White Gold Wielder (The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, #3)
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White Gold Wielder (The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant #3)

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Thomas Covenant knew that despite his failure on the Isle of The One Tree, he had to return to the Land and fight. After a long and arduous journey, fighting all the way, he readies himself for the final showdown with Lord Foul, the Despiser, and begins to understand things he had only just wondered about before....
Paperback, 485 pages
Published June 23rd 1997 by Del Rey (first published 1983)
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I pretty much wanted to see Thomas Covenant strangled, but I couldn't stop reading the darn series
Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
"We are mortal, and the visage of failure is heinous to us. But we are not required to succeed. It is required of us only that we hold fast in every gale and let come what may."

"That is the grace which has been given to you. To bear what must be borne."

In this third and final installment of the second Thomas Covenant trilogy many secrets are revealed, much despair is wrought, love is rekindled, and hope begins to flourish once more. Covenant, Linden, and their band of friends make their way to M...more
While I enjoyed the series, and thought it was a fascinating universe with interesting characters, I had two major problems.

#1 - Both the first and second Chronicles are almost entirely composed of suffering and death. I've got no problem with dark stories, but spending days/weeks reading nothing but horrible events can take its toll. I often had to limit my reading to night time, because of I read early in the day I'd spend all day depressed.

#2 - Without going into any spoilers, I will say th...more
Sep 01, 2012 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
The Earth's crust was still cooling when I read this.

So, we come again to the last book in the trilogy. Things haven't gone well for the home team (but no spoilers). Our hero and the Doctor return again to fight for the Land.

In this novel, Donaldson surpasses his previous ending. Covenant takes actions that surprise not only his enemies, but friends as well. In this book he has finally come to terms with much that he was told/should understand, using that knowledge to force things to a victory.

Much like the first trilogy, this is also a dark read, but oh, so worth the journey. Thomas Covenant has an equally-flawed assistant, and it is even more fascinating to see their issues interact than it was just watching TC make it through the first trilogy.

If you missed my review of the first series, you might want to read it, as I did a much better job with that one.

Mr. Donaldson remains extraordinary, and the Second Chronicles are just as worthy of all the praise heaped upon the First Chronic...more
The Amazing Teacher Mr. Walsh Walsh
Arguably the best epic fantasy since JRR Tolkein (with apologies to Roger Zelazny and the Prices of Amber series), this is the last in the second trilogy of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever (read the other trilogy first to appreciate this trilogy). It is a terrific coda. However, I must note that it starts off with a violent act and should only be read after your parents have signed off on the mature themes.
Rob Hermanowski
Re-read this (and all the Covenant books) in preparation for the anticipated 10th and final Covenant book publication in fall, 2013. A magnificent ending to the Second Chronicles - Donaldson is even better in this trilogy than in the first!
Unlike other reviews I've read, I liked the second trilogy as much as the first. And I can understand why the author took almost two decades to tackle his third trilogy (The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever). I attempted to read the first trilogy when I was much younger than I am now, around 12, and just couldn't get into it. And not because of the "big awful" that happened near the beginning of the first book... just because I hadn't experienced enough life to scratch the surfa...more
Rives Mcdow
This book, and the other books of this series about Sir Thomas Covenant are the only books that actually made me sweat when reading them. They are intense. After reading this book, the first I read of the series, I said I would never read this author again. I couldn't help myself though, after I recovered from the first book. I started another one, and made my way through it. By the time I had read all the books in the series, I was more accustomed to Donaldson's writing style, and after reading...more
Mar 15, 2010 Judy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Fantasy
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I read this entire series. Unlike most series, it doesn't fade in interest after the first book. As the publisher states: "These books have never received the recognition they deserve. It's one of the most powerful and complex fantasy trilogies since Lord of the Rings, but Donaldson is not just another Tolkien wanabee. Each character-driven book introduces unexpected plots, sub-plots, and a host of magical beings so believably rendered you'd believe you might bump into them on your way to the bo...more
James Reid
Chronicles of Thomas Covenant Book 6 (or book 3 of series 2).

So, the stretch between Andelian and the final confrontation goes on to long. The declaratory dialogue of the people of the land has begun to wear me down. The ending could be percieved as a deus ex machina. And yet I think this is almost as strong an ending as the ending of the first trilogy, and sufficiently good to rescue the somewhat aimlessness of the preceding book and a half. The fundamental thesis of these books is one I find f...more
A compelling conclusion to the Second Chronicles of TC, tonally warmer and more hope-laden than The Power that Preserves, where everyone just seemed to perish or drop dead. The story itself drags on a bit, particularly after the quenching of the Banefire at Revelstone, and upon the ice, but I can swallow that, much due to the characters themselves whom I've grown to like so much I don't want to part from them. If SRD ever wrote a separate book about The First and Pitchwife, I'd rush to buy one i...more
Brian Schwartz
The second trilogy really pales in comparison to the first. It opens with promise as we see the Land, which Donaldson imbued with so much beauty and spirit in his first trilogy, warped and ruined. The first book was about action, reaction, and learning. Plots and subplots were put into motion and promised an epic battle for the heart and soul of the living Land.

However, Donaldson wallowed in lugubrious reflection, second guessing, and overwrought emotion. Thomas Covenant was an anti-hero. We wer...more
Mathew Bridle
The second Thomas Covenant Trilogy comes to an end with a more than satisfying conclusion. As is the norm with Thomas Covenant we are treated to a fair number of introspective moments as indeed we are with Linden Avery. But not without good reason. The love between the two lead characters is complicated by their individual inept ability to quickly forgive. This is important as it shapes the closing the moments of the book and leaves us in an interesting predicament for the next book. I’ll spoil...more
Yet again, a review of the whole trilogy rather than each individual book. No spoilers of the story variety. The gist, for those who want to skip the lengthy review: these three books are more action-packed and immediately engaging than the previous trilogy, and Donaldson continued to hold true to the strengths that made the first novels a pleasure to read.

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
*For those who read my reviews, I am re-using the same review for each of the Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. I will include thoughts on all three novels in the one review. Cheers*

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
Good, dammit. I'm glad that's over. I've read this before, but this time I got more of the philosophy than I did the first time out. Before it was all adventure and giants and ninjas and some sort of Ent creature and magic and stuff. This time it was all about sacrifice and self loathing and inadequacy and inadequacy made manifest by the fear of inadequacy and.... Gosh. I've started the first book in the next series, and even though it's the one I've read [the first time] most recently, it's the...more
Tim Healy
I read this second Thomas Covenant trilogy as the books were released. I remember vividly waiting for White Gold Wielder to be released so I could finish. Even so, I was not fair to this trilogy when I read them. I was too much a fan of the first trilogy. This trilogy is certainly not like the first one.

In some ways it's better. It's "cleaner," in that it doesn't rely so much on what you already know about fantasy coming into the books. The first trilogy is packed full of parallels to the Lord o...more
Andrew Wilson

Thomas Covenant knew that despite his failure on the Isle of The One Tree, he had to return to the Land and fight. After a long and arduous journey, fighting all the way, he readies himself for the final showdown with Lord Foul, the Despiser, and begins to understand things he had only just wondered about before....

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These books have never received the recognition they deserve. It's one of the most powerful and complex fantasy trilogies since Lord of the Rings, but Donalds

Abhinav Neelam
I'll flesh this one out later when the immediate satisfaction of a spectacular finale has settled down and I can pick out more faults through the happy glare.

All I can say is Donaldson sets this up nicely - you always knew there was never going to a happy ending proper, but there *is* a fitting ending. And what an ending it is - bittersweet yes, but wondrously breathtaking, and epic enough to give closure to this immense trilogy.
Most of the rest of the book though , while typical Donaldson in...more
Mark Mitchell
Even as "The One Tree" was the worst of the series in my opinion, this book was smashingly the best. Thomas Covenant and Linden Avery become an incredible (and unlikely) team as they, somewhat unwittingly, gather the tools and allies they need to face Lord Foul the Despiser, who lusts after the white gold ring which Thomas Covenant carries. Though Linden has been warned that Covenant is going to give the ring to Lord Foul, and though she has the power, with her talent of health sense, to take it...more
Ashley Honecker
In the final installment of the Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever and White Gold Wielder, Covenant and Linden Avery return to the land that is ravaged by the dreaded Sunbane. Returning after failing to acquire the Staff of Law, they return to Revelstone and drive the raver from those giant-wrought halls. They are, however, unable to devise a way to combat the venomous hold Lord Foul the Despiser still has upon the once majestic land. Now, traveling to confront him directly in the...more
[These notes were made in 1984:]. Bk. 3 of the Second Chronicles. As Linden Avery grows in capability and authority, Covenant declines, and it eventually becomes clear to him that he will have to give up his ring - as it also becomes clear that the circumstances which propelled him into the Land this time are going to result in his death. So, in the end, Covenant gives up his life, Linden with her "health-sense" defeats the Sunbane and restores health to the Land, and the enigmatic Vain turns mi...more
Honeslty, four stars is prett generous, it's more of a 3 1/2 but I wanted to separate it from my ratings of the previous two books. This book started out very slowly with way too much inner dialogue about contradictions and evil and good. It's not that I'm not interested in the concepts--I think the themes present in this books are interesting and complex. Donaldson, however, often forgets to keep the story going (or at least interesting) while he explores them (somewhat lazily) mostly through i...more
Wayne Palmer
This was the final of the second trilogy involving Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever. I was entranced throughout the book as the story line ran consistently with the previous books. The ending though was not as original or as fascinating as the first series and, without going into any detail, used a similar formulaic ending that, while providing the necessary explanations, was less dramatic, almost as if the writer had become a little tired. However despite this admittedly minor disappointment, I e...more
A. L.
Although this is the second book of the final series, I liked it the best of all the Unbeliever novels. The ending is to die for and the use of power in this manuscript is the best of them all.
I read both The First and The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant a couple of years ago. Somebody recommended the series knowing how much I missed Middle Earth... These are good books, but don’t really compare to The Lord of the Rings. Stephen Donaldson has created a highly imaginative and complex world, but the constant gloom and doom were too much for me... I also couldn’t relate to the characters.

One more thing to mention: I did enjoy the first trilogy more than the second one, so I don’t th...more
Ken Baumbach
The Covenant set of series is a bit of a conundrum.

Pros: Vivid fantasy land with wondrous scenery and (usually) rich, compelling story.

Cons: The protagonists are hard to care about. Thomas Covenant is crazed most of the time and Linden Avery, well, let's just say she needs to be slapped upside the head. Donaldson tends use too many $10 words that throw the reader out of the story. He also tends to beat us over the head with emotion. Okay, we get that Linden is upset. We don't really need to wall...more
Rereading the first two Covenant trilogies, I find myself somewhat disappointed. I still love the overall style and themes of the series, but what I really appreciated most about the second trilogy is the shift from Covenant to new protagonist Linden Avery. In the second book she really was able to come to the fore with Covenant incapacitated for so long, but here the story closes out with him regaining the power and control over the course of events. The conclusion here feels more complete than...more
See my review of Lord Foul's Bane, which covers all six of the First and Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.
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Stephen Reeder Donaldson is an American fantasy, science fiction and mystery novelist. He earned his bachelor's degree from The College of Wooster and master's degree from Kent State University. He currently resides in New Mexico.

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
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