It is an excellent piece of fiction from that standpoint and from the standpoint of a fan of both Tad Williams and Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m even more excited to read The Witchwood Crown, the first volume of The Last King of Osten Ard in the spring.
That Williams has turned this functional little tome into a gem unto itself not only speaks to his enduring talent as a spinner of fantasy, but to the durability of Osten Ard itself — an awesome, immersive realm well worth revisiting all these years later.
Certain Dark Things is a mixture of emotions: terrifying, suspenseful, heartwarming, and humorous. You’re going to deeply care about the characters in this book, and there’s nothing you can do about it. So buckle in and enjoy the ride.