Empire of Grass

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n April 2014, US publisher DAW Books announced that Tad Williams would be writing a new sequel trilogy to the classic “Memory, Sorrow and Thorn” series. Titled “The Last King of Osten Ard”, the series is set thirty years after the events of “Memory, Sorrow and Thorn”. The second volume in the much-anticipated sequel series is  titled Empire of Grass.

Set in Williams’ New York Times bestselling fantasy world, the second book of “The Last King of Osten Ard” returns to the trials of King Simon and Queen Miriamele as threats to their kingdom loom…

The kingdoms of Osten Ard have been at peace for decades, but now, the threat of a new war grows to nightmarish proportions.

Simon and Miriamele, royal husband and wife, face danger from every side. Their allies in Hernystir have made a pact with the dreadful Queen of the Norns to allow her armies to cross into mortal lands. The ancient, powerful nation of Nabban is on the verge of bloody civil war, and the fierce nomads of the Thrithings grasslands have begun to mobilize, united by superstitious fervor and their age-old hatred of the city-dwellers. But as the countries and peoples of the High Ward bicker among themselves, battle, bloodshed, and dark magics threaten to pull civilizations to pieces. And over it all looms the mystery of the Witchwood Crown, the deadly puzzle that Simon, Miriamele, and their allies must solve if they wish to survive.

But as the kingdoms of Osten Ard are torn apart by fear and greed, a few individuals will fight for their own lives and destinies—not yet aware that the survival of everything depends on them.

Release date
Empire of Grass was published in May 2019, just two years after volume one, The Witchwood Crown.

Cover art
The cover art of Empire of Grass was revealed on September 25th, 2018. The artist is the inimitable Michael Whelan, who also created the beautiful artwork for The Dragonbone Chair, Stone of Farewell, To Green Angel Tower, The Heart of What Was Lost, and The Witchwood Crown.

empire of grass by tad williams

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