December 25, 2010

Fatal Revenant by Stephen R. Donaldson

Title:  Fatal Revenant
Author:  Stephen R. Donaldson
Format:  HC
Pages:  590
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher:  Putnam, 2007
ISBN-13:  978-0399154461
Series:  The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Book 8

Favorite Quote:  "Ah, risk," the Ironhand said as she subsided.  "Linden Avery, life is risk.  All who inhabit the Earth inhale peril with each breath.  Though some hazards inspire more alarm than others, the truth remains, as sure as stone and sea.  We are Giants and adore life.  We do not baulk at mere risk."

Synopsis (Amazon):  In the most eagerly-awaited literary sequel in years, Linden Avery, who loved Thomas Covenant and watched him die at the end of Book Six, has returned to the Land in search of her kidnapped son, Jeremiah. As Fatal Revenant begins, Linden watches from the battlements of Revelstone while the impossible happens—riding ahead of the hordes attacking Revelstone are Jeremiah and Covenant himself, apparently very much alive. But Covenant is strangely changed…

Review:  This is the second time I've read this book.  For me, the best part of this book was the return of Thomas Covenant.  Don't take me wrong, I like Linden Avery, but Thomas Covenant is the main character I learned to love over twenty years ago when I picked up the first book of this series at the local library.  There are many great secondary characters, including The Mahdoubt, Giants, and Haruchai.  This book is descriptive, emotional, and action-packed.  It ends in a cliff-hanger, leaving me relieved that I already have the next book in the series.  Stephen R. Donaldson shows himself to be the master of the fantasy genre once again with his completely believable and lovely Land.

Rating: 5 / 5

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