The world-renowned author of the Thomas Covenant trilogies returns to mainstream fantasy after more than ten years – with a brand-new collection of fantasy short stories.
Stephen Donaldson has been one of the world’s most popular fantasy writers ever since his first million-selling Thomas Covenant trilogy in 1977 – Lord Foul’s Bane, The Illearth War, The Power That Preserves. Widely hailed as the most original work since The Lord of the Rings, it was named Best Novel of the Year by the British Fantasy Society, and earned the author the John W. Campbell Award as best new writer.
This was followed by an equally successful second Thomas Covenant trilogy – The Wounded Land, The One Tree, White Gold Wielder; a highly acclaimed collection of fantasy short stories – Daughter of Regals; and the two books in the hugely successful Mordant’s Need series – The Mirror of Her Dreams and A Man Rides Through.
In 1990, he embarked upon the five-book Gap series, an sf epic acclaimed as his best work ever, which recently came to a close with This Day All Gods Die – the latest in a long line of Sunday Times top-ten bestsellers.
Now – after more than ten years – Stephen Donaldson has returned to mainstream fantasy, and the result is a stunning new collection of stories that reveal a mastery of the short form, and display all the remarkable imagination, storytelling skills and gift for the unexpected that his millions of fans around the world have come to expect.
Includes the following stories: Reave the Just • The Djinn Who Watches Over the Accursed • The Killing Stroke • The Kings of Tarshish Shall Bring Gifts • Penance • The Woman Who Loved Pigs • What Makes Us Human • By Any Other Name
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Stephen Donaldson is best known for immense and doom-laden genre sagas, in particular his debut fantasy epic The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever and the sf "Gap" sequence. His first book of short stories Daughter of Regals (1984) was uneven--muddied by an early weakness for unwieldy language. Reave the Just is a far stronger collection, with five powerful pieces, two adequate ones and just one dud. Donaldson's fantasies show a scarifying intensity of moral concern and complication. The title character Reave works towards justice through deep pain, not least to himself. Elsewhere we find the agonies of a sympathetic and even pious vampire who's denied the easy option of feeding on animals; a Dark Lord who reasonably protests that his researches into black magic have harmed no one and shouldn't attract persecution from self-righteous White mages; an exploration of the peculiar honour of ninja-style warriors; and another wizard who helps a filthy idiot girl towards beauty and self-reliance for very bad reasons indeed. Effective and sometimes harrowing tales, clearly told: Donaldson has abandoned the oversized thesaurus he once relied on, and now writes with a quieter conviction that hits hard. -- David LangfordReview:
‘If there is any justice in the world, Stephen Donaldson will earn the right to stand shoulder to shoulder with Tolkien.’
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Book Description VOYAGER, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0002246910