Stephen Donaldson devoted many years to his epic creation The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. Now he is back with an all new novella; 40,000 words of richly imagined fantasy with beautiful world building and intense characterisation. The perfect read for existing fans and new readers alike.
A man on a horse, confident in his powers but alone, rides a long and lonely road through rain-soaked woods. But he is on a path that he knows and he is bringing much needed justice with him. Four guards stop him. But not for long.
Stephen Donaldson has clearly loved the opportunity to write an all new fantasy and this book is a timely reminder of the power of his writing; writing that inspired a generation of readers and authors alike.
Donaldson's first book since The Last Dark (2013) features two standalone secondary-world fantasy novellas that crackle with intrigues and subterfuges. In the title tale, a mysterious man who calls himself Black investigates a brutal murder in the rural village of Settler's Crossways. He uncovers a series of ritual killings that point to an obscure sorcerous scheme. In "The Augur's Gambit," Mayhew Gordian, the devoted soothsayer of the queen of Indemnie, finds his efforts to warn the queen of the kingdom's impending doom are complicated by her efforts to foment civil war. The two stories are very different, but both feature struggles for power that Donaldson intensifies through the involvement of skillfully crafted characters who hide their true motives behind facades. Readers who enjoyed the complex characters and layered plots of his Thomas Covenant novels will find similar pleasures in these two tales.