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Fatal Revenant

(The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant #2)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  5,046 ratings  ·  213 reviews
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Hardcover, 640 pages
Published October 9th 2007 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published 2007)
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Greg Hamerton
Jan 15, 2012 rated it liked it
I loved the first Chronicles and applauded the second. The third Chronicles began in a cunning way, and I was eager to be swept away into the Land once again. But this book, Fatal Revenant, dragged at my heels.

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
From The Runes to Revenant, with nary a pause (much to be said for holding off on jumping into a series), so some momentum was maintained. That being said, however, this book started to annoy me.

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
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The disappointment I feel over The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant so far is like an innominate puissance that has left my love for Stephen R. Donaldson quite frangible. (If you have read the book, you’ll understand the obscure word choices.)

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
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy

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
Dec 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
"Frickety-frackety-frunk!" spat Covenant.

"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.
Wayland Smith
May 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
A friend and fellow writer once described the Covenant books as one of the best fantasy settings ever created, utterly ruined by the main character. I pretty much agree with that. I read the first two series way back in high school, and was curious when I heard there was another. So I gave this a whirl.

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
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great writing but such a long read. Donaldson is amazing but sometimes his intricate story web can be so tiring. Similar to the middle works of both series one and two, this Thomas Covenant book again leaves the reader in exhausted suspense like books one and two of the Lord of the Rings. Donaldson vocabulary is absolutely beyond belief.
Michael Battaglia
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This will fall under the category of "weird asthetic things I like to notice" but I wonder at what point the publisher and/or the author decided that the cover design needed to be changed from "random fantasy widescreen landscape shot" to "major character glaring at you while standing in front of a tree like you're the one on the wrong end of a firing squad". Because while my version of the first volume shows tiny people being dwarfed from the landscape, every other volume shows someone seemingl ...more
Jun 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, series
I'll probably stick with it simply because I've gotten this far, but this series has now well and truly worn on me. It all seems to come down to a series of journeys, one after the other. They're always either heading somewhere or on their way back from somewhere else which causes about 70% of the book to be filler between significant events (5% of which is Donaldson abusing his pet-word, "lambent".). This is compounded by the fact that the entire book is told without exception from the viewpoin ...more
Aug 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing
The Covenant series has always been my favorite epic fantasy series. Donaldson rewards the patient reader, and this volume is no exception to that. I had the opportunity to hear Donaldson discuss the series in person, and he noted that he'd envisioned the end of the final book - _The Last Dark_ - when he began to outline _The Wounded Land_, over 25 years ago. You have to admire that kind of foresight, if only because such foresight seems to be lacking in other series fiction.

Donaldson brings bac
Aug 17, 2008 rated it liked it
VDonaldsons stories of the Land filled my teen years with great joy. Even in the wounded land when he caused me great pain. In his own words "the best way to hurt some one is to take away something they love and give it back broken."

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
Rob Hermanowski
Oct 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audio-book
Re-read this (Book 2 of the Last Chronicles, Book 8 in the complete saga) in my grand re-read of the entire Thomas Covenenat series, culminating in Book 10 (being published this October)! This is the audio version by the always outstanding Scott Brick. Complex and intricate - I loved every minute of it!
Apr 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
I've been pleasantly surprised by this third chronicle of the Land. It doesn't have the same impact at the original story about Covenant but Donaldson's a master story teller.

He also has a solid ear for names; rarely do they sound "off."
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the 2nd book of the Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, and is a solid addition to the Covenant series as a whole.

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
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My God, what a slog this was. I think it took about 18 months to get through. It kind of felt like a book I knew I should read and was making myself read but finding it a chore, a bit like reading Russian lit at university – fantastic books but a real slog at times. Yes, I read War and Peace.

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
Micah Scelsi
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Donaldson is very gifted at coming up with complicated and creative plots. His twists leave the reader always wondering what will happen next, or indeed what the given events mean. Unfortunately his manner of storytelling has never resonated well with me. I find it difficult to get through his novels, though I think his overall story compelling. For instance, I enjoyed reading the Thomas Covenant cycle of novels, yet there was always something lacking and I always felt like I didn't quite unders ...more
Vincent Cardoen
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Inhoudelijk een even boeiend boek als de rest van de reeks (vooral de truc om de protagoniste haar geliefden terug te geven, maar op zo'n manier dat ze niet meer op hen kon rekenen vond ik leuk!), maar door de grotere lengte van dit boek leest het continu herbevestigen van de psychologische druk van de hoofdpersonages wel heel saai en repetitief. Bovendien vraag ik me af waarom de serie zelfs maar een notie van "lore" heeft, als louter kracht kennelijk genoeg is om de doden letterlijk terug tot ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
I guess I still enjoy these. At this point, I'm sort of finishing... because I've come this far.
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.
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
One can never be sure, one can never be certain, but one must decide and act anyway.

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.
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Marshall Cobb
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Could not finish, which is very unusual for me. Just too many references to past events in the series without a compelling narrative in the current incarnation. I love Mr. Donaldson's work. He remains one of my favorite authors. Just could not make this work in my tiny brain.
Connie Fogg-Bouchard
battling oneself

Linden has learned much from her time traveling time. but it is not enough. there are too many sides grasping for the power she holds and wields for her to be sure of her path. her decisions made; her companions chosen, she sets off to save or destroy.
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Gave up without finishing. Became so repetitive that I lost interest. Shame, as I really enjoyed the first 2 trilogies!
Jun 18, 2015 added it
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“Be cautious of love. There is a glamour upon it which binds the heart to destruction.”

This is a warning given to Linden Avery, newly returned to The Land. Once known as The Chosen, Linden strives to save The Land from peril at the hands of Lord Foul. More importantly, she seeks to rescue her son from his clutches. FATAL REVENANT picks up at the precise moment where its predecessor, THE RUNES OF THE EARTH, left off.

Revelstone is under siege. Linden and her friends feel the weight of hopelessness
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-library
The Last Chronicles follows the same formula as the 2nd Chronicles by being one continuous story, and so Fatal Revenant picks up right where Runes of the Earth left off. After the climactic ending of the previous volume, we’re left with a Thomas Covenant who appears to have changed and a Jeremiah who puts more faith in Covenant than his mom (despite her having cared for and nurtured him in his vegetative state for years). In the first half of this book, Linden tries to make heads or tails of Cov ...more
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Finally gave up on this one. All of Donaldson books are difficult to read. There is rarely a really likeable character and when there is, something seems to happen to destroy them emotionally or physically. Depressing in the end. I wanted some resolution to the series but just feared it wasn't going to come in a positive fashion.
Oct 25, 2007 rated it really liked it
This is the twenty-ninth book I read on my commute, and after a nice break of four or five other books, a return to the fantasy genre.

As I alluded to in a previous review, Fatal Revenant is the second book in a tetralogy (one of several series that I am currently in the middle of, which is what happens when you read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy as it's being published) called the Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. The original Chronicles of Thomas Covenant was a trilogy published in the late 70'
Elliott Bignell
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This series is shaping up into a worthy successor to the previous sets. Action-packed, exciting and at the same time weighty, it is serious fantasy at its best. I devoured the earlier series as a younger man and was tremendously excited to see a third series emerge. There is always the danger that an author will do a series ad nauseam and run out of creative ideas at the end, spoiling the memory, but Donaldson has spent a long time coming up with this and appears to have avoided the trap.

This mi
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You may wonder why i have chosen book 2 of 'The last chronicles' and not 'the chronicles' (that contain 3 books) as this is not the end of the saga but rather the introduction to the ending. This is a series that contains 9 books, 2 extra additional novels and also 5 'gap' novels that compliment this epic saga; so certainly a lot of written material! This work by Stephen Donaldson is the closest any author has come to the works of JRR Tolkien as it embodies all of his density and richness of cre ...more
Tobin Elliott
Jan 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
As I said in my review of The Runes of the Earth, the first book in this Last Chronicles series could have been subtitled Arrogance. This second book in the series could be subtitled Apprehension because there's so much damn waffling. Linden wants to ask Covenant questions, hell she actually forms them in her mind, then asks something completely different. Why?

I will say Donaldson's plotting has become much better with age, however I am not enjoying the pages and pages, chapters and chapters of
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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.


Stephen R. Donaldson was born May 13, 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio. His father, James, was a medical missionary and his mother, Ruth, a prostheti

Other books in the series

The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (4 books)
  • The Runes of the Earth (The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, #1)
  • Against All Things Ending (The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, #3)
  • The Last Dark (The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, #4 )
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