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Against All Things Ending: The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant [Kindle Edition]

Stephen R. Donaldson
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Book Description

The New York Times bestseller is "a fascinating fantasy" (Midwest Book Review).

Thomas Covenant is alive again, restored to his mortal body by Linden Avery's magic-a defiant act of love that has unleashed unimaginable power capable of devastating the Land. The only hope to stop this may lie with the mysterious boy Jeremiah, Linden's adopted son, whose secrets are only beginning to come to light...

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    From Publishers Weekly

    The unreservedly emo penultimate installment in the Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (after 2007's Fatal Revenant) follows Linden Avery as she struggles to rescue her adopted son, Jeremiah, from the Despiser and forestall the Worm at the World's End, which she awoke by yanking her love, Covenant, free of the Arch of Time. While an introductory plot summary does yeoman service bringing new readers up to speed, it may be hard for them to keep so many characters straight--or care about them--when most of their development took place in previous volumes published decades ago. The focus is on Linden rather than Covenant, whose passive and distracted presence mostly gives others something to react to, but that won't matter to Covenant's large and loyal following, for whom Donaldson delivers all the self-loathing, despair, guilt, pain, and stubborn determination they could ask for.
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    From Booklist

    The third volume of the concluding tetralogy of Thomas Covenant maintains the high standards of the first two volumes. Covenant’s spirit has been released from the Arch of Time, and his body is intact. But for this to happen, Linden Avery has had to assemble so much magical power that she is in danger of waking the Worm of the World’s End. The Worm is a classic apocalyptic beast, but it is highly credible that he could destroy the Land, all in it, and perhaps parts of an earth that is closer to the Land than we may have thought. The only hope of survival is for Linden and Thomas to assemble all their possible and not-so-possible allies, including Linden’s adopted son, Jeremiah, who may live up to the biblical implications of his given name and be a harbinger of disaster rather than hope. Donaldson remains a romantic who believes in lovers who will risk all for each other. He is also a writer of extraordinary power and imagination, whose Land certainly has flavors of Middle Earth but has now stood for two generations as a major fantasy creation in its own right. --Roland Green

    Product Details

    • File Size: 2865 KB
    • Print Length: 783 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0575076011
    • Publisher: Ace; Reprint edition (October 19, 2010)
    • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0043EV576
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,723 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    123 of 133 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Hit me. PLEASE. (MINOR SPOILERS) October 23, 2010
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    I reread "Fatal Revenant" in the days previous to the release of "Against All Things Ending," and I could barely contain my excitement as I waited the final day... unfortunately, I quickly found myself in the shoes of Thomas Covenant himself, begging people to hit him in order to pull him from the stupor of his memories and back to the present.

    The endless repetitive narration and introspective whining on the parts of the characters (when the world was about to end, mind you) was indulgent and offensive to me. Half the time I felt like I was stuck in a bad history lecture. With a head cold. Even if I had not "known" the main characters for years, I would have been screaming, "ENOUGH! I GET IT!" after the first ten times I was clobbered with their indulgent angst.

    Every character's motivations (or lack thereof) was overexplained, and when the action *did* happen, it seemed like filler so that we could quickly get back to a scene where everyone rested and thought about/felt sorry for themselves, or rode long distances and thought about/felt sorry for themselves. No one ever knew what to do or how to do it, and the few characters who *did* were quickly discounted so there could be more self-recriminations later.

    Although I haven't been a Linden Avery hater in the past, I'm rapidly approaching that state. Mr. Donaldson seems to have forgotten how to build effective characters, concentrating more on his impressive vocabulary and making sure we don't forget how much everyone loathes him/herself and how utterly clueless they seem to have become.

    Even the secondary characters lacked the soul of Covenant's previous works - specifically the Giants and the Humbled, as other reviewers have pointed out.
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    39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best work November 10, 2010
    By Renee
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    To frame this review, please understand that I am a huge Stephen R. Donaldson fan and think his Thomas Covenant series is some of the best books I have every read. In some respects, he ruined my love of the fantasy genre because other writers seemed shallow and trite by comparison.

    However, I was a little disappointed in this work. Here are my main complaints:

    1. The pacing is painstakingly slow and the characters spend too much time muddling about and wondering what they should do, seemingly to reserve time (pages) for over self-analysis/self-recrimination. In the first two series, there was at least a clear framework of what the characters should do or what was their general aim. In this series, and this book in particular, not so much.

    2. I am finding that most of the characters that surround Linden I really don't care about. In Mr. Donaldson's previous works, I found myself emotionally attached to the characters and that is why I think he separates himself from 99% of other writers. I often times will go back to read individual chapters just to revisit Bannor, Mhoram, Pitchwife, Sunder, etc.. In this series, more specifically this book, I find I really don't care whether any of Linden's companions live, die, do something heroic or whatever. Even Thomas Covenant is often relegated to the role of an observor or non-factor. Does anyone really care which, if any, of the Ramen die? How about any Giant? Liand? Any Huruchai? The best and most interesting characters are the ones that come and go (Esmer, any Insequent)

    3. Too many of the characters are enigmas needing to be solved, or waiting for certain conditions ot occur, or know things but won't tell. Esmer, Jeremiah, Thomas Covenant, Anele, Mahrtiir, the urviles, need I go on?
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    113 of 130 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars hugely disappointing - some minor spoilers October 22, 2010
    As a lifelong Donaldson fan, it slays me to admit it - but this book is just not very good (though it does get better as it goes along).

    For the third book in a four book series, just not enough happens, and a huge number of problems and foes are left to be settled in the fourth book - and with the glacial pace of this book, I actually wonder if the author can pull if off without a bunch of cheap and lame deus ex machina moments, as so marred this book (far too many of the deaths were random, cheap, and lame, for example).

    There is far too much time spent in pointless and repetitive introspection (particularly in the mind of Linden Avery, who rarely seems to have any new thoughts or revelations) and in conversation between the characters - OK, so the world is ending, and we will spend dozens and dozens and dozens and dozens of pages just standing around talking? About the same issues again and again? And again and again and again? And then again some more?

    What ever happened to an author showing rather than telling?

    Donaldson has seemingly forgotten his strengths as a writer. In the past even when you wanted to reach into one of his books and strangle Covenant or Linden, you still had Mhoram and Pitchwife and other wonderful and lovable secondary characters to keep you going. In this book I cannot even manage keep the names of most of the secondary characters straight. There are few if any differences between the Humbled (between themselves) or the Giants (other than Longwrath). It is hard to care about characters who are little more than mere plot points - and this from an author who has previously written some of the best character driven epic fantasy out there.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars I love the Covenant series
    I love the Covenant series, I have every book. Stephen Donaldson does an amazing job of describing the alternate world and its characters. Its just amazing!
    Published 12 days ago by cheryl Kahler
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant continuance of a brilliant story
    Have loved the whole series of books.
    Published 27 days ago by Steve Richards
    4.0 out of 5 stars 4 star
    It was just OK. A little long at the end. I guess he was setting up the final book in the series.
    Published 2 months ago by John
    4.0 out of 5 stars Struggle against the end
    A long read. I found it difficult to make much progress on this one and had to combine reading with the audio narration which was very affordable when bought with the kindle book. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Thomas Greene
    5.0 out of 5 stars Need to read!----I am now a Donaldson fan
    Wow! you have to read it!
    Published 4 months ago by j7general
    3.0 out of 5 stars It could have been condensed into one decent good book, but because it...
    I felt the author tried to spread out the story as long as possible. It could have been condensed into one decent good book, but because it was four books long, it was very slow... Read more
    Published 4 months ago by G. Beck
    5.0 out of 5 stars Complicated and enthralling
    This was a different read from SRD. He wrote this book in such a way as to explain much of what happened before. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Solidarity1
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    Published 5 months ago by Edward Foreman
    2.0 out of 5 stars Painful Read
    This was a tough one to get through, slogging through all the self flagellation, self pity and indecision. Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Twark Main
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    You can go to Stephen R. Donaldson's website and read the first chapter of "Against All Things Ending" and see for yourself ( At least for that chapter, Thomas Covenant owns it. After reading it, I for one can hardly wait...
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