“Covenant is [Stephen R.] Donaldson's genius!”—The Village Voice
He called himself Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, because he dared not believe in this strange alternate world on which he suddenly found himself.
Yet the Land tempted him. He had been sick; now he seemed better than ever before. Through no fault of his own, he had been outcast, unclean, a pariah. Now he was regarded as a reincarnation of the Land's greatest hero—Berek Halfhand—armed with the mystic power of White Gold. That power alone could protect the Lords of the Land from the ancient evil of the Despiser, Lord Foul. Except that Covenant had no idea how to use that power. . . .
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A strong, steady opening for the original trilogy. To say it's a Tolkien rip off is unfair. It is a bit slow and plodding at times, and the main character is unlikeable at first, but you must forgive him and his situation. This a very human book and not for the timid. Donaldson is Fantasy's version of John Steinbeck.
One of the Greatest stories ever .... So good to finally see in this format! Outshines even Tolkien.
I recently purchased Against All Things Ending after randomly checking into Donaldson's works. I hadn't made it past "What Has Gone Before" when it occured to me that it had been 32 years since I first read Lord Fouls Bane.
I decided that it had been so long since I began the journey with Thomas Covenant and Donaldson that I would re-read the series. I am glad that I did. Oddly, it was like reading a good book for the first time while being reacquainted with old friends.
Thanks Stephen...looking forward to the rest!