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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.
Order of The Last King of Osten Ard Series
|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
|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
|1||Legends||1998||Description / Buy|
|2||Legends II: Dragon, Sword, and King||1998||Description / Buy|
|3||Legends 3||1999||Description / Buy|
Order of Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn Series
|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
|1||The Dragons of Ordinary Farm||2009||Description / Buy|
|2||The Secrets of Ordinary Farm||2011||Description / Buy|
Order of Otherland Series
|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
|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
|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)||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
|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
|1||Dorothy Dreams (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
|2||Emeralds to Emeralds, Dust to Dust (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
|3||The Boy Detective of Oz (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
|4||A Meeting in Oz (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
|5||Off to See the Emperor (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
|6||The Cobbler of Oz||2013||Description / Buy|
|7||Lost Girls of Oz (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
|8||Blown Away (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
|9||A Tornado of Dorothys (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
|10||The Veiled Shanghai (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
|11||Dead Blue (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
|12||The Great Zeppelin Heist of Oz (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
|13||Beyond the Naked Eye (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
|14||City So Bright (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
|15||One Flew Over the Rainbow (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
Tad Williams Anthologies
|1||Dragon Fantastic||1992||Description / Buy|
|2||The Anthology of Fantasy and the Supernatural||1994||Description / Buy|
|3||Immortal Unicorn||1995||Description / Buy|
|4||DAW 30th Anniversary Science Fiction||2002||Description / Buy|
|5||DAW 30th Anniversary Science Fiction and Fantasy Anthologies||2002||Description / Buy|
|6||Stars: Original Stories Based on the Songs of Janis Ian||2003||Description / Buy|
|7||The Wood Boy / The Burning Man||2005||Description / Buy|
|8||Hellboy: Oddest Jobs||2008||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||Warriors 1||2010||Description / Buy|
|12||The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Eighth Annual Collection||2011||Description / Buy|
|13||Lightspeed Magazine, December 2012||2012||Description / Buy|
|14||Oz Reimagined||2013||Description / Buy|
|15||Multiverse||2014||Description / Buy|
|16||Unfettered III: New Tales By Masters of Fantasy||2019||Description / Buy|
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.