The Power that Preserves, by Stephen R. Donaldson

This is my last Stephen R. Donaldson post, at least for a while. The Power that Preserves is the third and final book of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever — a fantasy series comparable in scope to The Lord of the Rings.

I’m glad that I re-read these books — there was a lot that I had forgotten, and really a lot in them to recommend. Reading all 3 of them right in a row, in the space of a week or two, though, might not have been the best idea. By the time I got to this third book, I flew through it pretty quickly just to get to the end. Perhaps as a result, I ended up thinking that this was the weakest of the three, but still reasonable & satisfying.

I’m ready to read some other things for a while — I’ve got a couple of novels that I’ve been excited to read; feeling like I want to get back to some non-fiction as well.

I am planning to read at least one more epic fantasy series this year, though — just need to decide which. (In addition to re-reading the Harry Potter books from the start.) Thinking about The Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Shanara books by Terry Brooks, or maybe even the Neil Jordan books. We’ll see.

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