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The Last Dark [NOOK Book]

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The Climax of the Entire Thomas Covenant Chronicles

After more than three decades, having attained bestseller status all over the world, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant reaches its conclusion. This is a truly historic moment in fantasy, as Stephen R. Donaldson’s innumerable fans learn the final fate of ...
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Overview

The Climax of the Entire Thomas Covenant Chronicles

After more than three decades, having attained bestseller status all over the world, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant reaches its conclusion. This is a truly historic moment in fantasy, as Stephen R. Donaldson’s innumerable fans learn the final fate of the Land.

The Worm of the World’s End is roused, seeking the ruin of all things....

Compelled step-by-step to actions whose consequences they could neither foresee nor prevent, Thomas Covenant and Linden Avery have fought for what they love in the magical reality known only as “the Land.” Now they face their final crisis. Reunited after their separate struggles, they discover in each other their true power—and yet they cannot imagine how to stop the Worm of the World’s End from unmaking Time. Nevertheless, they must resist the ruin of all things, giving their last strength in the service of the world’s continuance.

You risk much, as you have ever done. Mayhap you will prevail. If you do not, your worth is not thereby diminished.

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Epic in every sense, The Last Dark not only brings an end to Stephen R. Donaldson's Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant tetralogy; it also completes a ten novel series that the Washington Post has already predicted "will certainly find a place on the small list of true classics." In this final manifestation, cynical Thomas Covenant and Linden Avery reunite as the Worm of the World's End moves ever closer to destroying the Arch of Time.

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Donaldson wraps up his epic ten-part fantasy series, begun in 1977 with Lord Foul's Bane. Here, Thomas Covenant is united with Linden Avery and Linden's son, Jeremiah, but the Worm of the World's End is making things look bleak indeed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101636435
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Series: Last Chronicles of Thomas Cove , #4
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 25,086
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


Stephen R. Donaldson is the author of the original six volumes of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, a landmark in modern fantasy. Every volume, beginning with Lord Foul’s Bane in 1977, has been an international bestseller. Donaldson returned to the series with The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, comprising The Runes of the Earth, Fatal Revenant, Against All Things Ending, and now the final volume, The Last Dark. Donaldson lives in New Mexico. 
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  • Posted November 16, 2013

    satisfying end.

    I have enjoyed this entire series of books. I hesitated giving it five stars, but, looking back, I did read the entire 10 books back-to-back and didn't want to put them down. I know there's criticism of Donaldson's reiterative prose, but honestly, I didn't mind it too much, especially after reading the George R. R. Martin books which are quite the opposite to a frustrating degree. (How am I going to remember enough to read the next book?) I was surprised and slightly disappointed by the brevity of the epilogue. I would have liked a bit more explanation of what went on in between the last chapter and the epilogue. (sorry, trying to avoid a spoiler). At the end of the second series, there's a nice explanation for what Linden Avery does with the new staff of law. Something like that would have been welcomed in this series. I love these books, but you can expect the same "distractions" from the story as in the other books, namely the extensive use of "pet" words. (If I never see the words "percipience" and "chiaroscuro" again it will be too soon!) Overall, Donaldson has expanded my vocabulary, but sometimes these words (the ones I had to look up) seemed to be placed out of arrogance rather than skill. No offense, Mr. Donaldson.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2013

    I'm only into the second book, but the last chronicles seem to b

    I'm only into the second book, but the last chronicles seem to be more genious than the first and second chronicles. The emotional turmoil is there, like in the first books, yet is seems more poingnant and conflicting than the first go around. To me, Donaldson, with more experience and wisdom to draw upon, is more genious than ever.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    God I hate to have to write this because I love the author and I

    God I hate to have to write this because I love the author and I really wanted to love this book but... Man I don't even know what to say except that this was the most disappointing book I've read in a long time. The Last Chronicles in general have been very uneven - full of potential but bloated and meandering - and I blame the editors (or lack thereof!) more than anything else. The last books bit off more than they could chew: they introduced characters and themes that were never dealt with and could not possibly be satisfactorily resolved... and this is the result. If you've read the first nine you'll read this book too... but if you're like me you'll wonder where exactly the whole endeavor went off the rails. Sigh.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2013

    Fullfilling!

    Fullfilling!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2014

    A vanity project

    After over 2,300 pages, I expected more. A good editor could have shortened this ungainly tome by about half just by eliminating the constant repeating of significant statements (over and over and over). And nobody can torment his protagonists like Stephen Donaldson. After a while, I just wanted it to be over, even if the Worm triumphed. And then the ambiguous and unsatisfying ending. I will never forgive Donaldson for ruining a truly great work, the first Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, by writing the second, and now third, installment of the chronicles. He should have left well enough alone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    Even after being terribly disappointed and bored with the recent

    Even after being terribly disappointed and bored with the recent Covenant Books, I had to read this Final Chapter. Full of action, magic, and less introspection and dithering. Kind of reminded me of the first 3 books in the series. Wish however he'd lay off the vocabulary exercise. Too much effulgence, percipience, penumbra, devoir, assuage, etc. etc. In spite of all that it's a good read with a spectacular and fulfilling ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2013

    Recommended

    It's nice to have closure on this series after so many years. I'm enjoying the book immensely. It's pure Donaldson. And about the large words. They're not an issue for me as I was an English major. However, it's not necessary to know or look up all the words to enjoy the book. You can infer a lot of their meanings from the rest of the sentences where they're used. That's called getting the meaning from "context". Much less annoying than stopping to look everything up!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2013

    Worth the wait.

    Worth the wait.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Amazing ending to a legendary series

    If you are not moved to tears during this conclusion the problem is with you, not the author. Best Donaldson since 'This Day All Gods Die'.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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