Tad Williams Books

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.

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 Storm 1993 Description / Buy

Order of Osten Ard Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Heart of What Was Lost 2017 Description / Buy

Order of The Last King of Osten Ard Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Witchwood Crown 2017 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 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
5 Oz Reimagined 2013 Description / Buy

Order of Tad Williams Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 Rite 2006 Description / Buy
2 A Stark and Wormy Knight 2011 Description / Buy
3 The Very Best of Tad Williams 2014 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 Diary of a Dragon (Short Story) 2012 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 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
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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.

January 22, 2017BookSeries.org

  • InDaBookClub

    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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