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The Last Dark (GOLLANCZ S.F.) [Hardcover]

Stephen Donaldson
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17 Oct 2013 GOLLANCZ S.F.

The bestselling fantasy series from one of the biggest names in the genre comes to an unforgettable conclusion. This is the final volume of the epic Chronicles of Thomas Covenant - one of the keynote works of modern fantasy.

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.

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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (17 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057507602X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575076020
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.2 x 4.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,641 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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The big set piece battles were often the equal of Tolkien. (Michael Conaghan Belfast Telegraph) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The long-awaited final part of the Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.

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61 of 67 people found the following review helpful
By R. M. Lindley VINE VOICE
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"I see you finally decide to turn up then." Covenant observed with a percipient but impenetrable mien of thesauric obscurity.

"Yes," the Creator replied. "I know you expected it at the end of the book, but frankly I was so disappointed I couldn't bring myself to manifest until now."

"But..." Covenant's ring flared puissant argent with a theurgic mention of the krill thrown in to boot. "This was the final book, ever. It has some great action scenes! I fight a raver! Skurj! Cavewights! Masters do loads of kung fu in an epic underground battle! Linden Avery stops moaning! What wasn't there to like?"

The Creator frowned. "I know there was some really good stuff. The return of the fire-lions was a masterful stroke by Donaldson, and some of the character development, especially for Jeremiah, was actually quite good. But the same old problems remain, don't they? Endless moaning by Linden before the final chapter. The Land feels empty, with a total population of about 20, plus 400 nameless Masters. The repetition of words scoured from from the furthest regions of the thesaurus still grates..."

"Nonsense!" Covenant interrupted percipiently, congratulating himself with a condign simony of guerdon. "And the The Last Dark actually reads as a sensitive exploration of what it is to undergo mental and physical abuse and emerge as a survivor. Surely that deserves 5 stars, not a paltry 3?"

"But what about the many, many pages given over to describing how to mine some rock?" the Creator countered. "Geology isn't that exciting to start with, and although Jeremiah is supposedly capable of making a prison to trap the creator, why doesn't he make one for the skurj? Or the Ravers? Or Sandgorgons? Or Foul? Or the Worm at the World's End?
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Save or Damn? 20 Jan 2014
By Jason
I used to love the First and Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, but I am afraid the Last Chronicles really did not work for me. Disjointed, uninspiring jaunts into the past history of the Land, and flat or unsympathetic characters - mainly Linden Avery and her eternal angst, but the supporting characters never came to life either.

The Last Dark is an improvement on the previous 3 books, and things do actually seem to happen in this one. Unfortunately it has to deal with the situation set up by the previous 3 books. I don't think Linden Avery was quite as irritating as she has been before, but unfortunately it seems Jeremiah Avery is there to take up the slack. The end seemed a bit pat, and I wasn't convinced by the final resolution.

It's a real shame, there are some elements that could have been great if given a proper chance to develop - the Haruchai turning into the Masters, Roger Covenant as an antagonist, and the Land itself was sketched in, with no sense of place or culture.
Instead the threat for the Worm at World End's never felt particularly real, despite being told many times that this was The End. And all the Sandgorgons in the world seemed insubstantial compared to Nom from the Second Chronicles. Even Lord Foul only seemed to telephone in his lines.

Overall I wish he'd left it at the Second Chronicles. Just as the Star Wars prequels tainted the Original trilogy for me, the Last Chronicles has knifed my good memories of the First and Second Chronicles. I do wonder if I went back and read the first 2 Chronicles whether I would still like them - they shared the constant agonizing and tortured prose of the Last Chronicles, but I remember the story being strong enough to forgive them.

Save or damn? Reluctantly I'm going to have to damn
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just a rehash of the earlier chronicles 6 May 2014
By glen
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I loved the origanal 6 books and have reread them several times. But the last dark is just a rehash following the same story lines as the earler novels. One of the worst points is that the characters stayed as they were and never grew or changed, while reading The Last Dark I knew what was coming on the next page and the action scenes were a little tired and lacked the impact of the earlier books and Donaldsons knack of repeating what happend in his narratives is very annoying to the constant reader. I think it should of been left after 6 books and maybe he needed more money or to beat the amount of novels in a series ie Stephen Kings Tower series.
But read it and make your own mind up Im just glad I have a kindle and did not have to lug an oversized book around on my holiday.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good I'm reading it twice. 20 Oct 2013
By Anneliz
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For me it's been a 30 year journey which has at last come to an end, and this final book has certainly delivered the goods. I regularly re-read the earlier Chronicles and am now on my second read of The Last Dark. These are not books that can be read once and left on the shelf. The Last Dark satisfactorily answers all the questions posed in the nine earlier chronicles in an excellent and thrilling way. There is real edge of the seat stuff here, and parts that make you reach for the tissues. A very fitting culmination of a long journey.
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By Leitir
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I started reading the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant when I was in post-primary school, around age 15. It was on foot of a recommendation from a classmate after he learned that I was a fan of the Earthsea trilogy by Ursula le Guin. It's funny how a chance comment from someone else can have such an impact on your life. 20 years later, I feel a little pang of sorrow at the fact that Thomas Covenant's exertions on behalf of the Land have come to a definitive conclusion. What distinguishes Donaldson's writings for me from the likes of Tolkien is its depth - depth of character, depth of emotion. My wife says that the hallmark of good creative writing, be it for TV or the book, is that you care about the characters - you care about how they feel and what happens to them. This applies for me to all the characters in all of the Covenant chronicles - the Giants, the Haruchai... Each and every person, even Lord Foul, is shown to be an entity, an individual, struggling to make sense of the reality that they perceive, to understand and perhaps shape their own identity in the face of seemingly overwhelming and relentless challenges. It is a true hallmark of a great work of fiction that it resonates with you as a person in this "real world" and with your own exertions, your own living, and those around you. This resonance echoes back over 20 years for me, and I am sure that it will resonate for some time to come. Thank you, Stephen Donaldson.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... and brought together all the loose ends to a great conclusion.
This is the very last book in the series and it continued to hold my attention to the very last word and brought together all the loose ends to a great conclusion.
Published 29 days ago by Mary Sheila Ashby
5.0 out of 5 stars I am very happy with it
book neat and tidy, I am very happy with it!
Published 1 month ago by F.G. Molenaar
4.0 out of 5 stars grand finale - the final peak phew
finally it is all wrapped up - bit of a slog at the beginning but jus tbuilds to an interesting / cleverly constructed ending ?
ultimately worth waiting for and reading
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic conclusion, best of the entire epic series.
Been reading Stephen Donaldson since the first book came out in 1978. Fortunately, he has managed to save the best till last. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steve Conway
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read for the fans
For those of us who have been through the whole series this is a welcome end to a long haul. Donaldson manages to say in three pages what other authors could say in three words and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. J. Donegan
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I've been following Stephen Donaldson's Thomas Covenant since my teens and have never been disappointed - although I do have to refer to my dictionary for some of the descriptive... Read more
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I am glad to get to the end of this series - don't like to not finish reading a book once I start. In fact the only one I know I didn't was War and Peace! Read more
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so well worth waiting for!! roll on winter when i can leave the garden, snuggle up and read them all again!!
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