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Reave the Just: and Other Tales [Hardcover]

Stephen Donaldson
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19 Oct 1998

The world-renowned author of the Thomas Covenant trilogies returns to mainstream fantasy after more than ten years – with a brand-new collection of fantasy short stories.

Stephen Donaldson has been one of the world’s most popular fantasy writers ever since his first million-selling Thomas Covenant trilogy in 1977 – Lord Foul’s Bane, The Illearth War, The Power That Preserves. Widely hailed as the most original work since The Lord of the Rings, it was named Best Novel of the Year by the British Fantasy Society, and earned the author the John W. Campbell Award as best new writer.

This was followed by an equally successful second Thomas Covenant trilogy – The Wounded Land, The One Tree, White Gold Wielder; a highly acclaimed collection of fantasy short stories – Daughter of Regals; and the two books in the hugely successful Mordant’s Need series – The Mirror of Her Dreams and A Man Rides Through.

In 1990, he embarked upon the five-book Gap series, an sf epic acclaimed as his best work ever, which recently came to a close with This Day All Gods Die – the latest in a long line of Sunday Times top-ten bestsellers.

Now – after more than ten years – Stephen Donaldson has returned to mainstream fantasy, and the result is a stunning new collection of stories that reveal a mastery of the short form, and display all the remarkable imagination, storytelling skills and gift for the unexpected that his millions of fans around the world have come to expect.

Includes the following stories: Reave the Just • The Djinn Who Watches Over the Accursed • The Killing Stroke • The Kings of Tarshish Shall Bring Gifts • Penance • The Woman Who Loved Pigs • What Makes Us Human • By Any Other Name

Product details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager; 1st ed 1st printg edition (19 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002246910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002246910
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.4 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,397,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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 is best known for immense and doom-laden genre sagas, in particular his debut fantasy epic The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever and the sf "Gap" sequence. His first book of short stories Daughter of Regals (1984) was uneven--muddied by an early weakness for unwieldy language. Reave the Just is a far stronger collection, with five powerful pieces, two adequate ones and just one dud. Donaldson's fantasies show a scarifying intensity of moral concern and complication. The title character Reave works towards justice through deep pain, not least to himself. Elsewhere we find the agonies of a sympathetic and even pious vampire who's denied the easy option of feeding on animals; a Dark Lord who reasonably protests that his researches into black magic have harmed no one and shouldn't attract persecution from self-righteous White mages; an exploration of the peculiar honour of ninja-style warriors; and another wizard who helps a filthy idiot girl towards beauty and self-reliance for very bad reasons indeed. Effective and sometimes harrowing tales, clearly told: Donaldson has abandoned the oversized thesaurus he once relied on, and now writes with a quieter conviction that hits hard. --David Langford


‘If there is any justice in the world, Stephen Donaldson will earn the right to stand shoulder to shoulder with Tolkien.’
Time Out

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Stephen Donaldson has a reputation for an tortuous script and vast detail, in his well known fantasy and SF series. This collection of shorts, however, demonstrates a maturity not seen in 'Daughter of Regals' with a group of tight knotted and well written tales, each with a (sometimes rather obscure) message.
A must for fans and newcomers alike. Some of the tales are weaker than others, but certainly all capture the imagination, and every reader will have a favourite. For me it was the title story, Reave the Just.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It is great to have Donaldson back 23 Dec 1999
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This is a very good collection of short stories, all of them interesting and engaging, with the possible exception of the martial arts story. It's a better collection than Daughter of Regals in my opinion. However I think Donaldson produces better novels when he has a wider canvas and I would recommend the Gap and Mordants Need series ahead of this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 13 Aug 2013
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I bought the product to build my Stephen Donaldson collection. I was very please with the book and have read it avidly.
I would highly recommend using Amazon as a company and I will use them again
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5.0 out of 5 stars I don't normally like short stories 29 July 2014
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I don't normally like short stories, but this book is fantastic. All the stories are very readable and all contain clever twist and turns.
Each time I thought the next story would not be as good as the one just read, each time I was proven wrong.
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