November 29, 2013

Lord Foul's Bane by Stephen R. Donaldson

It's been almost 2 years since I last visited the Land.  The final book of this series is out and I am starting from the beginning.  I haven't reviewed a book in a long time and I won't be officially reviewing these books.  It would be a waste of time.  I've been reading and loving them since I first discovered Lord Foul's Bane in the 8th grade.  Suffice it to say that I have waited a very, very long time to see how this story would end.  But, now that I find myself on the doorstep of the end, I'm almost sad.  I will revisit these books again and again, I know that, but an era of my life has been told.

So, in salute, some of the best quotes from Lord Foul's Bane:

"Take back the ring.  Be true.  You need not fail." -- The Beggar, pg 24

"To the Lords of Revelstone, I am Lord Foul the Despiser; to the Giants of Seareach, Satansheart and Soulcrusher.  The Ramen name me Fangthane.  In the dreams of the Bloodguard, I am Corruption.  But the people of the Land call me the Grey Slayer." -- Lord Foul, pg 31

"The Unfettered One, dead!  Alas for the Land!  All my paths are ill, and destruction fills all my choices.  From the first, I have brought wrong upon us.  Now there will be no more Celebrations, and the blame is mine." -- Atiaran, pg 140

"In two words, a story sadder than the first.  Say no more - with one word you will make me weep." -- Saltheart Foamfollower, pg 153

"You laugh.  'Joy is in the ears that hear.'  I can't do it."  -- Thomas Covenant, pg 205

"When we came to the Land, we saw wonders - Giants, Ranyhyn, Revelsone - Lords of such power that they declined to wage war with us lest we be destroyed.  In answer to our challenge, they gave to the Haruchai gifts so precious--" He paused, appeared to muse for a moment over private memories.  "Therefore we swore the Vow.  We could not equal that generosity in any other way." - Bannor of the Bloodguard, pg 210

"Drool seeks to master the Staff with malice.  The High Lord can sing a stronger song than that."  - Lord Mhoram, pg 371

"No, Unbeliever.  You need not lose your mind.  There are other answers - other songs.  You can find them.  Why should the Land be destroyed for your pain?  Save or damn!  Grasp the Staff!" -- Lord Mhoram, pg 385

"We are the Bloodguard.  We cannot permit this end."  -- Bannor of the Bloodguard, pg 387

"Drool is dead.  He was your summoner, and with his death the call ends.  That is the way of such power.  Farewell, Unbeliever!  Take heart.  Despair and bitterness are not the only songs in the world."  - High Lord Prothall, pg 391

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