Tad Williams’ Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series is my favourite completed trilogy. It has everything that makes tradition Epic Fantasy great: magic, a living world, a compelling quest for the protagonist and a memorable cast of characters. It’s nice to see the series getting another push from its publisher by way of a new set of covers.

The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams The Stone of Farewell by Tad Williams To Green Angel Tower: Siege by Tad Williams To Green Angel Tower: Storm by Tad Williams

While I’m a pretty big fan of the Michael Whelan originals, these aren’t too shabby!

  • Doug Knipe [SciFiGuy] February 4, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    These are a very nice set of covers indeed.

  • Jeff C February 4, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    I like those actually. I guess since there are 4 books instead of just 3, the new covers are for a re-release of the mmpb only? These would look nice in the trade pb format. I own this series in all 3 formats (need book 1 in hardcover)

  • aidan February 4, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Yeah, I think they’re probably MMPB.

    Memory, Sorrow and Thorn is one of the few series that I made sure to hunt out in Hardcover, Trade Paperback and Mass Market Paperback. They look mighty pretty sitting on my bookshelf!

  • Rob B February 5, 2009 at 6:18 am

    I assume these are UK re-releases?

  • aidan February 5, 2009 at 9:17 am

    The images originate from Amazon.com, so I assume they are going to be released in the US. They do look very UKish in style, though.

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  • Aura February 5, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    I really like the new covers, but I feel like books 3 and 4 should be required to have picture of the green angel tower…

  • dennis February 5, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    They are rather good looking… will need to see them in person though. I tend to get attached to covers that books have/had when I originally read them – just seeing the cover art can evoke some found memories of reading a book. With that said, if these covers get Tad’s work into more peoples hands, I can see absolutely nothing wrong with a change – they are great books (I should really reread Memory, Sorrow and Thorn sometime).

  • J.Cormier February 9, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    MST is one of my favorites as well, Aidan. Tad Williams covers consistently impress with the artwork, and though, like you, I’ll always cherish the Whelan originals (I wish I could buy prints), these are pretty impressive as well, particularly the first two.

  • Luke February 15, 2009 at 12:38 am

    Orbit UK is the publisher: http://www.tadwilliams.com/