Tad Williams

Tad Williams portrait image to appear alongside the Tad Williams biography.

Tad Williams has held more jobs than any sane person should admit to—singing in a band, selling shoes, managing a financial institution, throwing newspapers, and designing military manuals, to name just a few. He also hosted a syndicated radio show for ten years, worked in theater and television production, taught both grade-school and college classes, and worked in multimedia for a major computer firm. He is cofounder of an interactive television company, and is currently writing comic books and film and television scripts as well as novels.

Tad and his wife, Deborah Beale, live in the San Francisco Bay Area with their children and far more cats, dogs, turtles, pet ants and banana slugs than they can count.

"I am deliriously grateful every day that I get to do what I want to do for a living. Whenever the pressures of work and life start to make me cranky, I just remind myself of managing the art store next to the freeway (the owner was Basil Fawlty without Basil's good qualities, i.e. wit)"

Tad Williams books reviewed


Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn

  • The Dragonbone Chair (1988)
    The first book of the trilogy "Memory, Sorrow and Thorn" tells the story of Simon, a kitchen boy and sorceror's apprentice, who must find the solution to the riddle of the long-lost swords of power, in order to combat the evil of the undead Sithi Ruler, the Storm King.
  • The Stone of Farewell (1990)
    In Osten Ard, the evil of the Storm King covers the land and the country is riven by war. Nature, unbalanced by the tide of evil, slips into a permanent winter. Simon, once a kitchen boy, now a hero hiding in the troll stronghold of Yiquanuc, has prophetic dreams. Only he and his companions can save the land, but to do this he must embark on the second part of his quest… to the Stone of Farewell.
  • To Green Angel Tower (1993)
    The land is cold and bitter as The Storm King's grip holds sway. Simon and Binabik must solve the final mystery of the great sword Memory in order to use it power to stop the Storm King. Can the Weird of the Swords be solved? Joshua must rally his forces and prepare for this last stand; brother must face brother. Long forgotten, the Sithi return to a world long abandoned. Blood has been shed and a people slow to angry ride forth. War has come to Osten Ard. All will be touched. Many will fall before the rage of Storm King and his ultimate revenge.


  • City of Golden Shadow - 1996
  • River of Blue Fire - 1998
  • Mountain of Black Glass - 1999
  • Sea of Silver Light - 2001


  • Shadowmarch - 2006
  • Shadowplay - 2007
  • Shadowrise - TBA

Bobby Dollar

  • The Dirty Streets of Heaven (2012)
    Bobby Dollar isn’t your average angel. Sure, he takes the occasional trip to Heaven, but his job as an advocate – arguing the fate of the recently deceased – keeps him pretty busy on Earth, and he’s more than happy to spend the rest of his time propping up the bar with his fellow immortals. Until the day a soul goes missing, presumed stolen by ‘the other side’. A new chapter in the war between heaven and hell is about to open. And Bobby is right in the middle of it, with only a desirable but deadly demon to aid him.

Tailchaser's Song - 1985