And so it ends.
The Last Dark was good. Vastly better than the last few books. Covenant and Linden return to figures of power and more closely resemble their former selves. The mishmash supporting cast has a few people step forward and stand out from the crowd. Great powers come to a head.
And while the Creator remains missing in action, The Despiser returns for a nice cameo appearance.
There are still long passages chronicling impossible battles between god like enemies and heroes. Still a lot of noise that signifies nothing. But hey, it’s a novel, so wrapping up a few hundred loose ends is what’s supposed to happen.
The Last Dark: The climax of the entire Thomas Covenant Chronicles (Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant)feels more like good old fashioned Stephen R Donaldson. It’s depressing and inspiring and amazing in any number of ways. There are countless little echoes of the first and second Chronicles.
Was it perfect? No, not even close, but it was so much better than the last three books that it feels like the start of a new Chronicles and not the ending of one. While many issues were resolved, countless others were created.
In this last book Donaldson hits a number of notes again and again and again. Personal freedom. Accountability. It’s wrong to kill but often necessary. And evil isn’t always what you think it is.
As with all of SRD’s book there are a lot of big words, but for the most, they are words we have seen before-if only in other books by SRD.
There was one battle which brought to mind a scene in The Hobbit were our hero takes a nap as five armies duke it out below him. The battle was a roll call of super powers-Giants, Sand Gorgons, skurkj, white gold wielders, the Staff of Law, The Lurker of Sarangrave Flats and in the background the Worm of the World’s End. A tad over the top, but hey, it’s the end of the world so why not pull out all the stops?
Ok, it was amazing and I loved it. The Last Dark has restored my faith in Stephen R Donaldson. They could have sang Under The Rainbow as the last scene came to a close.
In short-Damn That Was Good.