The Stone of Farewell: Book Two of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn

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Penguin, Apr 5, 2005 - Fiction - 768 pages
New York Times-bestselling Tad Williams’ landmark epic fantasy saga of Osten Ard begins an exciting new cycle!

“One of my favorite fantasy series.” —George R. R. Martin • “Groundbreaking.” —Patrick Rothfuss • “One of the great fantasy epics of all time.” —Christopher Paolini

Tad Williams introduced readers to the incredible fantasy world of Osten Ard in his internationally bestselling 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. 


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.

An 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.

After the landmark Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy, the epic saga of Osten Ard continues with the brand-new novel, The Heart of What Was Lost. Then don’t miss the upcoming trilogy, The Last King of Osten Ard, beginning with The Witchwood Crown!

Praise for Osten Ard:

"Inspired me to write my own seven-book trilogy.... It’s one of my favorite fantasy series."
—George R. R. Martin, New York Times-bestselling author of A†Game of Thrones

"Groundbreaking...changed how people thought of the genre, and paved the way for so much modern fantasy. Including mine."
—Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times-bestselling author of The Name of the Wind

"Tad Williams is a master storyteller, and the Osten Ard books are his masterpiece."†—Brandon Sanderson,†New York Times-bestselling author of†Mistborn

"Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn is one of the great fantasy epics of all time."
—Christopher Paolini, New York Times-bestselling author of Eragon

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User Review  - AdrianGHilder - LibraryThing

Tad William's slow but immersive writing style does a wonderful job of painting a picture of a scene in your mind and sometimes even animating it. I recall a scene where they are travelling by a river ... Read full review

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Stone of Farewell is pretty much a well fleshed out Fantasy journey book that suffers from 2nd book in a trilogy syndrome. The worldbuilding is amazing. The main protagonist and the many other POVs ... Read full review


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The Music of High Places
Masks and Shadows
A Bowl of Calamint
Singing Mans House
The Nameless Dead
The Unhomed
A Wager of Little Value
PART THREE Storms Heart
The Lost Garden
Children of the Navigator
A Thousand Steps
Prince of Grass
Through the Summer Gate

Spreading Fires
On Sikkihoqs Back
Cold and Curses
The Mirror
Bones of the Earth
The Stallion Clan
A Crown of Fire
Within Gods Walls
Deep Waters
Dogs of Erchester
Petals in a Wind Storm
Painted Eyes
The Black Sled
Appendix Acknowledgment May 2016

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About the author (2005)

Tad Williams†is a California-based fantasy superstar.† His genre-creating (and genre-busting) books have sold tens of millions worldwide. His works include the worlds of Otherland, Shadowmarch, and Osten Ard≠—including the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, and The Last King of Osten Ard series—as well as standalone novels†Tailchaser’s Song†and†The War of the Flowers. His considerable output of epic fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, comics, and more have strongly influenced a generation of writers.† Tad and his family live in the Santa Cruz mountains in a suitably strange and beautiful house.†He can be found at or on Twitter at @tadwilliams.

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