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The Power that Preserves

78.6% complete
1977
1981
2 times
Covenant, Thomas (Fictitious character) - Fiction
Fantasy fiction
Fiction in English
See 21
1 - The Danger in Dreams
2 - Variol-son
3 - The Rescue
4 - Siege
5 - Lomillialor
6 - The Defense of Mithil Stonedown
7 - Message to Revelstone
8 - Winter
9 - Ramen Covert
10 - Pariah
11 - The Ritual of Desecration
12 - Amanibhavam
13 - The Healer
14 - Only Those Who Hate
15 - "Lord Mhoram's Victory"
16 - Colossus
17 - The Spoiled Plains
18 - The Corrupt
19 - Ridjeck Thome
20 - The Unbeliever
21 - Leper's End
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 Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever*
#3 of 3
Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever*   See series as if on a bookshelf
The first trilogy by Stephen R Donaldson with Thomas Covenant as the main character and introducing The Land.

1) Lord Foul's Bane
2) The Illearth War
3) The Power that Preserves

 Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
#3 of 10
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
© 1977 by Stephen R. Donaldson
For Dr. James R. Donaldson, M.D.,
whose life expressed compassion and commitment
more eloquently than any words
Thomas Covenant was talking in his sleep.
May contain spoilers
He smiled because he was alive.
Comments may contain spoilers
I read this book directly after The Illearth War in tenth grade.  These books became favorites of mine very quickly.
Synopsis not on file
Extract not on file

 

Added: 25-Nov-2002
Last Updated: 04-Apr-2023

Publications

 18-Sep-1978
Voyager
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Date Issued:
18-Sep-1978
Pages*:
573
Cover Link(s):
Internal ID:
125
Publisher:
ISBN:
0-006-15247-3
ISBN-13:
978-0-006-15247-7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Cover:
Book Cover
Notes and Comments:
 01-Nov-1980
Ballantine Books
Mass Market Paperback
In my libraryI read this editionOrder from amazon.comHas a cover imageBook Edition Cover
Date Issued:
Cir 01-Nov-1980
Format:
Mass Market Paperback
Cover Price:
$2.95
Pages*:
480
Read:
2 times
Reading(s):
1)   1 Jan 1981 - 1 Jan 1981
2)   1 Jan 2003 - 1 Jan 2003
Internal ID:
26
Publisher:
ISBN:
0-345-29658-3
ISBN-13:
978-0-345-29658-0
Printing:
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Credits:
Lynn K Plagge - Map
Darrell K Sweet  - Cover Artist
THE FINAL CHALLENGE

Twice before, Thomas Covenant had been summoned to the Land, the strange other-world where magic worked.  Twice he had been forced to join with the Lords of Ravelstone in their war against Lord Foul, the ancient enemy of the Land.  Thomas Covenant, pariah on Earth, was a reincarnation of the Land's greatest hero, armed with the wild magic of White Gold - and without knowledge of its power!

Now he was back - to a Land ravaged by the armies of Lord Foul.  The Lords were besieged and helpless.  No place was safe for men.  Foul's victory seemed certain.  Only Covenant could avert it.

Desperately and without hope, he set out to confront the might of the Enemy.  With him went a Giant, a Bloodguard and the madwoman he had wronged.  And in Foul's Creche, Lord Foul grew in power with each new defeat for the Land.

THE CHRONICLES OF
THOMAS COVENANT THE UNBELIEVER

Book One LORD FOUL'S BANE
Book Two THE ILLEARTH WAR
Book Three THE POWER THAT PRESERVES
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Notes and Comments:
First Ballantine Books Edition: October 1978 (International)
Eighth U.S. Edition: November 1980
First Canadian Printing: April 1979
 01-Apr-1987
Del Rey
Mass Market Paperback
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Date Issued:
Cir 01-Apr-1987
Format:
Mass Market Paperback
Cover Link(s):
Internal ID:
190
Publisher:
ISBN:
0-345-34867-2
ISBN-13:
978-0-345-34867-8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
"...a trilogy of remarkable scope and sophistication..."
LOS ANGELES TIMES

Twice before , Thomas Covenant had been summoned to the strange other-world where magic worked.  Twice he had been forced to join with the Lords of Revelstone in their war against Lord Foul, the ancient enemy of the Land.

Now he was back - to a Land ravaged by the armies of Lord Foul.  The Lords were besieged and helpless.  No place was safe and Foul's victory seemed certain.  Only Covenant could avert it.

Desperately and without hope, he set to confront the might of the Enemy.  With his went a Giant, a Bloodguard and the madwoman he had wronged.  And in Foul's Creche, Lord Foul grew in power with each new defeat for the Land.

THE CHRONICLES OF
THOMAS COVENANT THE UNBELIEVER

Book One: Lord Foul's Bane
Book Two: The Illearth War
Book Three: The Power that Preserves
Cover:
Book Cover
Notes and Comments:
 17-Jun-2002
Voyager
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Date Issued:
17-Jun-2002
Pages*:
573
Cover Link(s):
Internal ID:
126
Publisher:
ISBN:
0-007-12784-7
ISBN-13:
978-0-007-12784-9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Cover:
Book Cover
Notes and Comments:

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Author(s)

 Stephen R Donaldson
Birth: 13 May 1947 Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Notes:
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.

AI:
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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