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White Gold Wielder [Hardcover]

STEPHEN DONALDSON
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4.0 out of 5 stars Covenant finally puts an end to it Aug. 29 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
White Gold Wielder is the final member of Donaldson's series of six Thomas Covenant novels. In this one, our hero finally gets around to fighting the Despiser himself. But first he has to take care of the Banefire burning from out of Revelstone. So in this book we get two climactic battles and they're both actually quite exciting with unexpected outcomes. I won't give anything away except to mention that the Sandgorgon Nom from The One Tree is back in fine form. Nom was possibly the most interesting character from that book. The One Tree is, in my opinion, the best novel in the second trilogy. White Gold Wielder, though satisfying, doesn't quite match it nor does it compare to The Illearth War (the second book of the first trilogy). It is, however, a much better finish than The Power That Preserves was to the first series.
Unfortunately, characterization takes somewhat of a nosedive from the previous books in the series (though not near as bad as the atrocious nosedive between the two books of Dan Simmons's Endymion series). The Giants in this novel are more than ever before like machines: impossibly strong and devoid of character flaws for the most part. Linden is a headcase and doesn't resemble anyone I know. The "romance" between Covenant and Linden, if you can call it that, seems ridiculously artificial and contrived. These two people never lighten up! They're stone-faced serious at all times and argue with each other more than anything else. Donaldson doesn't manage to convince the reader that they're actually lovers and I think that he should have abandoned the whole relationship from the start and just focused on the action.
The action is done very well and brings this book up to a solid four-star rating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a Trip!!! Sept. 22 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
And the revelations which are in this last book concerning the Unbeliever are a trip indeed. So many colorful characters, with one of my favorites being Saltheart Foamfollower, the big-hearted giant. He steers Covenant to his destination in this last book, and his sense of humor becomes the catalyst which Covenant needs to propel him on to his destination. And what is it that they say - "laughter is the best medicine?" Read on the end and you'll discover this truth. This last book was so disappointing because it was the last. I remember writing a letter to Stephen Donaldson a year after this series ended, asking him if he was going to write a Third Installment of three books, and he graciously declined, stating that maybe in the near future something like this would be possible. But, in any event, this six book series is well worth the investment for any lover of fantasy, but please put down your comparisons to the Lord of the Rings - there's no comparison. This one stands on its own, and its Highly Recommended!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Haste makes Waste Jan. 29 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the sixth and last of the Thomas Covenant series, originally designed as a trilogy. It is a Tolkienesque saga for the post-adolescent psyche, i.e. a slightly older target audience than Tolkien. The first trilogy was a near masterpiece, so i had high hopes for the sequel trilogy, and the Wounded Land did not disappoint! However the story began to unravel in the One Tree, which began to get shrill and mundane toward the end. White Gold Wielder, the last, must have been rushed to meet a publisher's deadline, because it's just awful. The quality of the writing deteriorated markedly; in one case, the words describing a scene were identical -- got by the editor, i guess! Also, Linden's character becomes increasingly shallow as the book progresses. She was never one of Donaldson"s greastest inventions, and in this book simply doesn't measure up to her role in the plot. SD is a wonderfully imaginative writer of page-turners that linger in the mind. He has done much better before and since. This book seems to be a casualty in the conflict between art and the business of best-seller marketing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Triumphant Ending for an Extraordinary Series July 23 1999
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I first read the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant over ten years ago, and each successive revisit only increases my appreciation of this series. Be warned that it is not a saga to embark upon lightly: I am a voracious reader, but it can take months for me to get through the six books, partly because Donaldson's style begs to be savored, not hurriedly swallowed, and partly because the sheer amount of angst experienced in seeing the Land corrupted in the second trilogy occasionally necessitates putting it aside for a few days in favor of something lighter. Sound painful? It is - exquisitely so.
*White Gold Wielder* is a stunning conclusion to the Chronicles, both in its power and in the unexpectedness of its method of resolution. It is especially refreshing in the wake of the drawn-out and sometimes seemingly pointless sea journey of *The One Tree* - Donaldson gathers up all the loose threads and weaves them seamlessly into a climax in which everything is seen to have its purpose after all. I would compare it favorably to the end of The Lord of the Rings, my favorite fantasy series, although detailing the parallels would spoil the plot. It is completely plausible in the context established and immensely satisfying.
I would like to add that Donaldson made a brilliant choice in bringing Linden Avery into Covenant's one-man antiheroic crusade. She is the perfect foil, and not just because she reminds us of Covenant's initial incredulous reaction to the fantastic Land. Covenant is caught, Hamletlike, between his belief in his own powerlessness and the Land's need for a saviour; Linden is terrified of using her power because she dreads the monster she knows herself capable of becoming.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A lot of page-filling for little payoff.
The internal angst of the primary characters feels artificial and goes on for very long stretches.

The point of view of the two protagonists is often confused. Read more
Published 9 days ago by TGD
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This is one of the best stories I have ever read
Published on May 9 2003 by Pedro Mendoza
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Saga. In some ways better than Tolkien
To those out there who like these stories: Buy and read those six books. You will never be the same, and will wish the Land really existed.
Published on May 9 2003 by Pedro Mendoza
5.0 out of 5 stars the final showdown
covenant and the others have to make great decisions fast. things are coming to an end. the fate of the Land will be determined. Read more
Published on April 22 2003 by jan erik storeb°
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartfelt tale
The final book of the 2nd Chronicles does not fail to excite. This book is nothing but amazing. This book is full of so much emotion that it is hard not to feel it inside yourself. Read more
Published on March 22 2003 by D. Pachal
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the effort.
Donaldson has concluded his second epic trilogy on a high note. Both the First & Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant are not for the faint of heart, but for those who like... Read more
Published on March 27 2002 by Bill Newberry
5.0 out of 5 stars An honorable moment in the time of man
White Gold Wielder sums up the series with a Cliff's notes power. It's hard to say much about this book, hard to speak of the catharsis and emotional whirlwind that breezes through... Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2001 by Kevin M Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars Hellfire I want more!
I have read the two trilogies twice now and am about to start them again. Nothing else has compared since in invoking the raw emotions that these books have raised. Read more
Published on Dec 17 2000 by shaz
5.0 out of 5 stars An Incredible Conclusion
This has got to be one of the most incredible conclusions to a fantastic series ever created. While a fan of much of Science Fiction/Fantasy this is a series of books that will... Read more
Published on Dec 2 2000 by Alan R. Siebold
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Pay-Off
As I turned the last few pages, I was delighted to see how all the loose ends were being woven together (i.e. Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2000 by Ben
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