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Wounded Land [Mass Market Paperback]

Stephen R. Donaldson
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Oct. 12 1987 The Second Chronicles: Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever (Book 1)
Four thousand years have passed since Covenant first freed the Land from the devastating grip of Lord Foul and his minions. But he is back, and Convenant, armed with his stunning white gold magic, must battle the evil forces and his own despair....

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These books have never received the recognition they deserve. It's one of the most powerful and complex fantasy trilogies since Lord of the Rings, but Donaldson is not just another Tolkien wanabee. Each character-driven book introduces unexpected plots, sub-plots, and a host of magical beings so believably rendered you'd believe you might bump into them on your way to the bookstore.
                                                --Alex Klapwald, Director of Production

About the Author

Stephen Donaldson was born in 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio. Between the ages of three and sixteen he lived in India, where his father, an orthopaedic surgeon, worked with leprosy sufferers. This inspired his fictional character, Thomas Covenant. Donaldson served two years as a conscientious objector doing hospital work in Akron, then attended Kent State University, where he received his M.A. in English in 1971. He now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format:Kindle Edition
The first trilogy in this series was based on an interesting premise and, while flawed, it generally succeeded.

But in the second trilogy, it's clear that the author is just filling pages and much of the writing is simply weak. It feels cobbled together and without purpose, and Donaldson's writing feels like he's meandering aimlessly trying and failing to deliver emotional impact.

Large stretches of the book are dedicated to lengthy narratives of the main characters agonizing over their respective angsts. But the writing is foggy and wordy and fails to generate emotional impact.

The primary challenges and conflicts in the novel feel completely arbitrary, and the resolution to these crises persistently resort to blatant 'deus ex machina'.

The reader's wait to discover the sense underlying the novel never ends . The climax of the book can summed up as, "and then things got better".

Donaldson would have been better to write a new series,
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THE WOUNDED LAND is a rich, and somewhat difficult book. It was certainly wonderful to return to the Land, but the book is by far the bleakest of the entire two trilogies. Donaldson clearly had to up the ante to make the book worth reading (and writing), so the despair that has befallen the Land is pretty dire.
Also, even though we get to revisit Covenant, we are 4000 years in the future of the land, and all the beloved characters we came to know in the first trilogy are gone. Donaldson does manage a brief, ghostly appearance by some of them, but they are missed. After all, Covenant is aptly named an ANIT-hero, and he is tough to like. So Donaldson, while also showing us how horrible things have become in the Land, has to also give us new characters to care about.
This time, Covenant brings someone with him from our time, the doctor Linden Avery. But she carries lots of baggage herself, and is also tough to warm up to...although she brings out a soft side in Covenant which is sorely needed. The author does a good job of introducing new characters to join on the new quest to save the Land from Lord Foul's machinations. Sunder and Hollian, two villagers who have learned all the history of the Land incorrectly, have their eyes opened to the truth by Covenant, and their plight of realization and acceptance is quite emotional. The character of Vain, a creature developed by the ur-viles to help Covenant, is fascinating and holds many secrets. I won't tell you too many more, because the book holds some delights in store.
But it isn't easy. The first half of the book feels a bit repititive, as Covenant and his growing band struggle to cross the Land to Revelstone (echoes of the first book), and we kinda get the point early on that it isn't easy going.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Land . . . wasted by Foul! June 19 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Wounded Land is the first book in the Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. In the first excellent trilogy, Covenant ultimately triumphed over the evil Lord Foul and brought centuries of peace and prosperity to the Land. Unfortunately, Foul was not destroyed, only forced to retreat and lick his wounds for a while. But surprisingly, Foul finds a way to strike at Covenant in his own world. This leads to Covenant returning to the Land, accompanied by a rather bitter and serious woman named Linden. Sort of a female version of Covenant I guess, but unlike Covenant her strength stems from a couple tragic childhood events that hardened her to emotion.
Covenant returns to the Land (where about four thousand years have passed) to find it shockingly wasted, as if the Apocalypse itself had hit it. The change was caused by the Sunbane, a sinister creation of Foul's. Covenant spends half the book just trying to figure out what the heck went wrong and how he can turn things around. Fortunately he finds that he can unleash the wild magic at will, or at least whenever he's upset (sort of like Nynaeve's channeling block in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series).
Each book of the first trilogy had a major resolution at the end. The Wounded Land is difficult to evaluate on its own because there is no real resolution or even climax. About two thirds of the way through the book, Covenant's party embarks on a major quest that clearly will not be completed by the end of the novel. The ending isn't really climactic, but merely segues nicely into the sequel The One Tree.
Donaldson's pace is generally slower in this trilogy than in the first one, but that's not to say that The Wounded Land doesn't contain plenty of action. Covenant barely escapes death a few times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wounded Land... March 4 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Thomas Covenant is again summoned to the Land in "The Wounded Land", the first book in the 2nd Chronicles. This time is different though, not only is his return to the Land rought with difficulty and suprises, but someone else has been summoned with him. Linden Avrey, a doctor, is brought into the strange land with Covenant. Together, they face a land that is nowhere close to what it used to be.
Covenant is shocked by what he sees. It has been 10 years since he had been to the Land. But time in the Land passes quicker, and by that time, it has been 3 1/2 thousand years.
Lord Foul has been at work. He was hurt in the last series, but he was not defeated. He is back and his touch is felt almost everywhere. Earthpower is seriously lacking. Covenant can't believe what he sees.
But, with the help of Linden and a few other friends. He begins a trek to destroy Foul once and for all. The first book relays his suprise with the Land and his thoughts on how to fix it.
Donaldson does it again. A great peice of Fantasy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wounded land
this series is the equal if not better than the lord of the rings... captivates you from the first... stunning
Published 18 months ago by vicky fanjoy
1.0 out of 5 stars Much ado about nothing
You read and read and read, and it all just comes down to nothing. Nothing at all...
Published on Jan. 23 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars This book was horrible
This book was horrible and depressing. While it might have had its redeming points, I couldn't get past the his raping of the woman in the beginning of the book. Read more
Published on Dec 15 2003 by Emily
1.0 out of 5 stars A failure three times over
I have enjoyed his other works, but this is one of the most miserable books I have ever attempted to read. It just plods along without ever being interesting. Read more
Published on June 19 2003 by Charles Muller
5.0 out of 5 stars disturbingly good
D. shows how inventive he truly is. something truly bad has happened to the land. something called the sunbane is destroying the land. Read more
Published on April 22 2003 by jan erik storeb°
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and more
When this second chronicles was published, it was an incredibly exciting day, especially as the first three were devoured, and in particular, the Chronicles started to catch on... Read more
Published on Sept. 22 2002 by Gregory Nyman
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series!
I read the first series and was blown away. The story is built on an immense scale. There are so many characters, so much background, so many journeys that you feel like you are... Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2002 by Jonathan D Austen
5.0 out of 5 stars It has found a place on my shelf
Stephen Donaldson was brought impressive power to the page in his first chrinicles of Thomas Covenant. Read more
Published on June 29 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars uh.
This is one of only two books that I've ever really tried to read, and found myself unable to complete. The other was "The Talisman" by Stephen King. Read more
Published on March 23 2002 by Min Farshaw
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