Kitchen-boy Simon is bored, restless and fourteen years old - a dangerous combination. It seems, however, that his life has just taken a turn for the better when he's apprenticed to his castle's resident wizard. As Simon's learning to read and write under Doctor Morgenes' tutelage, forces greater than he could possible imagine are gathering: ...
Kitchen-boy Simon is bored, restless and fourteen years old - a dangerous combination. It seems, however, that his life has just taken a turn for the better when he's apprenticed to his castle's resident wizard. As Simon's learning to read and write under Doctor Morgenes' tutelage, forces greater than he could possible imagine are gathering: forces which will change Simon's life - and his world - forever. Following the death of Good King John, Osten Ard is plunged into civil war as his sons battle for control of the fabled Dragonbone Chair - the country's throne as well as the symbol of its power. Simon is forced to flee the only home he has ever known, a journey which will test him beyond his worst nightmares. With THE DRAGONBONE CHAIR, Tad Williams introduced readers to the incredible fantasy world of Osten Ard and kicked off the beloved, internationally bestselling series Memory, Sorrow and Thorn.
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This is the first book in an extremely satisfying fantasy trilogy. While there is much that will be familiar to the fan of fantasy - a scullery boy who has great adventures, an uneasy relationship with an ancient elvish race, a princess and a dragon - Williams makes these things his own. The series is so well-written and the characters well-crafted that it is a delight to read.
Aug 8, 2008
This work by Tad Williams is the best fantasy adventure since professor Tolkien. This is my third time reading the story of mooncalf Simon and all the wonderful characters caught up in the quest for the 3 swords and the "false messenger".My only gripe is the book itself wasa book club edition but that's my own fault for not reading the description more closely...if you haven't embarked on this journey yet wait no longer. It's an unbelievable ride.....enjoy
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