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Tad Williams is an international best-selling author of fantasy and science fiction. Since 1985, he has written 20 novels and 3 story collections, and his work has been translated into more than twenty languages. Tad’s stories have earned critical acclaim and are immensely popular with both fantasy and science fiction readers worldwide. Tad’s first novel, Tailchaser’s Song, is soon to be a CG-animated feature film from Animetropolis and IDA.


THE BOBBY DOLLAR BOOKS (2012)

The Dirty Streets of Heaven (2012)Bobby Dollar would like to know what he was like when he was alive, but too much of his time is spent working as an extremely minor functionary in the Heavenly Host as an afterlife investigator and advocate for the recently departed. And now he’s stepped into the middle of something that has both sides very nervous — an unprecedented number of missing souls.

A new chapter in the war between Heaven and Hell is about to open, and Bobby is right in the middle of it. Someone has summoned a truly unpleasant Babylonian demon that’s doing its best to track him down and rip him to pieces. His opposite number on the case is arguably the world’s sexiest she-devil, and Bobby has feelings for her that Heaven definitely does not allow. And somehow he has to find out who he was before he becomes an unwitting pawn in a game of power that could end in the destruction of the entire human race.

Three books are planned for Tad’s new fantasy-fueled thriller series: The Dirty Streets of Heaven (September 2012), Happy Hour in Hell, and Sleeping Late on Judgment Day. Each book will be somewhat shorter than Tad’s usual epic length fare, and although part of a series, each may be read as a stand-alone novel.


THE SHADOWMARCH SERIES (2004)

Shadowmarch (2004)At the uppermost edge of the northern kingdoms lies Southmarch Castle. For hundreds of years it has remained isolated from the affairs of empire but now it is under siege: from both its neighbors without and the more insidious enemies who would destroy it from within.

Even further to the north, within the ancient walls of Qul-na-Qar, the Twilight People gather to hear the blind king Ynnir pronounce the dark fate of human kind. In the south, the Autarch now looks to extend his domain yet further. It is upon Southmarch that the armies advance, and on its people that darkness will fall: for a war is coming that will shake the world.

After turning his attention to science fiction with the virtual reality saga Otherland, and his fresh take on urban fantasy in the standalone novel The War of the Flowers, Tad returns to high fantasy with the Shadowmarch series. Exciting, ambitious, intricate, and insightful, Shadowmarch demonstrates that Williams is still America’s best high fantasist. A vast tale of magic, intrigue, terror, sacrifice, and war, there are four volumes in the Shadowmarch series: Shadowmarch, Shadowplay, Shadowrise, and Shadowheart.


THE ORDINARY FARM ADVENTURES (2009)

The Dragons of Ordinary Farm (2009)Tyler and Lucinda have to spend summer vacation with their ancient uncle Gideon, a farmer. They think they’re in for six weeks of cows, sheep, horses, and pigs. But when they arrive in deserted Standard Valley, California, they discover that Ordinary Farm is, well, no ordinary farm.

Tad Williams and Deborah Beale take readers on an extraordinary adventure in their new YA series The Ordinary Farm Adventures. The first two books in the series are The Dragons of Ordinary Farm and The Secrets of Ordinary Farm. The third book is a work in progress.


THE WAR OF THE FLOWERS (2003)

The War of the Flowers (2003)A bold new fantasy novel complete in one volume.

For Theo Vilmos, a thirty-something lead singer in a marginally successful rock band, life is about to take a real turn for the worse. He soon finds himself alone, heartbroken, and plagued by a recurring nightmare — and he can’t shake the feeling that these bad things are happening to him for a reason. When he comes across a mysterious old letter from his grandmother’s brother, a man named Eamonn Dowd, and with it the key to a safe deposit box, he decides to investigate. What he finds is an old handwritten book.

Seeking solace and escape in a cabin in the woods, Theo begins to read his great-uncle’s book and quickly becomes mesmerized. Dowd writes of another world — the world of Faerie — but it is nothing like the familiar fairyland of childhood stories. Before Theo can disregard the account as nonsense, he too is drawn into a place beyond his wildest dreams.

Returning to the fantasy genre that made him a coast-to-coast best-selling phenomenon, Tad Williams has written a new stand-alone contemporary novel set in Northern California — and also in the strange parallel world that coexists in the farthest reaches of the imagination.


OTHERLAND (1996)

Otherland: City of Golden Shadow (1996)Otherland. In many ways it is humankind’s most stunning achievement: a private, multi-dimensional universe built over two generations by the greatest minds of the twenty-first century. But this most exclusive of places is also one of the world’s best kept secrets, created and controlled by an organization made up of the world’s most powerful and ruthless individuals, a private cartel known — to those who know of their existence at all — as The Grail Brotherhood. Though their purpose in creating Otherland is still a mystery, it may not remain so for long. For they have exacted a terrible price from humanity in the process, and even their highly organized global conspiracy cannot hide the nature of their crimes forever.

The highly successful Tailchaser’s Song and his magnificent, best-selling trilogy, Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, brought Tad Williams worldwide acclaim as a master of fantasy. Now he opens a whole new dimension of the imagination with Otherland, a mesmerizing story that takes readers to the near-future when a global conspiracy at the highest levels threatens to sacrifice the Earth for the promise of a far more exclusive place — Otherland, a universe where any fantasy can be made real.

There are four volumes in the Otherland series: City of Golden Shadow, River of Blue Fire, Mountain of Black Glass, and Sea of Silver Light.


CALIBAN’S HOUR (1994)

Caliban’s Hour (1994)Before I kill you, you will hear my tale…

Twenty years after Prospero and Miranda have departed from their island of exile, Caliban, their scorned and abused former servant, seeks his revenge. Vowing to kill the primary source of his pain and disillusionment, Caliban holds Miranda captive, forcing her to listen to the wrenching tale of his early years on the island both before and after the fateful arrival of the banished duke of Milan and his beautiful daughter.

Are magic and romance really so separate? In this rich fantasy novel, Tad Williams explores the tangled roots of sorcery and passion and gives us an astonishing answer. An extraordinary tale of dark desires and shining wizardry, Caliban’s Hour is a fantastical sequel to Shakespeare’s The Tempest, replete with elements of both Beauty and the Beast and Robinson Crusoe.


CHILD OF AN ANCIENT CITY (1992)

Child of an Ancient City (1992)The caravan met disaster in the mountains: Bandits fell upon them by night, scattering their horses, looting and pillaging their cargo. When the survivors gathered together, they salvaged what they could and began the long trek home.

For Susri, the marchant’s son, the journey home becomes a nightmare as people around him begin to disappear at night. Masrur and Ibn Fahad, the men in charge of the expedition, blame a vampyr, a creature that preys on the living and shuns the light of day. Susri, nicknamed Fawn, knows it must be true.

Tad Williams returns to epic fantasy with an Arabian Nights vampire story, written in collaboration with acclaimed fantasist Nina Kiriki Hoffman.


MEMORY, SORROW AND THORN (1988)

The Dragonbone Chair (1988)In Osten Ard, a land once ruled by an elvishlike race known as the Sithi, the human High King is dying. And with his death, a long-dormant evil is unleashed on the land as the undead Sithi ruler, the Storm King, seeks to regain his lost realm through a pact with one of human royal blood. Driven by spell-inspired jealousy and fear, prince fights prince, while around them the very land begins to die, poisoned by a sorcerous force sworn to annihilate the humans whose ancestors had driven the Sithi from their rightful home long ages ago.

Only a small, scattered group, the League of the Scroll, recognizes the true danger faced by Osten Ard, only they hold the knowledge of times past, of threats fulfilled, and of a riddle of swords, which holds out the one small hope of salvation. And to Simon — unknowingly apprenticed to a member of this League, and unwittingly touched by magic both good and ill — will go the task of spearheading the search for the solution to this riddle of long-lost swords of power, a quest that will see him fleeing and facing enemies straight out of a legend-maker’s worst nightmare!

From the bestselling author of Tailchaser’s Song comes an epic fantasy trilogy with all the magic, wonder, and magnificence of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. There are three volumes in the series: The Dragonbone Chair, Stone of Farewell, and To Green Angel Tower.


TAILCHASER’S SONG (1985)

Tailchaser’s Song (1985)In 1985, a young author surprised and enchanted readers with his first novel — the story of Fritti Tailchaser, a courageous tom cat in a world of whiskery heroes and villains, of feline gods and strange, furless creatures called M’an.

The book was Tailchaser’s Song, the author was Tad Williams.

The legend was born.


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