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
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Therefore, I really want to see Lord Foul Bane corrupt every single one of those bastards solely for the purpose of rising up and smiting that worthless son of a bitch, the Ur-Lord Thomas Covenant.
If it wasn't crazy enough ...more
I’ll admit that book 2 is an improvement over book 1, but it’s a grudging admission. Having said that, Thomas Covenant is STILL an ass, but the improvement is that this installment isn ...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
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
You know if I'm in a dream, even if I'm sure I'm in a dream I usually participate and don't run around in the dream refusing to participate...oh well. Enjoy, if you can. Not horribly written, but not (in my opinion) great either, certainly not worth the cost of adm ...more
He could not go on in this fashion. If he did, he would soon come to resemble Hile Troy -- a man so overwhelmed by the power of sight that he could not perceive the blindness of his desire to assume responsibility for t...more
There was a large section in the middle of the book which he wasn't in and I thought "grea ...more
It's off to a good start and the build up to Covenants summoning and the transition from his world to the next sets a good foundation for the rest of the story.
It is a shame that the next 150 pages consists almost entirely of war council meetings, almost as if the writer was stalling to actually move the p ...more
The story itself focuses upon the Lords' response to Lord Foul's great assault upon the Land, as his gigantic army, twisted and empowered by the Illearth Stone, marches to destroy them. The unfolding strategies and twists and turns of the conflict are fascinating to read. There are several side quests too, which enri ...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
Why are they great? Because I love a never ending story. I love to know the history of each character and how they were introduced and what they contributed to the story. I love the generational progression. That is fascinating. The writer has quite the imagination and style. I have to refer to the glossary often to remind me of the references throughout the series (I ordered the ebooks).
This is why this series distressing? The author pulls yo ...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
This book follows two paths; Covenant and a new character name Hile Troy. The parallel between the two is very good, in that Troy responds to the responsibilities asked of him in the fantasy world in a manner which we would expect of Covenant. And he suffers... and suffers... he suffers just as much as Covenant, only in a different way. Such is the theme of the book.
The description of the world and environments are amazing. Every stone has texture and when a character is awes by a view, I was al...more
Thomas Covenant. He's the same character from Book 1. Annoying, negative, whiny and despicable. The change of POV was a nice reprieve from the guy.
How almost everyone in the Land loves him although he hasn't accomplished anything. Because of a ring he doesn't know how or care to use.
The High Lord's infatuation with him despite all the evil things he's done to her and her family. The "love story" that came out of nowhere.
Those where the major things I didn't like in t ...more
Much better than Lord Foul's Bane, but that's because it centers on Hile Troy. He's easier to identify with than Covenant and not nearly as depressing. Sometimes I wanted to slap Covenant upside the head tell him to give his ring to someone else. I was in High School when I read this book and I thought Troy was my kind of hero. He accepted the Land as real and did all in his power to save it. He was a man of action, led a desperate army sure to lose, and had a clever plan to defeat the ...more
Some of the strong points of the book are
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.
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION:
Stephen R. Donaldson was born May 13, 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio. His father, James, was a medical missionary and his mother, Ruth, a prostheti ...more