers Josua in an underground, hidden room being prepared for one of Pryrates evil rituals and Morgenes and Simon help rescue the prince.
Williams does an amazing job of taking races and characters that are familiar and giving them a new look and feel.
I don’t want to go into much more detail. The story is fantastic. It is one where you get so involved, when you come up for air the rest of the world seems surreal.
Tad Williams has a website. Be sure to stop by and check out some of his other works.
You can find all the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn books on Amazon.com