Against All Things Ending: The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant

Against All Things Ending: The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant

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by Stephen R. Donaldson
     
 

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The New York Times bestseller is "a fascinating fantasy" (Midwest Book Review).

Thomas Covenant is alive again, restored to his mortal body by Linden Avery's magic-a defiant act of love that has unleashed unimaginable power capable of devastating the Land. The only hope to stop this may lie with the mysterious boy Jeremiah, Linden's adopted

Overview

The New York Times bestseller is "a fascinating fantasy" (Midwest Book Review).

Thomas Covenant is alive again, restored to his mortal body by Linden Avery's magic-a defiant act of love that has unleashed unimaginable power capable of devastating the Land. The only hope to stop this may lie with the mysterious boy Jeremiah, Linden's adopted son, whose secrets are only beginning to come to light...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101444498
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/19/2010
Series:
LAST CHRONICLES OF THOMAS COVE , #3
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
624
Sales rank:
78,433
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Stephen R. Donaldson is the New York Times bestselling author of three series of fantasy novels about Thomas Covenant, as well as several science fiction and mystery novels. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Against All Things Ending 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 88 reviews.
SeriousBookWorm More than 1 year ago
I have been following the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant since the 70's. The series is unlike any other. Against All Things Ending does not let me down. It is full of the same strong characters, the land, and what good people stand for, inner crisis regarding decisions, as all the rest of the Chronicles. He drops hints of where the book is going, and you raptly follow along through the twists and turns to get there. I have seen other reviews of people complaining that there are archaic terms, and difficult reading. As a professed logophile, I enjoy this. Anyone who complains, has not read the previous chronicles! The only negative part of the book is, this one was promised to be the last, and come out in 2008. This is not the last, there is another that we find out about at the end. I kept looking at the page number and thinking, it is getting close to the end, I hope he is not pulling some fast, dumb stunt at the end. Well, he didn't; just the promise of one more book. I guess I'll just have to wait for this one too.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm constantly baffled by reviewers who accuse SRD of being excessively verbose (intentionally redundant for those reviewers), especially those who have read all of the previous TC Chronicles. Have they not realized by now that this is Donaldson's writing style - one that Donaldson admits to and for the most part whole heartedly embraces? SRD's most clear influence if Conrad, and anyone who has read Heart of Darkness can see the similarity. Donaldson used words to convey his imagery. He admits that he want little do to with film adaptations, because doesn't know how to deal with visual media. So the detail with which he writes is his only method for relating the depths of his stories to his readers. Admittedly this is not fluff - this is meat and potatoes reading. So if this style of writing is not for you, then read something else! (Dan Brown comes to mind as the antithesis. His stories have no character development and can be read with little or no effort.) I LIKE the fact that i have to work at the Covenant books. It's challenging. I LIKE the fact that i have to use the dictionary to look up words that i don't know. And i've realized that you cannot absorb all of the magic of his stories in a single reading. Even after multiple readings there are still things that pick up on that i missed on previous readings. So don't trash SRD for his style of writing if its not for you. As for the Last Chronicles specifically - after a somewhat mundane start (i cringed at the similarities at the start of Fatal Revenant to that of The Wounded Land - namely Kevin's Dirt and the Sunbane) i've been pleasantly surprised at the way story has unfolded. The weaving of characters and story lines from the previous Chronicles, and the introduction of the Insequent is brilliant in my opinion. This is a story that you can immerse yourself and lose yourself in. It takes some work, but if you're willing to work at it the resulting imagery is everlasting and the stories remain forever.
Billbiv More than 1 year ago
There were a few bright climactic spots that generated genuine interest for me, but it was mostly a slog through repetitive frameworks and conventions that seemed contrived in an effort to extend page count. I will probably suffer through the final book as I did this one, but I should not have to do that - this story should have been drawn to a close in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unless you have read all the other Thomas Covenant novels and are determined to stick with it to the bitter end, skip this one. I loved the First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, in fact I re-read them every other year or so. The Second Chronicles were good and I re-read them too. But in the Final Chronicles, Stephen Donaldson has lost what made the others so wonderful. It is more like reading a dictionary than a novel. He seems to be saying, "Look how many big words I know". Doesn't matter if you spend more time trying to understand his verbage rather than fall in love with the story. AND REALLY, "She who must not be named", what is that? I felt like it was a copy of Harry Potter. I slogged my way through it, but I am sorry I ever started reading the Final Chronicles. Don't know if I will read the last one or not.
MisterBobNY More than 1 year ago
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!
Ben_Hur More than 1 year ago
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."
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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...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series gives the appearance of being Stephen Donaldson's pension plan. It is repetitive, boring and to my mind, destroys the brilliance of the first two Thomas Covenant trilogies. God only knows why he decided to write four volumes for a story that could be finished in two. I can only assume he had discovered the "cut and paste" function on his computer, and decided that plot and character development, and dynamic story telling could be replaced by repetition. I have gone from comparing all other fantasy authors and stories to Stephen Donaldson, and found them wanting, to wishing I had never heard, or read, the last chronicles of Thomas Covenant.
Go4Jugular More than 1 year ago
These books are only for the compulsive fan of the prior series, and even then it's a lot of work for very little payoff. While there are electric moments in the storytelling, they are separated by long periods when little happens except character development, much of which quickly becomes redundant. Donaldson has always perserverated on certain themes, and one wonders if his editor ever suggests any cuts, as the same issues are covered in the same excruciating detail time and time again. Does every scene need to start wtih the description of every character's position, using their full name? The use of unnecessarily complex words, when simpler ones would do, is not only frustrating (I have a post-graduate education and still often have to go to two or more references to find a definition) but becomes ludicrous - does he know no synonyms for "puissant" or "condign"? I'm probaby too far in now not to read the 4th book when/if it comes out, but when the reader's strongest feeling is a sense of reilef when the book ends, it's not promising. I agree with one of the other reviewers: the first series was outstanding, the second interesting, and this one, in retrospect, isn't worth the effort.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is typical Donaldson writing - beautiful, obscure words all over the place, and that unique cadence of his of course. (The dictionary/lookup feature on the Nook is extremely useful when reading his work!) There was a LOT of ruminating, discussion, and philosophical debate in the first third of the book, with the action kicking in after that. My only complaint is that I'll now have to wait at least another year or so before the next book is published.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little disjointed at times
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topazz1963 More than 1 year ago
I have been reading and enjoying the Thomas Covenant books since high school, and have always loved the rich descriptions of the Land, and the characters in it. Donaldson makes them seem so real. However, the Last Chronicles, this one included, tend to get very bogged down in repetitiveness and non progression at times. The repetativeness is fine, especially for those who may not have experienced the earlier books, but too much is too much. How many times do we need to revisit why Linden Avery became a doctor because of her miserable parents, and how indecisive she is. I would recommend the earlier books, as they move along quicker, and you get a better feel for why the characters are doing what they are doing. At times I found myself just reading to get to the part where things start making sense. I am not one to skip pages, just to save time, because there may be a single sentance or word that is key to understanding something later on in the story. All in all, however, I still enjoyed the story, trying to second guess what the characters will do next, or what is going on behind the scenes. It continues the saga of Linden Avery's quest to try to get her son free, and restored to her, and the interactions of the other secondary characters as they try to help or hinder her on the way. Thomas Covenant is still trying to get a grip on himself, and get ready to face his ex wife Joan, knowing he will have to do that eventually in order to set things right. All the while, they are under the gun so to speak, knowing they have only a limited amount of time, as the Worm is coming. It finally becomes clearer what Jeremia's key importance is, and the goals of the Despiser. At least, it seems to. Donaldson likes to keep you guessing, and throws surprises at you. Looking forward to the final segment of this series.
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I have read all of the books in this series over the years, although I have to admit with lessening interest as the newer books/series emerged. However, I was still curious to read what I thought was to be the final book. The storyline remains quite complex and relatively impenetrable, but the biggest turn off for me was the use of obscure language. I consider myself fairly well educated, and with a good vocabulary, but earlier in the book I was finding several words a page I did not recognize (and nor did the, admittedly limited, look up feature in the Nook software). I became tired of having to continually Google obsure words, and just ended up skipping over them (with no noticeable loss in comprehension....). Not sure if the frequency of the self indulgent langauge reduces as the book progresses (a relative term) but I noticed this less the further in to it I read. Probably the most depressing thing (and you do not read one of these books for a light uplifting read) is that I reached the end of the book to find..... there will be (at least) one more in the series. While I enjoy sagas in general, and enjoyed the earlier books in this one (1 throgh 6 at least), enough already! Overall disappointed, but perhaps thinking back to the other books in the "Last Chronicles", I should have known what to expect.
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