ome of us have been waiting for this for years – official merch from Tad’s worlds. Now it is finally happening. Deborah Beale, Tad’s wife and business partner and a few faithful frends have put together an Indiegogo campaign with new original art from Osten Ard and Otherland to have and to hold.
For as little as $3 you’ll get a new and exclusive short story by Tad. Here are a few examples of the shinies that are also out there FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY.
T-shirts with original art from Djamilia Knopf depicting Osten Ard:
Isaac Stewart’s Osten Ard map as seen in The Witchwood Crown printed on metallic foil:
More T-shirts with Otherland themes which will also feature in the revitalised – and hopefully thriving – Otherland MMOG (the Wicked Tribe picture from MarzKartoons is my fav thing in the whole campaign):
The campaign will last throughout March and then all the pretty things (except for the Otherland shirts) will be gone again forever. So it is now or never folks …
he Witchwood Crown, Tad Williams’ latest Osten Ard novel, has been nominated by Goodreads, in the category “Best Fantasy novel of 2017”. Other nominees include J.K. Rowlings’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology, and Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Fate.
Williams’ return to the world of Osten Ard after a more than twenty-year gap has been lauded by critics, with Den of Geekcalling the novel “a rich world populated with characters that compliment each other,” while SFFWorld.com states the novel is “a weighty, emotional, and engrossing launch” and is “highly recommended”. Barnes and Noble calls it a “triumphant return to a beloved Fantasy world”. Even Kirkus Reviews, no fans of Williams’ previous works, callsThe Witchwood Crown “stunning” and “virtually un-put-down-able… an instant fantasy classic”.
The huge volume, more than 700 pages in length, was written from 2014 to 2017. Set 34 years after the end of the last Osten Ard novel, To Green Angel Tower, The Witchwood Crown continues the story, as Simon and Miriamele now rule the land over which they successfully won a war more than three decades ago. Although they have rebuilt the kingdom of Osten Ard, their lives have been shattered by personal loss. And now the shadow of a threat moves once more, as their old enemies, the immortal Norns, stir again in the far north.
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Last week, on the best Friday the 13th EVER, Deborah Beale and Tad Williams came to my home town Kassel for a reading in my favourite bookstore, an evening with family and friends from all over Germany and even Austria and the Netherlands and a far to brief stay at my house.
Here is the video of the reading:
And here is the video of the highly entertaining Q&A that followed.
[Edited to add: A few days later Tad was asked if he would have been a good rockstar. His answer was a first hesitant but then heartfelt yes. This is proof.]
In the afternoon I had picked up Deb and Tad from the train station and we had coffee and chats in the autumn sun in front of our house …
My very dear friend Q was sick and could not attend the reading. So he at least came over to have his books signed and thus gave me the chance to introduce Tad and Deb to the local incarnation of young Simon Snowlock:
A pre-event phot- op to record our awesome matching outfits:
On our way to the book shop we stopped at my parents’ place who had a gazillion books waiting to be signed:
During the reading my friend and awesome photographer Frank Gerhold took pictures. These are my favourites:
And after it was all was said and done and a lot more books had been signed family and friends had food and drinks and more happy chatter:
„Sie werden einander so eng verbunden sein, wie Bruder und Schwester nur sein können, obwohl sie viele Jahre getrennt leben werden. Sie wird Länder bereisen, die nie zuvor von einer Sterblichen betreten worden sind, wird verlieren, was sie am meisten liebt, und mit dem, das sie einst verachtet hat, ihr Glück finden… Er wird einen neuen Namen bekommen. Niemals wird ihm ein Thron gehören, aber seine Hand wird Königreiche erheben und stürzen.“
Diese Prophezeiung begleitet mich seit 1994. Es sind die Worte, die im letzten Band der „Osten-Ard-Saga“ von Tad Williams hoffen ließen, dass ich „Das Geheimnis dergroßen Schwerter“ am Ende noch gar nicht gelöst hatte. Diese geheimnisvollen Worte am Tag der Geburt der Zwillinge Deornoth und Derra, die Prinz Josua und seiner Frau Vara geschenkt wurden, schrieb ich mir ebenso auf, wie mögliche Handlungsstränge in der großen Saga, die vielleicht…
Last month Tad Williams did a reading and Q&A at a bookshop in his hometown of Santa Cruz. The evening started with him reading the 3rd chapter of The Witchwood Crown, the higly acclaimed return to Osten Ard, published this summer from DAW books. Tad’s wife the fabulous Deborah Beale kindly recorded the whole venue. Here’s the reading:
Tad then went on to answering questions about:
– Osten Ard, we learn what the Sign of the Tree looks like,
– writing the new books (including more kudos to the help of yours truly runners of this site – I never get tired of that)
– older books (interesting stuff about Caliban’s Hour!) and writing long stories in general. Listen to all of it here:
I will say, though, that the reading was powerfully nostalgic. As Mr. Tad Williams read his passage — a veritable word salad of strange Trollish names that no doubt sounded like an impenetrable chain of gobbledygook to the uninitiated — I was transported back to my days in college, reading until early in the morning and realizing I had class in two hours. They say that the surest way to “get” someone in, say, a cult is to develop a secret language, and this was like the cult of Tad Williams.
I got to ask a couple of questions, such as “Why return to writing about Osten Ard after 25 years away?” And “How long did it take to look at your old notes to acclimate with the world again?” Now, Tad did warn us his answers would be long… and they were! But long story short: he…