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Runes of the Earth: The Last Chronicle/Donaldson, Ste/Paper/0575076127/S031-A
Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever
The most important fantasy event this century: at long last, the return of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever.
In 1977, Stephen Donaldson changed the face of epic fantasy. With the publication of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Donaldson took the world of fantasy publishing by storm, and created a true phenomenon: an epic fantasy instant bestseller that has gone on to sell millions.
The 'hero', Thomas Covenant, is a leper, abandoned by his wife and young son in case he 'infects' them. Covenant's life has shrunk to encompass himself alone: his mantra is VSE: Visual Surveillance of Extremities. He's already lost two fingers to the disease. He is an angry, depressed and bitter man.
When he is drawn into a mysterious new world, where gentle people work magic and the earth itself brings healing, he is welcomed as the reincarnation of a legendary saviour. But Covenant refuses to believe; he's convinced he's having delusions fuelled by the leprosy. He takes out his fury and pain on the girl who only wanted to help him. There are no concessions here: Covenant is as believable and unpleasant a character as you will find anywhere.
Now comes the book every fantasy reader has been waiting for. Dr. Linden Avery, the Chosen, Covenant's companion, is drawn back to the Land, seeking her adopted son, stolen by Lord Foul, and desperate to stop the evil being caused by Covenant's now-mad wife Joan and his son Roger. And though she believes Covenant dead, he keeps sending Linden messages: 'Find me' and 'Don't trust me'. The land is in turmoil, and Lord Foul has plans for them allà