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The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Book 1) Paperback – March 1, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
The basic plot of this book - of this entire series - is nothing new. Those who have read a lot of fantasy will find a lot of familiar elements - the standard young hero coming of age, a mysterious nonhuman race driven out of the land when men first arrived, an ageless wisewoman who seems to know everything, a king corrupted by evil, and magical artifacts of all sorts. The brilliant thing about Tad Williams is that he rises above the cliches to create a story that is more original and less predictable than it should be.
The world of Osten Ard is detailed and very real, and the characters even more so. The cast of characters is very large, yet somehow easy to keep track of (and if the reader gets confused as to who is who, there is an appendix at the end of the book listing all of the names with tips on how to pronounce them). Simon, the main protagonist, grows and changes in the time-honored fashion of kitchen-boys-turned-heroes everywhere, yet the story never feels old or cliched.
Williams is a master storyteller. I would recommend this series to any fan of epic fantasy.
The story is essentially the same as in most other fantasy trilogies since Lord of the Rings. The invincible evil guy is back from the dead and out for revenge, so the lowly, unknowledgeable kid is suddenly thrust out, aided by a cadre of unlikely characters, to find some sort of talisman to stop the evil dude before he destroys the world, or at least messes it up too badly. However, this same-old story comes off very well due to the author's skill.
The world-building in this story is very good. The entire population of the world doesn't all speak the same language, or have the same religion, or get along with each other. The author doesn't use the same old mix of elves and dwarves and goblins so frequently encountered in other stories of the sort. Rather, we get new races which are essentially the same as the familiar, but with some differences.
The characters are also superb. Simon, the boy, is likable, believable, and pitiable, and his characterization is not only good, but it's consistent. The characters grow logically and believably in this story. Of course, there are some of the compulsory characters as well. There's the witch-woman who's the equivalent of Tolkien's Tom Bombadil, the mentor-figure who dies before he can reveal too much, and the travelling companion who seems to know everything.
The story proceeds logically, but at times it difficult to get through. The names of people and places are exotic and unneededly difficult to pronounce. And the story doesn't even really take off for more than 200 pages.Read more ›
After I got the "feel" for the book It really opened up. For the first time I found Myself actually caring for the characters I was reading about (something even Tolkien's Masterpiece didn't entirely do for Me). Tad Williams writes with a very personal style, actively and effortlessly making you a part of his tale, while bringing such a sense of reality to the unreal it's uncanny. Almost nothing in this series seems completely unbelieveable. From the undying Sithi, to the little folk of the 'Troll-Fells', every character in these books seem like someone you know (or wish you knew). How they act. How they think. You're in their heads for better or worse. And the reality of it is dazzling!
All My Gung-ho loyalties aside, this was an amazing series. As afore-mentioned, What really hooked Me with this series was the realism. I'm sure for some of the die-hard fantasy readers out there, this may sound like an affront on the flashy/Magic-laden fantasy that has been a staple of their literary cuisine. But with Mr. Williams in the kitchen, fantasy and reality mesh into a most enjoyable morsel that goes down easy and leaves you ravenous for more. And yes this series does contain magic. But even magic is given a realistic twist (for the most part). Usually being referred to as "the art", and being applied through the means of natural law.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
he Dragon Bone Chair is a classic for good reason. Williams story is for those who enjoy being taken to another time and place. Each scene is described in scrumptious detail. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Reddspace
Very slow to start but if you hang in there the pace picks up and story gets very interesting.Published 19 days ago by L. Donovan
This book is a bit of a chore to get started, but then it really takes off. The first 150 pages introduce you to Simon, the main character, along with many others that become... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Preston Crow
High fantasy at its best. I highly recommend this book and I can't wait to read the rest of the series.Published 26 days ago by Nixnami
Looks like RR Martin stole from more people than Tolkien. This is the best money I ever spent.Published 1 month ago by Lee A
The story is good and well told. It is slow at times with peaks of excitement scattered throughout. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jacob
Wonderful story. I felt it was a little slow to start, but totally worth it by the end. Already bought the other 2 books in the series and started.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book was much better the second time around. When I first read this series I was new to reading fantasy and was mostly into the Forgotten Realms books and with those they... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert "Dimndbangr" Hicks
Stands up to time, I've gone back and re-read this series many times over the years. Truly wonderful, memorable and complex characters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rita C.