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The Witchwood Crown (#1 Last King of Osten Ard)

Tad Williams

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Hodder & Stoughton
24 April 2018
Fantasy; Heroic; High Fantasy; Sword & Sorcery
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.

With a cast of hundreds - humans, giants, dragons, trolls, Sithi and Norn - The Witchwood Crown is epic fantasy as it used to be: classic, grand and sweeping and evidence that Tad Williams is the greatest living writer of the form.
By:   Tad Williams
Imprint:   Hodder & Stoughton
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 54mm
Weight:   513g
ISBN:   9781473603240
ISBN 10:   1473603242
Series:   Last King of Osten Ard
Pages:   736
Publication Date:   24 April 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Tad Williams is a California-based fantasy superstar. His genre-creating (and genre-busting) books have sold tens of millions worldwide, in twenty-five languages. His considerable output of epic fantasy and science fiction book-series, stories of all kinds, urban fantasy novels, comics, scripts, etc., have strongly influenced a generation of writers: the Otherland epic now plays as an MMO on steam.com. Tad is currently immersed in the creation of The Last King of Osten Ard, planned as a trilogy with two intermediary novels. He, his family and his animals live in the Santa Cruz mountains in a suitably strange and beautiful house.@tadwilliams @mrstad

Reviews for The Witchwood Crown (#1 Last King of Osten Ard)

Ground-breaking . . . changed how people thought of the genre and paved the way for so much modern fantasy, including mine -- Patrick Rothfuss, author of <i>The Kingkiller Chronicle</i> One of the main reasons I started writing fantasy . . . Tad Williams' work is an essential part of any science fiction and fantasy library -- Christopher Paolini, author of the <i>Inheritance Cycle</i> series One of my favourite fantasy series -- George R. R. Martin, author of <i>A Game of Thrones</i> Praise for Memory, Sorrow and Thorn * - * This is flawless epic fantasy. . . Williams' grand-scale storytelling mastery is on full display here. Not just utterly readable-an instant fantasy classic. * Kirkus *


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