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.