The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams

Coming very soon is Tad Williams new Osten Ard book The Witchwood Crown, first in a new series by him titled The Last King Of Osten Ard.

Sometimes there are holes in my science fiction and fantasy reading, not having read the Dragonbone Chair is one such hole now filled. I felt that it started off really slowly, and I had trouble liking the main character Simon, surely the laziest and most inconsiderate boy in any world. Then events occurred which sent him alone out on the road, running for his life. Slowly, slowly the boy matured. At the end of the Dragonbone Chair he’s still somewhat clueless, but his survival skills have been honed thanks to companions he meets, and he has come to care very much about the fate of his world and his friends and allies. I mention his character development at some length because I have to have someone to root for and admire in a book, and it took awhile for Simon to be that person.

Luckily, he is surrounded by great companions and allies. The troll Binabik and his wolf mount/friend Qantaqa travel with Simon. From them Simon learns much about survival, loyalty and friendship. It almost seems that Binabik is the first person Simon has ever cared about besides himself. Opening that door in selfish Simon is everything, and it makes Simon befriend others and give loyalty where none existed. He comes to travel with runaways, royalty, and impossible creatures from the world’s past.

Simon is that core character who is an unwitting and reluctant hero who can help shape the fate of the world. He chooses a side in a seeming war between brothers which is the unloosening of something much darker in the lands of Osten Ard.

The story is full of battles, bravery, treachery, shining good and darkest evil. At 766 pages, it’s a wonderful tale that for that last 600 pages or so, you truly don’t want to put down. I ordered the sequels The Stone of Farewell and To Green Angel Tower as soon as I closed the cover. I already have the Witchwood Crown On Order 🙂


Answer Merlyn’s First Line Rebus Week of March 28

Merlyn First Line Rebus Week of March 28

From Tad William’s short story collection The Very Best of Tad Williams the first line of his story The Old Scale Game is:

Flee or be broiled to crackling!

very best of Tad Williams

Tad Williams

From his page, here are his works:

MEMORY, SORROW AND THORNâ—ľBook 1: The Dragonbone Chair (Hardcover 1988, Paperback 1989, Unabridged Digital Audiobook[UK], 2015)
â—ľBook 2: Stone of Farewell (Hardcover 1990, Paperback 1991, Unabridged Digital Audiobook[UK], 2015)
â—ľBook 3: To Green Angel Tower (Hardcover 1993)
Book 3 was split into 2 parts for paperback publication (1994):
â—ľTo Green Angel Tower, Part 1 and To Green Angel Tower, Part 2 (US Edition, Unabridged Digital Audiobook[UK], 2016)
â—ľTo Green Angel Tower: Siege and To Green Angel Tower: Storm (UK edition, Unabridged Digital Audiobook[UK], 2016)

◾Novelette: “The Burning Man” (Legends, ed. by Robert Silverberg) 1998
â—ľGraphic Novel: The Burning Man (published with The Wood Boy by Raymond Feist, 2005)
OTHERLANDâ—ľBook 1: City of Golden Shadow (Hardcover 1996, Paperback 1998, Unabridged Digital Audiobook, 2014)
â—ľBook 2: River of Blue Fire (Hardcover 1998, Paperback 1999, Unabridged Digital Audiobook, 2014)
â—ľBook 3: Mountain of Black Glass (Hardcover 1999, Paperback 2000, Unabridged Digital Audiobook, 2015)
â—ľBook 4: Sea of Silver Light (Hardcover 2001, Paperback 2002, Unabridged Digital Audiobook, 2015)
◾Novelette: “The Happiest Dead Boy in the World” (Legends II, ed. by Robert Silverberg, 2004)
◾Novelette: “The Boy Detective of OZ” (Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond, ed. John Joseph Adams & Douglas Cohen, 2013) Also available as a Kindle Single.
SHADOWMARCHâ—ľBook 1: Shadowmarch (Hardcover 2004, Trade Paperback 2005, Mass-Market Paperback 2006, Unabridged Audiobook 2010)
â—ľBook 2: Shadowplay (Hardcover, 2007, Trade Paperback 2008, Mass-Market Paperback 2009, Unabridged Audiobook 2010)
â—ľBook 3: Shadowrise (Hardcover, 2010, Trade Paperback 2010, Unabridged Audiobook 2010, Mass-Market Paperback, 2011,
â—ľBook 4: Shadowheart (Hardcover, 2010, Unabridged Audiobook 2010, Trade Paperback 2011, Mass-Market Paperback 2012)
Young-adult, written with Deborah Beale (his wife)â—ľBook 1: The Dragons of Ordinary Farm (Hardcover, June 2009)
â—ľBook 2: The Secrets of Ordinary Farm (eBook, August 2011)
â—ľBook 3: The Heirs of Ordinary Farm (work-title, forthcoming)
Noir fantasy thrillersâ—ľBook 1: The Dirty Streets of Heaven (Hardcover 2012, Unabridged Digital Audiobook, 2012, Paperback 2013)
â—ľBook 2: Happy Hour in Hell (Hardcover 2013, Unabridged Digital Audiobook, 2013, Paperback 2014)
â—ľBook 3: Sleeping Late on Judgement Day (Hardcover 2014, Unabridged Digital Audiobook, 2014, Paperback 2015)
◾Novella: “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlepig” (E-Book original, 2014)

◾Tailchaser’s Song (Hardcover 1985, Paperback 1986)
â—ľChild of an Ancient City (Paperback 1992, written with Nina Kiriki Hoffman)
◾Caliban’s Hour (Hardcover 1994, Audio Cassette 1995, Paperback 1995)
â—ľThe War of the Flowers (Hardcover 2003, Paperback 2004)

â—ľRite: Short Work (Hardcover, 2006) Subterranean Press. Published in January 2007.
â—ľRite: Short Work (Trade Paperback, May 2008) Subterranean Press/Far Territories. Reprint of the limited hc edition without the non-fiction pieces. The reprint only contains the short stories.
â—ľA Stark and Wormy Knight (Hardcover, 2012)
â—ľDiary of a Dragon (Chapbook, 2013)
This is a special signed edition limited to 750 numbered copies.
â—ľThe Very Best of Tad Williams (Trade Paperback, 2014)

â—ľMirrorworld 2 issues. Series was cancelled after two issues when the publisher went out of business.
â—ľThe Next 6 issue mini-series published by DC Comics. Published between July and December 2006.
â—ľAquaman: Sword of Atlantis published by DC Comics. Williams replaced writer Kurt Busiek with issue #50 in March 2007. His run lasted till issue #57 when the comic was cancelled.
â—ľIbis the Invincible: The Helmet of Fate one-shot published by DC Comics in 2007.