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White Gold Wielder [Hardcover]

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4.0 out of 5 stars Covenant finally puts an end to it Aug. 29 2003
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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 Amazing May 10 2003
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This is one of the best stories I have ever read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Saga. In some ways better than Tolkien May 10 2003
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the final showdown April 22 2003
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covenant and the others have to make great decisions fast. things are coming to an end. the fate of the Land will be determined. as always, the plot develops nicely to an ending that doesn't disappoint, and i never seem to be able to guess the ending. is it just me being too dumb? i like to think not. D. gives us a lot of details concerning the Land, but you never know where he will go with them. sometimes they seem irrelevant to me, but it's really not. Lord Foul knows what to do, and he's got help.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A heartfelt tale March 22 2003
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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. This book does take a while to read, only because it is so deep. You have to focus totally on what is happening to realize the vision that Donaldson is trying to invoke in all of us.
Covenant, Linden, and some of the Giants return to the Land in an effort to destroy the ruthless Clave and eventually take a path that leads them to Lord Foul himself. This book is a GREAT ending to the series. Questions are finally answered and plots finally come to a close. Sadness is something that runs rampant through this book. Be prepared for your heart to go out to one of the most troubled heros in the fantasy genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a Trip!!! Sept. 22 2002
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the effort. March 27 2002
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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 books that challenge them. Donaldson is worlds removed from the formulaic, trite swords & sorcery novels that fill up so much of the Fantasy section in bookstores. His characters all have great depth and complexity, and this makes reading his novels truly worthwhile.
While I do admit that some of the books drag a little (the beginning of Lord Foul's Bane, for example), there are many moments of poignant emotion and beauty throughout. The Giants reaction to the sight of Revelstone, Covenant's caamora for the Unhomed; passages like these are a joy to read.
All in all, I highly recommend all six Covenant books to anyone who is looking for thoughtful and well-written fantasy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Haste makes Waste
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2001 by Jay T. Segarra
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 18 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad to finish...
What can I say? I first read the books when I was 22. When Covenant said goodbye to Linden at the end of WGW, I felt exactly as I did 10 years earlier when I read Tolkien, and... Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2000
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