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The Runes of the Earth

The Last Chronicles of Thomas Convenant (Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant)

By Stephen R. Donaldson

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Format: Paperback, 532 pages
Published In: United States, 01 August 2005
More than twenty years ago, Stephen R. Donaldson set a literary landmark with the first fantasy bestseller. His New York Times bestselling series, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, transformed modern fantasy. Now, at long last, Donaldson introduces the first novel of the much-awaited, four-volume finale to the series that's sold more than ten million copies.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 newfound world he came to regard as precious.

Ten years after Covenant's death, Linden Avery still mourns for her beloved companion. But a violent confrontation with Covenant's son- who is doing the evil Lord Foul's bidding-forces her back to the Land, where a dark malevolence is about to unmake the laws of nature-and of life and death itself.

About the Author

Stephen R. Donaldson is the author of six previous Covenant books: Lord Foul's Bane, The Illearth War, The Power That Preserves, The Wounded Land, The One Tree, and White Gold Wielder, as well as many other novels.

EAN: 9780441013043
ISBN: 044101304X
Publisher: Ace Books
Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.49 x 3.56 centimetres (0.63 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Ralph Wallbank on
I'm only tempted into writing this review after reading the drivel currently listed as a 'Review' of this book. Moaning about the shape of the book. Give me a break.
Stephen Donaldson is one of the finest exponents of the Fantasy epic adventure and his Thomas Covenant series are classics.
Runes of the Earth is no exception. It is easily on a par with the other works in this series. The storyline is tight, the pace brisk and stays true to the spirit of the Covenant Chronicles.
I've been into fantasy fiction for most of my life and Stephen Donaldson never disappoints. Might I suggest the previous reviewer stick with Readers Digest.
Christopher Wesselingh on
I agree with one of the other reviews here Stephen R. Donaldson is a fantastic auther and has never failed to disapoint me in any of his books and this series was definitly one I got great enjoyment from reading and they all were hard to put down once I started reading and I certainly found the book easy to read and hold totally inthralling book and series it still rankes to me as one of the greatest sci fi writers ive come across and ive read a lot,
Richard Scott on
Yet another annoying differently sized paperback. This one is over-wide. So, annoying to hold and to read, with more sideways eye movement needed. Definitely detracts from the enjoyment. A large amount of italicising of names of other races, groups, clans, or whatever, that got to be a real pain, as it was done continually.

Before I started this I guessed 'ok, with thousands of pages written already, what else can he do? Oh, I know, make the Haruchai antagonists'.

Yep, that is what he did. Bah.

This feels a bit padded. Also had 2 words I had never seen before in the first 150 pages, so I think Donaldson has been playing with his thesaurus for a while. Donaldson is clearly a talented writer, but he may be over indulging a little, here.

One good point - a much needed recap of the other six books that I found very useful, and it seemed in the case of this book, the editing was very good, as far as a lack of typos, etc., compared to a lot of publications recently.

The plot throws Linden Avery back into The Land, after 10 years in the real world, running a psychiatric instutition that has Joan Covenant as a patient. Covenant's son turns up, violence ensues, and it is off they go back to fantasy land, so to speak.

The thing I didn't pick beforehand is that they start playing with time travel.

So, yet again, Lord Foul gets up off the mat, the Staff of Law is nowhere to be found, etc., etc. Throw in some new magical conditions, another group of humans, some magical horses and there you go.

Presumably there are two more, but Reader's Digest versions might do me.

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