Monday, 8 May 2017

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever - Review

General Information

Publisher: SFBC; First Edition edition
Year of publication: May 1, 2002
Number of chapters: Varied (3 volumes)
Number of pages: 1152 pages

Plot summary: (blurb)

This complete "Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever" contains the books "Lord Foul's Bane", "The Illearth War" and "The Power that Preserves". The first chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever is a fantasy series written by Stephen Donaldson. The series follows the principle character of Thomas Covenant who is a disillusioned, bitter and very cynical writer afflicted with leprosy. Shunned by society, Thomas is hit by a car and awakes in a strange alternate world full of strange creatures and magic.

Positive points

I have always been a high fantasy fan and this is the first time I have read a Stephan Donaldson novel. I have to say the media hype was correct. These books definitely deserves to be among the classic fantasy legends. It had everything a proper fantasy should have and by the end of the book I was on the edge of my seat, caring so much for the characters. I cried, I'm not ashamed to say. Admittedly, that is nothing unusual for me, but still. Great series!

Negative points

When I first started reading this series I got about two-hundred pages in and stopped reading for quite a long time. I struggled to get into it. I think the problem was, I disliked the main character at first. But as my wife bought me this as a present, knowing I wanted to read it, I thought I should at least try to read it. And I am so glad I did! And I was rooting for the main character long before finishing the first book.

What makes this book unique

I would have to say the main character. This guy who suffers from leprosy and all the issues that go along with this condition thrown into a fantasy world really was quite unique. The most unusual hero.

Overall impression

Fantastic! Enough said. If you love fantasy, you will love this.

My rating

Has to be five stars!


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