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The Wounded Land (The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant #1)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  11,462 ratings  ·  149 reviews
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...
Paperback, 498 pages
Published June 23rd 1997 by Del Rey (first published 1979)
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Mike (the Paladin)
I started this book...Thomas Covenant started again..."woe is me" and I followed his example....I saved myself! Not again I have traveled as far as I care to with the Unbeliever. Got through this one and went no farther.

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
Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
"I was wrong. As long as you have some idea of what's happening to you, 'real' or 'unreal' doesn't matter. You have to stand up for what you care about; if you don't, you lose control of who you are."

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
I just... can't believe I liked this so much as a teen. I gave this 4 stars originally, based on my recollection of my impressions from 25 years ago. I remember devouring these stories, and the images and ideas of a land being under the grip of a climate-changing blood curse were so impressive to me that I carried them with me throughout my life. That was the reason I was so excited when I came across this book in someone's give-away pile. I wanted to be impressed again and immerse myself in thi...more
Sep 01, 2012 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
Read in the depths of time... (not quite four thousand years ago, though.)

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
Imagine a series of books that reads like a car crash, where the main character has leprosy and whines all the time and manages to get all the semi-likable characters killed, and you'll have some understanding of what the Thomas Covenant books are all about.
Marty Weghorn
I read the first and second trilogies back in the 80s and reread them when I recently discovered yet a third trilogy at the library. "The Wounded Land" is the first entry of the Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant trilogy. In the series, a leper, Thomas Covenant, is magically transported to The Land on several occasions to save it from the evil Lord Foul. Covenant's wedding ring is made of white gold, which doesn't exist in the Land, and so holds supreme magical power...power that could save th...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
Jason Olson
This is the first book of the 2nd trilogy. If you could only read one of the books of the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, I would suggest this one.

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
I've read thousands of books in English and Spanish and I put this book down after reading all but 80 pages and I refuse to pick it up again. Why? The self loathing that the characters express got old fast.

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
As I got into this one something that caused me to raise my eyebrows a bit in the previous one got to me: why was it necessary for Mr. Donaldson to use such an unnecessarily latinate vocabulary? I started to keep track of the particularly unusual words after I found three oddities in two succeeding pages. If I could deduce a meaning from the context or break down the sections to analyze reasonably easily I didn't note it but hear are a few examples of ones with which I had difficulty: (Rats, I'v...more
Great book, probably the most compelling so far (out of these first 4 books). While the main character still struggles with the fear of his power and the necessity of using it, he seems to be coming to terms with it. WOUNDED LAND does a good job of tying in with the events in the previous books, and keeping the reader's interest in where it's all leading.
Quinton Baran
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First of an epic 1970s style Dungeons and Dragons / M.U.D. / Adventure style trilogy, dead in period in the play by mail / play by card style, focussing on character development rather than story telling.

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
The second chronicles of Thomas Covenent, book one! This continuation of the beautifully magical tale returns Thomas Covenent to "The Land" but it's been harshly altered. Still a GREAT story and writing that always VASTLY expands your vocabulary!
Iain Coggins
I have an odd relationship with this series. I read the first trilogy at the end of the '90s and really loved it. Now, so many years and changes later, I decided to jump into the second trilogy. I plan on finishing the series, but I'm not in a hurry; this is both a result of Donaldson's daunting vocabulary and his lumbering narrative style. Actually, I wouldn't say it is his narrative style that is drawn out and plodding, but his character Thomas Covenant. I can't stand Covenant. He is the cente...more
Dragan Nanic
Return to the Land marked amazing experience - Donaldson moved from the Tolkien lookalike and let himself use all of the possibilities open by first trilogy and to the full extent, too.
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
Stephen Hayes
Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever is back for another trilogy. Donaldson writes a good story, which manages to hold one's interest, perhaps because of the mcguffin of different suns, so that for the first half of the book one wonders what is going to happen next. When it seems that one is at last going to get an explanation, however, it turns out to be disappointing, and as bewildering as if there has been no explanation at all.

But Donaldson's style grates even more after three long books, with Co...more
I've become strangely attracted to this series. Fine, it seemingly started as another Tolkien rip-off with magic rings, faux-Mordor (Mount Thunder... bleh), vargs, a wannabe-Sauron with his hordes of ugly monsters and other tosh, but it soon took its own path. And it didn't turn out bad. I'm too busy to write a novel-length review, but here are some points I enjoy:

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
I didn't like this series as much as first, although it is definitely better written, better developed, and better plotted. The fantasy world is more complex and challenging, the characters explore more of it, and the plot contains some mysteries that make you eager to keep reading.

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 Wounded Land by Stephen R. Donaldson is a very good book if you’re a fan of fiction. The book explains the characters well and explains the surroundings of the characters well too. Sometimes the book is hard to follow with all of the strange words for the Land and all of the different events happening.
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
Went back and forth on whether to give three or four stars. Portions of the book did lag and I skimmed sections which I rarely do without feeling as though I lost out on the story. Character of Vain did not add much to the story but I will give Donaldson a chance to further develop that particular story line in future books ( If not this would be a significant flaw in the story)

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
Brian Schwartz
Donaldson gives us a whole new Land with this second trilogy. Juxtaposed against the Land as we knew it in the first trilogy, this is a vile place. Blood is shed to commit even small acts of survival. The weak are killed and bled so that their friends and neighbors can survive. Hostages are taken to Revelstone – once an icon of love of earthlore – to be bled to feed the Sunbane.

While Donaldson wrote from a few points of view in the first trilogy, it was clear that Covenant was the focal point of...more
Mathew Bridle
Having enjoyed the first Chronicles of Thomas Covenant so much I could not resist diving straight into the second. Within a few pages you soon discover that this chronicles has been written as single story instead of three connected ones. How so? Well, this book does not come to a satisfying conclusion as all three previous did. There is a significant event near to the end of the book but it is not conclusive – no closure.
Thomas Covenant is still rages against himself while still learning to con...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
[These notes were made in 1984:]. Bk. 1 of the Second Chronicles. The title says it all - or just about. This is not the Land delightful to the imagination that we encountered in the first series, but a frightful and horrible permutation of it, under the influence of what is called the Sunbane, a work of (guess who?) Lord Foul. It is ten years later in the "real world," 4000 years later in the Land, and the principal change is that this time Covenant has unwittingly dragged along a woman doctor,...more
Zachary Harper
I must admit I had rather high expectations. The first trilogy wove an incredibly rich fantasy store deep into a psychological break down of fear and redemption, never really losing a step in its continuous build-up to a final absolute breakdown that managed to convey victory while still being so steeped in defeat.

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
Oct 19, 2014 Bob rated it 5 of 5 stars
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"The Wounded Land", in taking us back to The Land millennia after our last visit, brilliantly makes us experience the same loss that Covenant does when he returns. It seamlessly continues the story, although the second trilogy was not something Donaldson ever planned to write.

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
Mark Mitchell
This second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever is as good as the first. Donaldson is able to successfully resurrect Lord Foul the Despiser, the Three Ravers, and a conflict actually more intense than the one he created the first time. Thomas Covenant has lived ten years longer with his leprosy, and has been able to find success as a writer. He meets Linden Avery, a doctor, and this time, when Covenant is called back to the Land, she accompanies him, and becomes as much a protagonist as...more
Bodi Yuhico
I would actually give this a 3.5... But since Good Reads can only give whole numbers, why not, let's give it a 4-star rating.

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
Jonn Betzer
Started out strong, I felt finally the whining had stopped and a story was to be told. Alas, this did not happen. 490 pages, this could have been a real joy to read in about 350 pages if Donaldson would quite focusing on the whining, self-pity, strangulation of his protagonist and the read.

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 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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