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5.0 out of 5 stars More first-class fantasy July 20 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This one ranks right up there with The Illearth War, the second book of the first trilogy. Thomas Covenant and his companions sail deep into the Sunbirth Sea on a quest for the One Tree, from which Covenant hopes to fashion a new Staff of Law. Much of the novel (perhaps half) takes place aboard the huge Giantship Starfare's Gem. During this time the major characters have nothing to do but walk around on the boat or help with chores, so the pace of the book is clearly slower than that of the others in the series. Aside from a couple moments of excitement, Donaldson spends the bulk of the ocean sequences in developing the characters. We learn a lot more about Linden and she begins to understand her capabilities. Some of the Giants acquire distinct personalities as we spend days with them at sea. Vain is more perplexing than ever before, especially as we see how he interacts with Findail (a new character in the series). It becomes evident that these two will play some major role in the sequel "White Gold Wielder".
The story heats up in the second half, when Starfare's Gem is forced to make landfall at a fascinating but sinister port town called Bhrathairain. Here a plot unfolds to get Covenant to give up his white gold ring. We also encounter a deadly Sandgorgon, which I'm hoping will make a re-appearance in the sequel. This part of the story was my favorite. Also, the climactic events that occur at the objective of the party's quest are exciting and revealing. We learn why Lord Foul tainted Covenant with venom and get hints of the awesome might of the creature that formed the Earth.
The One Tree also has the most deaths of major characters so far in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Plot twists galore March 21 2003
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The One Tree does not fail to dissapoint if you are a fan of Thomas Covenant. In an effort to return the Earthpower to the Land: Thomas, Linden, and some newly met Giants (along with Vain and some new companions) go on a desperate search for the powerful One Tree. In the first Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Staff of Law was destroyed, and Covenant plans to make another one from the wood of the one tree.
Many things happen in this book. Though, it is the slowest book in the series. But, the action scenes to make up for the lulls. Covenant must endure with the sake of the Land at stake. With his friends, (old and new) he must go on a trek that seems almost impossible.
Donaldson fails to dissapoint with this book. It is filled with some of his best work and moves the story ahead to finish in the wonderful 3rd book of the series. The One Tree is a book full of plot twists, intrigue, action, and adventure. Be sure to check it out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't waut to find out what happened next! July 15 1999
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It was amazing! Even though we were transported to a strange and unfamiliar world, which I found a bit unsettling. I loved the Harucahi (as always, they're my favourite characters ( : ) I almost cried when **** died, and I was at work at the time! Linden Avery continues to annoy me however, she seems too petty and selfish to be anyone who has the ability to save the world. I can't _wait_ till I get my hands on the next book. If you're considering reading or starting the series, do it! Perservere and you will be rewarded : ) Donaldson does use some words that are a bit complicated (I'm 15) but if you have a dictionary handy, they do add to the story. This book (like the entire series) is cool, and definately worth reading.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A real disappointment! March 26 1999
All the other books of the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant rate from good to excellent, except this one! It is wandering disjointed morass of bizarre places and people. The story switches from the main character to the viewpoints of other characters throughout this whole book. Thomas Covenant is rarely heard from in this book. He is just some body everyone else drags around. The whole book is pointless! Nothing of real consequence happens until the next book WHITE GOLD WIELDER.
If you want to read the whole second trilogy, do yourself a favor and make sure you get this one used or from a library. You won't want to keep it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a Giantish book Jan. 20 2001
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THe One Tree is spectacular. So much of the nature of the series, both one and two, are revealed through the poetic form of Donaldson's delightful prose. This book has been said to drag on by some readers, but this is innacurate, because Donaldson doesn't waste words. Everything is necessary to meet an ultimate climax. The new giants are wonderful and giants in general bring so much hope for humanity whereas Covenant can bring cynicism and Lord Foul despair. Vain is a mystery and symbolic on a level: there is no one cure that will dispell all hurt and despair. But, Covenant is the white gold... This book is beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Put your thinking caps on!!! Sept. 22 2002
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Thomas Covenant and Linden Avery move into The Land with the hope of salvation on a quest for a new Staff of Law. Of course, this a slow arduous process, and the one who has excited by the other books will find this a little slower going. It is excellent, nevertheless, and one needs the persistence and consistency to wade through these troubled waters. It's really interesting that this book made it to the New York Times Bestseller List, and it became an instant hit. And those who went before it become vogue already knew this to be a wonderful series. Highly recommended!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars one tree
Move over lord of the rings ... this series has it all plus... read it when it first came out and recently decided to reread... still awesome after all these years
Published 18 months ago by vicky fanjoy
4.0 out of 5 stars more hardship
the plan is clear: we want to get to the one tree and make a staff. but is it ever that easy? no. ravers are on their tail. the poison still burns. Read more
Published on April 22 2003 by jan erik storeb°
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Set of Books of its kind
These are the most amazing set of magic/myth type books I have ever read. The writing is tight intricate and passionate. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the rewrite
What would be a delicate and diplomatic way to say this... I did not care for this series even half as much as the first chronicles, this mostly appeared to be filler and the... Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2000 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Never trust a man who uses "uxorious" in casual conversation
The first time I read this book, it was a trial to get through. Of course, I was 16 at the time. I recently re-read it and enjoyed it a lot more the second time around. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2000 by Christopher Dudley
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as the first series.
This series was just as good as the first. Not your normal fantasy as it's quite dark and doesn't follow the standard formula that most fantasy books do nowadays.
Published on Nov. 18 1999 by "michael182"
5.0 out of 5 stars The most perfect middle book ever in a trilogy!
In most trilogy's when you read the second book, all you can think about is getting to the third and final book to find out what is going on. Read more
Published on May 5 1999 by D. Berdanis
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