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Against All Things Ending (Last Chronicles Series #3)

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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

a fascinating fantasy

Linden Avery worries about her adopted son Jeremiah as the Despiser wants the lad though she is unsure why. Meanwhile, over the objections of others who fear what she plans will destroy the world, Linden, using her Staff of Law and the High Loric's krill dagger, brings...
Linden Avery worries about her adopted son Jeremiah as the Despiser wants the lad though she is unsure why. Meanwhile, over the objections of others who fear what she plans will destroy the world, Linden, using her Staff of Law and the High Loric's krill dagger, brings out of the Arch of Time her dead lover Thomas Covenant.

However, for every action there is a reaction. In this case her awakening her beloved from beyond the grave also rouses the dormant Worm of the World's End, who will devour all in its path. While her lover lies calmly in a field hating who he is; Linden knows she must risk her life to prevent what she wrought. Her only answer to her desperate prayer comes from the last person she would expect to possess such power.

The latest tale in the Last Chronicles arch of the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever series is a fascinating fantasy with a neat twist that makes it read different from previous entries. While Thomas is mostly negatively musing but inert, this time Linden is the prime player as she tries to undo what she caused while also keeping her lover alive; a want your cake and eat it too scenario. The story line is fast-paced and contains a strong back story though first time readers will still be lost in the complex realm of Stephen R. Donaldson. At a minimum, readers should read the first two entries in this segue (see The Runes of the Earth and Fatal Revenant). For long time fans, Against All Things Ending is a strong thriller even with Thomas taking a time out to reflect.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on August 23, 2010

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7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

Pedantic Drivel - don't bother

When an author stops writing for his readers, and starts writing for himself and his colleagues, it's time for him to move away from fiction and start writing his memoirs. In this latest book, Stephen Donaldson pummels us, page after boring page, with his intimate knowl...
When an author stops writing for his readers, and starts writing for himself and his colleagues, it's time for him to move away from fiction and start writing his memoirs. In this latest book, Stephen Donaldson pummels us, page after boring page, with his intimate knowledge of the most arcane corners of the English language. His character development so outweighs his plot development that it's almost impossible to stay interested. Every step in the story line is so enshrouded in tedious detail, and the pace of the action is so excruciatingly slow, I nearly gave up. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant were great. The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant were good. This book was insipid. Goodbye Thomas Covenant, I'll miss you!

posted by MisterBobNY on December 16, 2010

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  • Posted August 23, 2010

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    a fascinating fantasy

    Linden Avery worries about her adopted son Jeremiah as the Despiser wants the lad though she is unsure why. Meanwhile, over the objections of others who fear what she plans will destroy the world, Linden, using her Staff of Law and the High Loric's krill dagger, brings out of the Arch of Time her dead lover Thomas Covenant.

    However, for every action there is a reaction. In this case her awakening her beloved from beyond the grave also rouses the dormant Worm of the World's End, who will devour all in its path. While her lover lies calmly in a field hating who he is; Linden knows she must risk her life to prevent what she wrought. Her only answer to her desperate prayer comes from the last person she would expect to possess such power.

    The latest tale in the Last Chronicles arch of the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever series is a fascinating fantasy with a neat twist that makes it read different from previous entries. While Thomas is mostly negatively musing but inert, this time Linden is the prime player as she tries to undo what she caused while also keeping her lover alive; a want your cake and eat it too scenario. The story line is fast-paced and contains a strong back story though first time readers will still be lost in the complex realm of Stephen R. Donaldson. At a minimum, readers should read the first two entries in this segue (see The Runes of the Earth and Fatal Revenant). For long time fans, Against All Things Ending is a strong thriller even with Thomas taking a time out to reflect.

    Harriet Klausner

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2010

    SciFi/Fantasy Literature defined

    As with the other books in this series, the conflicts surrounding Linden Avery dominate the bulk of this piece. The character development is heavily dependent on previous works that may lead the current or new reader to feel as if there is no 'real' connection between the characters. As a stand-alone series, the work has to struggle to tie in and relate. Where character development has always been a forte of the author, here, much must be either previously developed through past readings, glossed over or ignored.

    The work remains a dramatic and fascinating adventure into surrealism and the definitions of who we as people really are, how we are seen, and ultimately, the need to react as instinctually as needed, trusting to the collective wisdoms of having lived a life and having gained those life experiences.

    Each strict definition of the characters is forcibly applied to each other character, forcing the reader to acknowledge the 'lacking' part of the other. Psychological profiling apart, the relational dynamics is crucial to making the other life forms of the "Land" equal to the main characters in perspective and objectives. The issues of morality and ethics follow many of the Grecian models at times.

    I thank the author for developing such a terrific piece of work and look forward eagerly to the conclusion in the fourth installment of the "Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant."

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2014

    Love love love!

    I read the first two sets of the chronicles over 20yrs ago.so naturally i wanted to read them again before reading thelast set. I have read through them all,except the last book in a matter or 6 weeks! Have loved them! To those who think they are not as good as the first sets? Not sure where that comes from ...reading them all together they "fit" like the gates of Revelstone...flawlessly...

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  • Posted October 27, 2010

    I waited 3 years for pure wonder.

    Thank you Mr. Donaldson.
    Can you please consider not waiting 3 years to release The Last Novel?
    You have made this writer so appreciative of your Chronicles for 33 years.

    2012 possibly?

    Thank you very much for making reading both difficult and wonderful. I purposely re-read your text 3 times in one sitting because it's so wonderful. A word or meaning I missed the first time was gained the third time.
    Melenkurion Abatha Duroc Minas Mill> I'll leave off the last two words of power.

    p.s. Will you consider a new novel approach concerning the New Lords? I sure enjoyed their lives, meanings and consternations. A Novel about Lords, with High Lord Mhoram to start.

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