Be cautious of love. It misleads. There is a glamour upon it which binds the heart to destruction...
Linden Avery, who loved Thomas Covenant and watched 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 while the impossible happens – riding ahead of the hordes attacking Revelstone are Jeremiah and Covenant himself, apparently very much alive. Linden has heard his voice in her dreams, has heard him urge her on – "Linden, find me." But the prospect of being reunited with Thomas Covenant drives her to her knees in shock and disbelief.
Here in the Land, Jeremiah is healed of the mental condition that kept him mute and unresponsive for so many years. He is full of life, and devoted to Covenant. But Covenant is strangely changed: he no longer seems like the man Linden adored. And yet he says he has a plan: a plan that will save the Land as well as both Linden and Jeremiah, but that he refuses to explain. Instead of trying to win her trust, he insists that he needs her help. He is Thomas Covenant. How can she make any choice except to aid him?
But is he still the man who has twice saved the Land, or has he been twisted by death and time into something darker? Fighting for her life against new enemies and old, across appalling distances, Linden Avery is forced inexorably toward a terrible leap of faith that could cost her everything, including Covenant and her son.
Stephen R. Donaldson (US, born 1947) is one of the most successful fantasy authors. Every volume of his epic fantasy The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, beginning with Lord Foul's Bane in 1977, has been an international bestseller. Donaldson returned to the series with The Runes of the Earth in 2004. He lives in New Mexico.
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