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White Gold Wielder (The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – October 12, 1987
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*White Gold Wielder* is a stunning conclusion to the Chronicles, both in its power and in the unexpectedness of its method of resolution. It is especially refreshing in the wake of the drawn-out and sometimes seemingly pointless sea journey of *The One Tree* - Donaldson gathers up all the loose threads and weaves them seamlessly into a climax in which everything is seen to have its purpose after all. I would compare it favorably to the end of The Lord of the Rings, my favorite fantasy series, although detailing the parallels would spoil the plot. It is completely plausible in the context established and immensely satisfying.
I would like to add that Donaldson made a brilliant choice in bringing Linden Avery into Covenant's one-man antiheroic crusade. She is the perfect foil, and not just because she reminds us of Covenant's initial incredulous reaction to the fantastic Land. Covenant is caught, Hamletlike, between his belief in his own powerlessness and the Land's need for a saviour; Linden is terrified of using her power because she dreads the monster she knows herself capable of becoming.Read more ›
I'll mention the strengths first. Foremost is the character development. Thomas Covenant is a character unlike any other in modern fantasy, and Linden Avery is extremely well developed as his foil and complement. Alternating between their respective points-of-view, Donaldson effectively creates reader sympathy and empathy for their sometimes conflicting motives while at the same time advancing their shared cause.
Donaldson's other strength is world building. After the first five novels, "The Land" and it's encompassing world at large are fairly completely developed, so in WGW, Donaldson is able to use his setting as another character to drive the plot and draw the reader in, much as he did in the early part of the first trilogy when Covenant was many times too unlikeable to be engaging. Covenant does not revert to his dispicable past, far from it, but as his future becomes more and more bleak, the future of the land provides the story with hope of a happy ending.
Now, for the negatives. The biggest problem is that the whole thing is just so dark. Like the Despiser, Donaldson assails his characters with blow after blow, failure after failure. That's not a bad thing in and of itself, but in this instance, the darkness is not often enough tempered with moments of light. In spite of everything, we've grown to like Covenant and Linden, and their uninterupted plight is draining.Read more ›
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The books in the Thomas Covenant series are some of the best fantasy I have ever read. The White Gold Wilder is a pinnacle in this literary landscape.Published 4 months ago by Douglas Mcclure
If I were rating the book on the imaginative setting and the overall quality of the story arc, I would give this book 5 stars. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Warren E. Taylor
I enjoyed the complex story, characters, hero's and anti hero's, I Wish the teal world had Giants, nobility, bravery, and moralsPublished 6 months ago by Mark Dietz
White Gold Wielder is a satisfying conclusion to the wonderful second Covenant trilogy. In this book, Covenant, Avery and the other remaining members of the failed quest for the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by SockPuppet