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THE SECOND CHRONICLES OF THOMAS COVENANT
A wondrous world of magical adventure, as richly conceived and deeply engrossing as has ever been offered in a work of epic fantasy, awaits readers of this book, the opening volume of Stephen R. Donaldson's remarkable Covenant trilogy.
Here we meet Thomas Covenant, a man burdened with a terrible stigma that has deprived him of wife, friends, almost all human contact, perhaps even his sanity. In this state of moral isolation, he is suddenly shunted to a mysterious world known simply as "the Land" - a place of magical' potency, acutely beautiful wherever it has recovered from the ravages of age-old, recurring wars. For the Land has an immortal enemy - Lord Foul the Despiser - whose unceasing intent is to lay it waste. He has been defeated in the past by the Council of Lords, servants of the Land and protectors of its arcane lore; but now the power of the Council has been reduced, and Lord Foul has found his perfect, unwitting tool - Thomas Covenant, the man who thinks the Land is a dream; who cannot accept its life-restoring powers for fear of confronting the terrible dilemma of his own existence; Covenant, the Unbeliever.
With irresistible narrative sweep, full of scenic grandeur, fabulous myth, and characters as memorable and fascinating as any in fantasy fiction, Stephen R. Donaldson has created a landmark of imaginative literature.
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It has been forty years in the time of the Land - a mere four days in the time of Thomas Covenant's "real" world - since his first visit to that magical realm torn by an age-old, elemental struggle between the forces of good and evil. Having led the Council of Lords on a perilous quest to recover the Staff of Law, a talisman of power lost for centuries, he returns to discover this earlier mission to have been merely the opening move in the apocalyptic scheme of Lord Foul the Despiser, the Land's immortal enemy. For that quest has given Foul an even greater weapon - the Illearth Stone - and as seems to be the pattern of his afflicted life, Covenant must assume personal responsibility for a fateful situation he has tried desperately to avoid. The conflict that follows is of monumental scale, for now the powers of evil are truly unleashed: Exalted by the initial success of his plan, Lord Foul attacks the Land. Defending it is the stalwart Council of Lords, governed now by the beautiful High Lord Elena - discovered to be Covenant's own daughter - and led in combat by Warmark Hile Troy - a blind man who may or may not be from Covenant's real world. Armies clash in titanic battle - malevolent spawns of evil met by the main and magic of the Land's protectors - while Covenant and Elena pursue their own hazardous mission into a fabled mountain region, hoping to find the ancient gnostic power that will counter the Illearth Stone.
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Twice Thomas Covenant has been wrenched out of his bitter life of isolation and scorn to find himself the reluctant instrument of conflict between good and evil in that magical world known as the Land. Again he returns; but now, realizing his responsibility for the Land's survival, and in angryl atonement for having been the cause o so much of its anguish and peril, he will no longer be manipulated. He is prepared to make his own stand against Lord Foul the Despiser, to use - if only he can discover how - the power that is his alone, feared beyond all other by Foul and his minions.
In the great cliffside citadel of Revelstone, the Council of Lords is under seige by the seemingly limitless armies" raised by Foul's malignant magic - creatures of hideous form and spirit against whom High Lord Mhoram and his exhausted cohorts must constant revise their own magic and force arms. Meanwhile, across the Land, Covenant makes his tortuous way to the Despiser's stronghold - the cavernous keep known as Foul's Creche - accompanied by his great friend Saltheart Foamfollower, the Giant whose magnificent strength and resolution are reinforced by his own cause for revenge. But it is Covenant alone who must meet Foul in final combat, not only to assure survival for the Land but also to achieve salvation for himself in his life beyond it...thus bringing to a close Stephen R. Donaldson's magnificent epic fantasy, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever.
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THE SECOND CHRONICLES OF THOMAS COVENANT
The voice was that of Lord Foul the Despiser, gloating in his over his triumph. Thomas Covenant, leper and pariah in his own world, was back in the Land, high on Kevin's Watch, again listening to evil promises of Foul. And beside him lay Dr. Linden Avery, whose efforts to save him had doomed her to share his summons.
Ten quiet, undisturbed years had passed for Covenant since he was last called to the Land where magic and Earthpower worked. At that time, as ur-lord Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, he had used the wild magic of his white gold ring to defeat the evil plans of Lord Foul and seemingly destroy that ancient enemy of the Land. He had believed that Foul was banished forever.
But time was different here. In the Land, nearly four thousand years had passed. Foul had returned to power, stronger and more determined to destroy this world than ever, no longer checked by the rule of the Staff of Law. Earthpower was useless against the Sunbane, which desecrated the Land under alternating drought, pestilence, and unnatural fertility. In Revelstone, the na-Mhoram exacted a tithe of blood sacrifice on all who still existed. Elsewhere, a man might have to shed the blood of his own child to save his community.
"You are mine!" Foul's evil laughter gloated.
Thus begins a new trilogy, The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, with all the power and magic that made the original Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever a best-selling trilogy, already acclaimed a classic.
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"...I'm going to leave the Land - try to find the One Tree. So I can replace the Staff of Law. I don't know what else to do," Covenant said. "I don't know how long I'm going to be gone, and every day they kill more people. Somebody has to stop them."
Thus Thomas Covenant, accompanied by Linden Avery, begins his search for the One Tree aboard the Giantship Starfare's Gem. Armed with the knowledge given to him in Andelain by his trusted friend, the Forestal Hile Troy, Covenant was determined to succeed.
He was the last hope for the salvation of the Land. Only he had the power to forge a new Staff of Law and return to the Land to stop the encroaching desecration of the Sunbane and the bloody sacrificial rites of the Clave.
But fate decreed that the journey was to be long, arduous, and fraught with danger as Covenant and his companions are assailed by powerful forces whose sole purpose is to ensure the failure of their quest.
THE ONE TREE, Book Two of The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, continues the extraordinary saga that has become an international bestseller with close to four million copies in print.
Hard-back book measures roughly ~5-3/4" by ~8-1/2" (portrait); ~1-3/8" thick; 491 pages, no tears or folds; binding fully intact; light shelf-scuffing and wear, mainly to dust-jacket. Book and dust-jacket are in otherwise good to very-good condition.
"...I want you to go back to the Land. To Revelstone. And stop the Clave. Put out the Banefire. If you do that, the Sunbane'll slow down. Maybe it'll even recede. That'll give us time to look for a better answer."
Thomas Covenant was shocked by Linden Avery's demand; but he realized that, despite their awful failure on The Isle of The One Tree, there was no alternative but to return and fight. Mhoram had warned him: "...In the end, you must return to the Land."
After a long and arduous journey overland, the company reaches Revelstone. Following a fiery showdown with Gibbon Raver, Covenant discovers that he can come to terms with - and control - his awesome power. As he readies himself for the final showdown with Lord Foul, the Despiser, Thomas Covenant knows he has the answer at last.
WHITE GOLD WIELDER, Book Three of The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, is the stunning conclusion to the extraordinary saga that has become a major international bestseller,
Hard-back book measures roughly ~5-3/4" by ~8-1/2" (portrait); ~1-1/2" thick; 485 pages, no tears or folds; binding fully intact; light shelf-scuffing and wear, mainly to dust-jacket. Book and dust-jacket are in otherwise good to very-good condition.
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