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  • Stephen R. Donaldson
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  • 25 August 2017
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Against All Things Ending❰Download❯ ➺ Against All Things Ending Author Stephen R. Donaldson – Essayreview.co.uk Stephen Donaldson returns to the internationally bestselling story of Thomas Covenant and The Land in this awesome, cataclysmic adventure Stephen Donaldson returns to the internationally bestselling story of Thomas Covenant and The Land in this awesome, cataclysmic adventure.


About the Author: Stephen R. Donaldson

Stephen Reeder Donaldson is an American fantasy, science fiction, and mystery novelist in the United Kingdom he is usually called Stephen Donaldson without the R He has also written non fiction under the pen name Reed StephensEARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION Stephen R Donaldson was born May , in Cleveland, Ohio His father, James, was a medical missionary and his mother, Ruth, a prosthetist a person skilled in making or fitting prosthetic devices Donaldson spent the years between the ages of and living Against All PDF or in India, where his father was working as an orthopaedic surgeon Donaldson earned his bachelor s degree from The College of Wooster and master s degree from Kent State University INSPIRATIONS Donaldson s work is heavily influenced by other fantasy authors such as JRR Tolkien, Roger Zelazny, Joseph Conrad, Henry James, and William Faulkner The writers he most admires are Patricia A McKillip, Steven Erikson, and Tim PowersIt is believed that a speech his father made on leprosy whilst working with lepers in India led to Donaldson s creation of Thomas Covenant, the anti hero of his most famous work Thomas Covenant The first book in that series, Lord Foul s Bane, received rejections before a publisher agreed to publish itOMINENT WORK Stephen Donaldson came to prominence in with the The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, which is centred around a leper shunned by society and his trials and tribulations as his destiny unfolds These books established Donaldson as one of the most important figures in modern fantasy fictionRSONAL LIFE He currently resides in New MexicoE GRADUAL INTERVIEW.


10 thoughts on “Against All Things Ending

  1. says:

    Make no mistake among all the Thomas Covenant books of which this is the 9th, and oneto come 2013 , this is the most difficult to read Not for the prose or style which has been called, by various people, Epic, Operatic, and too d ed wordy, nor for the vocabulary even the most astute readers tend to keep their dictionaries handy when reading a Donaldson tome , but for the sheer emotional impact it will have on you.The book is perfectly named The ancient enemy of the Land, Lo Make no mistake among all the Thomas Covenant books of which this is the 9th, and oneto come 2013 , this is the most difficult to read Not for the prose or style which has been called, by various people, Epic, Operatic, and too d ed wordy, nor for the vocabulary even the most astute readers tend to keep their dictionaries handy when reading a Donaldson tome , but for the sheer emotional impact it will have on you.The book is perfectly named The ancient enemy of the Land, Lord Foul the Despiser, raged a physical war in the first Chronicles In the Second chronicles, nature itself was mercilessly perverted in the form of the Sunbane, which destroyed the natural order of the seasons In the Final Chronicles, the nature of time and space themselves are under attack, as Lord Foul attempts to end his eternal imprisonment by destroying reality itself.In a fight to save the very fact of reality and existence, Thomas Covenant, Linden Avery, and their companions are forced to make extreme sacrifices You will be horrified by the cost of fighting despair but you will also exult in the victories gained.With this addition, the Final Chronicles have finally surpassed the previous series, and rival Donaldson s GAP Cycle as his magnum opus Now, all that s left is the final chapter The Last Dark, due out in 2013 and it will be complete

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    Book 3 of 4 and what changed for me to take this to a 2 I will still read book 4 and so, I suspect, will anyone who reads this review as they are as committed to putting this series to rest as I am.Firstly, for the first 1 2 it was very hard to get into and every time I set it down it was a couple of days and a sense of duty to pick it up again The 2nd 1 2 I just wanted to get the torture over with and read as much as I could, but things DID improve towards the end, I have to admit, the last Book 3 of 4 and what changed for me to take this to a 2 I will still read book 4 and so, I suspect, will anyone who reads this review as they are as committed to putting this series to rest as I am.Firstly, for the first 1 2 it was very hard to get into and every time I set it down it was a couple of days and a sense of duty to pick it up again The 2nd 1 2 I just wanted to get the torture over with and read as much as I could, but things DID improve towards the end, I have to admit, the last 4 chapters 100 575 pages give me hope that things will improve in book 4.Secondly, I am just so fed up with Linden I didn t like her in the second trilogy and she was a big reason for my never re reading that trilogy and not keeping it in my personal library even though the Caamora at the Grieve is one of the best scenes ever And I wasn t too excited about her in this last series but I am now pretty disgusted with the whole thing I quite grasp that despair and despite drain and destroy I can understand that self doubt and fear create indecision and limbo But GEEZ LOUISE, woman, get a freakin grip, or better yet get therapy I simply cannot see how this doctor who was able to make all kinds of decisions and come to some sort of terms with her past is such a pathetic lame duck in the Land Castigating yourself, considering yourself unworthy or tainted, does not give you a free pass from action Enough with the self pity and woe is me schitck just stop that whining It s not all about you.And could someone explain to me why Covenant thinks that his leprosy somehow defines him still I mean, really Really You would think that he would have dealt with some of his issues over the eons, but apparently not A depressing book, an annoying book, with a seriously unpalatable main character who has no real redeeming characteristics at this point except she is still alive and farlikable characters are dead

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    This book was an excruciatingly painful read and I m a huge fan of the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant and a big fan of the Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant I flipped through the last 100 pages of Against All Things Ending because I couldn t take it any and I m a very patient reader.If the fact that nothing happens in the first 100 pages of this book doesn t tell you to stay away from it, then nothing will Seriously, they stand around in Andelain and talk for 100 pages.Some of the most This book was an excruciatingly painful read and I m a huge fan of the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant and a big fan of the Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant I flipped through the last 100 pages of Against All Things Ending because I couldn t take it any and I m a very patient reader.If the fact that nothing happens in the first 100 pages of this book doesn t tell you to stay away from it, then nothing will Seriously, they stand around in Andelain and talk for 100 pages.Some of the most appealing parts of the prior series were the flawed and sympathetic characters, whose actions of self sacrifice for the Land or for Thomas Covenant came out of love for the Land, whether those actions succeeded or failed and so often failed, which helped with the sense of despair Donaldson was creating.Now we re left with flawed characters who don t show it through their actions, but by simple repeating of how pathetic they feel, ad nauseam, from their POV and that POV is almost entirely Linden Avery.I was hesitant to pick up this book after the reading the second book of the Final Chronicles of Thomas Covenant Now I m sorry I did I also know I won t be picking up the fourth and final book in the Final Chronicles I don t think anything can save this train wreck

  4. says:

    What an awful awful awful awful book I read it because it s the latest in a series that should have ended after the second trilogy we are way past the point of diminishing returns here Mr Donaldson has always favored deeply flawed characters who choose to wallow in self loathing even if it takes every bit of strength and determination they can muster, but this time he has gone far too far Linden Avery has become a pathetic joke no one could possibly hate themselves as much as she does sh What an awful awful awful awful book I read it because it s the latest in a series that should have ended after the second trilogy we are way past the point of diminishing returns here Mr Donaldson has always favored deeply flawed characters who choose to wallow in self loathing even if it takes every bit of strength and determination they can muster, but this time he has gone far too far Linden Avery has become a pathetic joke no one could possibly hate themselves as much as she does she s become a cutter no less and still have the will to draw breath Sad sad sad In the first trilogy, and to a lesser degree the second, Mr Donaldson gave us a fascinating world filled with totally intriguing supporting characters who ve earned this book its one lonely star , though the main characters of Covenant and Avery are merely tolerable Now he is in the process of gratuitously destroying that world and making the main characters utterly intolerable And he s painfully drawing that out in a pointless tetralogy like stabbing the helpless reader to death with a dull pushpinouchowouchpleasestopplease.

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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Let s start off with my recommendation anent Against All Things Ending If you have read Stephen R Donaldson and loathe him and there are a few then this book will not cure you of that malady In fact it will probably solidify your animus against the author If you ve never read Donaldson but have heard of him and are curious, this is still not the book for you Start with the original Chronicles, the Gap series or Mordant s Need, all of which show off Donaldson s talents at their best If, l Let s start off with my recommendation anent Against All Things Ending If you have read Stephen R Donaldson and loathe him and there are a few then this book will not cure you of that malady In fact it will probably solidify your animus against the author If you ve never read Donaldson but have heard of him and are curious, this is still not the book for you Start with the original Chronicles, the Gap series or Mordant s Need, all of which show off Donaldson s talents at their best If, like me, you think Donaldson is a brilliant and important writer than you ll have to read this book despite its flaws.And there are flaws the greatest of which is length A hundred, two hundred pages could have been shaved off easily without detracting from the emotional impacts of Linden s and Covenant s dilemmas and actions The second thing that makes it difficult to persevere in reading is Linden Avery Other reviews have mentioned how unlikeable she is and it s true You would have thought that after the end of the Second Chronicles, Linden s self image and self confidence would be greater but here she s evenselfish, terrified and willfully stupid In Fatal Revenant, Linden tore Covenant s spirit from the Arch of Time and reincarnated him so that he could save the Land while she focused on saving her son, Jeremiah, and in the process woke the Worm of the World s End, precipitating armageddon In Against All Things Ending, Linden s obsession continues to extract a horrible price from everyone around her Galt, who turns out to be Stave s son, dies defending Jeremiah Liand dies trying to bring Jeremiah out of his mental fugue And Elena, the long suffering daughter of Covenant and Lena, is sacrificed to She Who Must Not Be Named in one of the most shocking and emotionally disturbing scenes in the book And her other companions suffer nearly as much Haruchai, Swordmainnir and Ramen.Covenant, at least, appears to have learned something from his experiences He can still be frustratingly passive beyond all reason but he exhibits some remorse for his actions and their consequences and takes pains to minimize them.But.All that aside, my objections are to the surfeit of details and the feeling that Donaldson is beating me over the head with a large stick not to the story itself Again the author proves a master at evoking strong emotional reactions to his characters, and pushing them to find the limits of their abilities And he deals with big questions that interest me e.g., the corruption of power, the use of violence, how the seeds of future despite are sown by present triumphs, and how in light of that can one act at all.I also think that one of the reasons Linden pisses people off so much is that she s so much like us she s not the perhaps initially doubtful but soon confident heroine we d like and expect to see Consider, you wake up one day to find yourself in the Land or some similar situation and are told that you have the power to destroy or to save the world depending upon the choices you make Would you confidently stride forward to wield the Staff of Law or your white gold ring against Fangthane and obliterate all who stood in your way Wouldn t you be terrified and constantly questioning yourself Wouldn t you doubt the reality of your situation and do everything you could to pass the responsibility to someone else I ll tap my fingers impatiently and grumble about publishing schedules incessantly but I ll look forward to the release of the final volume The Last Dark

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    Someone take the damned thesaurus away from Donaldson.As much as I love his work, I hate to say it but I think he s peaked Actually, I think he peaked with his Gap series This new Final Chronicles of Thomas Covenant brings all the things I loved about the first two chronicles, but in a way that implies he was forced to write it.I started reading Lord Foul s Bane when I was in 7th grade pretty heady fare for someone of that age The main character that the entire series is based on commit Someone take the damned thesaurus away from Donaldson.As much as I love his work, I hate to say it but I think he s peaked Actually, I think he peaked with his Gap series This new Final Chronicles of Thomas Covenant brings all the things I loved about the first two chronicles, but in a way that implies he was forced to write it.I started reading Lord Foul s Bane when I was in 7th grade pretty heady fare for someone of that age The main character that the entire series is based on commits rape in the first 100 pages, and my first instinct was, This is the hero of the series Donaldson introduced me to the concept of an anti hero and to the fact that the protagonist doesn t necessarily have to be a good guy For that alone, he s earned a spot on the I ll give anything he writes a chance shelf But I d be lying if I said I was sad that there s only onebook left in this series.None of the characters feel like real people any They seem to exist only to further the plot and are to me, anyway are written in such a way that I can t relate to them at all.And for this final series, he s introduced not one, but TWO new races that have supposedly been around since the beginning of time, and just conveniently never mentioned Feels too much like a deus ex machina or a retcon.Either way, if you re a fan of Donaldon s work in general, or the Thomas Covenant series specifically, give this series a read, if only to get closure on the entire story

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    This is the penultimate book in the decade spanning Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever, which is considered by a good many to be among the greatest fantasies ever written The titular character, as you may know, is a bestselling novelist, a divorcee, and a leper And he s not on Earth any But that s all books past Given that this is book 9, you should know what you re getting in for with Donaldson s writing.Since the first Chronicles, Donaldson has been working towards a great and m This is the penultimate book in the decade spanning Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever, which is considered by a good many to be among the greatest fantasies ever written The titular character, as you may know, is a bestselling novelist, a divorcee, and a leper And he s not on Earth any But that s all books past Given that this is book 9, you should know what you re getting in for with Donaldson s writing.Since the first Chronicles, Donaldson has been working towards a great anduniversal destruction of the Land the faery world setting of the novel In the Last Chronicles, which is comprised of The Runes of the Earth, Fatal Revenant, and the newest book, Against All Things Ending, Donaldson forwards his catastrophic mission, pitting the ever swelling company of Linden Avery against an ever swelling roll of malevolent forces that don t seem to care that the Earth is Ending.So the good guys are against all things ending Right.The story begins right where the last one left out Literally And then, unfortunately, tarries there for over a hundred pages as the characters just talk, but cover little ground It s an unfortunate characteristic of the later books that almost everyone is cagey, over strained, and miserable except Liand, and Anele, both of whom have almost no idea about what is going on They talk too much, and complain about how the world is ending, but they seem awful slow to actually act.That complaint aside, and I caution that it is a constant complaint through almost two thirds of the books, Donaldson works his magic of construction fantasy spaces unlike anything you ve ever read This is where he is genius the fabrication of utterly unreal spaces that bend and enrapture you You ll finally understand what the Giants mean when they say The Joy is in the ears that hear Or, in this case, they eyes that read Throughout the book, Donaldson s host journey to incredible settings and vistas that, frankly, I haven t found anywhere else in the fantasy genre That is a huge point in the book s favor, given the bloated, self pitying conversation that pervades much of it I would say, frankly, that it s a decent counterbalance.But the balance is thrown off by the very introversion that made the first Chronicles endearing the character s sense of self especially Linden Avery s is so god damned important that it eclipses eveything else Again, and again and again you ll find her repeating the same broken mantras about how hurt she is, or indecisive, or about how the things that are happening are unbelievable It gets tiring, especially since we re not entirely sure why Covenant doesn t have his ring, and why he isn t acting The paradoxical lock in of the Humbled and other characters, excluding the Swordmainnir, is maddening at times, and at other times entirely unbelievable.Covenant s presence in the book may be its saving grace Given the nature of the series, he hasn t been entirely present for the last few books, but now that he s back, it s a waiting game as he is restored to himself slowly, becominginteresting all the time He is what makes the last half of the novel into the delight that it is that part, apart from the others, is worthy of rereading It s incredible, tense, and well written.I wish I could say the same about the preceding three hundred pages.But those environments are damn cool.Against All Things Ending, which is the penultimate novel in the series I hold most dearly, is unfortunately a one shot novel Read through it on your way to The Last Dark, which may be an infuriating read when it finally releases After the powerhouse that was Fatal Revenant, this book seems stretched, pulled beyond its limits of entertainment If the last third wasn t so good, I would have a hard time recommending it to anyone But I will and do recommend it to fans of the series, not only as a waypoint to the final book, but also for the settings, and for the corporeal outrage that is Thomas Covenant, who really is the Land s last hope.Linden Avery is still too damn indecisive

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    This is the review I ve been dreading and anticipating, all at the same time.If a book could be scored in the negatives, this would be that book It s a horrible, fetid thing that just sits there.For the first quarter of the book, the characters simply talk Yes Just Bloody Talk They ve reached Andelain And now they must move on But first, Donaldson must run every single character through his or her dialogue paces Everyone must be heard Everyone must blather, whine, complain, bitch and g This is the review I ve been dreading and anticipating, all at the same time.If a book could be scored in the negatives, this would be that book It s a horrible, fetid thing that just sits there.For the first quarter of the book, the characters simply talk Yes Just Bloody Talk They ve reached Andelain And now they must move on But first, Donaldson must run every single character through his or her dialogue paces Everyone must be heard Everyone must blather, whine, complain, bitch and generally restate everything that s already been stated.I mentioned that the first book in this thankfully final series should be subtitled Arrogance The second book would be Apprehension But this, the penultimate volume in this series, easily earns the subtitle Agony, some for the agonizing slowness of the book s pace Some for the way each characters agonize over every simple decision Some for the way each character has a question in their mind, a deep and abiding question that desperately needs an answer, but not one of them ever asks it directly, choosing instead to ask some oblique, barely connected question instead, then agonize over the fact that they didn t get the answer they wanted.I swear Stephen Donaldson s Giant name must be something like Heavingwords Steamingpile or Shoveling Obscurewords or something like that.Seriously Imagine this Linden looked down at her boot From the look on Covenant s mein, and with her healthsense, she saw he was aware Hell and Blood, Linden Your boot It s becomeunfettered Stave was at her side in a moment Linden Avery, he said, his mein a rock You are the chosen You must use the Staff of Law to correct this undoing We cannot condone this abeyance Liand, the one and only Stonedowner, said, Stave, you are Haruchai YOu know this would be foolhardy It must be corrected with the Wild Magic of the ring She is the Ringthane Mahrtiir stumbled to the ever swelling group I am Mahrtiir, Manethrall of the Ramen We must call the Ranyhyn It is only through their guidance that we shall overcome this most diabolical of hurdles Clyme said, Mahrtiir, you are Ramen All your solutions cater to the horses from the Plains of Ra This surely is a trick by the Despiser Using the Staff will awaken She Who Must Not Be Named That s Voldemort s sister, Galt added helpfully I thank you all, Linden started, but Rime Coldspray interjected Galt and Clyme, you are the Humbled I believe we have many giantish tales we can tell Surely sometime in the next few months of the listening, we shall have an answer Guys, Linden said Really, I Rime Coldspray, Ironfist and Swordmainnir, your words are anodyne to this conundrum, still, I don t believe Linden stood up It s okay Stave said, Linden What dark sorcery is this Linden ate some aliantha berries, their vivacious boon soothing her soul It was easy I retied my laces Surely not Covenant said Hellfire and damnation, Linden You tied your own shoelace DON T TOUCH ME And so onYes, that s a joke, but seriously, it seems to get down to that level at times in this book.In fact, there was a point about halfway through or so where I actually laughed out loud at the line that went something like, These were people of action, unused to standing in one place for long Seriously, almost snorted my coffee The first half of the book is in two locations and they really don t move.Seriously, Shoveling Obscurewords could have packed this story nicely into about 200 pages and spread it between the second and last books and not forced this torturous piece of crap on us.I d fully intended to read the four books back to back, but this one killed me I m reading a couple of other books before I dive back in one last time to the world of Thomas Covenant.What a monstrous pile of shit

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    I sometimes wonder, have always wondered, why, in the middle of reading a book by Stephen R Donaldson, that I am continuing to read Especially with his 30 year old saga about Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever This is the 9th of what is purported to be 10 novels in the series, and from the start, back in the 70s, I ve been struck by how dark they are how, at each step along the way, Covenant, and you, as a reader, are beset with tragedies, large and small and a pervading sense of despair that I sometimes wonder, have always wondered, why, in the middle of reading a book by Stephen R Donaldson, that I am continuing to read Especially with his 30 year old saga about Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever This is the 9th of what is purported to be 10 novels in the series, and from the start, back in the 70s, I ve been struck by how dark they are how, at each step along the way, Covenant, and you, as a reader, are beset with tragedies, large and small and a pervading sense of despair that anything will turn out OK Yet on I read, page after page, book after book Took him almost three years to get this out after the second book in these Final Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, and the what s happened so far section is about as long as any of the chapters.I think what strikes the keep reading chord in me is the texture of the world Donaldson creates its totality I forget things that have occurred almost on a page by page basis, but Donaldson will throw in a parenthetical phrase recalling an event or words spoken in the very first book, 30 years ago The on going story is remarkably connected, as if Donaldson knew from day one where it was going, even if we, as readers, are never quite sure, and keep reading, as a result.Not recommended for everyone not suitable to all tastes in literature, but short of death, nothing would ever stop me from picking up this series finale and heading back out to The Land to find out what s happening

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    9 10As the final tetralogy approaches to its end, and the conclusion of the series, as well as an achievement that captivated millions of readers around the world forthan three decades, Stephen R Donaldson brings his imagination one step closer towards its culmination, taking us in Against All Things Ending, the third of four instalments of the Last Chronicles, in a story of spectres, mysterious figures, Demondim spawn, great horses, time storms and malevolent beings, but also in an adven 9 10As the final tetralogy approaches to its end, and the conclusion of the series, as well as an achievement that captivated millions of readers around the world forthan three decades, Stephen R Donaldson brings his imagination one step closer towards its culmination, taking us in Against All Things Ending, the third of four instalments of the Last Chronicles, in a story of spectres, mysterious figures, Demondim spawn, great horses, time storms and malevolent beings, but also in an adventure of choice and consequence, love and futility, and Desecration and ruin in a penultimate, epic novel.Little time has passed since they reached the safety of Andelain, and the challenges they overcame yet now, with the Worm of the World s End to have been roused from its eternal slumber, awakening to continue once again consuming all life and sate its imponderable hunger, the last crisis of the Earth is approaching, promising an unprecedented holocaust that will wipe out the Land, its people, and the world entire but Thomas Covenant, having spent accountable millennia among the essential strictures of creation, witnessing, understanding and serving the Arch of Time and travelling from the first dawn of the Earth to the farthest constellations, has become mortal again.Confused by his compelled transubstantiation from the Arch to the world of the living, severing him from the illimitable vistas of Time and restoring him back to mortality, Covenant will start to remember his old life, and what if felt like to be alive.Nevertheless, with his mortality unable to contain the knowledge and power of accountable ages to have left him a husk of his former self, expelling from his flesh and bones every intimation of eternity, and anchoring him with every breath of his forgotten heart to his corporeal body, when he tries to organize his thoughts, and grapple all that he had lost, Covenant will find himself slipping between the past and the present, lost in a maze of memories in the depths of Time.Meanwhile, Linden Avery, having defied every caution for Jeremiah s sake, breaking every promise she had ever made in one flagrant act and setting in motion the world s ruin, has been standing paralysed in horror.But, with the outcome of her despair that made her violate the bounds of Law to have left her in dismay, realizing the enormous cost of her failed choices both to her former lover and to the Earth itself, and unable to bear to look into the eyes her companions, when she s left with no other recourse but to accept the Harrow s bargain, and surrender her only instruments of power, Linden will find herself powerless on a quest into an abyss of ancient banes and arcane palaces, looking for her lost son and his salvation.However, with their every step to have brought them in paths prepared by the Despiser s machinations, seeing their actions and inactions, needs and desires become part of his malice, and bringing his designs closer and closer to their realization, when the toll for Jeremiah s salvation growsthan they had ever imagined, and the monstrous beings of the Earth conjoin their strengths, Linden and Covenant will be faced with a difficult choice, forced by exigencies that will bring them before different trials trials which, if they fail to endure them and confront their fears and sins, could cost them everything they have loved.Following the storyline directly after the end of Fatal Revenant, having set up meticulously his imagination in the previous instalment and picking up oncethe plot threads from where they left off, Stephen R Donaldson explores again the wonders of his world, taking us in Against All Things Ending back to Andelain, where the Hills sustained by the mystic force of Loric s krill defend the heart of the Land s loveliness, offering their untrammelled largesse, and withstanding against all odds and to the Lost Deep, under Mount Thunder, where the Viles eased by dreams and labours had once made their demesne, creating supernal masterpieces full of beauty and wonder, and finding in their now abandoned habitation and loreworks the meaning of their life.But also to the Lower Land, where the abused terrain has been laid waste by ancient battles and rapine, storms of theurgy and bitter despoilage, staining it with blood and magic across the millennia, and leaving it barren and lifeless to Muirwin Delenoth, where inside the caldera thousand bones have been placed, making it the graveyard of a long forgotten race, and the resting place of abhorrence and lastly beyond the Shattered Hills, where once stood the promontory of Ridjeck Thome, Lord Foul s former abode, from where the Despiser spread his malice through his wars and workings, and where now only the cruellest evils linger.A third novel in which Donaldson, foreshadowing since the very beginning events and situations, revealing incrementally the magnitude of the challenges and increasing the stakesand , takes a pivotal step both for his characters and for his world, creating through the Land s history, and the Earth s, an epic story of profound introspection, shocking twists, and breathtaking scenes of action and imagery that leave you full of awe stunned and heartbroken.A penultimate instalment which, bringing at long last the dynamic duo back, showing the contradictions of Linden s dismay and shame, fear and despair, and Covenant s sorrow and regret, as well as the cost and consequences of their actions, plunges onceinto the psychological and moral dilemmas of their personalities that he dealt similarly in the Second Chronicles reminiscing the good old days and delivering yet another cliffhanger that leaves their fate up in the air.In sum, the Against All Things Ending is a hefty, but impressive book, with Stephen R Donaldson bringing back the beloved duo taking a step closer towards the grand finale of the series, and the conclusion of Linden and Covenant s journey, creating a story full of action and imagery that leaves you breathless view spoiler , , , Stephen R Donaldson , Against All Things Ending, Thomas Covenant, , , Demondim, , , , , ,Andelain, , , , , , , Thomas Covenant, , , , ,, , Covenant ,, , , , , Covenant ,, Linden Avery, Jeremiah, ,, , , , Harrow, , Linden ,, , , , , Jeremiah , , Linden Covenant , , ,Fatal Revenant, , Stephen R Donaldson , Against All Things Ending Andelain, krill Loric , , Lost Deep, , Viles , ,, , , , Muirwin Delenoth, , , , Ridjeck Thome, Foul, ,Donaldson, , , , , , , ,, , , Linden, 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