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The Last Dark

Stephen R. Donaldson


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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.

Praise For The Last Dark

"Although richly allegorical, the novel's great strength is the warm humanity of its characters, who distinguish themselves by repeatedly confronting and overcoming their personal frailties. Donaldson's fans will find this fitting finale 36 years in the making." --Publishers Weekly

"Difficult but worthwhile, this complicated and emotional continuation of the Thomas Covenant saga is exactly what Donaldson's fans have been hoping for." --Publishers Weekly

“[A] landmark fantasy saga.” --Entertainment Weekly

“A reawakening of a classic fantasy saga.” --Library Journal

“A trilogy of remarkable scope and sophistication.” --Los Angeles Times

“Startlingly original antiheroic fantasy resonating with echoes of both Tolkien and Philip K. Dick.” --Publishers Weekly

“An epic with page-turning intrigue.” --Detroit Free Press

“Impressive…filled with splendid inventions.” --Booklist

“The most important and original work of epic fantasy after Tolkien…Rich in paradox, metaphor and symbolism…Donaldson’s writing remains one of the most original and intellectually challenging works to have graced contemporary epic fantasy.” --SF Site

"Donaldson has met [readers'] high might utter at the book's end: 'I want the next book right now.'" --Detroit Free Press

"Fans can celebrate." --The Kansas City Sta

"A feast for epic fantasy addicts."  --Publishers Weekly

"The most original fantasy since THE LORD OF THE RINGS." --Time Out

"I don't think a books like this come along more than a few times in a lifetime." --Marion Zimmer Bradley

G. P. Putnam's Sons, 9780399159206, 557pp.

Publication Date: October 15, 2013

About the Author

Stephen R. Donaldson is the author of the six volumes of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, a landmark in modern fantasy. Every volume, beginning with Lord Foul's Bane in 1977, has been an international bestseller. Donaldson returned to the series with The Runes of the Earth in 2004. He lives in New Mexico.