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Gilden-Fire (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  678 ratings  ·  11 reviews
A previously unpublished episode from The Illearth War.

Having found the Illearth Stone, Lord Foul intends to wield its evil power over the Giants of Seareach.

But a force, led by Korik Bloodguard together with the Lords Shetra and Hyrim, undertake a perilous mission - to try and warn the Giants of their horrible fate...

But they must travel across hostile land and through th
Library Binding, 70 pages
Published June 28th 1981 by Underwood-Miller (first published January 1st 1981)
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Tommy Miller
A bit of an afterthought from the Covenant Chronicles but a must addition if you've read them.
excellent missing chapter from the first chronicles
Iain Watson
Gilden-Fire by Stephen R. Donaldson (1981)
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Thomas Covenant Short Story
"Gilden Fire" is a must-read if you are a fan of the Thomas Covenant series. Having just finished the "Last Dark", the tenth and last book in the series, this was my last opportunity to appreciate "The Land" and its unforgettable characters.
Rob Hermanowski
I just re-read this short story, which is actually an excerpt from Stephen Donaldon's early drafts of Covenant #2 "The Illearth War." He did not include it in the final book for various reasons, but for fans of the Covenant series it is a must-read. It is particularly interesting for the details it provides of the origins of the Bloodguard, who are an essential part of Donaldson's creation. It deserves a 5 star rating, like the rest of the Covenant works.
A removed chapter from The Illearth War, this fills in some of the blanks of that much longer book. Don't attempt this if you haven't read TIW, but it's a decent interlude to the whinings of Covenant.
I read this so I could take a break from what I just realised was a 900+ page book (book 8 of the Covenant series). Since this was just a part of a whole book, things happened pretty fast and I actually wanted to get back into that story. Also, it didn't really end, which was predictable.
The missing episode from Illearth War - so only read this after finishing the First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. (Although it would seem good to read it before finishing the Last Chronicles as the story feeds into some of the issues between the Haruchai and Linden.
This is like an excerpt from the Thomas Covenant stories that was not originally published in the books. It's all right, well written, but is mostly for those who are just really big fans of the Covenant series.

Fantastic novella from the world of The First Chronicles, when Donaldson was at his best. Worth the read.
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Stephen Reeder Donaldson is an American fantasy, science fiction, and mystery novelist; in the United Kingdom he is usually called "Stephen Donaldson" (without the "R"). He has also written non-fiction under the pen name Reed Stephens.


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