The Last Dark

The Last Dark

Book - 2013
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"It will take a long time for fans or critics to digest and appreciate Donaldson's almost 40-year achievement. But in time "T he Chronicles of Thomas Covenant" will be seen as one of the self-defining works of the third millennium, our equivalent in scope and ambition of earlier epics and fantasies, from Virgil's "Aeneid" to Tennyson's "Arthurian Idylls" and Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings," the last now a lifetime (Donaldson's own) in the past." - The Wall Street Journal

Compelled step by step to actions whose consequences they could neither see nor prevent, Thomas Covenant and Linden Avery have fought for what they love in the magical reality known only as "the Land." Now they face their final crisis.  Reunited after their separate struggles, they discover in each other their true power--and yet they cannot imagine how to stop the Worm of the World's End from unmaking Time.  Nevertheless they must resist the ruin of all things, giving their last strength in the service of the world's continuance.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2013]
ISBN: 9780399159206
Characteristics: xxvii, 557 pages : map ; 25 cm


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May 21, 2014

After "discovering" the final Chronicles of Thomas C, I had to re-read the first and second series, then read these. It was necessary as it's been over 30 years since I read them, and luckily I still had my paperbacks.
I'm not sure it was all that necessary for Covenant, but it did give Linden closure, and put a more feminine twist on things.
All in all, well done, and yeah to happy endings...

Apr 22, 2014

Well I made it thru all the Chronicle books and personally, I enjoyed them all.. However this last one was the hardest to get thru. A lot of agonizing, explaining and discription of events happening. Of course, anyone who just picked this one up without reading any of the others would have been lost without all those issues included.
Thanks to Donaldson for the Chronicles....

Mar 11, 2014

Given the achievement of the first two trilogies, I felt honor bound to engage the final series. Having slogged through the first three books of the last chronicles, I merely felt "pot committed" to reading the final book--just to get closure. In retrospect, I don't feel that the final series needed to be written. Nor do I feel at all happy about the roundabouts associated with the meat of the second series. The introduction of the Insequent seems like only another gargoyle in a hopelessly baroque cathedral. The violence done to the main characters feels gratuitous, their motivations and values seem obscure or even incoherent, and the summation and conclusion is practically the definition of deus ex machina, with all the efforts and tribulations of the characters utterly trivialized and paved over. Well, it's over, and my feeling is, at least we'll always have the first two trilogies.

Feb 04, 2014

An excellent end to the series and given the amount of pain Donaldson put the characters through I was worried if he would be able to give them a deserved send off.

He did.

Donaldson commented at one time, he waited to write the final saga of Thomas Convenant because he lacked the necessary skills to do so earlier. While that quote makes great copy, there is no real evidence of Donaldson morphing or going to a different level with these last four books. His writing style has remained consistent throughout the entire series to my mind.

And to be clear - consistently excellent.

Was he referring to working out the logics of Time Travel via Caesures perhaps?

All in all, I enjoyed these last four books quite a bit - though a tightening to three books would not have been a bad thing.


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Jul 20, 2014

I have been waiting for this book great ending to a series


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