The long-awaited sequel to The Runes of the Earth and Fatal Revenant returns readers to the Land-and unravels some of the mysteries haunting Covenant and Linden Avery.
Thomas Covenant is alive again, restored to his mortal body by the unimaginable combined force of his own white gold ring, Linden Avery's Staff of Law, and the ancient dagger called High Loric's krill. His resurrection is Linden's defiant act of love, despite warnings from mortals and immortals that unleashing this much power would destroy the world. She brought his spirit back from its prison in the Arch of Time, and revived his slain body, so that Covenant lies whole on the cool grass, and the world seems at peace. But the truth is inescapable: The thunderclap of power has awakened the Worm of the World's End, and all of them, and the Land itself, are forfeit to its devouring. If they have any chance to save the Land, it will come from unlikely sources—including the mysterious boy Jeremiah, Linden's adopted son, whose secrets are only beginning to come to light.
The unreservedly emo penultimate installment in the Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (after 2007's Fatal Revenant) follows Linden Avery as she struggles to rescue her adopted son, Jeremiah, from the Despiser and forestall the Worm at the World's End, which she awoke by yanking her love, Covenant, free of the Arch of Time. While an introductory plot summary does yeoman service bringing new readers up to speed, it may be hard for them to keep so many characters straight or care about them when most of their development took place in previous volumes published decades ago. The focus is on Linden rather than Covenant, whose passive and distracted presence mostly gives others something to react to, but that won't matter to Covenant's large and loyal following, for whom Donaldson delivers all the self-loathing, despair, guilt, pain, and stubborn determination they could ask for.
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Not as good as Fatal Revenant
This one felt overlong, with page after page of Linden's inner dialog becoming repetitive. And, the Insequent seemed like the "Inconsequential". That, and it is hard to distinguish between the Haruchai or Giant support characters as they seem to be clones of each other.
Still, the story is moved along and some major plot points do unfold.
The best part of the book is the final 100 pages or so. Awaiting the final episode, I hope Mr Donaldson can crank it up a notch for that one!
Against All Things Ending
Fantastic penultimate book in the series as it resolves key story lines and prepares the way for a tightly focused last book. Donaldson is true to the unbeliever conflicts that Covenant and then Linden Avery brought to the storyline, but this time he broadens his style in a way that brings the reader in deeper and closer to the action. I'll re-read this several times in anticipation of the final book. Highly recommended.
Not his best
This book is not his best writing in my opinion. I love the original trilogy, like the second trilogy very much, but thus book seems to be more about the main character beating herself up emotionally than it s about the story of the Land. Seems to be a whole lot of standing around ruminating on pain, regret and outrage and very little about progressing the story.