The Dragonbone Chair

The Dragonbone Chair : Memory, Sorrow & Thorn Book 1

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 944 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 60mm | 720g
  • Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1473642108
  • 9781473642102
  • 98,767

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Ground-breaking . . . changed how people thought of the genre and paved the way for so much modern fantasy, including mine -- Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Kingkiller Chronicle One of the main reasons I started writing fantasy . . . Tad Williams' work is an essential part of any science fiction and fantasy library -- Christopher Paolini, author of the Inheritance Cycle series One of my favourite fantasy series -- George R. R. Martin, author of A Game of Thrones [A] truly remarkable piece of storytelling . . . a glorious work or art * Starburst * Williams is our Tolkien, and I suspect his coronation will be confirmed * Fear * A solid story spiced with political intrigue and strong, appealing heroes. Highly recommended * Library Journal * Without doubt on of the best fantasy novels I have read * Vector * The fantasy equivalent of war and peace * Locus * Williams has begun a well-written, colourfully characterized and very readable saga * Publishers Weekly *
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About Tad Williams

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 now plays as an MMO on 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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