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#26 2017-05-04 20:05:01

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Re: The Witchwood Crown: Reviews and Reactions

ylvs wrote:

*plants huggle trap for Charlotte*

It tracked me down through time and space!  *snuggles in the huggle trap*

 

#27 2017-05-04 21:21:16

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Re: The Witchwood Crown: Reviews and Reactions

ajl3 wrote:

I'm surprised how quickly I'm going through this. Tad's books can take me longer than usual due to density and/or names (and wanting to soak in foreshadowing) but I'm closing in on page 300 after only a few days. It definitely maintains some of that sadness (melancholy, I would better call it) of To Green Angel Tower and Heart of What Was Lost, but is capable of bringing in romantic gestures, cool fights, or funny gags (actually I've laughed a good bit.)

[...]
Unless something goes seriously wrong writing wise in the second half (all indications are reverse of that) this is a seriously fantastic book, but maybe more so for fans. The biggest problem will be waiting 2 years for Book 2 as I can't wait for a lot of these characters to meet up.

Hey Ajl3,

I went ahead and added spoiler warnings to your previous post, as it contained some small details not revealed in public yet.

I agree about the humor being mixed with melancholy, though I think there's less melancholy than in TGAT.

I agree that two years is a long time to wait for more Osten Ard. But it's still better than seven or more. *shakes fist at GRRM in a resigned way* And we really can't complain: we're getting two OA books in a single year!


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#28 2017-05-07 21:47:59

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Re: The Witchwood Crown: Reviews and Reactions

New and great video review

https://youtu.be/18d9AF1LG88


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#29 2017-05-07 22:48:02

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Olaf wrote:

New and great video review

https://youtu.be/18d9AF1LG88

Nice! Will blog out tomorrow, if I have time.


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#30 2017-05-08 02:52:14

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Nice find, Olaf.


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#31 2017-05-14 07:50:27

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Gizmodo.com.au has added The Witchwood Crown to its list of The Best Science Fiction And Fantasy Books Coming In 2017.

The Goodreads reviews continue to be strong. Reader Gary gives the book five stars. Reader Kim gives the book five stars. Reader Sasha gives the book five stars. The book needs more positive reviews on Goodreads, but I couldn't find any substantive negative reviews. It is #3 on Goodreads' 2017 Highly Anticipated Epic Fantasy.

NetGalley.com has listed The Witchwood Crown as one of their most-requested titles. ForTheLoveOfWords.net has added the book to their 'books to look forward to' list.


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#32 2017-05-14 09:02:46

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Good finds. I will add them to the website tomorrow.


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#33 2017-05-14 09:47:33

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I'll write a review... just got to finish All The Words first. Later this week though.


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#34 2017-05-14 09:55:03

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Kenan wrote:

I'll write a review... just got to finish All The Words first. Later this week though.

Sweet!


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#35 2017-05-15 11:48:52

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#36 2017-05-15 13:10:47

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I have a review I'm working on as well. It's already a page long, but I find writing a high quality review that's informative yet to the point to be one of the most difficult forms of writing - doubly so when potentially addressing readers not familiar with a story world (i.e., a sequel.)

 

#37 2017-05-15 13:56:21

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ajl3 wrote:

I have a review I'm working on as well. It's already a page long, but I find writing a high quality review that's informative yet to the point to be one of the most difficult forms of writing - doubly so when potentially addressing readers not familiar with a story world (i.e., a sequel.)

Thanks, Ajl! I know writing a review isn't easy. Thanks for your efforts. When it's ready, please link it here for us, too.


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#38 2017-05-15 17:13:52

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Part two of last month's interview with Tad is now up:

http://fantasyhotlist.blogspot.co/2017/ … art-2.html

Patrick

 

#39 2017-05-16 09:12:17

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pat5150 wrote:

Part two of last month's interview with Tad is now up:

http://fantasyhotlist.blogspot.co/2017/ … art-2.html

Patrick

Good interview, Patrick! I was only able to reach the site by adding an 'm' at the end of .co . So I think the URL is supposed to be http://fantasyhotlist.blogspot.com/2017 … art-2.html :)


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#40 2017-05-18 11:27:34

Kenan
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I wrote a review on goodreads now.


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#41 2017-05-18 13:25:40

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Awesome review, Kenan. Wanna become a contributor to ostenard.com? There is always room for another duke, I think ...


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#42 2017-05-18 13:27:38

Kenan
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What would that entail? :)


Wouldn't the plural form of Olaf be Olaves? ;) - Firsfron of Ronchester

 

#43 2017-05-18 17:23:26

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Kenan wrote:

What would that entail? :)

I echo Ylvs' wonderful invitation. I've sent you an invitation via email; we'd love to see you post something. (That goes for others here, too, Duke and non-Duke alike).


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#44 2017-05-18 17:25:59

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Kenan wrote:

I wrote a review on goodreads now.

*liked* Very good review!


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Ommu is horrifying; Akhenabi is f**king evil; Makho is Trump with a badass sword; Jijibo is the crackhead version of Towser.  And Saomeji is creepy. --Cyan

 

#45 2017-05-18 20:38:06

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Great review, Kenan.


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#46 2017-05-18 22:40:25

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Thanks! And thanks for the invite. I'll have a look at it over the weekend. I'll be away over the night until tomorrow.
Cheers!


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#47 2017-05-25 21:44:02

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4 ½ Stars; Top Pick!

Devout Williams fans will be thrilled with this return to his spectacular high-fantasy world, which continues to captivate as the preceding trilogy did decades ago, and readers new to Osten Ard will quickly be absorbed by the political intrigue, rich description and complex characterization that makes the author stand out in a sea of writers inspired by his work. The first installment in the new trilogy is a nostalgic glimpse of the past as the horrors of the future awaken, with new threats to challenge the present readers and newcomers alike.

Thirty years after the defeat of the Storm King, High King Simon and High Queen Miriamele of Osten Ard mourn the loss of their beloved son while worrying over the immaturity of their grandson, Prince Morgan. King Hugh of Hernystir causes a different concern, as his future wife, Lady Tilleth, is suspected of worshipping an old war goddess in an attempt to raise demons. After a decades-long sleep, a threat to all humanity is rising, and a warning from a stranger leads Simon and Miriamele to prepare to fight. (DAW, Jun., 736 pp., $30.00)

Romantic Times Review


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#48 2017-05-26 06:38:57

Kenan
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I got a pre-order alert from Barnes & Noble. Personalised content, and since I haven't bought anything but tWC from there (signed hardcover edition) I supposed it's both logical and illogical at the same time for them to suggest the very same book for me. But let's hope more people received this alert!


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#49 2017-05-27 02:09:46

Kenan
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I accepted your invitation to contribute, but I'd like some guidance to what you would like me to write.


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#50 2017-05-27 07:40:39

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Well, your Goodreads review of TWC could be cross-posted. And anything else you might like to write. Welcome aboard!


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