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White Gold Wielder

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1983
1983
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Part I - Retribution
1 - The Master's Scar
2 - Leper's Gound
3 - The Path to Pain
4 - Sea of Ice
5 - Landward
6 - Winter in Combat
7 - Physician's Plight
8 - The Defenders of the Land
9 - March to Crisis
10 - The Banefire
Part II - Apotheosis
11 - Aftermath
12 - Those Who Part
13 - The Eh-Brand
14 - The Last Bourne
15 - Enactors of Desecration
16 - "Andelain! forgive!"
17 - Into the Wightwarrens
18 - No Other Way
19 - Hold Possession
20 - The Sun-Sage
Epilogue - Restoration
21 - "To Say Farewell"
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 Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant*
#3 of 3
Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant*   See series as if on a bookshelf

1) The Wounded Land
2) The One Tree
3) White Gold Wielder

 Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
#6 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
© 1983 by Stephen R. Donaldson
To BRUCE L. BLACKIE -
without whose help...
Awkward without its midmast, Starfare's Gem turned heavily toward the north, putting its stern to the water clogged with sand and foam which marked the passing of the One Tree.
May contain spoilers
With her right hand, Linden Avery kept a sure hold on her wedding ring.
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Added: 25-Nov-2002
Last Updated: 04-Apr-2023

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 01-Jan-1983
Ballantine Books
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Date Issued:
Cir 01-Jan-1983
Internal ID:
131
Publisher:
ISBN:
Unknown
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
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 01-Apr-1983
Ballantine Books
Hardback
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Date Issued:
Cir 01-Apr-1983
Format:
Hardback
Pages*:
485
Read:
Once
Cover Link(s):
Internal ID:
29
Publisher:
ISBN:
0-345-30307-5
ISBN-13:
978-0-345-30307-3
Printing:
1
Country:
United States
Language:
English
...I want to go back to the Land.  To Revelstone.  And stop the Clave.  Put out the Banefire.  If you do that, the Sunbane'll slow down.  Maybe it'll even recede.  That'll give us time to look for a better answer."

Thomas Covenant was shocked by Linden Avery's damand; but he realized that, despite their awful failure on The Isle of The One Tree, there was no alternative but to return and fight.  Mhoram has warned him: "...In the end, you must return to the Land."

After a long and arduous journey overland, the company reaches Revelstone.  Following a fiery showdown with Gibbon Raver, Covenant discovers that he can come to terms with - and control - his awesome power.  As he readies himself for the final showdown with Lord Foul, the Despiser, Thomas Covenant knows he has the answer at last.

WHITE GOLD WIELDER, Book Three of The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, is the stunning conclusion to the extraordinary saga that has become a major international bestseller.

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 New Mexico.
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 01-Apr-1984
Del Rey
Mass Market Paperback
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Date Issued:
Cir 01-Apr-1984
Format:
Mass Market Paperback
Cover Price:
$3.95
Pages*:
476
Internal ID:
13058
Publisher:
ISBN:
0-345-31699-1
ISBN-13:
978-0-345-31699-8
Printing:
1
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Credits:
Darrell K Sweet  - Cover Artist
"...I WANT YOU TO GO BACK TO THE LAND.  TO REVELSTONE.  AND STOP THE CLAVE.  PUT OUT THE BANEFIRE.  IF YOU DO THAT, THE SUNBANE'LL SLOW DOWN.  MAYBE IT'LL EVEN RECEDE.  THAT'LL GIVE US TIME TO LOOK FOR A BETTER ANSWER."

Thomas Covenant was shocked by Linden Avery's demand; but he realized that, despite their awful failure on The Isle of The One Tree, there was no alternative but to return and fight.  Mhoram had warned him: "...In the end, you must return to the Land."

After a long and arduous journey overland, the company reaches Revelstone.  Following a fiery showdown with Gibbon Raver, Covenant discovers that he can come to terms with - and control - his awesome power.  As he readies himself for the final showdown with Lord Foul, the Despiser, Thomas Covenant knows he has the answer at last.

WHITE GOLD WIELDER, Book Three of The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, is the stunning conclusion to the extraordinary saga that has become a major international bestseller.
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First Hardcover Edition: Aptil 1983
First International Edition: September 1983
First U.S. Edition: April 1984
 01-Apr-1987
Del Rey
Mass Market Paperback
In my libraryI read this editionOrder from amazon.comHas a cover imageBook Edition Cover
Date Issued:
Cir 01-Apr-1987
Format:
Mass Market Paperback
Cover Price:
$7.50
Pages*:
476
Read:
Once
Cover Link(s):
Internal ID:
188
Publisher:
ISBN:
0-345-34870-2
ISBN-13:
978-0-345-34870-8
Printing:
21
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Credits:
Michael Herring  - Cover Artist
Covenant is Donaldson's genius!"
THE VILLAGE VOICE

Thomas Covenant realized that despite their awful failure on the Isle of The One Tree, there was no alternative but to return to the Land and fight.  Mhoram had warned him: "...In the end, you must return to the Land."

After a long and arduous journey overland, the company reaches Revelstone.  Following a fiery showdown with Gibbon Raver, Covenant discovers that he can come to terms with - and control - his awesome power.  As he readies himself for the final showdown with Lord Foul, the Despiser, Thomas Covenant knows he has the answer at last.

WHITE GOLD WEILDER: the stunning conclusion to Stephen Donaldson's extraordinary fantasy saga.

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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First Hardcover Edition: April 1983
First International Edition: September 1983
First Domestic Mass Market Edition: April 1984
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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.

Awards

1984Locus MagazineBest Fantasy Novel Nominee
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