“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. . . .
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.
Saw the title and remembered I had read it a long time ago. So long ago in fact, that I forgot the book began with a brutal rape perpetrated by the main character. Sorry, I can go no further.