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In 1977, Stephen Donaldson changed the face of epic fantasy with the publication of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever. Thomas Covenant is struck down with a disease believed eradicated; he is abandoned by his wife and son and becomes a pariah. Alone and despairing, Covenant falls, and is drawn into a mysterious new world, where gentle people work magic and the earth itself brings healing. He is welcomed as the reincarnation of a legendary saviour, but Covenant refuses to believe. At the end of the sixth book, as Covenant battles to save the world, he is killed, in both worlds, as Dr. Linden Avery, his horrified companion, looks on.

Now comes the book every fantasy reader has been waiting for. It's 10 years later, and Linden Avery thought she would never see the Land, or Covenant, again. But Lord Foul has stolen her adopted son, and is unmaking the very laws of nature. And though she believes Covenant dead, he keeps sending Linden messages: "Find me", and "Don't trust me". The Land is in turmoil, and Lord Foul has plans for them all.

©2004 Stephen Donaldson; (P)2005 Orion Publishing Group Ltd.

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First of Three

I am not a fan of abridged versions as a rule, but I figured that, if anyone can be abridged effectively, it must be Donaldson. Let's face it, and much as I enjoy his books, he is prone to the verbose; to use a $5 word when a 50c one will do; to use a handful of adjectives and a fistful of adverbs. So when I saw that a new trilogy had hit the shelves, my immediate excitement was tempered by knowing that I would have to read three books, that the installments would be broken by cliff-hangers and that that I would have to renew friendship with my dictionary. As it turned out, none of this proved to be incorrect. The book lost very little in the abridgement and I am left waiting for Books 2 and 3 to be captured on audio. As it turned out, I had bought all three and I followed along as best I could with the narration for this one. It (the text) and the glossary at the back are very handy, especially if you (like I) need a refresher on the Land. Having enjoyed that, I am not inclined to read the full text of the remaining two, notwithstanding the cliff-hanger ending.
My only real disappointment was in the small role that Covenant plays in this installment. I've always preferred him to Linden Avery (my subjective preference) so it was with some regret that I realised he would not be a big part of Book 1 at least. This Book does a very good job updating the reader of the earlier trilogies (yes, there is more than one) so no re-reading is necessary although a quick flick of the Glossary is worth the effort. I did that while listening to the Prologue (exciting though that is).
If you like Donaldson's stories, I think you'll like this, even though it is abridged. Anton Lesser (most recently the charred castle master for Ned Stark on the first season of Game of Thrones) gives a very expressive and impressive performance.

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  • Andy
  • 09-25-11

I can't take any more!

I enjoyed Donaldson's previous two books - despite having to make a determined effort to wade through to the end of the second one - and left it a while before considering him again. Seeing the audiobook I thought I might give it a try but by 30 minutes in I discovered I'd had all I could take of this series. The relentless doom and gloom, crises and trauma noooo!

I'm sure it's a good narration though!

Thomas Covenant could never just have a cold could he? 'Covenants nose streamed like a ceaseless tide of weeping pestilence, racking each breath with a thousand knives piercing his living tissue to the core and making each step a living nighmarish hell.' etc etc

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  • M. J. Wall
  • 05-27-14

Depressing hard work - gave up

What disappointed you about The Runes of the Earth?

As reflected in other reviews, Linden Avery is just so depressing. Maybe an ok read for others - I didn't need the pathos!

What about Anton Lesser’s performance did you like?

Narrator is fine

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  • Jobo
  • 12-06-08

The Runes of the Earth

I enjoyed this greatly. The reader did an excellent job and wasn't intrusive or quirky. I want the next in the series as quickly as possible.

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  • joseph
  • 08-23-17

Just don't bother

The reader was all wrong for this book.. He made the charictors sound like Monty python. The book was boring. Actually I didn't finish it. I read all of the other 9. But this is just repetitive rubbish

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  • Davey Crockett
  • 03-08-13

Runes of Earth

This story continues a series I first read some twenty years ago in the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. The story of Thomas's girlfriend / partner, Linden Avery trying to fins her son is every bit as gripping as the first two series about Thomas and Linden. If anything the narration enhances the story Donaldson so enthralling wrote.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-21-16

Nothing like the 1st Chronicles of Thomas Covenant

Maybe it's because I decided to listen to as an audio book. Doesn't touch 1st trilogy, ofwhich I couldn't put the first Trilogy of the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.
It's exciting but is a pale comparison to the first Trilogy.. Such a shame.

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  • Michael
  • 04-22-16

Amazing book

Great performance by Anton very gripping and he makes it seem very real like you where part of the the land 👌🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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  • david stillwell
  • 01-23-15

Excellent

Well read gripping story capturing the essential values of the book look forward to the next book to complete this excellent series


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