Tad Williams is returning to Osten Ard.
I will never forget picking up the The Dragonbone Chair, the first book in the epic fantasy trilogy Memory, Sorrow and Thorn. It was a gorgeous paperback, featuring a die-cut front cover that opened upon beautiful artwork by Michael Whelan. At this time, I had read Shannara by Terry Brooks, Thomas Covenant by Stephen R. Donaldson, and I craved another epic fantasy read.
Tad supplied that—and much, much more. The Dragonbone Chair and its sequels, Stone of Farewell and To Green Angel Tower, display everything that is epic about epic fantasy. Great world building. Better characters. And a finely wrought tale with great twists and a wonderful climax.
It has been 20 years since To Green Angel Tower published. During that time, Tad has been repeatedly asked about returning to the world of Osten Ard and he has always said, “If there is a story there, yes.”
Last week, Tad and DAW Books shared he had found that story—and it sounds amazing! He is hard at work on The Last King of Osten Ard, a new trilogy set 30 years after Memory, Sorrow and Thorn!
Similar to when Robin Hobb announced her new Fitz Chivalry book, Assassin’s Fool, I decided to send Tad three questions about The Last King of Osten Ard.
Here is that short interview:
TAD WILLIAMS INTERVIEW: ON RETURNING TO OSTEN ARD
Shawn Speakman: You and DAW Books have announced The Last King of Osten Ard, a new trilogy set after your bestselling epic fantasy trilogy, Memory, Sorrow and Thorn. You have said for years that you may return to Osten Ard — either through short stories or a new novel. It is now a trilogy. How did you come full circle back to the trilogy format for The Last King of Osten Ard?
Shawn Speakman: In what part of the process did you decide to move the story forward 30 years? What kind of creative freedom does this allow you as the writer?
Shawn Speakman: You have called the last book in Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, TO GREEN ANGEL TOWER, as “the book that your life.” It took seven years to publish that massive tome of a conclusion. When can readers expect the new trilogy’s first book, THE WITCHWOOD CROWN?
If you haven’t read Memory, Sorrow and Thorn by Tad Williams, you are wholly missing out on one of the most important epic fantasies in the history of the genre. It helped George R. R. Martin decide to write A Game of Thrones. But beyond that, it is an amazing tale, worthy of your time and attention. Late next year cannot get here soon enough!
Time to revisit Osten Ard!
Shawn Speakman is the author of The Dark Thorn, an urban/epic fantasy hybrid novel bestselling author Terry Brooks calls, “a fine tale by a talented writer.”