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Fatal Revenant: The Last Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant (Last Chronicles/Thomas Covenan) Paperback – 5 Apr 2012

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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (5 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575116684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575116689
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 4.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Extraordinary praise for the series: ?Will certainly find a place on the small list of true classics.? ?"Washington Post Book World" ?Covenant is Donaldson's genius.? ?"Village Voice" ?Remarkable scope and sophistication.? ?"Los Angeles Times" ?Thought-provoking?complicated and original.? ?"Publishers Weekly" ?An epic.? ?"Detroit Free Press" ?Impressive?filled with splendid inventions.? ?"Booklist"

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Return to the Land, and Linden Amory's quest to rescue her son and save the Land from the Despiser!

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I was eager to read the second volume of The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. Though a vast introduction, The Runes of the Earth, with its cliffhanger ending, left fans begging for more. Hence, I couldn't wait to return to the Land once more, and see where Fatal Revenant would take this tale.

The sequel begins right where The Runes of the Earth ended. But if you are hoping for a happy reunion between Linden and Thomas Covenant and her son Jeremiah, you are obviously not familiar with Stephen R. Donaldson's work. Revelations are made that will break Linden's heart, and she must find the strength within herself to persevere.

As was the case with the previous trilogies in the Covenant saga, Donaldson's narrative conjures up vivid and magical images. Vast in scope and vision, Fatal Revenant answers many questions that were raised by its predecessor. Indeed, secrets about Kastenessen, the Durance, the skurj, the Giants, the Haruchai, Kevin's Dirt, the Elohim, Roger Covenant, the Demondim, the ur-viles, the Waynhim, and more are revealed. Add to that a journey back into time, the introduction of the Insequent -- a cabal of powerful wizards who oppose the Elohim, a showdown beneath Melenkurion Skyweir, and a lot more, and you have a very satisfying reading experience in front of you!

I truly enjoyed the manner with which the author brought Fatal Revenant to a close, even though it is more or less anti-climatic and yet another cliffhanger. I expect some readers to find this off-putting, but I thought it was apropos to end it in such a fashion.

As always, my main complaint remains that the dialogues often don't ring true. When a vulgar villager uses a vocabulary which would put an English major to shame, something's not right.
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Judging from the reviews, the consensus seems to be negative about the Last Chronicles. As a big fan of the previous Covenant books, I can't say I agree though. This series is really starting to stack up. Runes of the Earth was good, not a perfect book by any means, but a decent intro to the new series. Fatal Revenant is much better, it really goes up a notch. I'd rate it up with the top 2 or 3 Covenant books.

I like what Donaldson has decided to do with this series - he's revisiting the characters & storylines of the first two trilogies, and then adding some new elements. He's not trying to write a whole new saga - which is good, as this is going to be the last one. It may be nostalgia, but to me, it seems the right thing to do.

I'd also say that there's a greater emotional core to this series, something that was missing from the 2nd chronicles. Fatal Revenant has more of the intensity of the first books. You actually feel for Linden this time - enemies arrayed against her, desperately unsure of what to do, her son's life hanging in the balance and Covenant beyond reach. In the 2nd Chronicles I think she was a fairly bland addition to be honest. This time her character is starting to fill the hole left by Covenant's departure.

There's also a couple of great set pieces in the book too - the confrontation under Melenkurion Skyweir half way through, the sequence with the Mahdoubt aferwards, the ending in Andelain, all must be among the best things Donaldson has written to date.

As with all Donaldson books (Covenant novels especially) the usual elements are at work - verbose / archaic (lets face it, pretentious) language, angst-ridden characters, complicated plots and lots of characters.
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It seems practically compulsory to start off a review of one of the new Covenant books with the words "I was a huge fan of the first two trilogies" and then follow it up with a "BUT..." I suppose this is not too surprising. Nobody is going to pick up the eighth book of what has effectively become a ten book series if they do not have a fair amount of affection for the author's work. I do wonder if the people (and I am one of them) who are feel " Runes" and "Revenant" are turgid, slow and uneventful may be overlooking the fact that this is not completely unheard of from Donaldson. "Lord Foul's Bane" in particular is one of the slowest, least eventful and most awkwardly written novels ever to launch a best-selling fantasy franchise. "Bane" does have its virtues, but most of them only become apparent when it is considered in the light of the second and third books of the Chronicles. Certainly the cowardice, mendacity and self-pity of Covenant in that first novel is at least as objectionable as anything Linden Avery is guilty of in "Revenant".

I have to say that I found this book disappointing and frustrating. Part of the frustration was due to the book being not completely awful. If it had been totally unreadable I could have simply set it aside and moved on to something else. Instead, I found that the situations Donaldson had created were sufficiently interesting that they would nag at me if I failed to complete the book. Then in the last one hundred and fifty pages the action picks up quite well culminating in a pretty decent cliff-hanger. The last part of the book gives glimpses of the excellent storyteller Donaldson can occasionally be.

Sadly, they are only glimpses.
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