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Preview — The Wounded Land by Stephen R. Donaldson
The Wounded Land (The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant #1)
Four thousand years have passed since Covenant first freed the Land from the devastating grip of Lord Foul and his minions. But he is back, and Convenant, armed with his stunning white gold magic, must battle the evil forces and his own despair....
THE SECOND CHRONICLE OF THOMAS COVENANT Book OneTHE WOUNDED LAND Book TwoTHE ONE TREE Book ThreeWHITE GOLD WIELDER
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My advice? RUN! Run far and run fast...flee! Save yourself! Get away, get away before it's too late!
I'm not a fan of Thomas (the world is unfair to me so everybody owes me) Covenant. I read the first trilogy and I'll never, never, ever be able to get those wasted hours from my l ...more
In this book, Covenant is transported once more to the Land, to find that 4,000 years have passed and Lord Foul holds the Earth in his grasp. Alongside Linden Avery, a doctor from his world, he struggles to find some semblance of the world he once knew and set things right.
This is the first book in ...more
As I wrote in my brief notes about the 3rd book of the original trilogy, when Donaldson decided to continue writing about the Land and Thomas Covenant, he (and his publisher) were very upfront about it: "The Second Chronicles" bit doesn't try to slip one by you.)
As for the book, at first it was a surprise to see the deterioration of both the protagonist and the Land. The tone of this book (indeed all of the 2nd trilogy) is ...more
This trilogy was the better written, for me. More action packed, more events-driven and easier to get into. The horrors being wrought on the ...more
In the first trilogy, Covenant is at his most dispicable. This series takes place 10 years after his last ordeal, and he has changed quite a bit.
So has the land itself, 4000 years have passed here, and the world is drastically different. I would say the soul of the Thomas Covenant series is the land itself. It is alive, and the people who serve it ar ...more
In the first trilogy, I understand it. Main character has a sickness that stains his soul, causing him to feel unworthy, causing him to deny feelings. Then, when he is transported to an alternate reality where his feelings overwhelm him he acts like a complete SOB.
But to continue such loathin ...more
Thomas Covenant is a contemporary leper in USA visited by a woman doctor. He is transported to another universe where Lord Foul has reft the land with Sunbane, an evil force which relies on human sacrifice to renew the land.
Donaldson has swallowed a dictionary (a *very* big one) in this rich fa ...more
Here is Covenant, but in doubt whether he is a main protagonist, more powerful than before, yet even more sick and doubtful of using that power. Yet the most memorable thing is Land itself - the shock of returning to the once beautiful and peaceful Land, in accordance with Earthpower, now ravaged beyond belief, t ...more
But Donaldson's style grates even more after three long books, with Co ...more
1. The main character is an anti-hero. This makes the plot awesomely unpredictable, as the reader cannot be certain whether he'll mes ...more
However, it made me realize that a fundamental strength of the first series was its focus on the emotional and philosophical level of the struggle. This focus was aided by the generic nature of the plot and setting, ...more
The majority of this book is set in a place called the Land which is kind of an alternate reality. The Land was a beautiful place that was full of life. Lord Foul has tried many times taking ov ...more
I do appreciate that Donaldson did not take the easy way out and did transform the culture of the Land with a viable ex ...more
While Donaldson wrote from a few points of view in the first trilogy, it was clear that Covenant was the focal point of ...more
Thomas Covenant is still rages against himself while still learning to con ...more
People say, all the time, how the second installment in a trilogy is usually the best or the darkest of the three. Donaldson did the "darker" bit in The Illearth War (Book 2 of the first Chronicles). But his second trilogy managed the same thing. Everything that was awesome about The Land in the first trilogy is ...more
The start of the second trilogy, however, is far more reaching. Where it succeeds, it tops anything in the first books. The world is terrifying, the complexity of evil perverting good ...more
It's always a test for me of how much I come to care for the characters in any fictional work, and Donaldson does a marvelous job of developing empathy for characters that are flawed, incomplete, and/or incapacitated by the ...more
Quite honestly though, I think I enjoyed this book the most out of the rest of the series. Donaldson returns us to the Land, and it's all wrong. Great great way to start us out with a new character. And I must say, I like Linden so much better than Hile Troy, who was a waste of a character. I still give it a low rating because it still is a chore to read, like all of Thoma ...more
Disappointed that someone doesn't slap Thomas Covenant (or the author) a dozen times each book. I want to see how the story ends (a trilogy) but I do not know if I have the stamina to suffer through another 10 ...more
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Stephen R. Donaldson was born on the 13th May 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio. His father, James, was a medical missionary and his mother, Ruth, a prosthetist (a person skilled i ...more