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Tad Williams is an American Author born in 1957 who has pursued more careers and held more jobs than the average author can possibly fathom. From playing in a band to working in a financial institution, designing military manuals and throwing newspapers to mention but a few, there is nothing that Williams hasn’t done. And his experience in the entertainment industry is, even more, vast, Tad Williams having worked at a radio station, in the theater, and on television.

Even with all those job titles, it will come as a surprise for people to learn that Tad William actually taught grade-school and college. The man’s experience is such that the creativity he manifests in his novels hardly comes as a surprise.

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Order of The Last King of Osten Ard Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Heart of What Was Lost 2017 Description / Buy
2 The Witchwood Crown 2017 Description / Buy
3 Empire of Grass 2018 Description / Buy
4 Brothers of the Wind 2021 Description / Buy
5 Into the Narrowdark 2022 Description / Buy
6 The Navigator's Children 2024 Description / Buy

Order of Bobby Dollar Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Dirty Streets of Heaven 2012 Description / Buy
2 Happy Hour in Hell 2013 Description / Buy
3 Sleeping Late on Judgement Day 2014 Description / Buy
4 God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlepig 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Legends Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Legends ( By: Stephen King, Anne McCaffrey, Robert Silverberg) 1998 Description / Buy
2 Legends II: Dragon, Sword, and King ( By: Diana Gabaldon, George R.R. Martin, Orson Scott Card, Terry Brooks, Robert Silverberg, Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Haydon) 1998 Description / Buy
3 Legends 3 ( With: Terry Pratchett, Robert Jordan, Robert Silverberg, Ursula K. Le Guin) 1999 Description / Buy

Order of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Dragonbone Chair 1988 Description / Buy
2 Stone of Farewell 1990 Description / Buy
3 To Green Angel Tower 1993 Description / Buy
4 To Green Angel Tower, Part 2 1993 Description / Buy

Order of Ordinary Farm Adventures Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Dragons of Ordinary Farm 2009 Description / Buy
2 The Secrets of Ordinary Farm 2011 Description / Buy

Order of Otherland Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 City of Golden Shadow 1996 Description / Buy
2 River of Blue Fire 1998 Description / Buy
3 Mountain of Black Glass 1999 Description / Buy
4 Sea of Silver Light 2001 Description / Buy

Order of Shadowmarch Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Shadowmarch 2004 Description / Buy
2 Shadowplay 2007 Description / Buy
3 Shadowrise 2010 Description / Buy
4 Shadowheart 2010 Description / Buy

Order of Tad Williams Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 Tailchaser's Song 1985 Description / Buy
2 Child of an Ancient City 1992 Description / Buy
3 Caliban's Hour 1994 Description / Buy
4 Tad Williams' Mirror World 1998 Description / Buy
5 The War of the Flowers 2003 Description / Buy
6 The Helmet of Fate (Short Story) ( With: Steve Niles, Bill Willingham, Phil Winslade, Gail Simone, Shawn McManus, Scott Hampton, Peter Snejbjerg, Duncan Rouleau, Steve Gerber) 2007 Description / Buy
7 Diary of a Dragon (Short Story) 2012 Description / Buy
8 War of the Flowers 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Tad Williams Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 Rite: Short Work 2006 Description / Buy
2 A Stark and Wormy Knight 2011 Description / Buy
3 The Very Best of Tad Williams 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Oz Reimagined Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Dorothy Dreams (Short Story) ( By: Simon R. Green) 2013 Description / Buy
2 Emeralds to Emeralds, Dust to Dust (Short Story) ( By: Seanan McGuire) 2013 Description / Buy
3 The Boy Detective of Oz (Short Story) 2013 Description / Buy
4 A Meeting in Oz (Short Story) ( By: Jeffrey Ford) 2013 Description / Buy
5 Off to See the Emperor (Short Story) ( By: Orson Scott Card) 2013 Description / Buy
6 The Cobbler of Oz ( By: Jonathan Maberry) 2013 Description / Buy
7 Lost Girls of Oz (Short Story) ( By: Theodora Goss) 2013 Description / Buy
8 Blown Away (Short Story) ( By: Jane Yolen) 2013 Description / Buy
9 A Tornado of Dorothys (Short Story) ( By: Kat Howard) 2013 Description / Buy
10 The Veiled Shanghai (Short Story) ( By: Ken Liu) 2013 Description / Buy
11 Dead Blue (Short Story) ( By: David Farland) 2013 Description / Buy
12 The Great Zeppelin Heist of Oz (Short Story) ( By: C.C. Finlay, Rae Carson) 2013 Description / Buy
13 Beyond the Naked Eye (Short Story) ( By: Rachel Swirsky) 2013 Description / Buy
14 City So Bright (Short Story) ( By: Dale Bailey) 2013 Description / Buy
15 One Flew Over the Rainbow (Short Story) ( By: Robin Wasserman) 2013 Description / Buy

Tad Williams Anthologies

# Read Title Published Details
1 Weird Tales #292: Fall 1988 1988 Description / Buy
2 Weird Tales #296: Spring 1990 1990 Description / Buy
3 The Anthology of Fantasy and the Supernatural 1994 Description / Buy
4 Immortal Unicorn 1995 Description / Buy
5 DAW 30th Anniversary Science Fiction 2002 Description / Buy
6 DAW 30th Anniversary Science Fiction and Fantasy Anthologies 2002 Description / Buy
7 Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian 2003 Description / Buy
8 The Wood Boy / The Burning Man 2005 Description / Buy
9 Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honour of Jack Vance 2009 Description / Buy
10 Twilight Zone: 19 Original Stories on the 50th Anniversary 2009 Description / Buy
11 The New Dead: A Zombie Anthology 2010 Description / Buy
12 Warriors 1 2010 Description / Buy
13 The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Eighth Annual Collection 2011 Description / Buy
14 Lightspeed Magazine, December 2012 2012 Description / Buy
15 Oz Reimagined 2013 Description / Buy
16 Multiverse 2014 Description / Buy
17 Unfettered III: New Tales By Masters of Fantasy 2019 Description / Buy
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The author’s renown has mostly grown from the fantasy and science fiction novels he has written, from Sorrow and Thorn to Shadowmarch, not to mention The War of the Flowers. Williams writes fantasy and science fiction because those are the genres he grew up reading. He has also suggested that the two genres give him far more freedom than he might receive with other fields of literature. And Williams’ work, while technically categorized as Science Fiction and Fantasy, is pretty wide ranging and branches into a number of subgenres.

With millions of copies of his books sold, Williams’ literary skills have even expanded to the comics arena where Williams wrote a few issues for a DC Comics book titled ‘The Next’, this along with Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis and Mirrorworld.

Williams’ wife, Deborah Beale, has played a critical role in his literary success. The two have already collaborated on a couple of young-adult novels.

Tad Williams Awards

Williams was nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Tailchasers Song. He was also a British Fantasy Society nominee in 2005.

Tad Williams Books to Movies

News surfaced in 2011 that Williams’ novel ‘Tailchaser’s Song’ would be adapted into an animated film by Animetropolis, this in conjunction with International Digital Artists. Peter Ramsey was connected to the potential adaptation as the Executive Producer.

Best Tad Williams Books

Tad Williams has written many series, standalone novels, short stories, and screenplays. Of all those works, these two have attracted considerable interest from readers:

Stone of Farewell: Osten Ard is in a state of unrest, faced with endless dread and darkness and a time of testing the likes of which haven’t been seen before. The wild magic is spreading, and the minions of Ineluki the Storm King, undead Sithi ruler continue to roll across the kingdom unimpeded, bringing undefeatable evil.

For the remnants of a once-proud human army, the only sanctuary safe from Ineluki whose wrath has blighted the land is the Stone of Farewell. A place of mystery and ancient sorrow, this is where all will rally.

Simon works alongside the League of Scrolls or at least those that survived, to discover the truth behind a forgotten legend that could see them traverse the secret heartland of the Sithi. There, decisions that could change the tide of the war will be made.

Tad Williams has a very cinematic approach to writing, and that definitely benefits his work. Having introduced the bulk of his world to readers in the previous book, Tad Williams uses the freedom afforded him here to deliver an, even more, epic tale that will satiate George R.R. Martin and Tolkien fans alike.

Simon leads the charge as a hero who is a little irritated with the way he was basically swept up with the events of the war. Unable to comprehend the significance of the occurrences around him and struggling to remove himself from the stage altogether, Simon is ever the reluctant hero whose self-pity and loathing make him one of the most interesting protagonists in fantasy.

Tailchaser’s Song: This book tells the story of Fritti Tailchaser. Fritti is a courageous tom cat living in a world where courage truly matters; where whiskery heroes and villains abide, and feline gods continue to confound all alongside that furless creature only known as M’an.

This might sound like something for your children to read but Tailchaser’s song is actually an adult book with a lot of adults themes. It has been described by some as a blend of the Hobbit and Watership Down, featuring adventures in forests, towns and the underground.

There is an aspect of animal vernacular that gives the book a unique sensibility; the plot primarily follows a cat that is looking for his missing friend. This book is definitely not for everyone. However, it makes for curious reading.

When Does The Next Tad Williams book come out?

The next book by Tad Williams is The Navigator's Children and will be released on November, 12th 2024. It is the newest book in the The Last King of Osten Ard Series.


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  1. I read The Dragonbone Chair, the first of the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series on a whim. Which is to say, I liked the cover. The story does a real good job of world building with lots of dwarves, giants, elves, magic and all the other things we’ve come to expect out of a fantasy epic. It starts a bit slowly, but once it gets going you will be flying through the series before you know it.

    Tad wrote a lot of other good books and attempted to return to fantasy in 2006 with the Shadowmarch series. While nowhere near the level of MST, it is still a decent read.

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