White Gold Wielder (The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant #3)
"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
#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
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.
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
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
However, Donaldson wallowed in lugubrious reflection, second guessing, and overwrought emotion. Thomas Covenant was an anti-hero. We wer...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
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
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
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
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
One more thing to mention: I did enjoy the first trilogy more than the second one, so I don’t th...more
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
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