Picking up where Runes of the Earth left off, Fatal Revenant continues as Lord Foul has kidnapped Linden Avery’s son Jeremiah, and Avery and her companions are now in The Land, in an effort to save the boy and hopefully prevent too much destruction by Foul and his minions, not to mention the crazed Joan and angry Roger Covenant.
I really struggled with this book. First off, it’s too long. At least a third of it could have been edited out. Second, as was my complaint with the previous book, there are too many characters, types of beings, and invented vocabulary. At one point I counted an average of ten words on each page that I had to look up in Donaldson’s glossary! Third, the reader merely follows Linden Avery through The Land in this book. So basically she was the only person whom Donaldson devoted a measure of character development to. All these other characters jump in and there’s nothing to really draw your interest in them or make them more memorable.
It’s too bad, because I loved the first six book series, The Tales of Thomas Covenant. I still plan to plod ahead to the other two books (because I don’t like to leave a promising series unfinished!). Hopefully, they will capture my interest more than this one.
2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2007
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