The instant New York Times bestseller, and the return of the Thomas Covenant series- "a landmark fantasy saga."(Entertainment Weekly)
In the most eagerly-awaited literary sequel in years, Linden Avery, who loved Thomas Covenant and watched him die at the end of Book Six, has returned to the Land in search of her kidnapped son, Jeremiah. As Fatal Revenant begins, Linden watc
It could be cut by 400 pages and still tell the same story, and the excessive use of anachronistic (damn, he's doing it to me too now, I mean to say old) and downright obscure adjectives highlight the problem: Donaldson insists on telling us exactly what every single thing means, and every ...more
Like many others, I am a huge fan of the first two chronicles, but also, as for many others, the first two books of the last chronicles have been a chore to get through. I had hoped that Fatal Revenant would outshine Runes of the Earth, but that was not ...more
I regret the decision, but now at least I’ve completed them. I do believe that b ...more
The writing, no change there, and I could live with the repetition (just read faster), but some elements of the story and Linden herself were less than palatable. On the journey to Melenkurion, it seemed pretty obvious pretty early on that sometime was seriously amiss, and Linden seemed utterly unable t ...more
With the first novel, The Runes of the Earth, to have brought his triumphant return to the series that marked his career more than two decades ago, choosing to leave the last chapter aside in order to broaden his horizons and feel ready as a writer before tackling it, Stephen R. Donaldson plunges us deep into the past of the Land, taking us in Fatal Revenant, the second of four instalments of the Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, in a story of Masters, Demondim-spawn, great horses, prodigi ...more
"He's right, Mom," said Jeremiah.
"I don't understand," Linden whined.
That's only the first part of this book, but Part Two doesn't get much better. Oh, well. I'm into the third book of the series now, and I suppose I'll have to finish it out.
Let's do this.
I've heard many variations on the theme of could vs should. I'm not sure Donaldson should have written this one. The second series ended at a fine point to stop the tales of the Land (least creat ...more
Donaldson brings bac ...more
The Runes of the earth and its sequal Fatal Revenant continue this saga. thomas Covanant is dead and the torch is passed to his companion of the second trilogy Linden Avery.
Frankly I was disappointed. I can hardly wait to see what happens but these are not Stephen Do ...more
It is difficult to review this book without providing massive spoilers, both for this one and for its predecessor. Even telling one what the basic plot is about, can spoil Runes of the Earth (book 1 of the series). Therefore, I will not summarize the plot here. I also urge readers not to peruse even the blurb on the book jacket. If you value being surprised as the author int ...more
I love the first and second chronicles, particularly the second. In fact love might not be a strong enough word for the second chronicles. There's barely a day goes past that I don't find myself thinking of ...more
So, this is the second book in the Final Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. It starts with Thomas Covenant, who is dead, and Jeremiah, Linden's son (she's the main character this time around) who is sadly unable to speak or respond at all in our world, but appears well and whole in The Land, albeit clearly not very fond of his adopted mother who has done everything for him for years. Which is sad.
Covenant turns out to be a bit of a dick, which is not the Thomas Covenant Linden fell i ...more
I wish the second half had lived up to the first. Like many of the othe ...more
I still love his writing style although it's become somewhat repetitive. His word usage is superlative. I know others don't like it, but ...more
It is hard to imagine a writer of fiction who struggles more authentically and helpfully with the crises of being human better than Donaldson. I am so glad I decided to continue reading the Last Chronicles. I was nervous, thinking "How can he improve upon perfection?" but he has not disappointed.
I will probably read the final 2 books in the series.
Essentially, Stephen R. Donaldson is incapable of writing a story where the character triumphs without exhausting torture of the soul.
Good things: great word use, awesome descriptions, yes, he makes you feel the agony.
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