Empire of Grass (The Last King of Osten Ard #2) by Tad WilliamsThis series becomes better and better with every page. The richness of writing, the world created, every word meticulously selected, every little detail thoroughly thought, every action carefully planned, every character strong, main or secondary doesn’t matter, all are so masterfully crafted and developed, with their own contribution to the story and not a single moment or word wasted or boring - Tad Williams, I’m in awe at your skills; Osten Ard is one of the marvels in fantasy realms.
With Queen Utuk’ku growing more powerful every day through her minions, the world is in chaos. Erkynland is surrounded by enemies; the Norns are roaming everywhere killing everyone in their path, Nabban is in civil war, The Thrithings-men are planning to get rid of the stone-dwellers once an for all.
On top of that, Simon’s family is divided all over the world with no knowledge of what happened to each other; Binabik’s too. Somebody thought loyal to the kingdom beyond doubt turns out to be a traitor.
Horrors beyond imagination are being born from the evil mind of Queen Utuk’ku that even some Norns are now questioning the sanity of the Mother of All.
The last 20% kept me breathless. The climax is gradually constructed, as I got used by now, but with every page things are getting more and more complicated.
There are also the multiple PoVs which continue the threads from previous volume, making it one of the most intricate novels I read so far. And I couldn’t be more thrilled about it. I wished it was thrice this long and mind you, this is no short novel.
What more can I say? I loved it to pieces. I love every character, even the ones I hate. They all add so much depth to this story and I cannot wait to see how will events unfold in the end. I expect a battle that will make the Storm King’s war a petty skirmish.
There is no date set for the third volume, however, at the beginning of this book it is said that The Navigator’s Children is ‘coming soon from DAW’. It can’t come soon enough…
I sat here for several minutes trying to figure out how to start this review. Not that I hated it, I just did not connect well with it. I have always been hot or cold when it comes to Williams, through no fault of his own. In fact, I have had several conversations over the decades about how I must be crazy to not love everything he has written. This held especially true when I managed a Waldenbooks all those years ago. But, on with the show!
A German translation is scheduled for publication in spring The book has been published simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic in hardcover and e-book formats. The unabridged audiobook will be published by both publishers on July 2nd, Andrew Wincott will narrate. The kingdoms of Osten Ard have been at peace for decades, but now, the threat of a new war grows to nightmarish proportions. Simon and Miriamele, royal husband and wife, face danger from every side.
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When Tad Williams first announced plans for a new trilogy returning to Osten Ard—the setting of his landmark Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy —after over two decades away, I was nearly euphoric with excitement. Add to Bag. But I admit I also felt some trepidation. How many times—especially in our recent, revival-obsessed pop culture—have fans been burned by creators returning to a beloved setting or series and failing to recapture what made the original so amazing? Williams is a master writer and storyteller, but 25 years is a long time to spend away from the texture, tone, and feel of a beloved series. Like Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, The Last King of Osten Ard is shaping up to be an exploration of what happens to people—on a personal, societal, and political level—in the aftermath of war. Williams is two-thirds of the way through doing it twice.
The answers we received were often quite surprising! What other sources, such as film, television, or radio, have influenced the writing of your Osten Ard books? Tad Williams: Hard to say, because so many of my written influences began early, and I only remember them all because I still have the books. The Addams Family, New Yorker cartoons and then the television show, definitely had an effect on my lifestyle if not my writing. Get Smart as a reflection of the spy genre probably activated some of my absurdist tendencies, as did Monty Python and other English comedy later. I admired the early Universal monster movies, and I was scared to death by Godzilla when I was super-young. What do you like or dislike about that interaction with your readers?