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The triumphant return of the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author This, the final Covenant series ever, is going to be HUGE This is a massive publishing event: as big as if Tolkien had written his own sequel to THE LORD OF THE RINGS The first CHRONICLES OF THOMAS COVENANT THE UNBELIEVER created the modern fantasy genre. Jordan, Eddings, Feist, Goodkind: all came after, and all owe their success to Donaldson's epic creation The two trilogies have sold more than six million copies and have been published in ten countries around the world. Each of the books was a Number 1 HB bestseller - the first fan

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Stephen Donaldson lived in India for 13 years with his father, who worked extensively with lepers; it was here that he conceived the character of Thomas Covenant. He was awarded the John W. Campbell Award as Best Writer of the Year for The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, which, with the sequel trilogy, became instant bestsellers. He is also the author of the fantasy duology Mordant's Need, the SF epic quintet, The Gap, and a number of mysteries written under the pseudonym Reed Stephens.

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Six fantasy novels featuring Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever appeared between 1977 and 1983, but Donaldson shows that his epic series still has the power to surprise in this richly imagined start of a final quartet. Covenant died at the end of White Gold Wielder (1983), and at this novel's outset so does his lover, Linden Avery, in a violent confrontation with Joan and Roger Covenant as they kidnap her son, Jeremiah. Linden awakens once again in the Land, where she finds Lord Foul scheming to escape the Arch of Time with the help of Joan and Roger while using Jeremiah as a pawn. The 10 years since Linden's last visit have been centuries by Land time, and in that interval Anele, with whom she teams, has lost the Staff of Law, plunging the world into chaos. Linden's only hope for saving the Land and reclaiming Jeremiah is to gather a crew from the Land's numerous races and surf a caesure, or time rift, to retrieve the Staff. Nevertheless, she can't shake her fear that all this has been plotted by Foul as part of his malignant design. Donaldson's saga has transformed tremendously since initial volumes offered startlingly original antiheroic fantasy resonating with echoes of both Tolkien and Philip K. Dick, but the engaging humanity of his characters still compels attention. A new generation of readers may find this episode's midstream plunge into the saga bracing, while fans of Covenant's past chronicles will welcome a return to the Land. Agent, Howard Morhaim. (Oct. 13) Forecast: Despite the long gap since the last in the series, this one should hit many bestseller lists. The Michael Whelan dust jacket is going to have a lot of fantasy fans drooling. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

He creates a constant tension that grips and won't let go - STARBURST - Barbara DaviesDonaldson has developed a gift for labyrinthine plotting... Runes introduces many intruiging characters with the promise of complex interaction to come. - SFX - David LangfordNot your typical fantasy, this enjoyable read comes alive with Donaldson's vivid descriptions - GOOD BOOK GUIDEMorally complex and rich in detail, this is a novel which reminds you that fantasy needn't equate to lowest common denominator simplicity. One of fantasy's heavyweights reminds us that he still has much to offer the genre. - DREAMWATCH - Jonathan Wright

Thomas Covenant, the leper who crossed the barrier between this world and that of the Land, gave his life to save his newfound world. Linden Avery, a healer of mind and body, accompanied him into the Land and inherited his stewardship of it. When Covenant's son, Roger, suddenly appears many years after his father's death and seeks to claim his inheritance and custody of his insane mother, Avery senses the presence of a familiar evil, the machinations of Lord Foul. Twenty years after ending his second Thomas Covenant trilogy, Donaldson resurfaces with a final trilogy that is intended to bring together all the threads of the previous books. Familiar and beloved characters from the Land mix with new heroes and villains in a reawakening of a classic fantasy saga. Most libraries will want this title for their collection. Buy multiple copies. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/04.] Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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