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A fantastic book! Enjoyed reading it in print and was excited to see it on Audible. Lots of action and angst. As usual Mr. Donaldson's use of language is beautiful and flowing. He creates complex characters who are filled with despair but fight for beauty and truth. Unlike many fantasy novels which are just a fun read, Mr. Donaldson's books offer unique perspectives that are thought provoking.
I regret that Scott Brick did not read this version because I think he is perfect for the series. Tim Gerard Reynolds does a nice job, but it seems strange to me that some of the characters sound like they have a vaguely Scottish accent.
If you have never read one of the Thomas Covenant books before, DO NOT READ THIS ONE FIRST. You really have to read the entire series - preferably the two series before it as well. This book starts with a "what has gone before" introduction, but trust me it will not make any sense. I am perplexed that only 2 of the 3 books in the current series are available on Audible.
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I am a long time fan of the Thomas Covenant series and I have read the first 2 trilogies many times over. They are some of my favorite books of all time and I hope that someday they come to audio so I can listen to them. I have always loved the Land and the many inhabitants that Donaldson has brought to life.
Unfortunately all we have in audio is 2 books from the third series, which is by far much weaker than the first two. This particular book is pretty poor. If this book wasn't part of a long time series that I love I would have walked away and not completed listening to it.
The Land is now populated by uber-characters I really don't care about and Donaldson seems to just fill the pages with one time wasting distraction after another.
This series has exploited my love for the Land and delivered little in return. Perhaps Donaldson can pull it all together in the finale and turn me around, but for now, count me as as an Unbeliever.
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