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Stephen Donaldson - Author

About the Author

Stephen Donaldson lived in India for 13 years with his father, a medical missionary, who worked extensively with lepers; it was here that he conceived the character of Thomas Covenant. He was awarded the John W. Campbell Award as Best Writer of the Year for The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant The Unbeliever, which, with the sequel trilogy, became instant bestsellers. He is also the author of the fantasy duology 'Mordant's Need', the SF epic quintet 'The Gap', and a number of mysteries written under the pseudonym Reed Stephens. He won the World Fantasy Award in 2000.

 

Comparison: J R R Tolkien, Tad Williams, Terry GoodkindTerry Pratchett and Haruki Murakami.

 

He is probably best known for his incredible CHRONICLES OF THOMAS COVENANT fantasy series.  To read them in order though not essential as Stephen does recap very well:

 

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant titles in order:

THE CHRONICLES OF THOMAS COVENANT THE UNBELIEVER

Book 1: Lord Foul's Bane

Book 2: The Illearth War

Book 3: The Power that Preserve

THE SECOND CHRONICLES OF THOMAS COVENANT

Book 1: The Wounded Land

Book 2: The One Tree

Book 3: White Gold Wielder

THE LAST CHRONICLES OF THOMAS COVENANT

Book 1:The Runes of the Earth

Book 2: Fatal Revenant

Book 3: Against all Things Ending

Featured books by Stephen Donaldson

Seventh Decimate The Great God's War Book One

Seventh Decimate The Great God's War Book One

Author: Stephen Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/11/2017

The war between Amika and Belleger has raged for generations. Its roots lie in the distant past, beyond memory. Sorcerers from both sides rain destruction down on the battlefield, wielding the six deadly Decimates of fire, earth, wind, water, lightning, and pestilence.Prince Bifalt hopes that Belleger's new weapons technology, the rifle, will provide a decisive advantage. But when Belleger's sorcerers are mysteriously deprived of their magical abilities, leaving them unable to defend against Amika, he must set aside his own deep hatred of sorcery and work to solve this new enigma. Grasping at any chance to save his beloved homeland, Prince Bifalt of Belleger sets out on a hazardous journey across the unmapped wastelands to the east. With Elgart, his last comrade, Bifalt pursues the long-hidden trail of the one object that might be able to turn the tide of the endless war - a book entitled The Seventh Decimate. The events that unfold force Prince Bifalt to weigh his stubbornness, his patriotism, and his hatred for sorcerers against his sense of loyalty and of what he knows to be right. And as he learns, Amika and Belleger may simply be pawns within an even larger struggle...

The Last Dark

The Last Dark

Author: Stephen Donaldson Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/02/2015

The bestselling fantasy series from one of the biggest names in the genre comes to an unforgettable conclusion. This is the final volume of the epic Chronicles of Thomas Covenant - one of the keynote works of modern fantasy. Compelled step by step to actions whose consequences they could neither see nor prevent, Thomas Covenant and Linden Avery have fought for what they love in the magical reality known only as 'the Land'. Now they face their final crisis. Reunited after their separate struggles, they discover in each other their true power - and yet they cannot imagine how to stop the Worm of the World's End from unmaking Time. Nevertheless they must resist the ruin of all things, giving their last strength in the service of the world's continuance.

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The Last Dark

The Last Dark

Author: Stephen Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/10/2013

The bestselling fantasy series from one of the biggest names in the genre comes to an unforgettable conclusion. This is the final volume of the epic Chronicles of Thomas Covenant - one of the keynote works of modern fantasy. Compelled step by step to actions whose consequences they could neither see nor prevent, Thomas Covenant and Linden Avery have fought for what they love in the magical reality known only as 'The Land'. Now they face their final crisis. Reunited after their separate struggles, they discover in each other their true power - and yet they cannot imagine how to stop the Worm of the World's End from unmaking Time. Nevertheless they must resist the ruin of all things, giving their last strength in the service of the world's continuance.

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Other books by Stephen Donaldson

White Gold Wielder

White Gold Wielder

Author: Stephen Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2019

`Comparable to Tolkien at his best' WASHINGTON POST Returning millions of readers to the Land and continuing the epic story of the anti-hero fated to be its saviour, THE SECOND CHRONICLES OF THOMAS COVENANT secured Stephen Donaldson's reputation as a master of modern fantasy. Swept far to the north, Thomas Covenant and Linden Avery must embark on another dangerous journey, never knowing whether the magic they bear will be enough to reverse the corruption wrought by Lord Foul. Together, they are drawn back to the Land - to the fulfilment of prophecies, to war and loss, and to a stunning final confrontation that will unleash powers far greater than any this world has witnessed before.

The Wounded Land

The Wounded Land

Author: Stephen Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2019

`Comparable to Tolkien at his best' WASHINGTON POST Returning millions of readers to the Land and continuing the epic story of the anti-hero fated to be its saviour, THE SECOND CHRONICLES OF THOMAS COVENANT secured Stephen Donaldson's reputation as a master of modern fantasy. For ten years, Thomas Covenant has set the conflicts of the Land behind him. But thousands of years have passed in the Land and the creeping evil of Lord Foul has grown so strong that its influence is felt even in our own world. Accompanied by doctor Linden Avery, Covenant returns. Together, they find themselves in a deadly struggle to control not only the spread of Foul's corruption but also the devastating power of Covenant's own magic.

The One Tree

The One Tree

Author: Stephen Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/08/2019

`Comparable to Tolkien at his best' WASHINGTON POST Returning millions of readers to the Land and continuing the epic story of the anti-hero fated to be its saviour, THE SECOND CHRONICLES OF THOMAS COVENANT secured Stephen Donaldson's reputation as a master of modern fantasy. Knowing that the fabled One Tree may hold the only means of breaking Lord Foul's power, Thomas Covenant and Linden Avery embark on a perilous voyage to discover its location. On their journey, Covenant and Avery will explore new realms and meet new peoples. Even far from the Land, however, the grip of evil is strong and there are many who would see them fail. Soon, Covenant and Avery's quest becomes a desperate fight for survival.

The Illearth War

The Illearth War

Author: Stephen Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2019

`Comparable to Tolkien at his best' WASHINGTON POST Instantly recognised as a modern fantasy classic, Stephen Donaldson's uniquely imaginative and complex THE CHRONICLES OF THOMAS COVENANT, THE UNBELIEVER became a bestselling literary phenomenon that transformed the genre. Against his will, Thomas Covenant is drawn once again out of our reality and into the strange and magical alternative world known as the Land. But forty years have passed in the Land since Covenant's last visit - forty years in which the evil Lord Foul has grown in power and built an unstoppable army. Covenant must act fast or abandon the Land to complete destruction.

The War Within The Great God's War Book Two

The War Within The Great God's War Book Two

Author: Stephen Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/04/2019

It has been twenty years since Prince Bifalt of Belleger discovered the Last Repository and the sorcerous knowledge hidden there. At the behest of the repository's magisters, and in return for the restoration of sorcery to both kingdoms, the realms of Belleger and Amika ceased generations of war. Their alliance was sealed with the marriage of Bifalt to Estie, the crown princess of Amika. But the peace - and their marriage - has been uneasy. Now the terrible war that King Bifalt and Queen Estie feared is coming. An ancient enemy has discovered the location of the Last Repository, and a mighty horde of dark forces is massing to attack the library and take the magical knowledge it guards. That horde will slaughter every man, woman, and child in its path, destroying both Belleger and Amika along the way. With their alliance undermined by lingering hostility and conspiracies threatening, it will take all of the monarchs' strength and will to inspire their people into defiance...

The War Within The Great God's War Book Two

The War Within The Great God's War Book Two

Author: Stephen Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2019

It has been twenty years since Prince Bifalt of Belleger discovered the Last Repository and the sorcerous knowledge hidden there. At the behest of the repository's magisters, and in return for the restoration of sorcery to both kingdoms, the realms of Belleger and Amika ceased generations of war. Their alliance was sealed with the marriage of Bifalt to Estie, the crown princess of Amika. But the peace - and their marriage - has been uneasy. Now the terrible war that King Bifalt and Queen Estie feared is coming. An ancient enemy has discovered the location of the Last Repository, and a mighty horde of dark forces is massing to attack the library and take the magical knowledge it guards. That horde will slaughter every man, woman, and child in its path, destroying both Belleger and Amika along the way. With their alliance undermined by lingering hostility and conspiracies threatening, it will take all of the monarchs' strength and will to inspire their people into defiance...

The Real Story & Forbidden Knowledge The Gap Cycle 1 & 2

The Real Story & Forbidden Knowledge The Gap Cycle 1 & 2

Author: Stephen Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

A powerful and intense sf tale from a master storyteller In the far future, gap drives faster-than-light deep space travel, but sometimes this afflicts some with irreparable brain damage. A Zone Implant can turn such a person into a zombie, to protect his shipmates, but it's highly illegal. Ensign Morn Hyland works for the United Mining Company, which is in charge of law enforcement throughout known space. She lives aboard a police ship, together with most of her family; their job is to chase down pirates and other illegals who prey on the weak, or smuggle goods into forbidden space. Her life is nothing out of the ordinary - until she falls in with the pirate Captain Nick Succorso. All of a sudden, the young, strong, beautiful police officer appears to be falling in love - well, lust at least - with the murdering pirate, or so it appears to the folk at the space station's bar. But the real story was quite different ...

This Day All Gods Die The Gap Cycle 5

This Day All Gods Die The Gap Cycle 5

Author: Stephen Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

The fifth and final instalment in the GAP sequence: Stephen Donaldson's fascinating universe peopled with characters of a passion and intensity only he could create. As the conflict between humankind and the Amnion heads for crisis, Morn Hyland, the cyborg Angus Thermopyle and the survivors on board the crippled starship Trumpet must return from deep space to Earth. Their mission is to prevent all-out war with the aliens, which would leave humanity to pay a terrible price. But the Amnion react with swift fury, and suddenly Earth is threatened with fiery destruction ...

Chaos and Order The Gap Cycle 4

Chaos and Order The Gap Cycle 4

Author: Stephen Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

The fourth instalment in the GAP sequence: Stephen Donaldson's fascinating universe peopled with characters of a passion and intensity only he could create. As the planetoid Thanatos Minor explodes into atoms, the Trumpet hurtles into space, just one step ahead of hostile pursures. On board the Trumpet are Nick Succorso, Morn Hyland, her force-grown son Davies and the cyborg Angus Thermopyle, old enemies now thrown together in a desperate bid for survival. The only hope for the exhausted crew is an illegal lab in a distant binary solar system and that means a journey of unpredictable dangers from which they may not return ...

A Dark and Hungry God Arises The Gap Cycle 3

A Dark and Hungry God Arises The Gap Cycle 3

Author: Stephen Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

The third instalment in the GAP sequence: Stephen Donaldson's fascinating universe peopled with characters of a passion and intensity only he could create. After a terrifying encounter with the Amnion aliens, Nick Succorso made for the safety of Thanatos Minor, the infamous bootleg shipyard where illegals from all over the galaxy come to repair their ships (and indulge their exotic tastes in entertainment). But the Amnion are waiting, and for Nick, Morn Hyland and her force-grown son Davies, the safe haven has turned into a vision of hell. Now Angus Thermopyle heads for Thanatos Minor, programmed to carry out a secret mission that could have nightmarish consequences for them all ...

Seventh Decimate The Great God's War Book One

Seventh Decimate The Great God's War Book One

Author: Stephen Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2018

The war between Amika and Belleger has raged for generations. Its roots lie in the distant past, beyond memory. Sorcerers from both sides rain destruction down on the battlefield, wielding the six deadly Decimates of fire, earth, wind, water, lightning, and pestilence. Prince Bifalt hopes that Belleger's new weapons technology, the rifle, will provide a decisive advantage. But when Belleger's sorcerers are mysteriously deprived of their magical abilities, leaving them unable to defend against Amika, he must set aside his own deep hatred of sorcery and work to solve this new enigma. Grasping at any chance to save his beloved homeland, Prince Bifalt of Belleger sets out on a hazardous journey across the unmapped wastelands to the east. With Elgart, his last comrade, Bifalt pursues the long-hidden trail of the one object that might be able to turn the tide of the endless war - a book entitled The Seventh Decimate. The events that unfold force Prince Bifalt to weigh his stubbornness, his patriotism, and his hatred for sorcerers against his sense of loyalty and of what he knows to be right. And as he learns, Amika and Belleger may simply be pawns within an even larger struggle...

Seventh Decimate The Great God's War Book One

Seventh Decimate The Great God's War Book One

Author: Stephen Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/11/2017

The war between Amika and Belleger has raged for generations. Its roots lie in the distant past, beyond memory. Sorcerers from both sides rain destruction down on the battlefield, wielding the six deadly Decimates of fire, earth, wind, water, lightning, and pestilence.Prince Bifalt hopes that Belleger's new weapons technology, the rifle, will provide a decisive advantage. But when Belleger's sorcerers are mysteriously deprived of their magical abilities, leaving them unable to defend against Amika, he must set aside his own deep hatred of sorcery and work to solve this new enigma. Grasping at any chance to save his beloved homeland, Prince Bifalt of Belleger sets out on a hazardous journey across the unmapped wastelands to the east. With Elgart, his last comrade, Bifalt pursues the long-hidden trail of the one object that might be able to turn the tide of the endless war - a book entitled The Seventh Decimate. The events that unfold force Prince Bifalt to weigh his stubbornness, his patriotism, and his hatred for sorcerers against his sense of loyalty and of what he knows to be right. And as he learns, Amika and Belleger may simply be pawns within an even larger struggle...

Seventh Decimate The Great God's War Book One

Seventh Decimate The Great God's War Book One

Author: Stephen Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2017

The war between Amika and Belleger has raged for generations. Its roots lie in the distant past, beyond memory. Sorcerers from both sides rain destruction down on the battlefield, wielding the six deadly Decimates of fire, earth, wind, water, lightning, and pestilence. Prince Bifalt hopes that Belleger's new weapons technology, the rifle, will provide a decisive advantage. But when Belleger's sorcerers are mysteriously deprived of their magical abilities, leaving them unable to defend against Amika, he must set aside his own deep hatred of sorcery and work to solve this new enigma. Grasping at any chance to save his beloved homeland, Prince Bifalt of Belleger sets out on a hazardous journey across the unmapped wastelands to the east. With Elgart, his last comrade, Bifalt pursues the long-hidden trail of the one object that might be able to turn the tide of the endless war - a book entitled The Seventh Decimate. The events that unfold force Prince Bifalt to weigh his stubbornness, his patriotism, and his hatred for sorcerers against his sense of loyalty and of what he knows to be right. And as he learns, Amika and Belleger may simply be pawns within an even larger struggle...

The King's Justice and The Augur's Gambit

The King's Justice and The Augur's Gambit

Author: Stephen Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/2017

Two new, original novellas-Donaldson's first publication since finishing the Thomas Covenant series-are a sure cause for celebration among his many fans. In The King's Justice, a stranger dressed in black arrives in the village of Settle's Crossways, following the scent of a terrible crime. He even calls himself Black, though almost certainly that is not his name. The people of the village discover that they have a surprising urge to cooperate with this stranger, though the desire of inhabitants of quiet villages to cooperate with strangers is not common in their land, or most lands. But this gift will not save him as he discovers the nature of the evil concealed in Settle's Crossways. The Augur's Gambit is a daring plan created by Mayhew Gordian, Hieronomer to the Queen of Indemnie, a plan to save his Queen and his country. Gordian is a reader of entrails. In the bodies of chickens, lambs, piglets, and one stillborn infant he sees the same message: the island nation of Indemnie is doomed. But even in the face of certain destruction a man may fight, and the Hieronomer is utterly loyal to his beautiful Queen--and to her only daughter. The Augur's Gambit is his mad attempt to save a kingdom.

The King's Justice

The King's Justice

Author: Stephen Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/06/2016

Stephen Donaldson devoted many years to his epic creation The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. Now he is back with an all new novella; 40,000 words of richly imagined fantasy with beautiful world building and intense characterisation. The perfect read for existing fans and new readers alike. A man on a horse, confident in his powers but alone, rides a long and lonely road through rain-soaked woods. But he is on a path that he knows and he is bringing much needed justice with him. Four guards stop him. But not for long. Stephen Donaldson has clearly loved the opportunity to write an all new fantasy and this book is a timely reminder of the power of his writing; writing that inspired a generation of readers and authors alike.

The Last Dark

The Last Dark

Author: Stephen Donaldson Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/02/2015

The bestselling fantasy series from one of the biggest names in the genre comes to an unforgettable conclusion. This is the final volume of the epic Chronicles of Thomas Covenant - one of the keynote works of modern fantasy. Compelled step by step to actions whose consequences they could neither see nor prevent, Thomas Covenant and Linden Avery have fought for what they love in the magical reality known only as 'the Land'. Now they face their final crisis. Reunited after their separate struggles, they discover in each other their true power - and yet they cannot imagine how to stop the Worm of the World's End from unmaking Time. Nevertheless they must resist the ruin of all things, giving their last strength in the service of the world's continuance.

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