Announcing The Last King of Osten Ard Trilogy by Tad Williams

By Sharan Matharu

Posted on April 22, 2014 in News with tags Memory Sorrow and Thorn, News, Osten Ard, Sequels, Tad Williams

Hodder and Stoughton have acquired three books by Tad Williams that are sequels to the New York Times bestselling sensation of the 1980s and 1990s, the Memory  Sorrow and Thorn trilogy, which inspired George R R Martin to write A Song of Ice and Fire and launched Christopher Paolini’s writing career.

The series will begin with The Witchwood Crown, continue with Empire of Grass, and conclude with The Navigator’s Children.

Tad Williams has been one of the most respected names in speculative fiction since the release of his debut novel, Tailchaser’s Song, in 1985. He took the fantasy community by storm in 1988 with the first novel in the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy, The Dragonbone Chair. This first installment and the subsequent books—Stone of Farewell and To Green Angel Tower—sold millions of copies worldwide and have been translated into twenty-five languages. Since the release of this classic trilogy, Williams has authored many critically acclaimed novels, short stories, and comic books, including the Otherland, Shadowmarch, and Bobby Dollar series.

In this new trilogy, Williams journeys back to the magical land of Osten Ard and continues the story of beloved characters King Simon and Queen Miriamele, married now for thirty years, and introduces newcomer Prince Morgan, their heir apparent.

Tad Williams says:

‘I haven’t gone back to my old worlds very often, precisely because I never wanted to be doing so simply to be doing it. (That’s called “franchising” and I don’t like it much, personally.) I always said, “If a story ever comes to me that wants to be written, then yes, I’ll consider it.” And it finally did. In fact, it sprang out of a conversation with wife Deborah Beale late last spring, and it’s been coming together for most of a year now, so we kept it secret pretty long.

I believe I can now write a story worthy of those much-loved settings and characters, one that people who haven’t read the originals can enjoy, but which will of course mean more to those who know the original work. More than that, I feel I can do something that will stand up to the best books in our field. I have very high hopes. I’m excited by the challenge. And I’ll do my absolute best to make all the kind responses I’ve already had justified.’

Oliver Johnson, Associate Publisher at Hodder and Stoughton says:

‘The Memory Sorrow and Thorn books form some of my fondest memories of publishing and are as fresh and vibrant today as they were when I came across them in the 80s when I was lucky enough to be working on the Legend imprint which acquired them. So the news of this series seems like a beautiful homecoming to me and all the other fans of that classic series at Hodder. We have been immensely privileged to publish the Bobby Dollar series and are absolutely delighted that one of the landmark fantasy series of the coming years will appear on our list.’


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