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The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Wounded Land / One Tree / White Gold Wielder Paperback – 7 Feb 1994


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  • Paperback: 1248 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (7 Feb 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000647330X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006473305
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 5.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,138 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 magnificent saga of Thomas Covenant continues in Stephen Donaldson’s highly acclaimed second epic fantasy trilogy – now available for the first time in one volume.

“An irresistible epic … imagination, heroism and excitement, made all the more real by Donaldson’s deft handling of the rich history of the Land.”
CHICAGO DAILY NEWS

“Comparable to Tolkien at his best … a remarkable achievement which will certainly find a place on the small list of true classics.”
WASHINGTON POST

About the Author

Stephen Donaldson was born in 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio. Between the ages of three and sixteen he lived in India, where his father, an orthopaedic surgeon, worked with leprosy sufferers. This inspired his fictional character, Thomas Covenant.

Donaldson served two years as a conscientious objector doing hospital work in Akron, then attended Kent State University, where he received his M.A. in English in 1971. He now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 May 1999
Format: Paperback
When I was 12, Lord Foul's Bane was published in the UK. Donaldson's debut and subsequent novels hooked me so completely that I've been looking for a repeat of that 'pure reading' experience ever since. Periodically, my search takes me to the latest 'hot' new multi part fantasy (Jordan, Feist, Goodkind, Eddings etc) but only Tad Williams' books have come close to the extraordinary sensation of reading the Thomas Covenant story arc. With the other (endless) sagas, I've never been able to get past the first couple of instalments before their derivative and formulaic hack work; same story - different names, becomes too much.
Donaldson's books remain apart. The central characters have a complexity and humanity that makes them properly three-dimensional and their heroism becomes utterly convincing because of it. These books have everything you want from fantasy; a literate prose style, emotional engagement, character development, awe and wonder, impossible odds, fear, glossaries and cool characters (Vain, the Haruchai...wow). Most of all, while you always know that these kind of books end in a showdown with 'Evil', the journey to that moment is never predictable, never implausible, always gripping.
I read the books as the were published through my school years. And I've read them again, first when I was at University, and again about 5 years ago in Nepal, relaxing after a month long trek. Each time I 'consumed' the two trilogies in a matter of days - barely stopping for food. Each time Donaldson transported me back to the Land, a fantasy realm for grown-ups.
Last year I got married. It had to be with a white gold ring....
I urge you to read these books
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Keen on 28 May 2004
Format: Paperback
If you're up for reading another book (or six), may I heartily, enthusiastically and any other adverb infinitive you can think of, recommend "The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant" by Stephen Donaldson. Donaldson is a great American author, who I would put in the class of "story-teller" rather than just "author". The comparisons between Donaldson and Tolkien are many, but like JRR, he tends to paint images with words rather than describe events. He uses words in a way that transcends mere language and like I believe any good book should do, you are there amongst the action, not merely reading descriptive passages.
"Thomas Covenant" also adds another dimension to story telling that challenges the reader. You do care about Covenant in these stories, but the reader's first reaction to him is to dislike, even loathe him. Donaldson then takes all the typical actions of a fantasy hero and turns them on their head. Where as Lira threw herself in to the action (rightly or wrongly - and I liked that treatment), Harry Potter rises to the challenge of being a hero, as does Frodo, or Aragorn standing tall and proud and fighting his cause come-what-may; Thomas Covenant does all he can to get away from his situation. Many times he has the opportunity to change the course of events, and when things look like they couldn't get much worse; he does a damn good job of making things sink to a new dismal low!
Sounds depressing? Actually, it is at a surface level, but somehow Donaldson manages to make you "care" about Covenant, so the reality is that despite wanting to throw the book at something very breakable in frustration, the reader is driven on to find out what the hell happens next.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By L. F. W. Vleugels on 20 Jan 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a true treasure for those that, like me, enjoy high fantasy. Let me explain high fantasy, it doesn't give picture card impressions and it doesn't have to come up with endless plots and subplots. It leaves open spaces for the reader to fill in the blanks. It moves us not for what is written in it but what our heart and head tells us could be there. Donaldson manages to pull us in to what is far more than just an adult version of Harry Potter. I read this book in 1994 and practically lived this book, as I took it everywhere to use every free minute to read on.
After Tolkien opened up a new area of fiction now commonly known as "Fantasy" many have tried but few have managed to add new features to the genre. Unfortunately many authors nowadays see the genre as a way to fill their writing career by keeping us in suspicion about the end for more than 11 volumes. Stephen Donaldson's Chronicles sofar consist of seven books (the first book of a third and final series is just out). And this book conveniently combines the three volumes that together make up the second chronicles. As these are the second chronicles I would strongly recommend to read the "First Chronicles of Thomas Convenant" first. But if you would like, you can read them separately as they stand by themselves. For those that read the first chronicles, the second chronicles have a very clear change of tone. No matter how bad it got in the first chronicles there was the always the sense of optimism. The second chronicles start with a strong sense of desperation and ill feeling. But don't despair and read on because you will be rewarded by a reading experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
Other reviewers have commented on what's in the book and I agree with them that this makes a GREAT read.
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