Lord Foul’s Bane – Stephen R. Donaldson

Lord Foul's Bane_595This book is polarizing.  Some say it’s too similar to Tolkien, its hero too unconscionable, and its narrative too dense.  I loved this series.  It’s more accessible than Tolkien; the world building complex and interesting.  Thomas Covenant is a writer.  When he’s diagnosed with leprosy, his wife leaves, taking their son. The town shuns him.  Soon after, he is mystically and unwillingly transported to “The Land” where he meets Lord Foul who is trying to enslave the people and lay waste to everything. Covenant has a white gold wedding ring — a unique and powerful source of sorcery — that makes him a wild card in the coming war between good and evil, only he doesn’t know how to use it.  His self-loathing, confusion, rage and disbelief make him an unlikely hero as he contends with giants, cave trolls, Ur Viles and other magical entities.  Slowly, however, he regains his humanity, faith in newfound friends and belief in The Land.  I am not a fantasy fan, even though great books, like Harry Potter, fall into the genre.  This book one is great, too.

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