Well worth the 22 year wait! Donaldson weaves an intricate story with all the mental underpinnings like the earlier series. However, the plot and action now move at a breath taking pace rather than drudge along as in The One Tree or White Gold Wielder. The narration is done pretty well--each character is distinctively yet believably portrayed. The book's only fault is that it ends--and we must wait until late 2007 for the next installment.
I dearly loved the first six books. I finished The One Tree just as White Gold Weilder was first published and scrimped and save my paltry high school income to buy the hardback. The complaints I heard from my firends that did not like them, were that he was too wordy and whiny; complaints to which I scoffed.
I scoff no longer. Runes of the Earth was truly abysmal. It was indeed wordy and whiny and the words that he used lacked a comprehension, a certain familiarity on the part of the author. "Incipient" and "Imminent" are arguably synonyms, but are not necessarily interchangeable. Donaldson seems to have sat down with his thesaurus and substituted short words for one or more of their longer synonyms with no real understanding the new words. Ham-handed is the word that springs to mind.
I was sorely disappointed and as a result will never, ever read the first six novels again for fear that finding my teen self was so appallingly callow.
I read the Thomas Covenant series many years ago and enjoyed them, but I could not get into this book at all. I struggled through the whole thing,but found it very boring---none of the characters were developed well enough to get me involved with them, even the main character.
After making it to the end, I found out that this is also a series of books, so no real ending.
Unless you have read the initial series lately and are very loyal to Donaldson, forget this one.
This is coming from a long time listener(8 years?) to Audible books and I have never felt strongly enough about one to right a comment until now.
I have read all kinds of fantasy novels and there are some great ones on Audible. Runes of the Earth is certainly not one of them. I gave it a good shot I listened to the first seven hours. It is utterly boring. I keep waiting for it to get good and waiting for something exciting.
As a side note the prologue will not catch you up on the characters properly. This book is a waste of my credit. I wish I could return it.
Although this is obviously a popular book, I did not find it so at all. After plodding through about 4 hours of repetitious doggrel and (I thought) poorly done hallucinations, I abandoned the book entirely.
Even the brilliance of Scott Brick couldn't save this pile of self-indulgant nonsense. These are hours of your life that you will never get back -- use them wisely and skip this literary bucket of ooze.
When I heard that Stephen R. Donaldson, who I completely abandoned during the awful Gap series had revisted "the land" I was quick to snap up this title from audible.com. I loved the first two Thomas Covenant series. Even if I had discerned these mixed reviews for myself, the phosphene glow in my mind that were the land, the white gold fire, and the Staff of Law, I would still have given this book a try. Either way, my discernment was flawed, clouded, "covered with dirt" if you will, dirt on the much abused and worn out Arch of Time if you will indulge me a bit further on...
What a horrible disappointment. Linden Avery is simply the weakest lead character I have ever seen - period. If I hear the words discernment or any variation of phosphorous/phosphenes again, I can't be held responsible for what I might do.
Repetitive, redundant, rehashed, ridiculous - take your pick for which of the above you want to substitute for the "R" in Stephen R. Donaldson on this one.