In 1977, Stephen R. Donaldson began his bestselling Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever saga with the publication of Lord Foul's Bane. After two wildly popular trilogies (which have sold more than 6 million copies worldwide), Donaldson -- much to the dismay of his fans -- ended the series in 1983. Now he returns to where it all started in The Runes of the Earth, the first book in a projected quartet that will make up the Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.
The story picks up approximately a decade after the tragic death of Thomas Covenant, an ill-fated writer afflicted with a strange form of leprosy, who had been transported to an alternate universe called the Land -- where an epic battle for the realm's soul was being waged. Linden Avery, Covenant's companion who briefly traveled with him to the Land, is now working at a psychiatric hospital taking care of mentally disturbed patients who include Covenant's ex-wife, Joan, who has a "lost mind." When Covenant's son Roger enters the hospital and demands the immediate release of his mother, a violent confrontation ensues. A few hours later, after he has forcefully removed his mother from the hospital and kidnapped Linden's adopted son, the police -- and Linden -- track Roger to his father's old residence. In the midst of a powerful thunderstorm, shots are fired, and…Linden finds herself back in the Land, where Lord Foul has not only allied with Roger but also has control of her son!
Breakneck-paced, richly described, and replete with intriguing plot twists, this long-awaited return to the Land will enthrall fans of Donaldson's previous Covenants novels. Paul Goat Allen