The Wounded Land

The Wounded Land

by Stephen R. Donaldson

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...

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Life is unfair (to me), all is lost, there is no hope!" So I followed his example....I saved myself! Got through this one (or possibly suffered through this one am I starting to sound like Thomas Covenant? I AM STARTING TO SOUND LIKE THOMAS COVENANT!!!! Learn from my example, save yourself.

That's point one that all but ruined the reading experience for me. Point two is, the utter uselessness and inertia of the main character, Thomas Covenant. I never really understood this point, and it made the book feel like moving through molasses. But he braced himself on the rocks, remained erect like a witness and a demand." I just had to throw that out there, as it illustrates both Covenant's inaction and the omnipresence of those infernal similes. This means that the most interesting character, and the only one whose fate interested me, was the mute, black orc-like creature, Vain.

It was a very sad time of my life such that I had far too much time on my hands, so I turned to the 2nd series of Thomas Covenant.

This is the first book in the second Thomas Covenant trilogy and in every way it surpasses the last series! Covenant has grown and changed so much as a character it was the most unbelievable transition to see, and so very rewarding as well. "A man may be fated to die, but no fate can determine whether he will die in courage or cowardice." Linden Avery completely blew my expectations away with how much I liked her right off the bat. I can't wait to see how she progresses as a character in the following books. Even though the first three books were not fantastic, the series just keeps getting better and better.

Donaldson is not presenting a clever story set in a magical world that is entertaining for its own sake. It has been a long time since I read the first trilogy, so it wouldn't be fair to compare this first book in the Second Chronicles to them. Nevertheless, Donaldson keeps the reader moving, even if at the pace of a sur-jeherrin traversing a mire, and fleshes out the very original world of The Land such that one cares about what is happening.

As the first book in the second trilogy of Thomas Covenant stories, it is time to fundamentally transform our understanding of The Land and all its residents. The presence of Covenants wife is another major departure from the previous novels, particularly because she turns up possessed by Lord Foul.

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. The scope of the World beyond the Land's borders is also greatly widened, introducing exotic new locales, people and races.

The tone of this book (indeed all of the 2nd trilogy) is a bit "faster" with more action and immediacy.

I fell in love with the characters, and spent many a week eating up this series like dark chocolate brownies with homemade fudge buttercream icing.

Donaldson spent the years between the ages of 3 and 16 living in India, where his father was working as an orthopaedic surgeon. PROMINENT WORK: Stephen Donaldson came to prominence in 1977 with the The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, which is centred around a leper shunned by society and his trials and tribulations as his destiny unfolds. These books established Donaldson as one of the most important figures in modern fantasy fiction.