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The One Tree

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1982
1982
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Part I - Risk
1 - Starfare's Gem
2 - Black Mood
3 - Relapse
4 - The Nicor of the Deep
5 - Father's Child
6 - The Questsimoon
7 - Elemesnedene
8 - The Elohimfest
9 - The Gift of the Forestal
Part II - Betrayal
10 - Escape from Elohim
11 - A Warning of Serpents
12 - Sea-Harm
13 - Brathairain Harbor
14 - The Sandhold
15 - "Don't touch me"
16 - The Gaddhi's Punishment
17 - Charade's End
18 - Surrender
Part III - Loss
19 - The Thaumaturge
20 - Fire in Bhrathairealm
21 - Mother's Child
22 - "Also love in the world"
23 - Withdrawal from Service
24 - The Isle
25 - The Arrival of the Quest
26 - Fruition
27 - The Long Grief
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© 1982 by Stephen R. Donaldson
To PAT MCKILLIP -
a friend in all the best ways
Linden Avery walked beside Covenant down through the ways of Coercri.
May contain spoilers
As she went to stand beside Honninscrave, she folded her arms over her heart and let the long grief of the quest settle in her bones.
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Added: 25-Nov-2002
Last Updated: 05-Apr-2023

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 01-Jan-1982
Ballantine Books
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Cir 01-Jan-1982
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130
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 01-Apr-1982
Ballantine Books
Hardback
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Cir 01-Apr-1982
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Hardback
Pages*:
475
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1)   1 Jan 1982 - 1 Jan 1982
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28
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ISBN:
0-345-29898-5
ISBN-13:
978-0-345-29898-0
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1
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United States
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English
"...I'm going to leave the Land - try to find the One Tree.  So I can replace the Staff of Law.  I don't know what else to do," Covenant said.  "I don't know how long I'm going to be gone, and every day they kill more people.  Somebody has to stop them."

Thus Thomas Covenant, accompanied by Linden Avery, begins his search for the One Tree aboard the Giantship Starfare's Gem.  Armed with the knowledge given to him in Andelain by his trusted friend, the Forestal Hile Troy, Covenant was determined to succeed.

He was the last hope for salvation of the Land.  Only he had the power to forge a new Staff of Law and return to the Land to stop the encroaching desecration of the Sunbane and the bloody sacrificial rites of the Clave.

But fate decreed that the journey was to be long, arduous, and fraught with danger as Covenant and his companions are assailed by powerful forces whose sole purpose is to ensure the failure of their quest.

THE ONE TREE, Book Two of The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, continues the extraordinary saga that has become an international bestseller with close to four million copies in print.

Born in 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio, Stephen R. Donaldson made his publishing debut with the first Covenant trilogy in 1997.  Shortly thereafter he was named Best New Writer of the Year and given the prestigious John W. Campbell Award.  He graduated from the College of Wooster (Ohio) in 1968, served two years as a conscientious objector doing hospital work in Akron, then attended Kent State University where he received his M.A. in English in 1971.  Donaldson now lives in Corrales, New Mexico, where hi is writing Whit Gold Wielder the third volume in The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.


IT ALL BEGAN WITH THE CHRONICLES OF THOMAS COVENANT THE UNBELIEVER

Book One: LORD FOUL"S BANE
Book Two: THE ILLEARTH WAR
Book Three: THE POWER THAT PRESERVES

A national bestseller... named Best Novel of the Year by the British Fantasy Society... recipient of exuberant reviews everywhere:


"In a year that has produced more good fantasy fiction than any previous decade, the appearance of the three massive volumes of the Thomas Covenant saga comes, remarkably, as a sort of climax.  It will certainly find a place on the small list of true classics in its specialized field."
- Washington Post Book World

"At the age of 30, Stephen R. Donaldson makes his debut before an audience created and also spoiled by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien with a trilogy of remarkable scope and sophistication that conquers almost as much territory as it claims."
- Los Angeles Times

AND THEN CAME THE WOUNDED LAND
Book One of
THE SECOND CHRONICLES OF THOMAS COVENANT

"A deeper, richer world than that presented in previous volumes... Donaldson is extending himself, creating a fuller, more mature work of the imagination...  This book is more arresting, more certain to enthrall than any of the works that went before."
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"A stirring tale of imagination, heroism and excitement!"
- San Francisco Examiner

AND NOW THE STORY OF THOMAS COVENANT CONTINUES...
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 01-Apr-1983
Del Rey
Mass Market Paperback
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Date Issued:
Cir 01-Apr-1983
Format:
Mass Market Paperback
Cover Price:
$3.50
Pages*:
468
Internal ID:
13057
Publisher:
ISBN:
0-345-30550-7
ISBN-13:
978-0-345-30550-3
Printing:
4
Country:
United States
Language:
English
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Darrell K Sweet  - Cover Artist
"...I'M GOING TO LEAVE THE LAND - TRY TO FIND THE ONE TREE.  SO I CAN REPLACE THE STAFF OF LAW.  I DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO," COVENANT SAID.  "I DON'T KNOW HOW LONG I'M GOING TO BE GONE, AND EVERY DAY THEY KILL MORE PEOPLE.  SOMEBODY HAS TO STOP THEM."

Thus Thomas Covenant, accompanied by Linden Avery, begins his search for the One Tree aboard the giantship Starfare's Gem.  Armed with the knowledge given to him in Andelain by his trusted friend, the Forestal Hile Troy, Covenant was determined to succeed.  He was the last hope for the salvation of the Land.  Only he had the power to forge a new Staff of Law and return to the Land to stop the encroaching desecration of the Sunbane and the bloody sacrificial rites of the Clave.

But fate decreed that the journey was to be long, arduous, and fraught with danger as Covenant and his companions are assailed by powerful forces whose sole purpose is to ensure the failure of their quest.

THE ONE TREE, the long-awaited sequel to The Wounded Land, continues the extraordinary saga that has become an international bestseller.
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 01-Apr-1987
Del Rey
Mass Market Paperback
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Date Issued:
Cir 01-Apr-1987
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Mass Market Paperback
Cover Price:
$6.99
Pages*:
467
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Once
Reading(s):
1)   1 Jan 2003 - 1 Jan 2003
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Internal ID:
187
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ISBN:
0-345-34869-9
ISBN-13:
978-0-345-34869-2
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22
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United States
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English
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Michael Herring  - Cover Artist
"...the hottest fantasy writer since J.R.R. Tolkien!"
THE WASHINGTON POST

Thomas Covenant, accompanied by Linden Avery, begins his search for the One Tree aboard the giantship Starfare's Gem.  Armed with the knowledge given to him in Andelain by his trusted friend, the Forestal Hile Troy, Covenant was determined to succeed.  He was the last hope for the salvation of the Land.  Only he had the power to forge a new Staff of Law and return to the Land to stop the encroaching desecration of the Sunbane and the bloody sacrificial rites of the Clave.

But fate decreed that the journey was to be long, arduous, and fraught with danger as Covenant and his companions are assailed by powerful forces whose sole purpose is to ensure the failure of their quest.

THE SECOND CHRONICLES
OF THOMAS COVENANT

Book One
THE WOUNDED LAND

Book Two
THE ONE TREE

BOOK THREE
WHITE GOLD WEILDER
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 01-Jan-1994
Voyager
Paperback
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Cir 01-Jan-1994
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Paperback
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Internal ID:
129
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ISBN:
0-006-47330-X
ISBN-13:
978-0-006-47330-5
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Author(s)

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

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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.

Awards

1983Locus MagazineBest Fantasy Novel Nominee
1983Mythopoeic SocietyMythopoeic Award Nominee
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