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Once he starts running for his life, Simon begins growing up. He becomes a much more likeable character at that point and I began to get invested in his tale. I also appreciated a brand new take on trolls—making them smaller, wiser, and wilier. I liked Binobik and his wolf companion a lot. The Sithi are interesting in their ambiguity—are they enlightened, ethereal beings like the elves in Tolkien? Or are they the dark enemies of mankind?
Crperry13 — Dec 17, My introduction to Tad Williams was the Otherland quartet, which rank among the very best books I ever read. Otherland had strong characters, an engaging plot, and a fast-paced movielike quality about it. I expected the same from other Williams works, so I picked up The Dragonbone Chair for some summer vacation reading.
And I was incredibly disappointed. The utter lack of engaging dialog and prevalence of weak, forgettable characters ruins this book. I found myself flipping past pages at a ti My introduction to Tad Williams was the Otherland quartet, which rank among the very best books I ever read.
I found myself flipping past pages at a time of tedious descriptions of scenery, clothing, weather, and emotions to get to the few lines of dialog per chapter. Not that I have any real issue with description - my favorite books are detailed explorations of fantastic ideas or places check my list! But this book was tedious I don't like giving up on books, but after pages of this one, I quit on it and picked up something a little less frustrating. Brutally disappointing.
I still want to read Williams' later works post-Otherland , but am less enthused. Wilja — Jan 10, Abgebrochen auf Seite Es kam leider keine Spannung auf und ich konnte auch keine Handlung erkennen. Kaitlin — Apr 24, This is the second series I have started by Tad Willaims and this is a purely fantasy-based one rather than the blend which was Otherland. I went into this not long after having finished Otherland becuase I really enjoyed that series and I was hoping to enjoy this one just as much.
Once again, I feel as though this is a series with potential, but as yet it's not reached that potential and so I will certainly continue onto book 2, but as of right now Otherland intrigued me more by this point. This This is the second series I have started by Tad Willaims and this is a purely fantasy-based one rather than the blend which was Otherland.
This story focuses on a young boy called Simon who is a Kitchen-boy at the Castle. He's somewhat simple and he's always drifting off into his own imaginings and daydreams which leads others to think he's lazy. He was orphaned at birth when his mother died and so he's always been raised by the other servants in the Castle. This book is sloooooow and coming from me that's quite bad becuase I read a ton of really long and somewhat slow-moving stories. I found the very beginning scenes introducing us to Simon to be good, and I found the last third of this book really good, but everything between that although interesting is a verrry slow journey.
This book has a lot of classic fantasy tones with some classic fantasy troupes being utilised. We have the 'chosen one' storyline this is evident straight away and we also have a world where magic existed once and some believe that the old race who used it are still around today.
We have a dark character who is corrupting the rulers of the land, a dying King, and a feud between Princes. We also get introduced to a fair Maiden and Troll-like characters.
All in all, this is definitely a classic fantasy story. Although this is a classic fantasy in style, I still think that there are some original voices and ideas and I found that the world was nicely developed as Simon starts to explore it. I think if you haven't read much classic fantasy and don't know all of the troupe then this would work better for you as a story but becuase I have seen these troupes before I was never truly surprised by any element of this book. That's not to say this is a story I didn't enjoy, I do like reading fantasy epics and this certainly has a sprawling feeling to the plot.
On the whole I would say that this is a solid beginning to a series with potential, but it's also not there yet. Lori — Jul 09, I love this series. I hadn't thought of it in a little while, but speaking about books today with a friend brought it to mind and I thought, "I haven't read that this year I should. I still see the country and the people in this series so clearly in my mind.
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The friends become people you want to meet, and the evil is described in ways that make you realize that even fantasy has a basis in the reality of our crazy world. Knowing about the evil out there by keeping up to date with the world is different than "throwing your door open and letting whatever evil passes by to come in.
It is much more difficult to make that evil leave again. Celine — Oct 01, What a fantastic story. Some people can't stand special snowflake Simon, but I love it all.
The Dragonbone Chair is takes a long time to build, and therefore it's hard to give a spoiler free premise. Our main character is Simon, a young orphan boy living in the Hayholt castle. He is a dreamer, someone unfit for the dreary castle life.
When he becomes the apprentice of the fascinating Morgenes, he feels like he might finally become part of the adventures and grand life he has always fantasized abo What a fantastic story. When he becomes the apprentice of the fascinating Morgenes, he feels like he might finally become part of the adventures and grand life he has always fantasized about.
However, he doesn't know that he will become part of a journey that isn't nearly as glorious as he expected it to be. In many ways, The Dragonbone Chair is a classic fantasy story. Simon as special snowflake-y as they come - there is no denying it. However, I love following his development from a naive scullery boy to a responsible young man. Simon is a dreamer, an idealist, which is something I can relate to. He develops from someone that things happen to, to someone who becomes more in control of his own fate.
His is a typical coming of age story, but a heartfelt one. The world of Osten Ard slowly unfolds like a scroll being opened. When Simon is young, our perspective is limited to the capitol.
As Simon's scope broadens, so does ours. We learn more about the different tribes inhabiting Osten Ard, and the tensions between them. Instead of dumping this whole world on the reader at once, we're being taught its mythology piece by piece.
There is a lot of background to learn, and I would not call the book a fast-paced one, but I feel all the background adds to the story. The scope of the book is truly epic, and without the sense of history the world building provides, the whole book would fall flat. The Dragonbone Chair is published in , and its story might no longer appeal to the modern sentiments of contemporary fantasy lovers.
If you're looking for a classic story with clear Tolkienesque influences, give The Dragonbone Chair a try. A good fantasy story is timeless after all. Amar — Dec 07, To want too much was worse than greed: Ali veliki plus u svemu ovome je kako je to sve napisano i spakovano Opisi predivnih krajolika, opisi Norni, opisi snova.
Allison — May 08, Out of the older tradition of fantasy writing, this one takes its time and builds slowly, carefully, meticulously, until we have a world and conflict that feels real and surprising in the present with the depth that a long history provides. Really good stuff if you're patient enough to let it simmer. I will admit to being bored at times, and frustrated with Simon's ignorance and naivete, especially in this first book.
What I would consider to be the introduction takes about pages. Then it's Out of the older tradition of fantasy writing, this one takes its time and builds slowly, carefully, meticulously, until we have a world and conflict that feels real and surprising in the present with the depth that a long history provides.
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Then it's not really until the end of this book that it really reaches the pace and depth that spurs you on to pick up the rest - immediately. No, it's not your quick fantasy fix, but it's infinitely more satisfying than the easy-in, easy-out fantasies that abound these days.
I've now read the series twice in spite of the slow start, so I feel that it merits a place on my favorites shelf. Shivesh — Sep 28, About 15 years ago, when I was a wan, neurotic preteen wandering in the suburban wasteland of Southern California, my daily afterschool routine would lead me to the local library: In my later life, I would grow to realize that the entire complex, from library to city hall to the grocery store and mom-and-pop joints, were one of the last remnants of the "old towne About 15 years ago, when I was a wan, neurotic preteen wandering in the suburban wasteland of Southern California, my daily afterschool routine would lead me to the local library: In my later life, I would grow to realize that the entire complex, from library to city hall to the grocery store and mom-and-pop joints, were one of the last remnants of the "old towne" feel that was fast disappearing amidst the endless freeways of Orange County.
The city was endeavoring with mixed success to keep this stretch safe from ravenous developers. To this day, I believe the library still remains in much its remembered state, tended by its ancient librarian and her revolving-door of student helpers.
Racks of donated books sag on old bookshelves outside its doors, assorted paperbacks for sale: Inside was a cozy collection of books, mostly for school-age kids but a large section devoted to adult readers, in perfect Dewey. In the back were two or three long tables for kids like me to study afterschool while waiting for our parents to pick us up. Instead of studying, I would plod around the stacks, fingering books, flipping through them, occassionally reading them.
Once in a long while I would check out a book or two. Their covers enticed my eyes, and their stories were the first taste of the fantastical. There was also a large art book of paintings of the Shire and Middle-Earth. This was well before Jackson's movies, so luckily these drawings and paintings by John Howe and Tolkien himself were my first mental images of his epic story and they remain the freshest in my mind. Among the books on this particular fiction shelf were other classics of sci-fi and fantasy that I would devour in college, including Asimov, Clarke and Moorcock.
They certainly were enticing, but still they remained above my appreciation at the time. This was On the far end of the shelf was a brand new hardback volume with a fabulous Michael Whelan cover: In the background were intimations of a sprawling city with towers, low houses and high-flown arches.
Shades of purple and gold dominated this cover, hinting at otherworldly adventures and an epic story within. On the back cover were two human-looking figures similarly positioned overlooking this city, attired in cliched fantasy battle apparel. This was a massive volume, by far the largest single fiction book I had seen in the library - it weighed in at over pages.
The type was delightfully small; it was a staggering challenge just to contemplate this thing at the time. In gold foil stylized lettering was the author's name across the bottom: Tad Williams.
The book was "To Green Angel Tower", newly released at the time and the conclusion to a mysterious trilogy. The thought tugged at me incessantly. Surely someone was reading this stuff. Over the years, that book rarely moved from its spot on the shelf, and the library slip tucked in its inside cover never had a name added to it. From that point until five years later when I left my hometown, I constantly returned to paw through that book in my quiet moments in the library; no one ever checked it out.
But it made its way to my mental reading list of books I would tackle one day. In the meanwhile, Tolkien became the Alpha and the Omega, the standard by which I judged all fantasy.
But Williams became a promised adventure. One day. Many years have gone by since those teenage forays. Sometime in late , poking through Ebay, I found the same cover staring back at me: The cover, the title, the author all reached out from the computer screen and took me back a decade and a half.
I implusively plugged in a bid and within a few hours the books were won. The last volume was so massive that they split it into two paperbacks! This series is effectively a quadrilogy, and a hefty one at that. This first book is fearsome to consider starting. Knowing my reading habits, I assumed that I would read one book close upon the heels of the previous one, keeping the narrative intact and intense. Hence, this was to be a huge undertaking, presumably at the expense of reading anything else for a while.
No matter, I plunged onward. Williams takes this formula to the extreme; he expansively uses whole chapters to develop individual aspects of his characters before any action is brought forth. Simon is the protagonist and focus of DBC, which is accordingly split into three sections: Each surname implies the chief subject and developments of each section. Mooncalf covers Simon's daydreaming days inside the walls of the Hayholt, a massive human castle built on the skeleton of a long-destroyed ancient fortress of the Sithi, a near-immortal race.
The continent is Osten Ard, and the king is Prester John. Various nations form the political system of this world, with carefully developed nomenclature and histories. In the North is a frozen wasteland, with a massive mountain of evil repute anchoring the spine of the continent. The narrative is predictable but no less fun to read: Simon is taken in by the castle scholar, Dr. Morgenes, for tutoring, and his development is shown in excruciating detail over the first half of the book.
Later on is another interminable passage lasting the majority of a chapter on Simon's dark escape through underground tunnels to the outside world.
These episodes had me gasping in frustration and nearly took me out of the story. But I kept on, and the payoff was wonderful. An expected evil descends on the land, and the king's heir is corrupted by a mad monk and a much more sinister presence on the margins of the story.
Simon flees on a mission for his doomed master, and embarks on several brutish adventures before finding the company of a curiously learned troll and his wolf mount. Needless to say, an ancient evil has been awakened, and the odds look grim. Much exposition follows, and various magical creatures make their appearance.
The rest of the story moves quite fast from this point on, leading us to meet the sundry characters and creatures of Osten Ard. All in all, the rest of the book is a fantastic read. But it bears knowing that this is clearly but a set up for the adventures yet to come.
Williams is a crafter of character first, and lets his creations walk the world he creates. The narrative is clearly the result of natural actions by these individuals. By the time you reach the end of this volume, the stage is set for the much more meatier drama yet to arrive.
Perhaps because the rest of the trilogy is ready for consumption on my shelf, I found "DBC" to be palatable. I'm not sure if I would feel the same way if I read this on the first edition and had to wait for the rest of the story.
There wasn't going to be the blathering confusion of "Sword of Truth" or the tragic dithering of "Wheel of Time" to sour my experience. Williams clearly started with a outline and a narrative for this tale to have a beginning and end.
The immersion is complete because you know it will have to end. The first thing you will notice is that Simon is incredibly annoying. This takes much patience for the mature reader to absorb, since you will be tempted to blow off some long passages of his whining and struggles. He comes across as a gangly, useless kid, and the heroic development we are expectantly waiting for never comes, or comes unexpectedly.
This is itself an admirable choice by Williams. He never stoops to changing the inherent nature of this protagonist, because realistically, no whiny kid would ever develop into a noble hero right away. Those characteristics would have to be present in him from the very beginning, and they clearly aren't in the first half of this book.
Simon becomes his own type of imperfect fantasy hero by the end of this volume in a spectacular way, but the path he takes to arrive there is frequently irritating, occassionally cowardly and sometimes nasty. Without the host of supporting players, this hero would never come to be. Of course, there is the tang of destiny in everything Simon does, and the artifacts he collects on the way are suggestive of that overarching theme.
It is still a nail-biter of a journey at times, and makes you hungry for the next chapter. Among the others, two characters stand out as superlative creations: Binabik the scholar-troll and Jiriki the Sithi prince.
Both arrive in Simon's life at almost the same time, but in different circumstances and certainly unexpected ways. By the end of the book, all three are close companions and are a joy to know.
Without them, there would be no suitable whetstone to sharpen Simon's motivations and development. Among all of fantasy, Binabik stands equal with other memorable diminutive adventurers, including Tasslehoff Burrfoot and even Gimli.
He is simply too cool. Jiriki is an archetype of the reserved elf-like character found in almost all high fantasy. Sithi are barely-disguised Tolkien elves; they are refugees from an undying land far in the West, settling in the mortal world and being threatened by the changing world at the ending of their days. However, they are subtly different enough to make them intriguing, and their history is grand in scope and mystery.
Not once does the word "elf" make its appearance, and thank Usires for that.
I have to remind myself that these books were written from to This was a silver age of fantasy, with Robert Jordan, Terry Brooks, Raymond Feist and many more authors coming out with their best work. I would even add the "Dragonlance" and "Forgotten Realms" franchise to this list: I am amazed at how much fantasy I read back then, and how good it was. Williams should join this pantheon, if not exceed them.
Unlike the authors mentioned, Williams continues to put out ridiculously ambitious series, such as "Shadowmarch" and "Otherland". I still don't know how the man can even type so fast, nevermind formulate these massive epics so quickly. In this era of fantasy writing, Tolkien's shadow dominated, and postmodern deconstructions of fantasy tropes hadn't really occurred yet. Hence, it would be wrong to compare "DBC" with more modern works of fantasy that have appeared lately.
To be honest, recent examples of true classic high fantasy are few and far between, since experienced readers rightfully demand more creative takes on the familiar formula. If you write a series like "Memory, Sorrow and Thorn" now, you would never get published, being guilty of unoriginality and cliche. Back in the early '90s, this series was subtly original work, even though thousands of readers and dozens of writers could have come up with this world and its narrative on the spot.
It is the execution of the material that matters as much as the time in which it appeared. For that reason, "DBC" is highly recommended as a return to the Slow Fantasy method, when trilogies were supposed to be doorstoppers, and you would flash through a book in a single weekend or even a single day without interruption.
Sadly, those dedicated days of reading are long past for me, but Williams refreshed that memory a bit. For that, he has a long-term fan. This is not a book for bright summer days.
When the wind is howling, the rain is spattering your windows and the cold is creeping in, open "The Dragonbone Chair" to its first page and get lost. This is classic high fantasy, and should be enjoyed with complete immersion.
Dan — Jul 12, This is my first work from Tad Williams, but it definitely won't be my last.
This is a novel in the high fantasy tradition. It's a tale that spans a continent, with a quest of dire consequence, and rife with complex in-depth cultures and characters.
The Dragonbone Chair takes obvious influence from J. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, most specifically in tone and scope. Though it is FAR from a rip-off in anyway. The story is completely original. I also believe Tolkien to be only one of many This is my first work from Tad Williams, but it definitely won't be my last. I also believe Tolkien to be only one of many influences for Williams. I am also reminded of a couple other early fantasy works; the intro at times reminds me of T.
Another similarity to Tolkien, is how Williams employs many different real world myths, legends, and cultures, with a twist, in his novel. And as Williams drew influence from his predecessors he has also inspired many. I've heard it was this novel that inspired Martin to write Game of Thrones, and that doesn't surprise me in anyway.
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There are many parallel's that can be drawn in themes and settings between the two works. I'm also sure this work inspired many other authors, especially the penchant in the 90's for longer more epic works, like Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time. The Dragonbone Chair starts somewhat slowly, with very little action in the opening chapters roughly pages or so but Williams does a fine job introducing characters, cultures and paradigms at this stage in the book.
It has a warm comfortable nostalgic feeling, like the intro to The Lord of the Rings in the Shire. The pace moves in slight waves, peaks and valleys, but not drastically so. Mostly it keeps a slow to moderate, but steady, pace throughout. The book is separated into three parts, and each section slowly builds to it's climax, each more intense than the previous.
The biggest strength in this work is Tad Williams' characters, beautifully described and very sympathetic. Even the villains have more depth than the heroes of many other fantasy works. The cultures, which as mentioned before, are influenced by our own myths, legends and cultures.
It's easy to draw parallels to the Celts, Norse and English and their mythology. But the way Williams works these people into his story is brilliant. Each have a distinct identity of their own unique to his world, while at the same time still feel familiar. The story ends on quite a cliffhanger almost literally and will have me returning sooner rather than later. Very enjoyable read. Monica Davis — Dec 20, A slow start and one or two sections in which I was lulled into near boredom hence the missing half star in the rating , but beyond that a great adventure filled with interesting, well developed characters; colorfully descriptive and imaginative places and things The author's careful attention to painti 4.
The author's careful attention to painting a scene is remarkably well done, and consistent throughout the book. Character interaction is also well crafted. Looking forward to continuing on with this series. Your email address will not be published. Der Drachenbeinthron 4. Ready to download. My very useful and coherent review: Add a review Your email address will not be published.
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