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Lord Foul's Bane (Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Bk 1)
Lord Foul's Bane - Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Bk 1 Author:Stephen R. Donaldson First published in 1977, LORD FOUL'S BANE is the initial volume in a classic epic fantasy trilogy, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, that became part of a larger series, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. Thomas Covenant is an embittered man whose Hansen's disease (leprosy) led both to the breakup of his marriage and to his treat... more »ment as a pariah by his small town. When he's hit by a police car, Covenant is magically transported to the Land, a beautiful, verdant country where his leprosy is cured. The Land is threatened with destruction by a demonic being, Lord Foul the Despiser. Covenant's gangrene-damaged hand identifies him with a legendary half-handed hero of the Land, and his white gold wedding ring is a potent magical weapon against Lord Foul. Covenant is fated either to be either the promised savior of the Land -- or its destroyer. However, despite the powerful evidence of his senses, Covenant is not convinced that the Land actually exists. Stephen R. Donaldson was one of the first contemporary fantasy writers to utilize an antihero, a protagonist extremely difficult to like, often guilty of morally repugnant acts -- who somehow remains a sympathetic figure. As a result of his work on the first trilogy, Donaldson won the prestigious John W. Campbell Award for most promising writer in 1979.
I read this again after 20 years. Wow. My perceptions have changed so much. The protagonist is hard to "like," but the author does an excellent job of keeping the reader's interest in the story. No doubt about it; it's a modern day classic.