by Stephen R. Donaldson
Review by Drew Bittner
Putnam Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780399154461
Date: 09 October 2007 List Price $27.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
In The Runes of the Earth, the first volume of The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Dr. Linden Avery's adopted son Jeremiah has been kidnapped by Roger Covenant, the sinister son of her long-dead friend Thomas Covenant; Roger has also managed to kidnap his psychotic mother Joan. Linden pursues Roger and his victims into The Land, a fantastic place where Linden helped triumph over the powers of evil many years ago. From official release/information:
This second installment in the <>Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant<>-- sequel to The Runes of the Earth-- returns readers to the Land, starting with the reunion of Linden Avery and Thomas Covenant!
Linden Avery, who long ago loved Covenant and saw him die, has returned to the Land in search of her kidnapped son, Jeremiah. As Fatal Revenant begins, Linden watches from the battlements of Revelstone when the impossible happens-riding ahead of the hordes attacking Revelstone are Jeremiah and Covenant himself, apparently very much alive.
Here in the Land, Jeremiah is healed of the mental condition that had kept him mute and unresponsive for so many years. He is full of life, and devoted to Covenant. But Covenant is strangely changed. Sarcastic and bragging, he no longer seems like the man whom Linden adored. And yet he says he has a plan: he will take her and Jeremiah to a place where they can find a pure source of Earthpower and, after he has achieved his own purposes, Linden will be free to use that great power to go home, to take Jeremiah home, or to do anything else she sees fit. Even though she distrusts the seemingly different man he has now become, how can she make any choice except to follow him?
Their journey will cover unimaginable distances through the Land-even through time itself-and will test Linden's courage again and again. In the end, fulfilling her destiny will call for a terrible leap of faith: Can she give up everything she thought had been restored to her, for the sake of the Land?