The Last Dark: The climax of the entire Thomas Covenant Chronicles

The Last Dark: The climax of the entire Thomas Covenant Chronicles

by Stephen R. Donaldson
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The Last Dark: The climax of the entire Thomas Covenant Chronicles by Stephen R. Donaldson

“It will take a long time for fans or critics to digest and appreciate Donaldson's almost 40-year achievement. But in time “T he Chronicles of Thomas Covenant” will be seen as one of the self-defining works of the third millennium, our equivalent in scope and ambition of earlier epics and fantasies, from Virgil's “Aeneid” to Tennyson's “Arthurian Idylls” and Tolkien's “Lord of the Rings,” the last now a lifetime (Donaldson's own) in the past.” -The Wall Street Journal

Compelled step by step to actions whose consequences they could neither see 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.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399159206
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Series: Last Chronicles of Thomas Cove Series , #4
Pages: 592
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Stephen R. Donaldson is the author of the 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 Runes of the Earth in 2004. He lives in New Mexico.

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The Last Dark: The climax of the entire Thomas Covenant Chronicles 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
jawest7 More than 1 year ago
Worth the wait.
Loyal_Fan More than 1 year ago
Fullfilling!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual, bring your dictionary, and enjoy the ride
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As like with many folks, the 1st chronicles were books that changed my life. I still remember the feeling I got discovering the books one by one. The 2nd chronicles came as a blessing. When I heard the 3rd series was coming out, I held my breath. Too many times, I've seen authors go to the well once too often. And that turned out to be true with Donaldson. This last piece of Covenants legacy makes no sense, has no heart and stirs no feeling. I still hold out hope he will revisit the land, perhaps write a prequel. But for now, I'm going to try to forget I ever read the last chronicles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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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'.
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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!
saucer-b More than 1 year ago
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.
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