How goes it? Hope you all are enjoying yourselves, and your stories. I know I am.
I am currently in the middle of Stephen R. Donaldson’s novel, The White Gold Wielder, which I mentioned last time. This book is truly gripping, drawing one into the story, even if the previous books haven’t been read. That is where Donaldson’s talent lies, in his detailed descriptions of every landscape, character, and challenge.
So far, Covenant and his friends have crossed a perilous ocean, monster-infested ice fields, mountains, and open plains, all under constant threat of Riders and the Sunbane (you’ll have to read it yourself to completely understand this powerful corruption of nature).
However, the plot isn’t the most interesting thing about the book. The most interesting fact, to me at least, about the series is that even from the very beginning of the very first book – Lord Foul’s Bane – is that the protagonist is utterly detestable. He is surly, bitter, paranoid about everything, and refuses to accept the few good happenings that he comes across.
True, the guy doesn’t exactly have a dream life. He is a leper, his wife, whom he loved dearly, had divorced him because of it, and taken their child with her, and to top it all off, he is mysteriously transported to the mystical Land; there, he is revered as an incarnation of the Land’s savior because of his ring. It is a simple band of white gold, a treasure foreign to the Land and it’s people, existing only in its legends. He denies the Land’s existence, thinking that he was in a coma, or hallucinating.
Thomas Covenant is incredibly unlikable, and yet he grows on you in a how-is-he-going-to-fix-this-screw-up kind of way.
A word of warning: these books were written with an exclusively adult audience in mind. They would not make good Christmas presents for your 14-year-old, unless they are very mature. I would say no one younger than 16 should read them, unless it is known that they can be mature and handle the graphic qualities of the Chronicles. It makes a great gift for young adults, and adults for that matter. I would recommend gifting them as a series, but each novel can stand on its own as a story.
Goodness gracious, it looks like I started rambling. I won’t bore you any longer, but if you’re curious or interested, here is Mr. Donaldson’s website: http://www.stephenrdonaldson.com/ (sorry, you’ll have to copy and paste the link as I do not know how to hyperlink anything at the moment.)