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The Runes of the Earth (Last Chronicles Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Will move you to tears at times...

Ten years ago, Linden Avery found herself thrust into the middle of an epic battle between absalute evil and goodness when she inadvertently followed Thomas Covenant to the Land, a magic other world he once saved but was again under assault by his enemy, Lord Foul. In t...
Ten years ago, Linden Avery found herself thrust into the middle of an epic battle between absalute evil and goodness when she inadvertently followed Thomas Covenant to the Land, a magic other world he once saved but was again under assault by his enemy, Lord Foul. In the time she spent with Covenant in that other world, she grew to love it, and him, but that love could not save him. In the final battle, he gave his life to defeat Foul, merging his life with the Arch of Time in a burst of argent flame that left only his white gold wedding band behind for Linden to hold onto. In the years since, she has cared for an adopted son, Jeremiah, who was maimed by Lord Foul and overseen the operation of a mental hospital that houses Joan, Covenant's first wife who left him to protect their son, Roger, when he became a leper. Now, Roger is grown, and demanding that Joan be turned over to him, as well as the white gold band that controls the wild magic. Linden is terrified of him and refuses, prompting the taking of her son and her own return to the Land. There she finds all her work seems to have been for naught. The Sunbane she once defeated is still gone, but the Earthpower that sustained the Land is forbidden by the Haruchai who now control the Land. History has been kept secret so that there is no memory of her or her beloved except among the Haruchai and the great horses, the Ranyhyn, and their servants, the Ramen. The former oppose her, the latter will serve her. With few other allies, some of them double minded, she must challenge time itself to fulfill the mission the spectre of her love gives her. ........................................... ................... ........................ ***** There is literature, which may tend to be dry and boring. There are fun books that are in no way literature- and then there is the Thomas Covenant series, like the white gold itself, an alloy of a book that you can thoroughly enjoy melded with great literary value. With no reservations, this can be labeled the finest book written this year, perhaps in the last several years. At times it will move you to tears, then there are moments of golden joy that will make your heart sing. Reaching the last page is something you will be eager to do, yet will come entirely too soon. Not too many fiction books have the sheer power this one does. Just do not loan it to anyone, you may never see it again. It's a keeper. *****

posted by Anonymous on January 13, 2005

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

If you love the Land...

The Runes of the Earth is not his best work. Linden Avery and her endless lamenting about her son Jeremiah are irritating almost to the point where you want to slap her. No joke, there has to be at least 50 pages of her boring monologue. There is some other annoying stu...
The Runes of the Earth is not his best work. Linden Avery and her endless lamenting about her son Jeremiah are irritating almost to the point where you want to slap her. No joke, there has to be at least 50 pages of her boring monologue. There is some other annoying stuff too, but...Donaldson does recapture the magic of the Land here and there, and if you loved his first trilogy, you can't help but savor those moments. This 500 page book would make a really good 300 page book. That being said, I am looking forward to the sequel.

posted by Anonymous on September 29, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    This book was written 10 years ago. Why is it $15 for an e-book

    This book was written 10 years ago. Why is it $15 for an e-book? Can anyone say ripoff?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2006

    NOT UP 2 PAR

    THIS BOOK IS NOT UP TO DONALDSON'S PREVIOUS WORKS. PAGE AFTER PAGE OF REDUNDANCY. HE COULD HAVE COMPETED IT IN 3 CHAPTERS. GIVE THIS ONE A PASS

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