• Brothers of the Wind

  • By: Tad Williams
  • Narrated by: James Lailey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (90 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Set in the New York Times best-selling world of Osten Ard, this short novel continues the saga that inspired a generation of fantasists.

Pride often goes before a fall, but sometimes that prideful fall is so catastrophic that it changes history itself.

Among the immortal Sithi of Osten Ard, none are more beloved and admired than the two sons of the ruling family, steady Hakatri and his proud and fiery younger brother, Ineluki - Ineluki, who will one day become the undead Storm King. The younger brother makes a bold, terrible oath that he will destroy deadly Hidohebhi, a terrifying monster, but instead drags his brother with him into a disaster that threatens not just their family but all the Sithi - and perhaps all of humankind as well.

Set a thousand years before the events of Williams' The Dragonbone Chair, the tale of Ineluki's tragic boast and what it brings is told by Pamon Kes, Hakatri's faithful servant. Kes is not one of the Sithi but a member of the enslaved Changeling race, and his loyalty has never before been tested. Now he must face the terrible black dragon at his master's side, then see his own life changed forever in a mere instant by Ineluki's rash, selfish promise.

©2021 Tad Williams (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Happily Surprised

I struggled with frustration at finding out that the final book in the trilogy was postponed. I eagerly desired to read The Navigators Children.

However, this book has delivered so much more than I can explain. It is hauntingly beautiful and the narration perfect. Tad's telling of the story of the folly that drives Ineluki mad, comes in a way that is respectful of the one thing that binds and tormented Ineluki and Hakatri together in the fall of their people. It it's a testament to the author to write such a story without crushing the souls of the readers. A true tragedy in the literary sense. It leaves you poignantly reminded of the great power we wield in each other's lives through words and actions. It has given me more than anger to feel when I think of the loss of the Sithi. It sings of the manifold layers of long life, limitless time to heal or harm, and a touchstone to consider when faced with pride, boundless love, and blind duty.

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i am a big fan!

I have read every book about Asten Ard that I can. I am looking forward to the next book.
I have also enjoyed the shadow march books and enjoyed them just as much.

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Boring as the Wind

As boring as listening to the wind for twelve hours.
The story is unimaginative, repetitious, and poorly written. Narration is mediocre.
Note: This book is Not part of The Last King of Olsen Ard series.

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A Fantastic Addition

I normally don't like companion novels but after finishing the latest book of The Last King of Osten Ard I was desperately wanting to be in the universe of Tad Williams so I picked up Brother of the Wind. I was not disappointed, as I've been before by some companion novels. Brothers of the Wind was such a unique experience in all the best ways. From the clash in Serpents Veil to the high reaches of Ravens Perch every scene was amazing. Definitely read this novel if you are at all interested in Osten Ard.

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Another masterpiece

Yet again Tad introduces us to Osten Ard. Tad does a fantastic job of further delving to the root of the conflict and how the events of the memory,sorrow and thorn. He truly is the master of his craft.

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Fantastic!

An amazing prequel to Tad Williams' Osten Ard series, wonderfully performed by James Lailey. Highly Recommended!!!

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Not for the first timer

I found this book to be a bounty of insights and revelations in relation to the original trilogy of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn. It takes you to places, originally seen in ruin and decay, during the their height or just past. There are echos of the future and answers of the past previously unknown. I can see how a person who picks this up without any previous exposure might not enjoy this tale. It was nice to see the seed of the Storm Kings creation as well as better understand his twisted motivations.