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The Dragonbone Chair: Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn Series, Book 1
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A war fueled by the dark powers of sorcery is about to engulf the peaceful land of Osten Ard—for Prester John, the High King, slayer of the dread dragon Shurakai, lies dying. And with his death, an ancient evil will at last be unleashed, as the Storm King, undead ruler of the elvishlike Siti, seeks to regain his lost realm through a pact with one of human royal blood. Then, driven by spell-inspired jealousy and hate, prince will fight prince, while around them the very land begins to die.Only a small scattered group, the League of the Scroll, recognizes the true danger awaiting Osten Ard. And to Simon—a castle scullion unknowingly apprenticed to a member of this League—will go the task of spearheading the quest for the solution to a riddle of long-lost swords of power...and a quest that will see him fleeing and facing enemies straight out of a legend-maker's worst nighmares!
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Tad Williams. (2016). The Dragonbone Chair: Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn Series, Book 1. Unabridged Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group.

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        The first book of Williams's epic fantasy series, first published in 1988, is simply that: an epic. Set in the realm of Osten Ard, a land slipping into poverty and ruin after the death of its beloved king Prestor John, it tells the story of young Simon, a kitchen scullion. Simon is an orphan, raised by the kitchen staff of the castle, who gets caught up in a dangerous and unexpected adventure when the king dies and his spiteful, undisciplined son, Elias, takes the throne while driving his older brother (and rightful heir) Josua out of the country. A mysterious and dangerous wizard named Pyrates is named head councillor to the young king, and Osten Ard begins to fall into disarray as the wizard gains influence. It is up to unlikely hero Simon, along with a small band of resistors, to rise to the occasion to save his kingdom--and discover that he is much more than a servant. Andrew Wincott brings this story to life with his gritty but cultured narration. If the plot sounds familiar, that's because it is. One will find most fantasy tropes in this book, but that doesn't detract from how involved with the characters listeners become. VERDICT The runtime of this audiobook will likely put off some listeners, but if they are willing to slog through the first five or six hours of worldbuilding and story setup, they are in for an amazing epic fantasy, in league with "Lord of the Rings."--Tyler Hixson, Library Journal

        Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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