The first book in one of the most remarkable epic fantasies ever written, the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever.
He called himself Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever because he dared not believe in the strange alternate world in which he suddenly found himself. Yet he was tempted to believe, to fight for the Land, to be the reincarnation of its greatest hero.
I began reading this book 5 or 6 years ago; Thomas Covenant is an unusual character for this kind of books, because of his deep concern with illness and his sceptical attitude. Unfortunately, I think this book is also a bit too slow and difficult to read. Maybe this is due to the Italian translation, so I think I'll try the original version one day....Continua
I can understand the book's success as it is a pretty well written epic style fantasy but it did not really grab me. The constant narration of stories to give us the background of the world put me off. I understand that when a new world is introduced, a certain amount of exposition is required to flesh out the world, but in this case it seemed a bit excessive for my tastes. I was more interested in the story that was presented in the first two chapters than in the fantasy that followed.
I will probably give the next book in the trilogy a shot, but this series may just not be for me....Continua
This is truly one of the most depressingly bad, dark, badly written and uninteresting stories I have read. I gave up when I realized that I would prefer for the so called "bad guy" to win and just kill all the rest, because the story would be far better off without them. That included not only the main character what's-his-name but all the secondary characters and the innocent bystanders too. Off with their heads!...Continua