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Stephen R. Donaldson
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Stephen Reeder Donaldson. Stephen R. Donaldson on a 2007 book tour. A third series, The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, began publication in 2004 with the novel The Runes of the Earth. 1947-05-13) May 13, 1947 (age 72) Cleveland, Ohio. With the second book of that series, Fatal Revenant, Donaldson again attained bestseller status when the book reached number 12 on the New York Times Bestseller List in October 2007. The First Chronicles. Lord Foul's Bane (1977).

Now, starting with The Runes of the Earth, Stephen R. Donaldson returns with a quartet . Agony read" is having to persist with a book to the very end despite it being painfully awful - I have one rule with books: "finish what you start" - and in some cases this has proven worthwhile (eg. Donaldson returns with a quartet of new Covenant novels that are certain to satisfy his millions of fans, and attract countless new followers. In the original series, a man-living in our world and in our time-is mysteriously struck down with a disease long since believed to have been eradicated. I hated the first 50 pages of WEAVEWORLD by CLIVE BARKER, but after that it really kicks off!)

Stephen R. Donaldson.

Stephen R. The Runes of the Earth The 3rd Chronicles of Thomas Covenant – Book 1 to Jennifer Dunstan – the princess of my heart Acknowledgments My particular thanks to John Eccker,who went above and beyond the call after the first draft and never looked back. The Runes of the Earth. The 3rd Chronicles of Thomas Covenant – Book 1. to Jennifer Dunstan – the princess of my heart. My particular thanks to John Eccker

The Runes of the Earth.

The Runes of the Earth. Author: Stephen Donaldson. The triumphant return of the New York Times-bestselling, critically acclaimed fantasy series that has become a modern classic. Since their publication more than two decades ago, the initial six books in The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant series have sold more than 6 million copies and have been published in ten countries around the world

Stephen R. Donaldson is the author of the The Great God’s War Trilogy and the original six volumes of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, a landmark in modern fantasy. Every volume, beginning with Lord Foul’s Bane in 1977, has been an international bestseller

Stephen R. Every volume, beginning with Lord Foul’s Bane in 1977, has been an international bestseller. Donaldson returned to the series with The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, comprising The Runes of the Earth, Fatal Revenant, Against All Things Ending, and The Last Dark. Donaldson lives in New Mexico.

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New York Times bestselling author Stephen R. Donaldson presents the first novel of the four-volume finale to the series that’s become a modern fantasy classic: The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. Thomas Covenant lost everything. Abandoned by his wife and child, sick and alone, he was transported while unconscious to a magical, dreamlike world called the Land. Convinced it was all a delusion, Covenant was christened The Unbeliever by the Land’s inhabitants-but gave his life to save this new-found world he came to regard as precious

Now, starting with The Runes of the Earth, Stephen R. Donaldson returns with a quartet of new Covenant novels that . lt;empty-line, At the end of the sixth book, Covenant is killed, both in the real world and in the Land, as his companion, Linden Avery, looks on in horror. lt;empty-line, In the original series, a man-living in our world and in our time-is mysteriously struck down with a disease long since believed to have been eradicated. His death is both the ultimate sacrifice-and his redemption.

Ten years after the death of Thomas Covenant, his one-time companion, Linden Avery, returns home to discover her child building images of the Land with blocks and is once again summoned to take part in an epic battle against evil.
  • Malodred
In this first of the last four books in the Thomas Covenant Chronicles, Linden Avery is sent back to the Land when she is shot by Thomas Covenant's son Roger and Lord Foul takes her adopted son Jeremiah. She meets new characters from the races introduced in the previous books: Stonedowners, Haruchai, ur-viles, Ramen, etc who aid her in her quest.
I read this when it first came out as I loved the first six books. I never finished the series though and decided to do so after reading Mr. Donaldson's new book Seventh Decimate. I remember now why I stopped now.
I don't find Linden a compelling heroine. She dithers and then tends to just fly off in a direction despite advice to the contrary. The new characters are mostly too impressed by her stature from her previous stay in the Land to argue with her. They seem to be mostly ciphers representing their various races.
Since we stay in parts of the Land already visited, there's no new worldbuilding so to speak. The plot starts out fine with Linden grappling with Joan's madness and Roger Covenant's ire before she is hurled back to the Land. Then the story bogs down. She travels and she dithers for most of the rest of the book. Not all that much happens to advance the story besides the quest to find the lost Staff of Law until the very last paragraph of the book. I admit, it's a great cliffhanger so I'll go on with the series, but in my honest opinion this book could have been compressed into a couple of chapters at the start of the next book.
  • Kadar
I read the original two series I am sure over 20 years ago and loved all the books. 5 star all the way. I say this because I am wondering, did my tastes in books change in 20 years or has Donaldson gotten very wordy and overly descriptive since I last read these books? I really don't remember him being so verbose in the original books. Oh, he was descriptive and let you know what the character were thinking but this book is ridiculous. Or am I just mis-remembering the earlier books?

Another thing, do you have to explain the same basic concept of something or some event or some particular feeling, of a character over and over and over again? I got it after the first time. Why say it 5 more times? Does Linden Avery need to heal EVERY character she comes across? All the while explaining how this is beyond her and how she is pushing herself past her limits and how she can't fail at this. And why are there like 5 different healing items with supernatural powers?

I fear that Donaldson has joined the groups of Authors like Robert Jordan and George Martin that have discovered if you write hundreds of pages of descriptive banter you don't ever have to advance the plot and continue your cash cow of a series at infinitum. Jordan was the king of this. He wrote 3 really good books and then another 6 were the plot didn't advance at all and nothing much ever happened but male bashing and pony tail tugging. While Martin at least is able to keep his books entertaining, has the plot moved forward more than an inch in his last two 900 page novels? Which of course we now have to wait 6+ years for in between. It is so obvious that at least fantasy writers have discovered that needlessly stretching their series out is the way to financial immortality.

This book. Since Linden Avery has gotten to the land, which took FOR F....... EVER for her to get to. I think she has traveled maybe 15 or 20 miles. And we were with her as Donaldson literally described every agonizing step she took.

Slight spoiler warning.

"I put my left foot forward. It hurt like no pain I felt before. I felt my knee twitch and buckle from lack of use. I was not use to being in the land and the exertions it put on my body. I would need the healing berries soon as I felt my strength drain from me from this slight effort of lifting my foot. Luckily my trusty blood guard was there to ease my transition. God I am so weak i thought. I will never be able to save the land. Pain seared my nerves as my foot touched the ground and I nearly fell to my knees. No! No, this was Lord Fouls doing and I must continue. My health sense has left me. Shaka Zulu needed healing and I have to travel up and through these mountains that never seem to end. I tell myself, one step at a time and struggle to lift my right foot. It hurt like no pain before. I felt my right knee twitch and buckle from lack of use. I was not............

I am not kidding. This is what it felt like reading one section of the book. It seemed each step was chronicled in excruciating detail. It took like well over a hundred pages to travel maybe a mile and a half.Linden falling down and whimpering and feeling sorry for how inept she was with each step she took. Only stopping to heal another character every 25 pages or so. Saying how she was not up to it.

I wil continue reading these books but I sure hope they get better.

I gave it three stars but one star is for how I remember the earlier books.
  • Nilasida
This is one tedious book to read. I don't remember any of Donaldson's books being this difficult. It's as if he wrote an 8 thousand word book and was told it needed to be 15 thousand words - and instead of adding substance to the story, he embellished what was already there. Rather than a passage saying "The horse was tired from the long ride," Donaldson writes "The horse's hooves radiated their agony, like the ancient rocks screamed of their bitter, agonizing knowledge of the Land's tyrannical past while, at the same time, crying over the Earthpower that has diminished like the sad sunlight on a rainy day." Geez, we get it - the horse was tired. Once you have read a few chapters, you will find yourself automatically skipping whole paragraphs just to get to the next "scene" so as to avoid all this drivel. The story itself is not bad, which is why it gets three stars, but the way it's written can wear you out quickly.