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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2001
Donaldson just appears to get better and better as he continues to write. This, the second book in the Second Chronicles follows Covenant as he leaves the Land in search of outside help, a disconcerting read at first as you leave the comforting vistas of the land, but the book soon benefits from the vastly increased setting and you begin to appreciate the genius in the world that donaldson has created outside of the known Land.
A must read for any Fantasy fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2010
Yet another gripping "can't put it down" epic for Thomas Covenant. Beautifully written so that you are fully immersed in the plot. The company of giants being as real for the reader as any normal experience. The echo of past events from the real world playing out as revenge in the Land is so natural to the plot that you'd be forgiven to miss them. The writer clearly understands human nature both at rest and under extreme pressure to be able to show us thoughts and feelings as witnessed through different characters.

If you have enjoyed the first chronicles, then you will also thoroughly enjoy this first book from the second chronicles. If you haven't read the first chronicles yet, make sure your not doing anything time critical when you start. These books keep you captivated.
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on 19 November 2013
what an you say about something so unique?This book can be read alone,but is much better read in sequence.I think Donaldson has created a world which to understand read one book and be prepared to buy the other eight!
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on 9 January 2015
Effectively the fifth book in the series of Thomas Covenant. For serious readers of fantasy.
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on 26 June 2015
I have read this many, many times over the years. Now on my Kindle forever.
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on 1 June 2015
A wonderful book. This trilogy is my favourite
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2013
Oh, Mr Donaldson, what are you doing to your previously wonderful series?

As ever, the writing of "The One Tree" is beautiful, the canvas upon which the author paints is both rich and vast.

So why only 3/5?

Firstly, for most of the book, the two principles characters hate themeselves.
Covenant hates what he is being forced to do and the power he must bear.
Linden hates herself for secretly wanting Covenant's power.

It is just getting tedious, and both of them need a good slap and told to pull themselves together.

Secondly, the author has given the ending of the whole trilogy away when The Quest enters the realm of Elohim and the natives are suprised that both Linden and Covenant exist because they had expected their respective powers to be consolidated into one being. Well what could that mean? Duuuh... either a birth or a death methinks? That has taken alot of dramatic tension out of this book for me.

Thirdly, the characters of Vain and Findail are vexing in the extreme. Vain I can kind of forgive, but as he is a perverse reflection of Findail I will take them both together. Findail is earthpower made flesh - bascially a god. However, instead of using his power, all he does is give cryptic warnings, but no answers or alternatives. Other than sitting on the fence, there is very little that he does (barring the Gaddhi)... but if he wanted to he could. It is just all so frustrating.

Finally, as with "The Wounded" Land, there is no resolution here. There is high adventure, death, betrayal... but, other than moving a few continents, neither the plot nor any of the subplots (perhaps with the exception of the romance) are any further forward.

Which means that this trilogy hangs entirely on "The White Gold Wielder".

All I can say is that is better be pretty amazing.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2014
This is one of the best 6 book double trilogy I have ever read, in my view better than Lord of the Rings and that trilogy is fantastic
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on 15 December 2014
great product and service
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on 27 March 2015
Excellent
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