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These books have never received the recognition they deserve. It's one of the most powerful and complex fantasy trilogies since Lord of the Rings, but Donaldson is not just another Tolkien wanabee. Each character-driven book introduces unexpected plots, sub-plots, and a host of magical beings so believably rendered you'd believe you might bump into them on your way to the bookstore.
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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....
THE SECOND CHRONICLE OF THOMAS COVENANT
Book OneTHE WOUNDED LAND
Book TwoTHE ONE TREE
Book ThreeWHITE GOLD WIELDER
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Product Details

  • Series: The Second Chronicles: Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (October 12, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345348680
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345348685
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By RMurray847 VINE VOICE on June 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
THE WOUNDED LAND is a rich, and somewhat difficult book. It was certainly wonderful to return to the Land, but the book is by far the bleakest of the entire two trilogies. Donaldson clearly had to up the ante to make the book worth reading (and writing), so the despair that has befallen the Land is pretty dire.
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.
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Whereas many follow ups to successful first works seem to be written purely as a vehicle to squeeze another dollar out of a good idea (see Terry Brooks' second go with the Shannara series and David Eddings' Mallorean), this beginning of the Second Chronicles logically follows the First. I read this book many years ago, and am as impressed with the concept of a "Wounded Land" now as I was then. Some refer to this work as "Dark Fantasy". I see it more as realism...within the scope of a fantasy setting, of course. Donaldson has a feel and touch to "The Land", an affiliation so natural that his third person omniscient sounds exactly so. Upon reaching the end of this trilogy--The White Gold Wielder--it is obvious that the story has not yet reached completion. We can't hold our breath, as it has been some 16 years since White Gold Wielder was published, but we can bid our time. As impatient as it seems, at times....
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There's a great story screaming to get out from beneath Thomas Covenant's whining and moaning in these books. I get it, I really do. Covenant is a total neurotic. If Stephen Donaldson had reduced Covenant's incessant whining to say ten or twenty percent of what it is we all would have still gotten the point and the story would have been fabulous instead of just good.

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.
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Donaldson starts out his new series by allowing hints of the Land to leak out into the real world. Then he transports Covenant and Linden Avery to the Land. Only this time, the Land is sick. I won't say how or why, but the result is a very good, mildly depressing dark fantasy. Covenant is more accepting of the existence of the Land in this book, but Linden is thrown into confusion by it.

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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