The Dragonbone Chair

The Dragonbone Chair From the bestselling author of Tailchaser s Song comes the first volume in an epic fantasy trilogy with all the magic wonder and magnificence of Tolkien s The Lord of the Rings The Dragonbone Chair

  • Title: The Dragonbone Chair
  • Author: Tad Williams Michael Whelan
  • ISBN: 9780809900039
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the bestselling author of Tailchaser s Song comes the first volume in an epic fantasy trilogy with all the magic, wonder, and magnificence of Tolkien s The Lord of the Rings The Dragonbone Chair is the story of Simon, a young apprentice, whose dreams of great deeds and heroic wars come all too shockingly true when his world is torn apart by a terrifying civil war From the bestselling author of Tailchaser s Song comes the first volume in an epic fantasy trilogy with all the magic, wonder, and magnificence of Tolkien s The Lord of the Rings The Dragonbone Chair is the story of Simon, a young apprentice, whose dreams of great deeds and heroic wars come all too shockingly true when his world is torn apart by a terrifying civil war a war fueled by ancient hatreds, immortal enemies, and the dark powers of sorcery.In Osten Ard, a land ruled by an elvish like race known as the Sithi, the human High King is dying And with his death, a long dormant evil is unleashed on the land as the undead Sithi ruler, the Storm King, seeks to regain his lost realm thought a pact with one of human royal blood.Only a small, scattered group, the League of the Scroll, recognizes the true danger faced by Osten Ard, only they hold the knowledge of times past, of threats fulfilled, and of a riddle of swords, which holds out the one small hope of salvation And to Simon unknowingly apprenticed to a member of this League, and unwittingly touched by magic both good and ill will go the task of spearheading the search for the solution of this riddle of long lost swords of power, a quest that will see him fleeing and facing enemies straight out of a legend maker s worst nightmare

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    • Tad Williams Michael Whelan

      Tad Williams is a California based fantasy superstar His genre creating and genre busting books have sold tens of millions worldwide, in twenty five languages His considerable output of epic fantasy and science fiction book series, stories of all kinds, urban fantasy novels, comics, scripts, etc have strongly influenced a generation of writers the Otherland epic relaunches June 2018 as an MMO on steam Tad is currently immersed in the creation of The Last King of Osten Ard , planned as a trilogy with two intermediary novels He, his family and his animals live in the Santa Cruz mountains in a suitably strange and beautiful house tadwilliams mrstad

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    • “He who is certain he knows the ending of things when he is only beginning them is either extremely wise or extremely foolish; no matter which is true, he is certainly an unhappy man, for he has put a knife in the heart of wonder.” - Qanuc ProverbThe Dragonbone Chair is chock and block full of wonder. If you have the patience to master this piece of work (it is incredibly dense and filled with first class world building and heaps of lore) you'll find it an extremely rewarding experience. It [...]


    • OK, here's the deal. I've met this author at a convention and he seemed a nice enough fellow; and plenty of other people have read this book and given it four or five stars. But I am an unusually picky reader. I like high fantasy. I could read Tolkien over and over again, love Martin, and have put away my fair share of Eddings, Jordan, and Brooks. But I spent the first 100 or so pages of this thinking I would have liked this book a lot more if I were (a) still fifteen and (b) a boy. I made it th [...]


    • The opening to what is easily the best fantasy series I've ever read. Williams' Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn remains, IMHO, one of the most underread and underappreciated series out there. I suspect that the length of the novels scares some people off; Dragonbone Chair is the shortest, and it's still around 700 pages. The series as a whole incorporates most classical fantasy elements: an epic quest, dark sorcery, an unlikely hero, etc but what makes it unforgettable for me is one main thing. Willia [...]


    • A classic in the fantasy field, this is best suited for readers looking for the traditional orphan-identity quest. While I enjoyed it overall, I was able to set the book down and walk away, coming and going from the story until Simon reached the woods. I consider it a bad sign when I'm able to set a book down--my favorites have me locked into reading position until I reach the end page. Eventually it picked up and reeled me in, but there was skimming involved. A combination coming-of-age and cas [...]


    • One of the seminal works of epic fantasy which, along with the works of Robert Jordan and David Eddings, made the genre what it is today. Williams makes a virtue of starting small as we follow orphaned kitchen boy Simeon through his childhood in the castle of King Prester John. However, the king's death heralds an age of discord and Simeon finds himself drawn into valiant Prince Josua's rebellion against his increasingly despotic and magically deranged brother. The scope of the story expands wit [...]


    • “Books are a form of magic because they span time and distance more surely than any spell and charm.”The Dragonbone Chair is the first book in Tad Williams’ Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series and an amazing coming of age story, which probably had big enough impact to shape and influence many of today’s popular writers of this genre. For that alone, it is my opinion, that it should be visited at least once in a lifetime, no matter of someone’s preference in their genres.A truly magnificent [...]


    • “The Dragonbone Chair stood like a strange alter-untenanted, surrounded by bright, dancing motes of dust, flanked by statues of the Hayholt’s six High Kings”Last fall, my good friend and fellow A Song of Ice and Fire enthusiast, Cheryl Hall, invited me to join her in the reading of The Dragonbone Chair. I immediately said yes, for four reasons: Tad Williams was a new author for me, one I’d been curious about every since the 1998 publication of City of Golden Shadow, Book I in his Otherla [...]


    • I came into this book a little forewarned by the good readers here at : "that this book is a SLOW buildup". 0-20%, slow. 20-30%, something could happen, are we leaving yet? 30-35%, is this it? No, false start. 35-45% OK, we left the castle, something has to happen right? 45%-end: Bam! Fires, dragons, magic swords, trolls, elves, demons, mountains, crossing the map, wolves (good and bad), bad dreams/good dreams, death, sieges, magical storms, ships.The slow build-up eventually drops you off the c [...]



    • Dear Tad Williams,I cannot thank you enough for writing a bookwell, set of booksat I can read as a full-on grown-up and still enjoy as much as I did when I was an angsty teenager.It has hurtful to find so many of my favorite when-I-was-young reads (looking at you, Shannara and DragonLance) aren't actually good at all and that I must adore them from afar with only sentimentality stoking the fires of young love.Thank you for not adding to that hurt. I appreciate the effort you put into this story, [...]


    • 2.5*The writing style is very good. However the pacing is super slow. If you're going to have a slow pace, for me, you have to balance it with some sort of engaging psychological gauging of the characters usually with a high dose of empathy or some type of theoretical discussion which is thought provoking or some witty character banter. I think if you like old school fantasy and it's pacing you'll love this. If you don't then not so much.


    • I was 14 years old when I first read this book. I remember feeling like a boss when I turned that last page. I had done it. I had finished this monster of a book all on my own and all without anyone telling me I had to. Not only that but I really, really loved doing it too. I wasn't a complete newb to SF/F - I had the Narnia books read to me, as well as The Hobbit, Lord Of The Rings, and A Wrinkle in Time. And while I loved those books - I had to share them with my family. I had to discover thos [...]


    • This is one of my all-time favorite series and I reread it almost every year. That being said, I can understand why many people have given it negative reviews. There are two things that are cited most often 1) the slow start and 2)that there is nothing new (no new magic system, cultures are copies of Earth cultures, main character follows scullion to hero story, etc.), and I want to briefly address both those concerns before giving my final recommendation. Whenever I recommend this series to som [...]


    • I have to be honest, I love Tad Williams. A lot of my friends aren't fans of his because he really does take ages and ages to get to the point. He's very big on character development, which is basically all I read books for. I not only forgive three hundred pages of character introduction and exposition and plot set-up, I gleefully embrace it.This book isn't any different from others of his that I've read in that respect, and in all others, it's a classic fantasy adventure. Orphan boy tapped for [...]


    • Here's what went down, in case you're interested. I read "The Old Scale Game", a short story by Tad Williams off Unfettered, and I was like "Oi! I like this shit!". I enjoyed it so much, I ran to the local used book-store and got myself a copy of "The Dragonbone Chair". And loved the muthafucken' poo out of it, hey! Mind you, there's nothing original about this novel, it's a pretty cliched story, but I guess it was just what I needed to read: old-fashioned high fantasy, that is, Young-scullion-s [...]


    • Oh, the orphan boy with unknown talents, who under-performs until the pressure is applied—how many fantasy stories have you read with this structure? Let’s see--Magic’s Pawn by Mercedes Lackey, The Riftwar Saga by Raymond Feist, The Belgariad by David Eddings, The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks, even to some extent The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien (substitute “hobbit” for “boy”). Maybe even the King Arthur story to some extent—until young Arthur pulls the sword [...]


    • This is the second series I have started by Tad Willaims and this is a purely fantasy-based one rather than the blend which was Otherland. I went into this not long after having finished Otherland becuase I really enjoyed that series and I was hoping to enjoy this one just as much. Once again, I feel as though this is a series with potential, but as yet it's not reached that potential and so I will certainly continue onto book 2, but as of right now Otherland intrigued me more by this point.This [...]


    • I love this series. I hadn't thought of it in a little while, but speaking about books today with a friend brought it to mind and I thought, "I haven't read that this yearI should." The four LARGE volumes are quite an investment, both in money and in time, (get it from the library, or let me know and you can borrow mine when I'm done) but it's worth it in the end. I know that sci-fi/fantasy are seriously formulaic, and these are not that differentyoung boy, thrown into circumstances beyond his c [...]


    • O what a ponderous tome! I've been wanting to read this book for a long time and was sorely disappointed. Tropes aside this book is so long winded and dull I could barely get through it! I almost gave up on it a few times. The only thing that saved me is that every hundred pages or so something truly interesting would happen and then right back to boring ol' Simon and his boring bullshit!One of the biggest problems with this book was it's scope. The cast of characters was too long and Mr. Willia [...]


    • When you stopped to think about it, he reflected, there weren’t many things in life one truly needed. To want too much was worse than greed: it was stupidity— a waste of precious time and effort.Odlično djelo gosn Williamsa. Uživao sam u ovoj knjizi. Uživao sam u svakom liku, svakom krajoliku divnog Osten Arda, kao i mnogih rasa koje se nalaze na toj zemlji. Iako je bilo par težih trenutaka, gdje sam se mučio da ih prođem i gdje je potrebno kilu živaca i strpljenja ( za koje iskreno n [...]


    • About 15 years ago, when I was a wan, neurotic preteen wandering in the suburban wasteland of Southern California, my daily afterschool routine would lead me to the local library: a smallish building tucked under the overhanging boughs of a massive oak, it had a more visible neighbor in the even tinier city hall. In my later life, I would grow to realize that the entire complex, from library to city hall to the grocery store and mom-and-pop joints, were one of the last remnants of the "old towne [...]


    • This is my first work from Tad Williams, but it definitely won't be my last. This is a novel in the high fantasy tradition. It's a tale that spans a continent, with a quest of dire consequence, and rife with complex in-depth cultures and characters. The Dragonbone Chair takes obvious influence from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, most specifically in tone and scope. Though it is FAR from a rip-off in anyway. The story is completely original. I also believe Tolkien to be only one of many [...]


    • What a fantastic story. Some people can't stand special snowflake Simon, but I love it all.The Dragonbone Chair is takes a long time to build, and therefore it's hard to give a spoiler free premise. Our main character is Simon, a young orphan boy living in the Hayholt castle. He is a dreamer, someone unfit for the dreary castle life. When he becomes the apprentice of the fascinating Morgenes, he feels like he might finally become part of the adventures and grand life he has always fantasized abo [...]


    • My introduction to Tad Williams was the Otherland quartet, which rank among the very best books I ever read. Otherland had strong characters, an engaging plot, and a fast-paced movielike quality about it. I expected the same from other Williams works, so I picked up The Dragonbone Chair for some summer vacation reading.And I was incredibly disappointed. The utter lack of engaging dialog and prevalence of weak, forgettable characters ruins this book. I found myself flipping past 2-3 pages at a ti [...]


    • Out of the older tradition of fantasy writing, this one takes its time and builds slowly, carefully, meticulously, until we have a world and conflict that feels real and surprising in the present with the depth that a long history provides. Really good stuff if you're patient enough to let it simmer. I will admit to being bored at times, and frustrated with Simon's ignorance and naivete, especially in this first book. What I would consider to be the introduction takes about 200 pages. Then it's [...]


    • 4.5 stars, deservedly rounded up to 5 stars for the overall enjoyment of this first book in the "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn" series. A slow start and one or two sections in which I was lulled into near boredom (hence the missing half star in the rating), but beyond that a great adventure filled with interesting, well developed characters; colorfully descriptive and imaginative places and thingsd plenty of action and intrigue once the story gets going. The author's careful attention to painting a [...]


    • I enjoyed every word, I enjoyed nature of Osten Ard. It's so unlike Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance, Diskworld and Shadow of a Dark Queen, less colorful, but not less wonderful. All point-of-views were engaging and not-cringe-worthy. I found first half of book more interesting than some later parts, but loved part featuring Jiriki, Ice Dragon, Joshua's escape from Naglimund, Simon's dreams, I LOVED Simon's dreams and Miriamele.


    • I really enjoyed this book once I concentrated on it. Williams isn't really breaking any new ground in fantasy with it, but it's well-written and well-imagined.


    • ++Spoilers++(not really a review, but more or less notes to myself)Some may not care for this book or get bored with it. I did not. If you liked LOTR you will like this.Yes it could have been shorter, yes it could have been more action packed, but It is not that kind of a read. Considering my mood of late, this was exactly what I was looking for, a nice long detailed story that makes me feel as though I was going on the journey with the characters.A nice fantasy comfort read, and I loved it.I re [...]


    • Struggling a bit in Chapter 5 as the protagonist (Simon) observes things and reveals little disconnected snippets of history that (I assume) play a role in the story I hope is about to begin. (I am becoming a little tired of the comings and goings of Simon.)I am hoping for the best. Tolkien ruined most other fantasy stories for me decades ago. * * * * After seven chapters, I gave up hope that an actual story would break out and something interesting will happen--or at least something more intere [...]


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