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The One Tree (The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – October 12, 1987
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The Elohim on the other hand makes pretty good reading. The idea that they are Earth Power incarnate is great. The description of their enchanted, hidden world is marvelous. And the best part is that the Elohim don't keep any eels. Vain is an incredibly unusual character, completely unlike anything I've seen before. The various giants are well written characters with enough diversity to bring them to life and give them personality. Things pick up dramatically in Bhrathairain and the story becomes quite exciting.
In typical mad fashion Covenant is filled with guilt for having 'killed' magically made, mindless, evil demons, "“Hundreds of them,” he groaned." “They didn’t have a chance.” Enough said. Linden is a super guilt tripper too but no one beats the champ Covenant!
Stephen Donaldson is basically a fabulous fantasy author with vivid, unique ideas who apparently never suffered the inconvenience of running into an editor. Wounded Land like the preceding Covenant books is rife with strange archaic and obtuse words. Free floating Ravers abound like gnats in a swamp. And similes clutter the book like weeds in an abandoned garden. It's a real shame because the heart of the story is quite wonderful. I've even grown to tolerate the most dysfunctional and neurotic protagonists in literary history.Read more ›
In THE ONE TREE, the relationship between Covenant & Avery grows ever more complex at every turn. They push & pull at each other, struggling with urgent need and vastly divergent understandings of where their quest should take them. We also get to revisit the wonderful giants, briefly reintroduced at the end of THE WOUNDED LAND. In the previous trilogy, we had come to know and love Saltheart Foamfollower, probably the single greatest character ever created for a "quest" fantasy story. While the giants in THE ONE TREE are wonderfully rich and alive, they don't quite reach Foamfollower's status in our hearts. BUT, we get to understand their race more clearly and experience their unbelievable strength and character.
I don't want to rehash the plot...it's been done well enough previously. Some reviewers have complained that the book is too episodic, or that some of the events that take place are just there to fill out the book to proper length. To my mind, the hardships the characters endure serve to illustrate their strength of character and the parts of their psyches that are conflicted or downright torn. I love that. Also, some mention that Covenant isn't the focus of the book as much as Linden Avery...that's okay with me. Covenant, in many ways, is less interesting than most of the other characters. He has my sympathy and support, but he's not the REASON I love these books.Read more ›
Though Linden Avery does not strike me as compelling a character as Thomas Covenant, TOT hardly suffers by giving her more of the spotlight. Linden is a strong enough character in her own right, and Donaldson also does not task her with carrying the story on her shoulders. She has plenty of help.
For instance, in TOT, Donaldson depicts the Giants better than anywhere else in the Covenant material. The members of the Search were introduced at the end of TWL, but in is only in TOT that we really get to know them and see them in their element. There are many wonderful Giants with distinctive personalities, strengths, and character traits, and it is a pleasure to read about them voyaging on and interacting with their beloved ship, Starfare’s Gem. As Pitchwife sang near the end of TWL, “We are the Giants, born to sail, and bold to go wherever dreaming goes.” The various relationships between Giants, whether husband & wife or brother to brother, are well rendered.Read more ›
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It is an amazing series five stars for the double trilogy. But this is not the best of the SD ix by any means.Published 1 day ago by Bryan
This book features unlikely heroes, and is much more mature than the typical fantasy novel. I have read this book, and the entire series, several times, and I find that I enjoy... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bill Phister
This continues the story which is well written and a thoroughly enjoyable book. I was anxious to read it every night. Well done!Published 9 months ago by Jackie G
main character is a bit annoying I read 5 of the books barely touched number 6.Published 10 months ago by Roy mehoff