The Illearth War (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever #2)
The Council of Lords found their spells useless, now that Foul the Despiser held the Illearth Stone, ancient source of evil power, High Lord Elena turned in de...more
The good news is that around half of the book it is told from another person's POV which means we do not read about Thomas Covenant bei...more
Part of the problem with the first installment, 'Lord Foul's Bane', was that Covenant was so bitter and unsympathetic. This time Covenant is basically absent for the middle section of the book, giving th...more
This book is a lot easier to read than Lord Foul's Bane, and there's a lot more going on. Without all the introductory stuff you're more straight into the story. And in terms of the former, there wasn't quite as much spent in the head of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever/Idiot with some changes of POV in there too.
Though, to be fair to T.C., he didn't come across as as quite as much of an idiot in this book. Maybe also because we're not in hi...more
This is the second book in the Thomas Covenant series and takes place when Thomas is summoned once more to the Land. Even though it has only been a few months since he was last there, forty years have passed there. New Lords are in place yet the battle against the Despiser rages on. To aid them, Thomas must put aside his unbelieving nature and assist the High Lord Elena on a quest to find...more
In my reading of Donaldson’s works, I’ve found that his second installments are usually the weakest. There are several shortcomings in THE ILLEARTH WAR of three books.
First is the introduction o...more
As a fan of Stephen Donaldson’s trilogy ‘the second chronicles of Thomas Covenant’ I was naturally keen to also read the first trilogy that started it all, being ‘the chronicles of Thomas Covenant: the unbeliever’ with this book (the illearth war) being the second volume following on from Lord Foul’s bane. I am constantly overwhelmed by how similarly to renowned au...more
Tolkien was not my introduction to fantasy fiction (neither was Donaldson); my first experience with SFF was RA Salvatore's The Crystal Shard. However, I immediately jumped into Tolkien, and afterward, Donaldson.
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant are as different from Tolkien's world as...more
I strongly recomend reading the first book in the series (and spoilers of first book contained below).
The Illearth war has many of the weaknesses of a middle volume of a trilogy. In some ways it is clearly bridging between the introduction to the world and the climactic confrontation with Foul. It feels like it splits the narrative over too many protagonists. Covenants interactions with Elena make a point, but possibly go a bit too far.
Yet it has many strength...more
It was all very clear, yet unsatisfying. I read the book, and this time I fell into it. It was a different kind of fantasy, with allegoric hints that I still couldn't comprehend.
Once again, Covenant struggles with the reality of this alternate existence, initially not committing himself to help b...more
It has been years since I first read the book, so I enjoyed rediscovering the aspects of the quest. Somewhat depressing but it is about an evil and a war. Covenant needed to los...more
Firstly, I'd like to comment on the writing. The prose was clear and yet deliciously descriptive. I could visualise everything perfectly, and then some. I felt myself drawn to every moment. It had the same complex qualities as in t...more
This time it's personal, and he will lie, betray and damn in order to not have his leper's self-control eroded even further that it was after his first trip to The Land.
Here is where Donaldson hits his stride. Gone is the paper-thin premise of the first book. Here is a much more interesting one: It doesn't matter if The...more
The second volume in the epic Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever.
Thomas Covenant found himself once again summoned to the Land. The Council of Lords needed him to move against Foul the Despiser who held the Illearth Stone, ancient source of evil power. But although Thomas Covenant held the legendary ring, he didn't know how to use its strength, and risked losing everything....
'Something entirely out of the ordinary ! you'll want to go straight through Lord Foul's Bane, Th
Not that I object to the three basic premises of the whole series:
1)the true anti-hero, the utterly unvilling and despicable character being the focal point of the story. Pretty good idead that.
2) The inanely stereotypical names (Lord Foul, T. Covenant, Rockbrother, Seareach) and plot devices (the quest) - That c...more
My issues with part one were that the main character was fundamentally unlikeable and his attitude/ world-view remained unchanged throughout the book. Coupled with a horrific sexual attack - which he appears to never be brought to justice for - made me leary of the second installment.
How wrong was I? Thomas Covenant is sucked back into realm of The Land where 40 years have passed in a...more
This is the second book in the First Thomas Covenant trilogy and I must say that I enjoyed it far more than the first. I'm uncertain whether that was simply because I'm more used to Donaldson's distinct style, or because the book is simply more engaging.
In the book Covenant returns to the land to find forty years have passed and Lord Foul's armies are on the move. He reunites with the Lords (I won't spoil the twist but it was fairly easy to anticipate) and travels with them to ba...more
Well, no co-operation or commiseration from Covenant still. In fact, its worse! He's meaner, less participatory, and actively lies to the people of t...more
The book started out quite nicely, with Covenant reminiscing about the Land. But when he does get back to the Land, the POV switches to Hile Troy, and does so till almost the end of the book! First of all, no matter how much of an asshole Covenant is, he's the asshole I got to like after the previous book. Troy was someone I couldn't even have sympathy for. When it switches back to Covenant in the end, I breathed a sigh of relief. Too late...more
lets face it, Thomas Covenant is a bitter, twisted jerk. He's started a chain reaction that will change this alternate world and continually looks for ways to absol...more
This book, however, has more interest in it than the first in the series. I'd almost rate it 3 stars, but Goodreads says that means 'I liked it', and I can't exactly say that. I think this book is more compelling precisely be...more
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