Fatal Revenant (Last Chronicles Series #2)

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The instant New York Times bestseller, and the return of the Thomas Covenant series? ?a landmark fantasy saga.?(Entertainment Weekly)

In the most eagerly-awaited literary sequel in years, Linden Avery, who loved Thomas Covenant and watched him die at the end of Book Six, has returned to the Land in search of her kidnapped son, Jeremiah. As Fatal Revenant begins, Linden watches from the battlements of Revelstone while the impossible happens-riding ahead of the hordes attacking ...

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Overview

The instant New York Times bestseller, and the return of the Thomas Covenant series? ?a landmark fantasy saga.?(Entertainment Weekly)

In the most eagerly-awaited literary sequel in years, Linden Avery, who loved Thomas Covenant and watched him die at the end of Book Six, has returned to the Land in search of her kidnapped son, Jeremiah. As Fatal Revenant begins, Linden watches from the battlements of Revelstone while the impossible happens-riding ahead of the hordes attacking Revelstone are Jeremiah and Covenant himself, apparently very much alive. But Covenant is strangely changed?

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Detroit Free Press
An epic.
Booklist
Impressive...filled with splendid inventions.
Publishers Weekly

This thought-provoking sequel to 2004's The Runes of Earthopens with a bang. Watching from the battlements of Revelstone, a keep besieged by the power-hungry Demondim, battle-weary healer Linden Avery can see both Thomas Covenant and her son, Jeremiah, riding ahead of a wave of pursuers-even though Covenant, her former lover, is dead and mind-damaged Jeremiah has been captured by Lord Foul the Despiser. Odder still, both men treat her almost disparagingly when they reach the keep, forbidding her to touch them and showing no signs of affection. Soon it becomes clear that nothing is what it seems. Avery's fight to save the Land from Lord Foul will take her to the Land's past through the worst kind of betrayal and across its length, but the worst enemy she faces is her self-doubt. Difficult but worthwhile, this complicated and emotional continuation of the Thomas Covenant saga is exactly what Donaldson's fans have been hoping for. (Oct.)

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Stephen R. Donaldson is the author of six previous Covenant books: Lord Foul's Bane, The Illearth War, The Power That Preserves, The Wounded Land, The One Tree, and White Gold Wielder, as well as many other novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2010

    Love the book, have all the previous Thomas Convanents

    I have had a hard time putting the book down and now cannot wait for the final (3rd) book to come out. I read and still have all of the Thomas Convenant books and will go back and re-read them.

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  • Posted November 23, 2008

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    Asks more questions than it answers, but still a worthy addition to the canon

    I won't spoil anything for the future reader of this book except to say that nothing is as it seems. The only certainties are Linden Avery herself and the immediate members of her party - the Stonedowner Liand, the Ramen, and the Haruchai. Don't trust anything or anyone else in this book. It'll make for a far more enjoyable read.

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  • Posted November 8, 2008

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    Fatal Disappointment

    I echo a fellow customer reviewer in that I find the character of Linden Avery so annoying that I had to slog through the book as if it was the worst work detail of my life. The incessant whining, crying and sheer helplessness of the character is beyond irritating. Though Covenant was not exactly a cuddly character either; one found during the second book of the first series "The Ill Earth War", that Covenant was in fact a truly troubled, isolated and yet ultimately caring person.<BR/><BR/>Though there are many interesting characters introduced into this second volume of the final series; most of the characters with any magical powers whether for good or bad get short shrift and we hardly get to know them before we are subjected to another chapter of Linden's crying, whining and sniveling. If I was a woman I would be offended by this character for she is as helpless as a newborn in the most mundane of situations. It like the first book of this final series "The Runes of the Earth" are far too removed from the logic and drama of the first two series. Already two books into the trilogy and I still cannot say with any certainty exactly what is going on. One can only hope that the third book can make up for what the first two lacked....a coherent story and a main character/protagonist that we (the loyal readers) can actually stomach.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2008

    Linden Avery, get over yourself!

    If I could rate this book in halves, I would rate the first half at 1 star and the 2nd half at 3 stars. This first half is slow going. It is boring, so repetitive. Linden whining and then whining some more about her son, mostly to herself. Nothing really happens. Was Donaldson trying to make us irritated with Linden? I almost quit reading it and I rarely do that. The second half of the book is substantially better. However, it by no means reaches the heights of Donaldson's previous work, in The Land and elsewhere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2008

    A step in the right direction

    Fatal Revenant picks up the pace after the meandering Runes of the Earth. The action comes at a much faster pace and much more happens in this book. Obviously, if you're new to Donaldson's work, you'll need to back WAY up and start with his earlier works, but Donaldson fans will love it. The negatives are the word choices, which sometimes make it seem like Donaldson's thesaurus vomited all over the manuscript, and the character of Linden Avery, who is just plain annoying. Despite these shortcomings, this is still a step in the right direction for Donaldson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2007

    Not his best, not his worst...

    Given the fact that there are such a large number of books, I guess I can't expect to love them all. I frankly got a little tired of linden's attitude and 'poor me' syndrome, but frankly I never liked Thomas either as a hero, it was the surrounding cast that I was so addicted to, the Lords, the Giants, Bloodguard, etc. Postiives: The story continues, I always loved it so to read more of it is just plain nice. New races have been added, and the story is growing more complex which is a good thing. I won't get into extended plot details in case you haven't read it. Negatives: Linden is a little whiney... gets on my nerves, and calls for help at every turn. Half the book was wasted imho during the trip to the mountain and the meeting with Berek was dissapointing at best. 250 pages to expose a conspiracy... 'doh' I suffered through it. Overall: If you've read the other books in the series, its a must read, if for nothing else than the continuation of characters 'or types' that you love. And i'm hoping that two 'thick' books of setup will make this book 3 interesting. In meantime, i'll probably just go back and read Illearth war and White Gold Weilder again while I wait for the last book. I've read all of Donaldson's works, some good some bad but the Covenant series brings me back. In the meantime

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2007

    whine, whine, whine

    I'm a big Donaldson fan, and I've read all the Covenant books. For the most part I enjoyed them all. I can't say too much about this book because I haven't gotten very far yet. Maybe it's a great book like the other reviewers say, maybe not. I simply cannot stand to read any more about Linden whining. Is this the hero we are supposed to be excited about? Someone that needs to be practically carried to her room after a stressful conversation. Someone that thinks it's the end of the world that she can't touch her son, or Covenant. Someone that whines and cries and can't seem to do anything on her own. It may end up being a good book. But all this whining is driving me crazy.....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    complex poignant epic fantasy

    Looking down form the watchtower of Revelstone, Linden Avery sees men and riders being chased by Demondim to her shocked elation the riders are the love of her life Thomas Covenant while the other is her adopted autistic son Jeremiah. Covenant explains that though he holds together the Arch of Time together still, he is through a fold in time here in the flesh. Jeremiah is being held by Lord Foul the Despiser who seeks destruction of the land while part of him is here thanks to Covenant. From the first moment, Linden senses a change in her beloved who is short with her and very sarcastic and scornful. Jeremiah makes it clear that he worships Covenant and has no time for Linden. They trick her into meeting him in an isolated place where they separate her from her friends and allies. They travel thousands of years back in time because Covenant needs to drink the Blood of the Earth so he can use the Power of Command to put an end to Lord Foul. When Linden learns why the two men she most lives are cold to her, she feels her heart torn apart she vows revenge on those who caused her such anguish if she ever returns to her future present. --- FATAL REVENANT, Book Two of The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, is a complex poignant epic fantasy about The Land where wild and tamed magics are part of the earth. The Land is populated by various races including creatures out of myth and legend some of whom serve as pivotal plot points to move the complicated story line forward even when the heroes go back in time. Lord Foul never appears, but his shadow minions are everywhere seemingly to stop Linden¿s quest.. Stephen R. Donaldson is a great worldbuilder as he makes his characters even the monsters seem real, but it is the poignancy of relationships that make him one of the best fantasists today. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    For me, this one isn't up to par with the ones that have come be

    For me, this one isn't up to par with the ones that have come before. The story has gone a bit stagnant. Something has happened to the magic that made me, as the reader, care about the main characters and their actions; perhaps Covenant's self-imposed detachment has leaped off the page and numbed my mind. Donaldson's series has been wonderful and engaging until now, so perhaps the next installment will resurrect my interest. The search for the next simile and the over-use of a thesaurus are often intrusive and torturous and may be what kept me at a distance. It is difficult to become invested when the prose is unnecessarily encumbered and prodigiously peppered with stumbling blocks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2007

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    Fatal Revenant proves a worthy successor to the series but especially Runes. This far into the series the reader might be skeptical of new characters/species or devices. But Donaldson prevails, masterfully weaving these very ingredients into a plot, which by the middle of the book creates a surpassing synergy apt to relieve the most jaded concerns of the sequel wary fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2007

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    ROTE was not a groundbreaking achievement, in my mind. I was not a big believer in Linden Avery as the protagonist, and the transition from Thomas to Linden, and the reinvention of the Land after several thousand years was difficult to accept. But Runes was still a good book. Now I'd say it was a fantastic book. Fatal Revenant justifies the work in Runes in every detail. As great as Fatal Revenant is, Runes of the Earth made it possible. In Fatal Revenant, I came to love Linden as I did in the Second Chronicles. Donaldson works very hard to build her character in this book, and he is successful. But its not Linden that makes this book great. Its the courage in Donaldsons writing. All the stakes here have gone up. Time is a variable, the Elohim have a rival, Skurj, Wild Magic, Law, even Earthblood. Everything is represented in some fashion, but Donaldson juggles them all beautifully with very few slips. If you are a fan of Covenant books, this title is a must read. The pacing, the language, and the emotion is everything we have come to expect from out sojourns into the Land. Highly recommended.

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