White Gold Wielder Hardcover – 1983
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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.Read more ›
*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.Read more ›
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You do need to start at the beginning of the series to have a chance to understand something, but it's a good series anyway.Published 4 months ago by ProjetXEN
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
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
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 morePublished on April 22 2003 by jan erik storebø
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 morePublished on March 22 2003 by D. Pachal
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 morePublished on March 27 2002 by Bill Newberry
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 morePublished on Jan. 20 2001 by Kevin M Burns
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 morePublished on Dec 17 2000 by shaz