The Witchwood Crown (The Last King of Osten Ard, #1) by Tad Williams

The Witchwood Crown (The Last King of Osten Ard, #1)

New York Times-bestselling Tad Williams’ ground-breaking epic fantasy saga of Osten Ard begins an exciting new cycle! • Volume One of The Last King of Osten ArdThe Dragonbone Chair, the first volume of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, was published in hardcover in October, 1988, launching the series that was to become one of the seminal works of modern epic fantasy. Many of today’s top-selling fantasy authors, from Patrick Rothfuss to George R. R...

Details The Witchwood Crown (The Last King of Osten Ard, #1)

TitleThe Witchwood Crown (The Last King of Osten Ard, #1)
Release DateJun 27th, 2017
GenreFantasy, Epic Fantasy, Fiction, High Fantasy

Reviews The Witchwood Crown (The Last King of Osten Ard, #1)

  • Bradley
    I'm almost speechless. I mean, reading this long, long book takes me back to all the long, long books of Tad Williams and especially his most well known and beloved original fantasy. (Of which this picks up many years down the line, with Simon the Scullion a grandfather and King of the kingdom.)What this does extremely well: worldbuilding and characters. He takes his time. And I mean, he lets all the characterizations come out gloriously slowly, ...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum was a very long, very dense read, but I really don’t mean that in a negative way. Quite the contrary, in fact; it’s has been a while since I’ve sunk my teeth into an epic fantasy so rich and layered, and it felt incredibly refreshing to fall into a meaty novel like this and just let it consume me completely.The Witchwood Crown is the start of a new series set i...
  • Len Evans Jr
    I loved this book... even at almost 700 pages the author kept me turning page after page long after I should have gone to bed on multiple nights. The characters though many are all so skillfully drawn that you quickly come to know and care about what happens to them. The pace of the plot is measured; yet not too slow... always keeping you hooked. I need to now go back and read the original trilogy to tide me over till the next book in this one is...
  • Andreas
    Some 30 years ago, Tad Williams started his Osten Ard  series with The Dragonbone Chair, Stone of Farewell, and concluded it in 1993 with To Green Angel Tower. I never expected him to return to this wonderful world and characters. Now, we have a long novella The Heart of what was Lost, which picked up some threads directly after the first trilogy, and this new doorstopper of a novel. So, yes dear newcomer, you have to read all the books before t...
  • Bob Milne
    Sometimes you really can't go home again.I read "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn" back in high school, which was 20+ years ago, for those of you trying to do the math. While I don't have strong memories of it, I think I enjoyed it. Otherland didn't work for me at all, but I chalked that up to my not being a fan of the whole virtual reality/gaming/scifi genre. The War of the Flowers was an OK read, but I figured my lack of enthusiasm was due to my prefe...
  • Andrew
    The Witchwood Crown continues Tad Williams’ seminal fantasy trilogy Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn while standing equally tall on its own in a more crowded book market, starting a new trilogy called The Last King of Osten Ard. 1988 was a different time for those massive tomes, and this first volume of the new trilogy knows that. Instead of blindly repeating the threat of the original trilogy or copy-pasting in a new one, The Witchwood Crown takes th...
  • Joseph
    George R.R. Martin said that Tad Williams' original Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy was one of the things that pushed him to start writing A Game of Thrones. At times, the Witchwood Crown feels like Tad Williams is taking inspiration from George R.R. Martin. Not to say that everybody in Osten Ard is now a foul-mouthed, brothel-frequenting hedge knight; nor are there shocking massacres. (At least not yet.) But this time around, everything in Oste...
  • Linda
    Once again such an awesome story! The bad guys are never just bad, and really believe they are doing the right thing. The good guys are never just good, but can be a true pain in the ass.I love how this book tells both the story of Morgan, son of King Simon, and that of several of the Norns.I'm really sad the release date of this book has been postponed for a year.[reread]As it has been a long while since I read that first draft, I had forgotten ...
  • GrilledCheeseSamurai
    Well...shit. I finished. What a ride. I mean, I first re-read the entirety of the original trilogy, Memory Sorrow & Thorn, then whipped through the novel that bridges the old trilogy with this new one, The Heart Of What Was Lost, and now I have just finished this book, The Witchwood Crown, which is the first book of the new trilogy, The Last King Of Osten Ard.Seriously, I have spent so much time reading Tad Williams words lately that I feel like ...
  • Angela
    So incredible to have new Osten Ard stories to read! From the very first chapter, this return to the much-loved world of Memory, Sorrow and Thorn is just as enthralling and magical as it was 25 years ago. Reading about the beloved old characters is exactly like meeting dear friends you've been apart from for far too long: instantly comfortable, heartwarming, and exciting as you learn what they've been up to and how things have changed. Equally wo...
  • Librad
    I was one of the lucky people that got to read an ARC of the Witchwood Crown - and yes, it was very very lucky. And don't worry... I'll not put any spoilers in the below!!Having read - and loved - the MST books (the earlier series set in the same world of Osten Ard), I was so happy to be able to go back into this world, as well as slightly nervous - you know the feeling of returning to a place where you have such good memories and how often it di...
  • Nadine
    Maybe a 4.5? I don't know why Willams' books take so long for me to finish! I loved being back in this world from the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series and seeing all the characters dear to me again. You can really see how the writing and the overall story telling improved from the original series to this book and I can't wait to get more! Full review up soon
  • Johan
    Re-read: Still love it, so much going on, so much mystery, so many questions...!Original review below.-The high King and Queen of Osten Ard are on a tour of their country, visiting their friends and allies in Hernystir and Rimmersgard. But not all who welcome them are friends... Suspect activities, dark rumours, and eventually an encounter with the deadly and secretive Norns call the royal entourage home early. Meanwhilst, their allies the Sithi ...
  • Ron H
    I received an Advance Reader Copy of the novel in January.The Witchwood Crown is Tad Williams' magnificent return to Osten Ard. This is a novel I've been waiting for, for 24 years. I'm happy to report that The Witchwood Crown lives up to expectations.Set 35 years after the end of To Green Angel Tower, The Witchwood Crown answers the questions avid readers have been wondering for the last two and a half decades: What happened after the end? Were S...
  • Brian Durfee
    Amazing and enchanting and layered with mystery. The perfect re-entry into the lands of Osten Ard. We start in high fashion with a Sithi and some poisoned arrows and then it's off to the adventure from there. In a grand tour we get to meet all our hero's from Memory Sorrow and Thorn within the first hundred pages: Simon, Miri, Binibik, Isgrimnir, Eolair, Sludig, Tiamek, and so on. Older and wiser but yet the same. New characters that stand out: M...
  • Sotiris Karaiskos
    Μετά από πολλά χρόνια ο αγαπητός μας Tad Williams στρέφει ξανά το βλέμμα του στον μαγικό κόσμο του Osten Ard όπου διαδραματίστηκε η ιδιαίτερα σημαντική τριλογία Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn. Ακόμα και εκεί όμως έχει περάσει πολύς χρόνος, έχει κυλήσει πολύ νερό στο αυλάκι...
  • Magpie
    I'm not usually a person who associates books with certain songs – I don't listen to music much in general – but I must have heard “Pompeii” by Bastille around the same time I was reading the manuscript of The Witchwood Crown, and found myself back in a world and with characters I've loved for so many years, and my mind quietly started singing,But if you close your eyes Does it almost feel like nothing changed at all? And if you close you...
  • Buchstabenträumerin
    BÜCHER VON TAD WILLIAMS SIND EIN WAHRER SCHATZ. PUNKT. ICH KÖNNTE ES HIERBEI BELASSEN……mache ich aber natürlich nicht. Denn das wäre dem Werk von Tad Williams natürlich nicht angemessen. Mit seiner Osten Ard-Reihe, in die er seine Leser erstmals bereits vor 30 Jahren entführte, hat Williams ein episches Meisterwerk geschaffen. Wo heute vielleicht gesagt wird, Sarah J. Maas sei die Königin der fantastischen Erzählkunst, der möge bitte...
  • Kaitlin
    *If you haven't read the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn books - this review does contain some mild spoilers for that series*This book is the first in a new series by Tad Williams that is set in the same world as his Osten Ard books. It is set about 30 years after the ending of the final Memory, Sorrow and Thorn book, and follows the reign of King Simon and Queen Mirriamel alongside the stories of some of their friends, children, grandchildren and allie...
  • Aidan
    Williams revels in returning to themes, ideas, and problems that he first explored in Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, and looking for new solutions—discovering how people born under different circumstances might deal with the same conflict. Like his grandfather, Morgan will be forced to grow up, and put aside his childish naivety, which doesn’t feel all that different from Simon’s reluctant aging. “By the Ransomer’s Tree,” Simon grumbles in...
  • Joe Crow
    Nice piece of work, this. Williams is a skilled writer, and it’s good to see him back in the world of Osten Ard. Not exactly a cheery read, but a little imminent doom is good for the soul, or something. Of course, the fact that I’ve gotta wait for goddam EVER for Empire of Grass to come out, never mind The Navigator’s Children is a bit galling. That’s what I get for reading the first book in a trilogy before the rest of the books have bee...
  • Jessica
    Listen, we all knew I was going to love this book. I've only waited 25 years for it, he would have had to really screw up for me to not love it. And you may rest assured: he does not screw up. It's perfect. It's the perfect follow up to my beloved Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn. (If you have not read Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, you need to go and read them immediately. Also: How are we friends?!)I'm not going to say anything about the plot. I'm not goi...
  • Marian
    How can a book that's 700 pages feel so short? At the end I felt like, nooo, it can't end! We're just getting started! I really enjoyed the return to Osten Ard. I had only re-read The Dragonbone Chair before this, and I didn't feel like I was lost at any point. You could definitely read this without reading MST. But I am definitely going to finish my re-read to hold me over to the next publication date! My strongest feelings are about the charact...
  • Sasha
    First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. When I received this book I began reading it at once. I really enjoy the authors writing style, he pulls you into the book from the very beginning and you don't want to put the book down. It kept me on the edge of my seat re...
  • Cathy
    A return to Osten Ard! After so many years away, it was like returning to home. Osten Ard is where I first found my love of fantasy, and a place I've always been fascinated by.We meet new characters and some old favorites return as well. It is of course a new story, with some excellent POVs from the Norn side (the "evil elves" if you will). It feels fairly dark from the beginning, with more focus on things unknown and beyond the physical plane. J...
  • Ylva
    I do not start this review the usual way with the book but with myself. I was one of the first human beings in the whole wide world who knew that Tad would return to Osten Ard. The thought that there would be more stories in my favourite parallel universe overwhelmed and excited me in a fashion I never thought news about fiction could. Later I was one of the first readers of The Witchwood Crow, giving comprehensive feedback on each new version. N...
  • Saphana
    This is a new release, so I’m going to put my review under a cut. It WILL contain spoilers, so there.It’s been almost 30 years since I read the first volume of Memory, Sorrow and Thorn and I totally had forgotten, how annoying Simon is. So is Miriamele, for that matter. Don’t get me started on Morgan. A knock around the ears every second page or so would do him a world of good.I always found that Tad Williams can’t -or rather: won’t - w...