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Book Title: To Green Angel Tower: Book Three of Memory, Sorrow, and ThornVolume I|
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The author of the book: Tad Williams
Date of issue: April 1st 1994
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This is the first half of book 3 in the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series by Tad Williams, and I definitely felt like this one started off stronger than the previous ones becuase it quickly (I say quickly in terms of Classic fantasy - which is often quite slow, so really not that quickly but quicker) gets into the action and focuses on quite a few different elements and exciting moments.
This story follows a fair few people who live in a world which is currently dominated by Winter and storms. There are all sorts of races and people in the world, and there are two major opposing sides, the King Elias, who is reported to be allied with the infamous and evil Storm King, and Josua, the King's younger brother who is working against Elias and his followers to take back the throne and free the land of tyranny.
Really, at the root of it all, this is definitely playing into the good vs. evil tropes as there are few good qualities about the King, but it has moments where certain characters do fall more into the grey-area, and I appreciate these.
Simon is a young man who used to work in the kitchens until he was forced to flee and managed to meet a troll, kill a dragon and end up on a quest for a missing sword. He's had quite the adventure for a young servant, and yet he's battled great evils and risen up far in the world by the beginning of this book.
We also have Miriamelle, Binabik, Maegwyn, Elias, and Josua, and also some of the Sithi. These characters are all vital players, and yet sometimes I do find one or other of the stories does drag a little. I think I often enjoy Simon's and Binabik's the most, but occasionally one of the others will have something pretty exciting happen too...
I really think by this point in the series you're pretty invested in the world and the goings on. There's a lot of different threads at work and this is the start of the end and the beginning of a change in the world. It constantly feels like the drama is growing and the action is going to be starting off soon (although really it only gets going in the second half (part 2) which I'm currently reading).
What I don't love about this world is that there is a distinct lack of really exciting characters who I genuinely feel for. There are times when the story gets exciting or intriguing, but my level of attachment to the characters does waver a lot and sometimes I just don't really care... :/ I think for me that's more of a personal thing with the length of the book, I find it hard to stay interested as it gets drawn out, and I think as a series there's a fair bit that could have been cut, even though a lot of it does add up in the end, it could have been more stream-lined.
Overall, I enjoyed this more than the first two as I think we get a lot more answers here and there's a fair few possible solutions to problems that have been set up. I like the direction the ending took and I am excited about Part 2 (which I am halfway through already and enjoying a lot more). I gave this one 3.5*s
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