Happy Birthday, Oh Most Favourite Book (The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams)

A nice tribute to The Dragonbone Chair…

Letters & Leaves

I usually don’t pay attention to when books were published. But luckily I have friends who do, and who remind me, so…

Happy 25th birthday, Simon, Binabik, Doctor Morgenes, Rachel, Josua, Miriamele, Isgrimnur, Jiriki, Geloë (one day I will learn how to type your name), Deornoth, Dinivan, Ranessin, Towser, Maegwin, Gwythinn, Lluth, Tiamak, Sangfugol, Jarnauga, Qantaqa, Sludig, Haestan, Jeremias, Cadrach, Vorzheva, Gutrun, Einskaldir, Eolair… who else am I forgetting? Leleth, Grimmric, An’nai, Ki’ushapo, Sijandi, Judith, Strangyeard, unnamed woodsman #2… even to Elias, Pryrates, Fengbald, Guthwulf, Ingen Jegger, Inch… you may not be nice guys, but my life would not be the same without you.

Happy birthday to the Hayholt, to Thisterborg, to Nabban, to the Taig, to Aldheorte, to the Wran and Naglimund and Urmsheim and all the places in between.

Happy birthday to the piles of books in Morgenes’ chambers, to the view from Green Angel Tower, to creepy…

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Twenty-fifth Anniversary of The Dragonbone Chair

This month marks the 25th Anniversary of the publication of Tad Williams’ fantasy novel, The Dragonbone Chair, Book One of “Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn.”  The epic series begins as the story of a simple castle servant named Seoman who stumbles upon treachery as nonagenarian King John lies dying. The book went on to become a nationwide best-seller in the US.

A war fueled by the dark powers of sorcery is about to engulf the peaceful land of Osten Ard–for Prester John, the High King, slayer of the dread dragon Shurakai, lies dying. And with his death, an ancient evil will at last be unleashed, as the Storm King, undead ruler of the elvishlike Sithi, seeks to regain his lost realm through a pact with one of human royal blood. Then, driven by spell-inspired jealousy and hate, prince will fight prince, while around them the very land begins to die. Only a small scattered group, the League of the Scroll, recognizes the true danger awaiting Osten Ard. And to Simon–a castle scullion unknowingly apprenticed to a member of this League–will go the task of spearheading the quest for the solution to a riddle of long-lost swords of power…and a quest that will see him fleeing and facing enemies straight out of a legend-maker’s worst nightmares!

Williams’ series went on to inspire George R. R. Martin to write “A Song of Ice and Fire,” which was adapted for television as Game of Thrones.