The Witchwood Crown is the first book in the series The Last King of Osten Ard by Tad Williams. It is set in the same world as Williams’ previous series, Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, and takes place several decades after the events of that series. The story begins with the aging High King Simon and Queen Miriamele preparing to pass their throne to their grandson, Prince Morgan. However, as the kingdom faces internal and external threats, including political unrest and the resurgence of dark forces, it becomes clear that the transition of power will not be smooth.
The narrative follows multiple characters, both familiar from the previous series and new, as they navigate the complex web of politics, magic, and personal struggles. Among them are Prince Morgan, who must grapple with his destiny and the weight of his heritage; Princess Lillia, who seeks to find her place in a world where women’s roles are often limited; and Jarnulf, a commoner thrust into unexpected prominence. As these characters’ paths intertwine, they uncover long-buried secrets and face challenges that threaten the stability of Osten Ard.
The novel masterfully weaves together themes of power, legacy, love, and sacrifice against a richly detailed backdrop of a fantastical realm. With its intricate world-building and compelling character development, The Witchwood Crown immerses readers in a gripping tale that combines epic fantasy with intimate human drama.
The sequel to one of the most beloved fantasy epics of all time, which inspired Christopher Paolini and George R. R. Martin.
The Witch’s Crown continues the story of Simon, the servant boy crowned king, and his queen, Miriamele, 30 years after the events at the conclusion of the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorns trilogy. In To Green Angel Tower, the Storm King’s power was conquered by the League of the Scroll. Now, new troubles have befallen the kingdom of Osten Ard, a world where humans, Norn, and Sithi were able to live in peace for only a short time before war broke out….
Many others have given this book very good reviews, so instead of summarizing their observations or wasting your time with a detailed plot summary, I’ll try to write This section is relatively brief with just a few observations of my own that I hope to make. help you decide whether to buy this book or not.
First and foremost, this is an excellent book and well worth your money and time. You’ll be captivated throughout, at times moved by the surprisingly elegant tone and overwhelmed by the intricate plot and phenomenally detailed world-building. In fact, this book, in every way, deserves five stars, six stars if possible; However, there is a serious problem that affects the overall work. It was not a fatal flaw but an unexpected mistake by one of our most proficient fantasy writers. I’ll discuss this a bit at the end of the review below the spoiler warning.
The Witchwood Crown
- The Last King of Osten Ard, Book 1
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