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The Wounded Land (The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – October 12, 1987
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THE SECOND CHRONICLE OF THOMAS COVENANT
Book OneTHE WOUNDED LAND
Book TwoTHE ONE TREE
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Also, even though we get to revisit Covenant, we are 4000 years in the future of the land, and all the beloved characters we came to know in the first trilogy are gone. Donaldson does manage a brief, ghostly appearance by some of them, but they are missed. After all, Covenant is aptly named an ANIT-hero, and he is tough to like. So Donaldson, while also showing us how horrible things have become in the Land, has to also give us new characters to care about.
This time, Covenant brings someone with him from our time, the doctor Linden Avery. But she carries lots of baggage herself, and is also tough to warm up to...although she brings out a soft side in Covenant which is sorely needed. The author does a good job of introducing new characters to join on the new quest to save the Land from Lord Foul's machinations. Sunder and Hollian, two villagers who have learned all the history of the Land incorrectly, have their eyes opened to the truth by Covenant, and their plight of realization and acceptance is quite emotional. The character of Vain, a creature developed by the ur-viles to help Covenant, is fascinating and holds many secrets. I won't tell you too many more, because the book holds some delights in store.
But it isn't easy. The first half of the book feels a bit repititive, as Covenant and his growing band struggle to cross the Land to Revelstone (echoes of the first book), and we kinda get the point early on that it isn't easy going.Read more ›
Wounded Land gets off to a slow start with Thomas Covenant and his companions drifting down a river on a raft and Covenant ranting about being a leper and complaining about nearly everything. But after they reach Andelain the story gains momentum. It's a fine story with great characters and a vast world which is in deadly peril. If you have read the First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant then it is likely a world which you grew to care about. Now it teeters on the brink of oblivion once again. The story is compelling, highly original and addictive. In fact Wounded Land and the previous Thomas Covenant books could have been downright brilliant if it wasn't for the neurotic overkill of Covenant's blathering and the author's obsessive use of obtuse, archaic words and so many similes that they seem to sprout like dandelions in an unkempt yard. Still, there's a lot to enjoy here although it makes me wonder what the heck editors do to justify their pay checks.
Guilt, guilt, guilt. In the course of this book Covenant strikes out against some loathsome, evil individuals who are slaughtering innocent people and then he is racked with guilt over it since they were 'only following orders' from a Raver. It's way too much. Covenant's convoluted un-reasoning finds some irrational way to feel personally guilty for everything bad that happens. Everything is his fault and the facts be damned.Read more ›
This series is more her story than Covenant's. As Covenant was ill physically when he first entered the Land, Linden's wounds are on the inside, and she struggles with them throughout the trilogy. There's a lot of symbolism and allegory one can read into these books. Or one can just enjoy them as a story of a small group of people trying to restore a Land that once held joy, but is now the kind of place where a man would have to sacrifice his own family to feed a village. Good fantasy in a well-developed world.
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This one of few series I continue to read over and over every few years. Stephen R. Donaldson is one those authors that I connect with. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Douglas Spurgeon
Fantastic continuation of the compelling story of Tomas Covenant in the Land. Full of action, intrigue and revelations. The best of the series!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Reading the beginning of the story broke my heart because I fell in love with the land in the first series. What had happened to the land and its people devestated me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sherman W. Taylor
This is a simply awesome series!!
In this book (#4 in the series) there are extraordinary situations on both dramatic and emotional levels, all of which are written in such... Read more
Great follow up of the first series. Recommend for everyone who has read the first series.Published 4 months ago by william forget
The will to triumph over impending evil at all costs is a boon of hope to all of us that have known despair. With hope even the darkest evil cannot prevail.Published 4 months ago
From the 1980s, Donaldson creates a new hero, an "anti-hero." it's a twist on heroic fantasy, and worth the read!Published 5 months ago by Genzie