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Against All Things Ending

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What Has Gone Before
Part One - "to achieve the ruin of the Earth"
1 - The Burden of Too Much Time
2 - Unfinished Needs
3 - Bargaining with Fate
4 - After Unwisdom
5 - Preparations
6 - Seek Deep Stone
7 - Crossing the Hazard
8 - Caverns Ornate and Majestic
9 - Hastening Doom
10 - By Evil Means
11 - Private Carrion
12 - She Who Must Not
Part Two - "Only the damned"
1 - Those Who Endure -
2 - Trying to Start Again
3 - - Whatever the Cost
4 - Attempts Must Be Made
5 - Inheritances
6 - Parting Company
7 - Implications of Trust
8 - The Amends of the Ranyhyn
9 - Great Need
10 - The Pure One and the High God
11 - Kurash Qwellinir
12 - Solid Souls
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 Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant*
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Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant*   See series as if on a bookshelf
The third series in the Thomas Covenant books published about twenty years after the Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant

1) The Runes of the Earth
2) Fatal Revenant
3) Against All Things Ending
4) The Last Dark

 Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
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Chronicles of Thomas Covenant   See series as if on a bookshelf
The overall span of Thomas Covenant novels in order.

1) Lord Foul's Bane
2) The Illearth War
3) The Power that Preserves
4) The Wounded Land
5) The One Tree
6) White Gold Wielder
7) The Runes of the Earth
8) Fatal Revenant
9) Against All Things Ending
10) The Last Dark
Copyright © 2010 by Stephen R. Donaldson
to Perry Donaldson:

    a daughter to make a man proud
Thomas Covenant knelt on the rich grass of Andelain as though he had fallen there from the distance of eons.
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Within a handful of days, every star would perish, extinguished by the unforbidden hunger of the Worm.
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This in the only book I bought as a hardback.  It made me decide not to spend the money on the next hardback even though the story was not bad- just a very tedious read.
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Last Updated: 03-Dec-2021


G P Putnam's Sons
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Praise For
Fatal Revenant
"This complicated and emotional continuation of the Thomas Covenant saga is exactly what Donaldson's fans have been hoping for."

Praise For
The Runes of the Earth
"An epic with page-turning intrigue."

Praise For
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
"Will certainly find a place on the small list of true classics."

"Covenant is Donaldson's genius."

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Attempts must be made, even when there is no hope.  And betimes some wonder is wrought to redeem us....

Thomas Covenant is alive again, restored to his mortal body by the unimaginable combines power of hos own white gold ring, Linden Avery's Staff of Law, and the ancient dagger called High Lord Loric's krill.  His resurrection is Linden's defiant act of love, despite warnings from mortals and immortals that unleashing this much power would destroy the world.  She brought his spirit back from its prison in the Arch of Time, and restored his slain body, so precious to her, his wild white hair like flame, his face now etched with lines of pain.  Thomas Covenant is returned to her.

But the truth is inescapable: the thunderclap of power from Linden's action has awakened the Worm of the World's End, and all of them, and the Land itself, are forfeit to its devouring.  If they have any chance to save the Land, it will come from unlikely sources - including the mysterious bot Jeremiah, Linden's adopted son, whose secrets are only beginning to come to light.  And it will come from sacrifices, some freely offered by friends who have traveled far and trusted much, and some taken by force that can be recognized only later as compassion.

Dimly, but holding on to whatever hope leaves behind when hope itself has failed, Linden clings to one prophecy: You would not be driven by mistaken love to bring about the end of all things.

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STEPHEN R. DONALSON is the author of the six volumes of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, a landmark in modern fantasy.  Every volume, beginning with Lord Foul's Bane in 1977, has been an international bestseller.  Donaldson returned to the series with The Runes of the Earth in 2004.  He lives in New Mexico.
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Stephen R Donaldson  
Birth: 13 May 1947 Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Stephen Reeder Donaldson (May 13, 1947 - ) was born on May 13, 1947  in Cleveland to his parents James R Donaldson and Mary Ruth Reeder.  James  Donaldson was a medical missionary and his family lived in India while  Stephen R Donaldson was between four to sixteen years of age.  His father  was a medical missionary and worked with lepers.  Stephen R. Donaldson  earned his BA degree in 1968 from the College of Wooster (Ohio) and his MA  in English in 1971 from Kent State University.

The first series Stephen R Donaldson wrote, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeleiver, was awarded first prize by the British Science Fiction Society in 1977 and 1978.  He also received the John W Campbell Award as the best new science fiction writer of 1978.

Stephen Donaldson is an American fantasy author known for his highly stylized, complex novels that blend elements of epic fantasy, science fiction, psychological drama, and political intrigue. Born on May 13, 1947, in Cleveland, Ohio, Donaldson grew up in a working-class family and struggled with dyslexia throughout his childhood. Despite these challenges, he developed a deep love of reading and storytelling, which would eventually lead him to become one of the most imaginative and acclaimed authors of his generation.

Donaldson attended The College of Wooster in Ohio, where he studied English and graduated in 1968. He then went on to earn a Master's degree in English from Kent State University in 1971. After completing his studies, Donaldson worked for several years as a medical copyeditor, but he always felt drawn to the world of writing and fiction. In 1977, he published his first novel, Lord Foul's Bane, which would become the first book in his landmark trilogy, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever.

The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever tells the story of a cynical and embittered bestselling author who finds himself mysteriously transported to a magical realm known as The Land. There, he discovers that he has been chosen to be the savior of this world and is given the power to heal and destroy with a single touch. However, Covenant has trouble accepting his destiny and struggles with both his faith and his own personal demons. The trilogy was a groundbreaking work in the fantasy genre, and it cemented Donaldson's reputation as a master storyteller.

Over the next several decades, Donaldson would go on to write several other critically acclaimed series, including The Gap Cycle, the Mordant's Need duology, and The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. His stories often explore themes of guilt, redemption, morality, and the nature of reality itself. Donaldson's writing is known for its intricate plotting, vivid imagery, and complex characters. He has been praised for his ability to create fully realized fictional worlds and for his unique blend of mythic and futuristic elements.

Despite his success as a writer, Donaldson has faced his share of challenges over the years. In addition to his struggles with dyslexia, he has also battled with depression and health issues. However, he has remained committed to his craft, and his work has inspired generations of readers and writers. Today, he is considered one of the greatest living fantasy authors, and his influence can be seen in many contemporary works in the genre.

In addition to his writing, Donaldson has also been an activist and advocate for environmental causes. He is an outspoken critic of industrialization, urbanization, and the destruction of natural habitats. He has written extensively on these topics and has lent his support to various organizations and initiatives aimed at preserving the environment.

Overall, Stephen Donaldson is a prolific and visionary author who has left an indelible mark on the world of fantasy fiction. His complex, thought-provoking stories have captivated readers for decades, and his legacy as a master storyteller is sure to endure for generations to come.


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