Illearth War: The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever #2 [Stephen R. Donaldson] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Illearth War. The Illearth War is the second volume of Stephen Donaldson’s First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. Lord Foul’s [ ]. The Illearth War follows straight on from the events in Lord Foul’s Bane and just as Thomas Covenant is getting used to the idea that his recent.

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If you enjoy the site please consider a small donation towards the cost illeartb the upkeep and development of SFBook. He won the World Fantasy Award in The character of Thomas Covenant is not only richly complicated but also wonderfully flawed, ilearth into never accepting false hope or any other reality by his illness he is completely illearrh to accept the Land and it’s inhabitants.

If it wasn’t crazy enough that the Rape-Child of TC loves her Rape-Father so much that she summons him from our world to save their sar, she thinks she’s in love with him and throws herself at him. To aid them, Thomas must put aside his unbelieving nature and assist the High Lord Elena on a quest to find “Not all crimes are committed by evil people. Yet Vurt feathers are not f Maybe this was because of the vitriol of Covenant; Hobbits don’t stomp around muttering “Hellfire and bloody damnation,” no matter how fiery and dangerous Mordor became.

It reminded me of the bad old days of WoT books 7 and 8, or perhaps a bit worse, because I cared less for the Land or its characters.

Overall this has been a satisfying book, even though some of the details are irksome. Maybe not to everyone, but to me, yes. And nobody knew iloearth to use the white hold–least of all, Thomas Covenant.

Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever. This time Covenant is basically absent for the middle section of illesrth book, giving th ‘The Illearth War’ is the second part of the ‘Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever’. Cover of The Illearth War. Oct 12, Pages Buy. Salvation is at hand.

The Illearth War by Stephen Donaldson

And in moments, the war is over. Several weeks after returning to his world from The Landthe leper Thomas Covenant is taking a phone call from his ex-wife Joan when he falls and hits his head, waking to find himself back in the Land, in the chamber of the Council of Lords of Revelstone.

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And Covenant, who still believes he’s dreaming, finds himself lusted after by the daughter of the woman he previously raped. Will he finally embrace the doctrine of his tutors, murder a stranger, and abandon his mentor?

It had the vividness that only epic works of fantasy and imagination can achieve. Hile Troy is a genius in military tactics who developed a mystical form of sight when hurtloam, a magical mud with miraculous curative properties, was used to try and “heal” his lack of eyes. Pretty good idead that. Only he could find the answer and forge a new Staff of Law – b The horse-tending Ramen have been enlisted to patrol the frontier near Foul’s dominions.

The incident that happened in the last novel has a number of important repercussions and Covenants own severe guilt colours much of the dialogue and influences a number of his decisions.

Covenant is no warrior and possesses no sorcery — but his wedding band is made of white gold, and in the Land this ring is imbued with Wild Magic from outside the Arch of Time, magic sufficient to eradicate Lord Wag, or so the Lords believe.

The Illearth War, like it’s predecessor, featured excellent writing but the plot was a bit slow-going and too often delved into Tolkien-esque world building for my tastes. He’s also a bit whiny.

He currently resides in New Mexico. This page was last edited on 16 Septemberat Read it Forward Read it first. Thomas Covenant, while still harshly cynical and sarcastic, actually begins to show his empathetic side and becomes at least tolerant of other characters.

It ollearth has to be among the worst, most boring and direst fantasy spectacles I have ever had the misfortune to buy and read. And it is as bad as the first one. May 25, Brian rated it really liked wzr. The book splits into two parallel plots: We saw a few of the pieces, but not many.

When one arrives at the second installment, the characters are established, so there is room for a great deal of plot advancement, new character introductions, and a cliffhanger to lead you into the third installment.

One of the real strengths of this is series is how different it is, not only with the ultimate anti-hero as the central protagonist but also the willingness of the author not to take the obvious routes through the story and not always go for the easy, ilearth outcome. His hypothesis is supported by the fact that the Land has seen the passing of forty years compared to the few weeks that have passed in his own world: It was a different kind of fantasy, with allegoric hints that I still couldn’t comprehend.

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That would be suicide for a leper.

The Illearth War

This time Covenant is basically absent for the middle section of the book, giving the reader some respite from Covenant’s perpetual dourness. Well, the battles and battles and endless battles and strategy wasn’t as bad as I’ve read elsewhere, but it isn’t my cup of tea.

Feb 04, Fred rated it did not like it. Nomad by Alan Partridge. Those people are mistaken. TC doesn’t have any. But man, what a disappointment this series has been so far.

The Illearth War, a book by Stephen Donaldson | Book review

The story takes place not only from Thomas’ point of view but also from the point of view of Hile Troy, the Warmark of the Land and also someone from Thomas’ world. His remarkable and noteworthy achievement has empowered many writers to discover the delights of this genre and to go beyond by pushing boundaries with your creativity and imagination, for after all nothing is impossible as he has here proved to readers.

Centering the story on Troy with Covenant absent for so long weakens that plot device although Donaldson tries to reinforce it again at the end of the book. The scenes between him and his daughter walk a very incestuous line. But something goes wrong and the mercs and their clients find themselves surrounded by townsfolk who have turned into hyper-coordinated killing machines.

Therefore, I really want to see Lord Foul Bane corrupt every single one of those bastards solely for the purpose of rising up and smiting that worthless son of a bitch, the Ur-Lord Thomas Covenant.