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Reave the Just and Other Tales: Stories [Hardcover]

Stephen R. Donaldson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Jan 1999
Stephen R.  Donaldson is known for weaving brilliant tales of worlds so real, they come vividly to life.  His unique talents have placed his work among J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth stories, Frank Herbert's Dune trilogy, and C.S. Lewis's classic Chronicles of Narnia--and established him as a writer with the rare ability to expand readers' imaginations as he deepens their understanding of the human spirit.  

This magnificent new collection of eight stories and novellas--three of which have never before been published--commences with the exceptional title story, "Reave the Just." This fablelike masterpiece entertains as it deftly highlights one of the major themes in all of Donaldson's work: the innate and extraordinary power of the individual to overcome adversity.  "The Killing Stroke" concerns perhaps the ultimate quest for meaning and honor, as three warriors desperately attempt to escape a doorless room, a war between mages, and even death.

The morbid, soul-taking hero of "Penance" and the mysterious beggar woman in the dark fairy tale "The Woman Who Loved Pigs" are both plagued by the double-edged sword of love.  And a pampered antihero is forced to make a choice between virtue and vice in "The Djinn Who Watches Over the Accursed." Boasting exotic settings and suspense fueled by sudden plot twists, the stories in this must-have anthology feature tormented practitioners of mystical martial arts, the perils of wizardry, and the exploits of imperfect heroes embarking on marvelous quests.

Most of all, Reave the Just and Other Tales is a testament to the astonishing scope of Stephen R.  Donaldson's mastery of magic and myth, as well as his talent to spin unforgettably spellbinding stories.  A lavish reading experience for his many fans and a superb introduction for readers just discovering him, this collection beautifully does something that only the very best fiction can: inspires readers to dream the most fabulous dreams.

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  • Hardcover: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra (Jan 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553110349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553110340
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,832,941 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 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Jason Mills VINE VOICE
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Most of these tales are engaging and focused, with a definite point to make. If the martial-arts one is rather laboured and contrived, and the vampire one excessively hand-wringing, still none are without interest, and unlike the "Daughter of Regals" collection each is different unto the next. The Reave tales in particular are forthright and challenging. Donaldson has never been one to tell a story just for the sake of it, and you come away from these stories with a clear impression that Something Has Been Said, usually about responsibility and moral courage.
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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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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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