The long-awaited sequel to The Runes of the Earth returns readers to the Land-and opens with the reunion of Linden Avery and Thomas Covenant!
Linden Avery, who loved Thomas Covenant and watched him die, has returned to the Land in search of her kidnapped son, Jeremiah. As Fatal Revenant begins, Linden watches from the battlements of Revelstone when the impossible happens-riding ahead of the hordes attacking Revelstone are Jeremiah and Covenant himself, apparently very much alive.
Here in the Land, Jeremiah is healed of the mental condition that had kept him mute and unresponsive for so many years. He is full of life, and devoted to Covenant. But Covenant is strangely changed. Sarcastic and bragging, he no longer seems like the man whom Linden adored. And yet he says he has a plan: he will take her and Jeremiah to a place where they can find a pure source of Earthpower and, after he has achieved his own purposes, Linden will be free to use that great power to go home, to take Jeremiah home, or to do anything else she sees fit. Even though she distrusts the seemingly different man he has now become, how can she make any choice except to follow him?
Their journey will cover unimaginable distances through the Land-even through time itself-and will test Linden's courage again and again. In the end, fulfilling her destiny will call for a terrible leap of faith: Can she give up everything she thought had been restored to her, for the sake of the Land?
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1 . "Remember I'm dead"
Posted April 08, 2009 by aliantha , Manassas, VALinden Avery is back in the Land, the new Staff of Law in her hands, and facing an impossibility: before her stand Thomas Covenant, Ur-Lord and Unbeliever, dead in the Land these thousands of years; and her mentally-damaged son Jeremiah, responding to the world around him as if nothing had ever been wrong with him. Except that both of them, the two people she loves best, treat her with scorn.
Covenant claims he has a plan to save the Land, and that he needs Linden's help. How can she refuse -- even if it plays right into the Despiser's hands? And how *can* Covenant be standing there before her? He himself told her, "Remember, I'm dead."
Donaldson is in top form in this second installment of the Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.
October 08, 2007
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