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Against All Things Ending: The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (Gollancz S.F. S.) [Paperback]

Stephen Donaldson
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8 Sep 2011 Gollancz S.F. S.

Desperate for help to find her adopted son, Jeremiah, Linden Avery has resurrected Thomas Covenant in a cataclysmic exertion of Earthpower and wild magic. But the consequences of her efforts are more terrible than she could have imagined. Sorcery on that scale has awakened the Worm of the World's End: the ultimate end of all Time, and therefore of all life, has been set in motion. And on a more personal level, the results are no less extreme. The stress of reincarnation so many centuries after his death has fractured Covenant's mind. He cannot tell Linden where to find her son. And his leprosy has renewed its grip on him, inexorably killing his nerves.

The Ranyhyn had tried to warn her.

Now, plunged to depths of desperation and despair for which she is entirely unprepared, Linden seeks radical responses to the dilemmas she has created. Searching for Jeremiah, and accompanied only by a few friends and allies - some of them unwilling - she takes chances that threaten her sanity, forcing her to confront the Land's most fearsome secrets. Dreadful futures hinge on all of her choices, and she and her companions are driven beyond the limits of their endurance.

Yet she still walks paths laid out for her by the Despiser, and his forces are ready . . .

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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (8 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575083433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575083431
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Donaldson lived in India for 13 years with his father, a medical missionary, who worked extensively with lepers; it was here that he conceived the character of Thomas Covenant.
He was awarded the John W. Campbell Award as Best Writer of the Year for The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant The Unbeliever, which, with the sequel trilogy, became instant bestsellers.
He is also the author of the fantasy duology 'Mordant's Need', the SF epic quintet 'The Gap', and a number of mysteries written under the pseudonym Reed Stephens. He won the World Fantasy Award in 2000.

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Stephen Donaldson returns to the internationally bestselling story of Thomas Covenant and The Land in this awesome, cataclysmic adventure

About the Author

Stephen Donaldson has won the World Fantasy and John W. Campbell Awards for his internationally bestselling fantasy novels. He has also written SF and mysteries. He lives in New Mexico.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars There's some good news and some bad news .. 6 Feb 2011
By atwr
The Good News is that I finished Against All Things Ending, this morning. The bad news is that having waded through the first 2 books in this, the last chronicles of TM, I naively expected this to be the last book in the chronicles only to discover that there is a 4th book which will be out in a couple of years.

To echo other's sentiments, the first two chronicles were superb! SD's writing style was never a problem in the first two chronicles - in fact it was commensurate with the complexity of the story line. It was essential to build in the reader's mind, a detailed profile of all the characters which would sustain the reader's understanding of events to come and the parts each character had to play and the way they influenced the event outcomes. Much of these character profiles evolved as the "action" took place. This enabled the story to move along and maintain a balance between 1) something physically happening and 2) the thought processes and emotions of the characters involved. SD was polished in the writing of these two important facets and adept at integrating them in such a way that left the reader hungry for more of both. A testament to the success of this formula (or style) is the fact that I read the first chronicles in one weekend - for 2 days I was totally consumed.

As I approached the end of Against All Things Ending, I was beginning to feel self congratulatory. This is, I am afraid, a poor indictment on the book and to a slightly lesser degree the previous two books. I was thinking "I'm nearly there; I've finished it; I won't have to read ALL the books yet again to remind myself what has already transpired". The fact is - this was hard work!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Trilogy in 4 Parts 1 Dec 2010
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"Against All Things Ending" seems to be a bit of a marmite book - you either love it or hate it. In fact the whole Last Chronicles is a bit like that.

I have been reading & enjoying Covenant since the late 1970s. The first trilogy was astonishingly brilliant. The second was just as good. So I was looking forward to this latest (and last) trilogy. The trouble seems to be that it consists of 4 books. This means that each book is sonewhat slow & padded out. Read some of the other (very well written) reviews here & you will see that the consensus is that the pace is wrong, the book is too long & Linden features too much & is too busy self-flagellating.

However, it is still a Covenant book. The number of words which I have never heard before (a regular feature of all the Covenant books) is particularly high, making the meaning of some of the passages pure guesswork. But I can live with that. There are still bits where you despair of the characters & want to give them a slap - this is typical Covenant. There is a complete absence of humour - also typical Covenant. There are bits where you raise your fist in the air & shout "yes!" - unfortunately unlike the earlier series, they tend to be telegraphed in this one.

I still love the Chronicles. I will still read the last book when it eventually comes out. However, there is no doubt that the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant overall have been somewhat diminished by the Last ones. Sadly, in some ways I wish Donaldson had stopped at the Second Chronicles...
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97 of 103 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh Stephen, what have you done? 8 Nov 2010
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There's a heck of a lot of good stuff in this book. About 400 pages-worth, which is roughly the length of each of the first trilogy. The only thing is, this book is 743 pages long. So we have 400 pages of action that moves the story along, decent introspection and analysis, character study, and 343 pages of Linden whining.

Although I couldn't say Linden Avery's ever come close to cracking my top 10 list of favourite Covenant characters, I've never been a hatah. Until, I'm sad to say, now. Sadder than I can express, actually, because ever since discovering the first and second trilogy at the same time, in the mid-80's (they screwed up my "O" level revision), the Chronicles have been my favourite set of books. Ever. And when I heard about the Last Chronicles coming along, well, I was a very happy chap.

The Runes of the Earth: great. Fatal Revenant: excellent. But now that I've finished reading Against All Things Ending I am, for the first time, wondering if Stephen Donaldson's lost his mojo. If you look on the US Amazon site you'll see a lot of reviews which express similar sentiments: Linden. Bloody Linden. Why is the whole thing about LINDEN?! And I agree with them. The *constant*, never-ending, repetitive, boring, circular self-doubt, self-hatred and whining. The almost wilful misunderstanding of people's motives. The need always to bring things back to me, me, me. I'm so wicked. I killed my mother. I watched my father die. I'll never live up to Covenant. Give. It. A. Rest.

At times Donaldson seems to have completely lost the feeling for his own characters - this quote from page 625: "What remained, except to pray that she and her friends had not made a terrible mistake by surrendering their fate to the Ranyhyn?" Oh, you think?
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3.0 out of 5 stars NEARLY THERE
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Published 19 days ago by rowan
5.0 out of 5 stars More Classic Donaldson
Just when you think the story of Covenant and the Land is over, Donaldson creates new and intriguing stories to keep the world alive and as fresh as it was all those years ago when... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Ray Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Spot on!
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. C. Sparks
5.0 out of 5 stars received, many thanks ++++:
received, many thanks ++++ :-)
Published 1 month ago by mandy
2.0 out of 5 stars I wish he hadn't bothered.........
I loved the original Chronicles; got to like the Second Chronicles, struggled through the opening books of the Final Chronicles...... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark Crook
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed but a bit pedantic
Use of older language, a bit over the top, I had to look up a lot of definitions, other than that still a great developing fantasy store with all the right emotions and plenty of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by phoenixbots
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great, love these books condition perfect.
Published 3 months ago by Junies
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor
I went back to start reading the whole 9 books at once having previously read series one many years ago. This last series is really poor in both writing quality and style. Read more
Published 4 months ago by David J. Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars blindin read
in my veiw Donaldson is a master.epic series of books.could not put it down.recomended to all fantasy in order for best.
Published 4 months ago by gillyraven
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
It turned up on my kindle device like it always does? Why am I even putting this down. God what a waste of time
Published 5 months ago by Vaughan kenny
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