Press Release: Tad Williams Returns to Osten Ard!


williams-dragonbonechairNEW YORK, NY, April 2, 2014—Betsy Wollheim and Sheila Gilbert, Publishers of DAW Books, have acquired The Last King of Osten Ard, a sequel trilogy to Tad Williams’ New York Times bestselling Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy from Matt Bialer at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. The series will begin with The Witchwood Crown, continue with Empire of Grass, and conclude with The Navigator’s Children.

Tad Williams has been one of the most respected names in speculative fiction since the release of his debut novel, Tailchaser’s Song, in 1985. He took the fantasy community by storm in 1988 with the first novel in the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy, The Dragonbone Chair (DAW). This first installment and the subsequent books—Stone of Farewell and To Green Angel Tower—sold millions of copies worldwide and have been translated into twenty-five languages. Since the release of this classic trilogy, Williams has authored many critically acclaimed novels, short stories, and comic books, including the Otherland, Shadowmarch, and Bobby Dollar series.

To Green Angel Tower, art by Michael Whelan

Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn was an inspiration for many of the fantasy genre’s great talents, including George R. R. Martin, author of the phenomenally popular Song of Ice and Fire series, and Christopher Paolini, New York Times bestselling author of the Inheritance Cycle, who called Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn “one of the great fantasy epics of all time.”

In this new trilogy, Williams journeys back to the magical land of Osten Ard and continues the story of beloved characters King Simon and Queen Miriamele, married now for thirty years, and introduces newcomer Prince Morgan, their heir apparent. Also expanded is the story of the twin babies born to Prince Josua and Lady Vorzheva—a birth heralded by prophecy, which has been the subject of feverish fan speculation since the release of To Green Angel Tower in 1993.

In The Last King of Osten Ard, Williams returns with the ingenious worldbuilding, jaw dropping twists and turns, and unparalleled storytelling that have made him one of fantasy’s brightest stars for more thirty years.

  • Olaf

    This is gonna be great. I have been waiting for this it seems like forever!

  • Spectacular news!

    I can’t wait!

  • Mike

    This is AMAZING news! I’ve been waiting 20 years for more Osten Ard books! Thank you, Tad Williams!!!!

  • Splicer

    I just hope it has a better ending than the bad guy pitching out a window.

  • Michael

    I am really looking forward to this. Tad Williams is one of the best authors out there, and Memory, Sorrow and Thorn was probably his greatest achievement. Even George R. R. Martin and Christopher Paolini think so.

  • Renee

    OMG, this is the best, most amazing news ever! MST is probably the single most personally influential piece of fiction I have ever read, absolutely breathtaking and riveting. Completely blew me away. Knowing there is more to come, at last, is such happy news! I can’t wait!

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