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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Tad Williams' landmark epic fantasy saga of Osten Ard begins an exciting new cycle!

Tad Williams introduced listeners to the incredible fantasy world of Osten Ard in his internationally best-selling series Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn. The trilogy inspired a generation of modern fantasy writers, including George R. R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, and Christopher Paolini, and defined Tad Williams as one of the most important fantasy writers of our time.

Book two: Stone of Farewell

It is a time of darkness, dread, and ultimate testing for the realm of Osten Ard, for the wild magic and terrifying minions of the undead Sithi ruler, Ineluki the Storm King, are spreading their seemingly undefeatable evil across the kingdom.

With the very land blighted by the power of Ineluki's wrath, the tattered remnants of a once-proud human army flee in search of a last sanctuary and rallying point - the Stone of Farewell, a place shrouded in mystery and ancient sorrow.

And even as Prince Josua seeks to rally his scattered forces, Simon and the surviving members of the League of the Scroll are desperately struggling to discover the truth behind an almost-forgotten legend, which will take them from the fallen citadels of humans to the secret heartland of the Sithi - where near-immortals must at last decide whether to ally with the race of men in a final war against those of their own blood.

©2005 Tad Williams (P)2016 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Panoramic, vigorous, often moving.... Williams adroitly weaves together the tales...heralding a suitably epic and glorious conclusion.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Readers who delight in losing themselves in long complex tales of epic fantasy will be in their element here, and there is the promise of much more to come in future volumes.” (Locus)

“Highly Recommended. [Williams] draws on many mythologies for the background of his fantasy epic...story spiced with political intrigue and strong appealing heroes.” (Library Journal)

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Better than the first...

I just finished the series and it's good. It is well written with an outstanding performance by Andrew Wincott. But oh is this a slow burn.

Book1 *** Nothing happened in the first book except the last 2 hours. A really slow burn.

Book 2 *** The story final kicks off, but I began to not care about some of the characters.

Book 3 *** Finally a book work listening too, but wow it is long at over 60 hours. Still some slower parts but the plot moves and Tad sticks the ending.

So, if your not a patient listener I highly recommend you move this down TBR queue,

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good sequel

narrator really makes a great story even greater
great follow up to dragon bone chair, going to download book 3 today

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great story

excellent story with surprsing twists and turns. well worth the investment of my time

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Favorite Series this isn’t, but it’s a Favorite!!!

Well my favorite is LOTR. So that’s hard to beat. At first I thought this was a “typical” fantasy book: scullery boy runs from his castle in which ‘murder most foul and treachery too,’ has/is taking place. He meets a mysterious person who very helpfully doesn’t let Simon die of exposure and we’re off!
It’s so much better than any synopsis. Also, it’s really really long and well worth three credits especially as the final book of the “trilogy” was sold as two huge books, each th

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Terrific

While some have said that the book meanders, and muddies the spoken performance, I find the voice acting impeccable, and the story enthralling. Multiple times I endured goosebumps upon realizing a certain part was coming up...

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Good story. Well told, albeit very slowly.

Excellent narration. Very good character development and variety of beings. Story told very very slowly with great detail - you may like or dislike this aspect. But overall, a good listen for those who enjoy living with a story for a while.

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Love love love this series!!!

This is one of the best series I have ever read and listened too all the adventure and mystics that play out over these books I've been jumping for joy and moved to tears! Simon is a wonderful lead character and all the other people that come into play are amazing as well! Overall great book!!!

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As good as I remember

As you will read in so many reviews, it's a slow pace book. It is however, a great story with great characters. If you have ever listened to lord of the rings and enjoyed that audio version, you will enjoy this ones as well. Just don't compare it to some of the newer books in this genre.

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Rich, engaging, world building master

Tad Williams only peer is the master, Tolkien himself.
That said, Tad Williams' books and book series (all large) differ from one another dramatically. Some being similar to Memory Sorrow and Thorn. Others being epic cyber space sci-fi. I've read most of his books. Memory Sorrow and Thorn remains my favorite. It's the series I read over and over. It's a perfect polished gem.

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So incredible!

The second book in this amazing trilogy keeps building upon where The Dragonbone Chair left off.

Again, Andrew Wincott does this amazing story justice with his powerful voice. Breathing new life into this epic adventure and will leave you scrambling for the next book.

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