Cover: The Last Dark by Stephen R. Donaldson


donaldson-thelastdarkThomas Covenant. Unbeliever.

While reading The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks has had the largest impact on my overall life—after all, working with Terry has opened numerous doors that I otherwise would not have been able to walk through—no series of books have influenced me more than The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant—Unbeliever by Stephen R. Donaldson.

I know. Those are serious words. Say what you will about Donaldson. He doesn’t shy away from doing the unbelievable. He doesn’t work hard at making the reader comfortable. He does quite the opposite, in fact. From the moment Covenant did the most horrible of acts on a girl in Lord Foul’s Bane, I knew Donaldson would polarize people. They would either love the series for the beauty of the Land and its characters or earnestly hate it for that one act.

Well, after more than three decades, the concluding book in The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant—Unbeliever is publishing in October 2013!

Here is a bit more about The Last Dark:

Compelled step by step to actions whose consequences they could neither see nor prevent, Thomas Covenant and Linden Avery have fought for what they love in the magical reality known only as “the Land.” Now they face their final crisis. Reunited after their separate struggles, they discover in each other their true power–and yet they cannot imagine how to stop the Worm of the World’s End from unmaking Time. Nevertheless they must resist the ruin of all things, giving their last strength in the service of the world’s continuance.

When I was sent an early galley of Runes of the Earth more than a decade ago, I thought to myself, “It’s going to be forever before this final chronicle is told.” I lamented that fact. It wasn’t forever, it turns out. You can even read Chapter 3 of The Last Dark right now if you like on Donaldon’s website!

The Last Dark by Stephen R. Donaldson will publish October 15, 2013!

And an end to one of my favorite series of all time.

I am the white gold.

  • Marc D

    Donaldson is my favorite author, and the Covenant books are my favorite fantasy series of all time. Words can’t express how fervently I am awaiting book 10, The Last Dark.

  • Chris Lucia

    Just finishing the 3rd book now.

    I’m 49, and read the first series of course in the 70’s as a teen. Loved it and read the 2nd chronicles when they came out. But the “Last Chronicles”? As an adult, and still avid reader, I snubbed my nose. That’s silly I thought: ANOTHER chronicles?? A friend said I should really read the books, that they were very good. Still it was awhile later that I was in Powell’s, in Portland (a great bookstore, one of the largest in the country. Great Sci Fy section, and in all areas they direct you to other books that might be similar to the book you are looking at. New and used. They do a great job!). Casually walking by in Sci Fy I noticed the Stephen R. Donaldson books, many old hardback copies from the 70’s, many different printings, covers etc. So I picked up ‘The Runes of the Earth”. The beginning summation was a great catch- up, making me yearn for those previous books. And then I couldn’t put down the book! Read the first 2, took a break, now finishing the 3rd.

    I hope he goes on tour! (saw Neal Stephenson recenty-another great writer) I would like for nothing more than getting his autograph.

  • Yeah, I love Powell’s Books. Such an amazing store. I’ve always had a great time at events there too and would LOVE for Donaldson to tour. Sadly, I can find now information about it. 🙁

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