Illearth War: The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever #2 [Stephen R. Donaldson] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Illearth War. The Illearth War is the second volume of Stephen Donaldson’s First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. Lord Foul’s [ ]. The Illearth War follows straight on from the events in Lord Foul’s Bane and just as Thomas Covenant is getting used to the idea that his recent.

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The sub- and side-stories, of the Bloodguard, the Illearhh, Hile Troy, even the background on the ur-Viles and other fantastical creatures, intrigued me as much as the main plot. Salvation To all those who hated Lord Foul’s Bane — hark! I like the resolution to the second part, and I also like the way Donaldson brings it around again in the third part.

The horse-tending Ramen have been enlisted to patrol the frontier illerath Foul’s dominions. Donaldson was born May 13, in Cleveland, Ohio. Ensign Morn Hyland works for the United Mining Company, which is in charge of law enforcement throughout known space.

He leaves the Land in at the end of the second book the same man with the same feelings as he had at the beginning. But for the rest of us, those of us who don’t have it all figured out, it is another intimately compelling portrait of the tortuous struggle with the ideas and beliefs that define us, in a world that tells us every day in so many ways that we are wrong.

The Illearth War

His remarkable and noteworthy achievement has empowered many writers to discover the delights of this genre and to go beyond by pushing boundaries with your creativity and imagination, for after all nothing is impossible as he has here proved to readers. Unfortunately, the second book fails to deliver and has put me off reading book 3.


It had the vividness that only epic works of fantasy and imagination can achieve. On his return however he discovers that 40 years have passed in his absence with the Council of Lords in need of the wild magic of white gold against Lord Foul who has recovered the Illearth Stone, an ancient source of great evil.

Enjoy, if you can. Please improve this by adding secondary or tertiary sources. September Learn how i,learth when to remove this template message. Not this again, this crap that you’re the only one who can’t believe in the Land because it will doom you as a leper.

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The bad guys won. We saw a few of the pieces, but not many. They will even follow him, and the few surviving Blackwing captains, on one final mission into the darkness. For me it was really worth reading the whole book just for this scene. When he is subsequently caught between the warring ideologies of his priestly mentor and the Academy’s masters, he must choose between forfeiting his promising future at the Academy or betraying his closest friends. Other books in the series.

The uncountable horde of Lord Foul was apparently killed by a bunch of grumpy trees Those people are mistaken. But even this made little sense, that these powerful and wise beings would chose such an end.

The Illearth War by Stephen R. Donaldson

Babylon Steel Gaie Sebold 8. In iklearth installment Covenant returns just a week later in real time, to find that 40 years has passed in the Land. The Council of Lords needed him to move against Foul the Despiser who holds the Illearth Stone, ancient source of evil power.

Gateway Paroxysm Matthew Hughes. I found this book really frustrating. Devastated to find himself in the Land once again, the roots of his ‘Unbelief’ are more closely explored and challenged. This line of the plot — Covenant and his daughter — was a stroke of macabre genius, wickedly encapsulating the central contradiction of Covenant’s predicament, his desire to embrace the Land and his need to repudiate it.


There seems to be blind faith in their leadership by the council of Lords. Jan 22, Bradley rated it liked it Shelves: In so doing he drags his feet and causes consternation, confusion, and frustration all around.

Covenant, Rockbrother, Seareach and plot devices the quest – Wsr c I really had to force myself to read this book. SFBook is entirely funded by Ant including hosting, development and any other costs.

Books by Stephen R. What else can I say? Orion Crowfall Ed McDonald. Covenant, wandering around in a daze upon his return to the normal world, is suddenly Summoned to the Iolearth again — but forty years have passed there.

A book short on character development ought to have epic battle scenes or something that creates great peril for the heroes. He is a very unlikable person, but a well written one, which is just as well as much of the story of the war is told from his perspective.

The one thing — Listen to me. What sets this series apart is the careful balance of this world and that world. The Illearth War, like it’s predecessor, featured excellent writing but illearrth plot was a bit slow-going and too often delved into Tolkien-esque world building for my tastes.

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In his absence, Foul has amassed an immense army and is preparing to march. I hated this 15 years ago, and my feelings haven’t changed.

This time Covenant is basically absent for the middle section of the book, giving the reader some respite from Covenant’s perpetual dourness.