Reviews of Dragonbone Chair, the (1988)
Review by archaic (2008-08-23)
The Dragonbone Chair started off at a painstakingly slow pace. This coupled with the similarities between Lord of the Ring's Wormtongue and William's Pryrates, Gormenghast and Hayholt, and lastly Christianity and the Aedonite religion was quite agitating.
Now that I've nitpicked let me say that if you can pass the three hundred or so barrier of boredom and the almost deja vu occurrences you're in for quite a treat. Tad Williams has all the pieces of a great fantasy here. There's battles, politics, mythical races, dark forces, heroes, and a bit of magic. He does a splendid job of weaving them all together after the novels pitiful first impression.
If you have a fair amount of patience give The Dragonbone Chair a try. The rest of the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series promises to be fantastic if Williams continues from where he left off.
Review by japuckett (2008-02-24)
This book is good, but the second book even better; I can't wait to read the next book in the trilogy (which is really two massive, separately bound and published "parts"). I first read Williams' epic "Otherland" series, which is really more sci-fi than fantasy. I loved it, by the way, and you can check out my review here on iblist). I haven't completed this series, but "Stone of Farewell" the best Fantasy I have read to date (Better than Feist's "Riftwar" and "Serpentwar" sagas, in my opinion, although I enjoyed them both; much more fast-paced than Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series; far better than Piers Anthony's kiddie fare. Et cetera, et cetera. To be fair, however, I have only just started Terry Goodkind's "Sword of Truth" series, and it's supposed to be excellent. Also, I never much cared for "The Lord of the Rings" series, which, for every good part, had far too many excruciatingly slow, boring moments (reenacted superbly, in all their boredom, in the movies, as well, though I sure wish Tom Bombadil was in the flicks, since he's one of the best characters). Well, I just wanted to note my sentiments so far, since I think it's a shame that the preceding reviews aren't too flattering of this series. I love it so far, and will post a more substantial review once I have finished reading it in it's entirety (I will post this on the final book's entry on iblist). As good as fantasy gets, so far, and I'll better explain why in my conclusive review. Definitely worth checking out.
Review by qwicksilfer (2006-11-25)
Tad Williams didn't impress me. It took me forever to read the book, mostly because I didn't really follow the character's logic. His development of the main character is slow, and in the first book "The Dragonbone Chair" I would have to say he changes very little. The world he describes is fragmented, and no clear picture formed in my head. Maybe it's just me, but I would have to say this book was not good. I am still trying to talk myself into reading the rest of the series, but I don't like wasting my time.
Review by dougthonus (2003-03-12)
This is the first in a long series of books. Unlike Jordan and Martin, this guy actually ended an epic series. I enjoyed Williams writing quite a bit, but you can definitely tell he's grown as an author since he wrote this series.
The ending of the whole series was difficult for me to buy into, but the series as a whole was a pretty good read. I'd definitely recommend you check out his other series first, as it's a big improvement on this one.