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Tad Williams - Author

About the Author

World-famous fantasy novelist Tad Williams is the author of the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, Otherland and Shadowmarch series. His work is revered by fantasy masters George R. R. Martin and Christopher Paolini. He lives in California with his wife Deborah Beale, co-author of the Ordinary Farm Adventures series, and their family.

 

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Featured books by Tad Williams

The Witchwood Crown

The Witchwood Crown

Author: Tad Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/06/2017

Thirty years ago Ineluki, the Storm King, was destroyed and his armies scattered. Osten Ard has been at peace ever since, ruled by Simon Snowlock, kitchen boy made king, and Miriamele, King Elias' only child. But now age weighs upon their reign. Simon's dreams have deserted him, old allies die and betrayal and assassination threaten. His son and heir John Josua is years dead and his grandson, Morgan, is a wastrel. A journey of redemption and discovery beckons in the darkening world. And in the frozen North, in Nakkiga, the mountain fortress, Ineluki's ally, the Norn Queen, wakes from her deep, decades-long sleep and tells her followers that she will sleep no more. Humanity must be destroyed. Her sorcerers will bring a demon back from death, her warriors will seek the world for living dragon's blood...And finally the greatest artefact of all, the Witchwood Crown, will be hers.

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Sleeping Late on Judgement Day

Sleeping Late on Judgement Day

Author: Tad Williams Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/04/2015

Bobby Dollar thinks he's seen it all - after all, he's been to Hell and back again. Literally. But he has another think coming. Sleeping Late on Judgement Day will find Bobby back in his adopted hometown of San Judas, California, trying to stay out of trouble...and failing. His love life is still a mess, there are one too many people who have it out for him, and drowning his sorrows in a nice glass of whisky won't keep the demons at bay forever. Bobby's going to have to pull himself together and make a few tough decisions before time runs out. The problem is, time could run out at any moment. In the final Bobby Dollar novel in Tad Williams' groundbreaking epic fantasy trilogy, fallen angel Bobby Dollar will finally be force to confront the one problem he can't talk his way out of: his own.

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Sleeping Late on Judgement Day

Sleeping Late on Judgement Day

Author: Tad Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/09/2014

Bobby Dollar thinks he's seen it all - after all, he's been to Hell and back again. Literally. But he has another think coming. Sleeping Late on Judgement Day will find Bobby back in his adopted hometown of San Judas, California, trying to stay out of trouble...and failing. His love life is still a mess, there are one too many people who have it out for him, and drowning his sorrows in a nice glass of whisky won't keep the demons at bay forever. Bobby's going to have to pull himself together and make a few tough decisions before time runs out. The problem is, time could run out at any moment. In the final Bobby Dollar novel in Tad Williams' groundbreaking epic fantasy trilogy, fallen angel Bobby Dollar will finally be force to confront the one problem he can't talk his way out of: his own.

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Happy Hour in Hell

Happy Hour in Hell

Author: Tad Williams Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/03/2014

Bobby Dollar has a problem or four of epic proportions. Problem one: his best friend Sam has given him an angel's feather that also happens to be evidence of an unholy pact between Bobby's employers and those who dwell in the infernal depths. Problem two: Eligor, Grand Duke of Hell, wants to get his claws on the feather at all costs, but particularly at all cost to Bobby . Problem three: Bobby has fallen in love with Casimira, Countess of Cold Hands, who just happens to be Eligor's girlfriend. Problem four: Eligor, aware of Problem three, has whisked Casimira off to the Bottomless Pit itself, telling Bobby he will never see her again unless he hands over the feather. But Bobby, long-time veteran of the endless war between above and below, is not the type of guy who finds Hell intimidating. All he has to do is toss on a demon's body, sneak through the infernal gates, solve the mystery of the angel's feather, and rescue the girl. Saving the day should just be a matter of an eon or two of anguish, mutilation and horror. If only it were that easy.

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Happy Hour in Hell

Happy Hour in Hell

Author: Tad Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2013

Bobby Dollar has a problem or four of epic proportions. Problem one: his best friend Sam has given him an angel's feather that also happens to be evidence of an unholy pact between Bobby's employers and those who dwell in the infernal depths. Problem two: Eligor, Grand Duke of Hell, wants to get his claws on the feather at all costs, but particularly at all cost to Bobby . Problem three: Bobby has fallen in love with Casimira, Countess of Cold Hands, who just happens to be Eligor's girlfriend. Problem four: Eligor, aware of Problem three, has whisked Casimira off to the Bottomless Pit itself, telling Bobby he will never see her again unless he hands over the feather. But Bobby, long-time veteran of the endless war between above and below, is not the type of guy who finds Hell intimidating. All he has to do is toss on a demon's body, sneak through the infernal gates, solve the mystery of the angel's feather, and rescue the girl. Saving the day should just be a matter of an eon or two of anguish, mutilation and horror. If only it were that easy.

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Other books by Tad Williams

Stone of Farewell

Stone of Farewell

Author: Tad Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 06/09/2016

New York Times-bestselling Tad Williams' landmark epic fantasy saga of Osten Ard begins an exciting new cycle! ';One of my favorite fantasy series.' George R. R. Martin *; ';Groundbreaking.' Patrick Rothfuss *; ';One of the great fantasy epics of all time.' Christopher Paolini Tad Williams introduced readers to the incredible fantasy world of Osten Ard in his internationally bestselling series Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn. The trilogy inspired a generation of modern fantasy writers, including George R.R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, and Christopher Paolini, and defined Tad Williams as one of the most important fantasy writers of our time. BOOK TWO: STONE OF FAREWELL It is a time of darkness, dread, and ultimate testing for the realm of Osten Ard, for the wild magic and terrifying minions of the undead Sithi ruler, Ineluki the Storm King, are spreading their seemingly undefeatable evil across the kingdom. With the very land blighted by the power of Ineluki's wrath, the tattered remnants of a once-proud human army flee in search of a last sanctuary and rallying pointthe Stone of Farewell, a place shrouded in mystery and ancient sorrow. An even as Prince Josua seeks to rally his scattered forces, Simon and the surviving members of the League of the Scroll are desperately struggling to discover the truth behind an almost-forgotten legend, which will take them from the fallen citadels of humans to the secret heartland of the Sithiwhere near-immortals must at last decide whether to ally with the race of men in a final war against those of their own blood. After the landmark Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy, the epic saga of Osten Ard continues with the brand-new novel, The Heart of What Was Lost. Then don't miss the upcoming trilogy, The Last King of Osten Ard, beginning with The Witchwood Crown! Praise for Osten Ard: "e;Inspired me to write my own seven-book trilogy.... It's one of my favorite fantasy series."e; George R. R. Martin, New York Times-bestselling author of AGame of Thrones "e;Groundbreaking...changed how people thought of the genre, and paved the way for so much modern fantasy. Including mine."e; Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times-bestselling author of The Name of the Wind "e;Tad Williams is a master storyteller, and the Osten Ard books are his masterpiece."e;Brandon Sanderson,New York Times-bestselling author ofMistborn"e;Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn is one of the great fantasy epics of all time."e; Christopher Paolini, New York Times-bestselling author of Eragon

Dragonbone Chair

Dragonbone Chair

Author: Tad Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 05/07/2016

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 Siti, 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 nighmares!

The Dragonbone Chair Memory, Sorrow & Thorn Book 1

The Dragonbone Chair Memory, Sorrow & Thorn Book 1

Author: Tad Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2016

Kitchen-boy Simon is bored, restless and fourteen years old - a dangerous combination. It seems, however, that his life has just taken a turn for the better when he's apprenticed to his castle's resident wizard. As Simon's learning to read and write under Doctor Morgenes' tutelage, forces greater than he could possible imagine are gathering: forces which will change Simon's life - and his world - forever. Following the death of Good King John, Osten Ard is plunged into civil war as his sons battle for control of the fabled Dragonbone Chair - the country's throne as well as the symbol of its power. Simon is forced to flee the only home he has ever known, a journey which will test him beyond his worst nightmares. With THE DRAGONBONE CHAIR, Tad Williams introduced readers to the incredible fantasy world of Osten Ard and kicked off the beloved, internationally bestselling series Memory, Sorrow and Thorn.

To Green Angel Tower: Storm Memory, Sorrow & Thorn Book 4

To Green Angel Tower: Storm Memory, Sorrow & Thorn Book 4

Author: Tad Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2016

In order for the Storm King can cement his power over Osten Ard, he must find and defeat the rebel forces massing against him. But the rebels, led by the exiled Prince Josua, have rallied at the Stone of Farewell and are ready to fight the Storm King with every power they can muster. The key to their victory lies in finding the third sword of legend, Memory - but the sword has been lost for ages. Lost, that is, until Simon Snowlock realises that he knows exactly where the sword is and how to recover it. The only problem: an undead army, bolstered by powerful magic, lies between him and his destination. It will take every ounce of Simon's courage and intelligence to journey to and then recover the great sword Memory and bring peace to Osten Ard. If Simon's quest is to have any hope, Josua must move against the Storm King himself - a journey that will take him across endless seas, through ancient forests and into the stronghold of the Storm King himself. The finale to Tad Williams' breathtaking, beloved series Memory, Sorrow and Thorn.

Mountain of Black Glass Otherland Book 3

Mountain of Black Glass Otherland Book 3

Author: Tad Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2016

Otherland is a realm of the imagination where anything can happen, a triumph of technology, a virtual world of enormous complexity and possibility. But Otherland is owned and controlled by a secret cartel, The Grail Brotherhood, whose motives remain shrouded in mystery. Trapped in this extraordinary world, the quest of a small band of companions to unlock the secrets of Otherland is running perilously short of time. For the Brotherhood has finally set the date for the Ceremony when they will make their bid for immortality. The journey will lead them through a strangely unfinished land and an endlessly labyrinthine house. They will suffer the ferocity of the siege of Troy and battle against the might of the Egyptian gods on their journey to find the Mountain of Black Glass. But even there, the danger will not be over. Other's darkest secret, an entity known only as the Other, awaits.

To Green Angel Tower: Siege Memory, Sorrow & Thorn Book 3

To Green Angel Tower: Siege Memory, Sorrow & Thorn Book 3

Author: Tad Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2016

In order for the Storm King can cement his power over Osten Ard, he must find and defeat the rebel forces massing against him. But the rebels, led by the exiled Prince Josua, have rallied at the Stone of Farewell and are ready to fight the Storm King with every power they can muster. The key to their victory lies in finding the third sword of legend, Memory - but the sword has been lost for ages. Lost, that is, until Simon Snowlock realises that he knows exactly where the sword is and how to recover it. The only problem: an undead army, bolstered by powerful magic, lies between him and his destination. It will take every ounce of Simon's courage and intelligence to journey to and then recover the great sword Memory and bring peace to Osten Ard. If Simon's quest is to have any hope, Josua must move against the Storm King himself - a journey that will take him across endless seas, through ancient forests and into the stronghold of the Storm King himself. This is the first half of the the epic final volume in Tad Williams' breathtaking, beloved series Memory, Sorrow and Thorn.

Stone of Farewell Memory, Sorrow & Thorn Book 2

Stone of Farewell Memory, Sorrow & Thorn Book 2

Author: Tad Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2016

Following a brutal civil war, Osten Ard has been crushed under the rule of the two villainous High Kings. A single hope remains: if the rebels can find the three swords of legend - Memory, Sorrow and Thorn - they might be able to bring the Storm King and evil King Elias down. Once but a humble kitchen-boy, Simon is now Simon Snowlock, dragonslayer and bearer of the mythical sword Thorn. But Simon is more alone than ever before: his friends have been imprisoned and his liege lord, Prince Josua, has been exiled. And the Storm King may also be in possession of one of the swords... A single chance remains: if Simon can deliver Thorn to Joshua and lead his followers to the Stone of Farewell, the rebels may be able to muster the forces necessary to rise up against Elias and the Storm King. But no one knows where the Stone of Farewell is. Or, indeed, what it is... In STONE OF FAREWELL, Tad Williams sets his characters against impossible odds - and proves that the beloved, internationally-bestselling DRAGONBONE CHAIR was no fluke, but one of the greatest fantasy novels of all time.

Otherland Teil 4 / Meer des silbernen Lichts

Otherland Teil 4 / Meer des silbernen Lichts

Author: Tad Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 13/11/2015

Die Zeit wird knapp - schon hat die Gralsbruderschaft die Vorbereitungen abgeschlossen, bald wird das Netzwerk stehen, und dann wird es kein Entkommen mehr geben. Da sehen sich Renie, !Xabbu und die anderen Freunde einer noch schlimmeren Gefahr gegenuber: Dread, der durchgeknallte Killer des groenwahnsinnigen Jongleur setzt zu seinem letzten Coup an: Er wird die Kontrolle an sich bringen, er wird sein Werk der diabolischen Zerstorung beenden. Und dann gibt es vielleicht keine reale Welt mehr, in die die Freunde zuruckkehren konnen. Bestsellerautor Tad Williams schliet mit diesem letzten Band seine grandiose Fantasy-Geschichte uber eine Welt ab, die in nicht allzu weiter Zukunft unsere eigene sein konnte. Alle Hoffnung liegt in dem mysteriosen "e;Anderen"e;. Im November 2004 hat Tad Williams fur "e;Otherland"e; den Corine-Future Preis erhalten.

Otherland Teil 3 / Berg aus schwarzem Glas

Otherland Teil 3 / Berg aus schwarzem Glas

Author: Tad Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 13/11/2015

Sie erschien Paul Jonas im Traum. Er kannte sie so gut, ihre merkwurdige geflugelte Gestalt, ihre traurigen Augen. Er kannte diese Frau, die von sich sagte, sie sei ein "e;gesprungener Spiegel"e;, aber seine Erinnerung an sie, wer sie war, was sie ihm bedeutet hatte, war verloren. Und doch war die geheimnisvolle Nachricht, die sie ihm brachte, seine einzige Hoffnung, dieses labyrinthische virtuelle Netzwerk, das Otherland hie, zu uberleben. "e;Du wirst das, was du suchst, bei Sonnenuntergang vor Ilions Mauern finden."e; So sprach die geheimnisvolle schlafende Frau zu Orlando. Aber was sollte das bedeuten? Und wie sollte ein schwerkranker Junge, der in einem virtuellen Agypten voller feindseliger, blutrunstiger Gotter und mythischer Kreaturen um sein Leben kampfte, je dieses Ziel finden? Im dritten Band, dem bisher spannendsten, erhalt die Erzahlung ein neues Tempo, denn die Zeit wird knapp: Die Gralsbruderschaft macht sich bereit, den letzten Schritt zu tun - namlich einzugehen in das Netzwerk Otherland, um das ewige Leben zu gewinnen. Die Ratsel um Paul Jonas werden geluftet, und Renie und ihre Freunde sehen sich mit dem schrecklichsten Geheimnis von Otherland konfrontiert, das immer nur schaudernd "e;Der Andere"e; genannt wird... Im November 2004 hat Tad Williams fur "e;Otherland"e; den Corine-Future Preis erhalten.

Otherland Teil 2 / Fluss aus blauem Feuer

Otherland Teil 2 / Fluss aus blauem Feuer

Author: Tad Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 13/11/2015

Im zweiten Band von "e;Otherland"e;, Flu aus blauem Feuer, ist es einer kleinen Gruppe Verzweifelter gelungen, tatsachlich in Otherland einzudringen. Und da schnappt die Falle zu. Sie sind gefangen, unfahig, wieder in ihre Korper aus Fleisch und Blut in der realen Welt zuruckzukehren. Zufalle und gefahrliche Abenteuer zersprengen die Gruppe. Ihre einzige Hoffnung ist der Flu. Der Flu aus blauem Feuer, der durch alle virtuellen Welten Otherlands fliet. Im November 2004 hat Tad Williams fur "e;Otherland"e; den Corine-Future Preis erhalten.

Otherland Teil 1 / Stadt der goldenen Schatten

Otherland Teil 1 / Stadt der goldenen Schatten

Author: Tad Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 13/11/2015

Eine Gruppe machtiger Manner, die sich Gralsbruderschaft nennt, hat mit enormen Geldmitteln das Simulationsnetzwerk "e;Otherland"e; entwickelt. Es ist mehr als nur die Spielwiese einiger Exzentriker: Von langer Hand vorbereitet soll es das gigantische Kontrollsystem werden, das die gesamte Menschheit beherrscht. Nur wenige haben eine Ahnung davon, welche Ausmae das Netz bereits angenommen hat. Nur wenige erkennen die todliche Gefahr. Angelockt von der Vision einer strahlenden, einer goldenen Stadt, versammeln sich neun Menschen in der VR, um sich dem Bosen entgegen zu stellen und seine Plane zunichte zu machen. Im November 2004 hat Tad Williams fur "e;Otherland"e; den Corine-Future Preis erhalten.

Das Beste von Tad Williams

Das Beste von Tad Williams

Author: Tad Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 26/10/2015

In diesem Buch findet der Leser so verruckte Dinge wie einen seltsame Geschichten erzahlenden Vampir, zwei elendige Engel, einen Drachen, der mit einem Ritter und einer Hexe gemeinsame Sache macht, einen ein doppeltes Spiel treibender Fisch, einen loyalen Roboterbutler und den groten Zauberer uberhaupt. Von seiner epischen Fantasy-Serie "e;Das Geheimnis der Groen Schwerter"e; (erschienen bei Klett Cotta), die George R.R. Martin als Inspiration fr GAME OF THRONES nennt, bis zu seinem Romanklassiker "e;Traumjger und Goldpfote"e; hat Williams jedes Genre, an das er seine Schreibfinger gelegt hat, mit Bravour gemeistert. Diese Sammlung zeigt die erstaunliche Breite von Williams Vorstellungskraft. Eindeutig dienten klassische Visionre wie J.R.R. Tolkien, Ray Bradbury, Peter S. Beagle als Vorbilder.

Spat dran am Jungsten Tag

Spat dran am Jungsten Tag

Author: Tad Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 26/09/2015

Bobby Dollar, Engel und Anwalt der verlorenen Seelen, ist aus den Tiefen der Holle zuruckgekehrt, doch seine Geliebte Caz befindet sich noch immer in den Fangen des Erzdamons Eligor. Und nun wird er auch noch von seinen letzten Freunden fallengelassen. Doch Bobby ist bereit, Himmel und Holle in Bewegung zu setzen, um das Blatt nochmal zu wenden. Nach seiner Rckkehr aus der Hlle bleibt dem erniedrigten Bobby nichts anderes brig, als seiner Arbeit nachzugehen und zu versuchen, sich keinen weiteren rger einzuhandeln. Leichter gesagt als getan, denn Bobby hat einige mchtige Leute verrgert. Da taucht sein alter Freund Walter in seiner Stammkneipe auf - verwirrt und ohne jegliche Erinnerung daran, dass er Bobby in der Hlle vor etwas hatte warnen wollen. Pltzlich kann Bobby niemandem mehr trauen. Aber er wird eine Menge Hilfe bentigen, um Caz und sich selbst zu retten. Denn Himmel und Hlle sind korrupt und wenn Bobby das nicht bald beweisen kann, steht seine eigene unsterbliche Seele auf dem Spiel.

To Green Angel Tower

To Green Angel Tower

Author: Tad Williams Format: eBook Release Date: 06/08/2015

In order for the Storm King can cement his power over Osten Ard, he must find and defeat the rebel forces massing against him. But the rebels, led by the exiled Prince Josua, have rallied at the Stone of Farewell and are ready to fight the Storm King with every power they can muster. The key to their victory lies in finding the third sword of legend, Memory - but the sword has been lost for ages.Lost, that is, until Simon Snowlock realises that he knows exactly where the sword is and how to recover it. The only problem: an undead army, bolstered by powerful magic, lies between him and his destination. It will take every ounce of Simon's courage and intelligence to journey to and then recover the great sword Memory and bring peace to Osten Ard.If Simon's quest is to have any hope, Josua must move against the Storm King himself - a journey that will take him across endless seas, through ancient forests and into the stronghold of the Storm King himself.TO GREEN ANGEL TOWER is the epic final volume in Tad Williams' breathtaking, beloved series Memory, Sorrow and Thorn.

Sleeping Late on Judgement Day

Sleeping Late on Judgement Day

Author: Tad Williams Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/04/2015

Bobby Dollar thinks he's seen it all - after all, he's been to Hell and back again. Literally. But he has another think coming. Sleeping Late on Judgement Day will find Bobby back in his adopted hometown of San Judas, California, trying to stay out of trouble...and failing. His love life is still a mess, there are one too many people who have it out for him, and drowning his sorrows in a nice glass of whisky won't keep the demons at bay forever. Bobby's going to have to pull himself together and make a few tough decisions before time runs out. The problem is, time could run out at any moment. In the final Bobby Dollar novel in Tad Williams' groundbreaking epic fantasy trilogy, fallen angel Bobby Dollar will finally be force to confront the one problem he can't talk his way out of: his own.

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