Book trailer for Tad Williams' THE WITCHWOOD CROWN

Penguin Books have just released the book trailer for Tad Williams' The Witchwood Crown (Canada, USA, Europe).

Here's the blurb:

New York Times-bestselling Tad Williams’ ground-breaking epic fantasy saga of Osten Ard begins an exciting new cycle! • Volume One of The Last King of Osten Ard

The Dragonbone Chair, the first volume of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, was published in hardcover in October, 1988, launching the series that was to become one of the seminal works of modern epic fantasy. Many of today’s top-selling fantasy authors, from Patrick Rothfuss to George R. R. Martin to Christopher Paolini credit Tad with being the inspiration for their own series.

Now, twenty-four years after the conclusion of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Tad returns to his beloved universe and characters with The Witchwood Crown, the first novel in the long-awaited sequel trilogy, The Last King of Osten Ard.

More than thirty years have passed since the events of the earlier novels, and the world has reached a critical turning point once again. The realm is threatened by divisive forces, even as old allies are lost, and others are lured down darker paths. Perhaps most terrifying of all, the Norns—the long-vanquished elvish foe—are stirring once again, preparing to reclaim the mortal-ruled lands that once were theirs…

As you know, this book was probably my most eagerly anticipated title of 2017. Couldn't wait to sink my teeth into it and give you guys an advance review, hoping that it would be awesome. Unfortunately, I got through 2/3 of the novel and decided to stop reading it for a while. With so many POVs and countless extraneous and superfluous subplots, The Witchwood Crown was a veritable chore to read. And since I didn't want the first review to be lukewarm at best (and that's if the author manages to wow me with a gripping finale), I elected to put the book aside for a couple of weeks and review it later this spring.

I'm sad to say that I wasn't feeling it at all. . . =(

1 commentaires:

DontDriveAngry said...

I did a full reread of Memory Sorrow and Thorn last month- I first read it as a teenager, so it's been at least 20 years and I like to think I've developed somewhat as a reader, but early on, the series had some real moments that dragged- the check-in-and-yep-Tiamak-is-still-in-a-boat sections felt particularly unnecessary among all of the set-up of characters. Thankfully, Williams eventually drew it all into the main narrative, even though some of those minor character POV's could've been excised without losing any of the original story. It doesn't make going through the early tedium any easier, but at least that happened and I would hope that the same happens here, even though that tendency to bloat was one of Williams' faults that I was hoping he'd correct- especially since The Heart of What Was Lost shows that Williams can do brevity quite well.