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The Last Dark by Stephen Donaldson

The Last Dark

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This is it. The final volume of The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. It has been a long wait but worth it. If you know the series, nothing more need be said. If you don’t, then do not start here. Although Donaldson gives excellent recaps in the front of his books you would do best to go back to the start, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant; The Unbeliever, the first of which is Lord Foul’s Bone. This is bigger than anything except perhaps The Iliad and Donaldson’s unusual use of language; words like bane and excoriate, give the works that old fashioned, timeless feel. Fantasy at its absolute best.

If you like Stephen Donaldson you might also like to read books by Steven Erikson, Ed Mcbain and David Gemmell.


The Last Dark by Stephen Donaldson

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.


The big set piece battles were often the equal of Tolkien -- Michael Conaghan * Belfast Telegraph *

About the Author

Stephen Donaldson

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 Goodkind, Terry 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:


Book 1: Lord Foul's Bane

Book 2: The Illearth War

Book 3: The Power that Preserve


Book 1: The Wounded Land

Book 2: The One Tree

Book 3: White Gold Wielder


Book 1:The Runes of the Earth

Book 2: Fatal Revenant

Book 3: Against all Things Ending

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Publication date

12th February 2015


Stephen Donaldson

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Gollancz an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


672 pages


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