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The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow & Thorn) (original 1988; edição 1990)

por Tad Williams

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In the peaceful land of Osten Ard, the good king is dying-and a long-dreaded evil is about to be unleashed. Only Simon, a young kitchen boy apprenticed to a secret order of wizards dedicated to halting the coming darkness, can solve the dangerous riddle that offers salvation to the land.
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Título:The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow & Thorn)
Autores:Tad Williams
Informação:Orbit (1990), Paperback, 944 pages
Colecções:Lidos mas não possuídos
Avaliação:****
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Well, nobody came to defend this one, so I'm stopping here at around 60%. I'm bored, uninterested in characters, and overwhelmed by non-stop info-dumping. ( )
  jamestomasino | Sep 11, 2021 |
Young Simon, kitchen scullion, restless and full of daydreams, becomes the apprentice of Doctor Morgenes. Two brothers, princes, already at loggerheads and when their father dies and the older brother inherits, things start to go wrong almost immediately. He is under the counsel of a monk named Pryrates, as if hypnotized or bespelled by the man and no one can get close What separates this from other fantasies is that Simon is really a hapless young boy through the first half of the book and in the second half he is struggling to live up to the adventure he has found himself in and his younger self. There is a realism to this that has its annoying moments, but I also appreciate it as something Williams wanted to show, a character growing into himself. Much to like here, the troll Binabik and his companion wolf. A sturdy plot, three perilous swords which must be recovered in order to fight the fell Ineluki, Storm King, a Sithi (elf) gone seriously wicked eons ago bent for revenge on all humans for destroying their world. The rest of the Sithi, for they have split into three groups long ago, have to decide who they will ally themselves with in this battle. The last 1/4 in the mountains of the north convince me that Williams has himself done some climbing in ice or did his research very diligently, it's very good and the descriptions excellent and convincing. Looking forward to book 2. Not rating higher YET because I do feel it drags here and there, just too wordy. I have hopes Williams will hit his stride.
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  sibylline | Feb 21, 2021 |
At first this book seems like a very traditional fantasy. A kingdom in crisis. A young man of humble origins. A dark force on the horizon. A desperate quest. Shadowy fantasy races. They are all very stock tropes.

But then you look at the date - its in the 80s. This series precedes the Wheel of Time, The Wars of Light and Shadow, Malazan, A Song of Ice and Fire - this puts a different perspective on things.

The two strong points of this book are characterization and world-building.

The world is a solid one with breadth and depth. It has a history and a mythology, it has ruins and memories, it has texture.

Characterization is a slow burn. We see it develop gradually, first focussing on only one character and then slowly branching off. Its done well, extremely so .

The weakness of the book is pacing. The middle part is slow, and it feels like it has one travelogue too many.

The big strong point of this book is the ending. The series is a trilogy, but the book does not end like a first book. At all. It ups the stakes and takes things to a different level. Its an ending that compels the reader to the second book.

I confess I am intrigued. Also I think readers of ASOIAF will find some familiar themes here. ( )
1 vote Andorion | Feb 6, 2021 |
This is probably the best epic fantasy I've read in a while. It's a little generic by today's standards, but if what you want is castles and swords and journeys and coming-of-ages, then this is about the least embarrassing way to get 'em.

I did find the beginning over-long, and much less interesting than the rest of the book (it's not unreasonable to want an idea of the main plot by 150 pages in, surely?!). Having said that, I liked the book (and Simon) better the further I read. The world is interesting enough, and the invented history feels coherent and believable. There's the feeling of 'depth' without clubbing the reader over the head with exposition. The invented languages are pretty well-executed, too, taking enough inspiration from real languages to feel organic, without just sounding like touched-up English or fantasy gibberish.

Secondary viewpoints break up the story every so often, offering a smattering of political intrigue or advancing other storylines for a few pages. They're nice for a bit of variety. However, I will admit to finding the sudden shifts in perspective maddening when they interrupted compelling parts of Simon's story. Memory, Sorrow & Thorn doesn't move particularly quickly to begin with, and the occasional focus on secondary characters makes an already slow book even slower.

There's a fairly uninspired romance subplot, but it (thankfully) doesn't take up too much of the book. Part of the problem, for me, is that the pertinent female character isn't given enough time to really shine, or to develop a more complex personality. I'm hopeful, but not overly optimistic, that she'll get more time in the sequel. In general, I wish there were a few more prominent female characters, for variety if nothing else--this is a pretty guy-heavy book.

For all the grouching above, I'd still recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy. The prose is solid, and sometimes even lovely. The dialogue will rarely, if ever, make you wince (a low bar, but one a lot of epic fantasy has trouble clearing). And it's got more castles and swords and boys and horses than you can shake a stick at. ( )
  dwarvensphere | Dec 13, 2020 |
I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Andrew Wincott, and I'm so glad I went the audio route. Wincott does an excellent job and made it possible for me to get through this slow paced book. I wanted to read The Dragonbone Chair due to all of the positive reviews, but also to round out my experience of fantasy through the years (which definitely skews toward current authors). However, I struggled with this one. I spent at least the first quarter of the book wondering when anything was going to happen. When things did start to pick up, I still found myself struggling to care very much about the characters. The one I did really like was Binabik (excuse my misspellings, I only heard the names pronounced) the troll. I love that Williams changed the common concept of a troll into this lovable character, and I kind of wish he'd been the main character rather than Simon.

In summation, I think this book would have been more enjoyable when it was published and I, being a product of my own time and being accustomed to the style of fantasy written currently by authors like Sanderson and Weeks, found it plodding and slow - despite a solid plot. I doubt I will continue the series anytime soon. ( )
  wamaju | Dec 10, 2020 |
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This book is dedicated to my mother, Barbara Jean Evans, who taught to me a deep affection for Toad Hall, the Hundred Aker Woods, the Shire, and many other hidden places and countries beyond the fields we know. She also induced in me a lifelong desire to make my own discoveries, and to share them with others. I wish to share this book with her.
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In the peaceful land of Osten Ard, the good king is dying-and a long-dreaded evil is about to be unleashed. Only Simon, a young kitchen boy apprenticed to a secret order of wizards dedicated to halting the coming darkness, can solve the dangerous riddle that offers salvation to the land.

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