Tavish wrote:I thought the Shannara series was alright, certainly not my favorite of the genre. If you don't have a long list waiting after you finish TSOS Jason you should look into Donaldson's first Thomas Covenant series. Easily the best work of fantasy I've ever read.
I'm rereading Good to Great, a book on common idealism between some of the strongest companies in America and how their philosophies differ from similar companies who can't reach or maintain the same type of success. I never really got into business books all that much but this is one that I did really enjoy. 8/10
Hey Tav, are you talking about....
Lord Foul's Bane
The Illearth War
The Power that Preserves
I looked at some of the reviews on the first book and it sounds like you either love it or hate it. Let me know if this is the series you are talking about and if it is let me know what it was that made you like it so much!
That's the one. I can understand some of the criticism. Donaldson is one of those authors that you have to give a little time and effort to at the outset. He is prone to similes and metaphors which some people don't go for in abundance. And you add on top of that, Covenant's character is written in a way that it seems like Donaldson wants
you to hate him. He is bitter, weak, and he despises and abuses the people around him who want nothing except for him to succeed and survive. He is given what appears to be an unlimited power but simply refuses to use it, often at his and his "friends" peril.
But as you get deeper into the story something strange happens. The more Covenant continues disappoint your expectations for a "hero" the more you pull for him to snap out of it and become a true hero. The more he fails his supporters you become more amazed at the strength (or perhaps ignorance) of those around him for continuing to have faith in Covenant and their willingness to sacrifice everything for him. Reading the series can be an utter drain mentally as you are fighting that constant battle of pulling for him and in the next chapter wishing he would just give up and die to save everyone around him the pain.
What keeps you going is the Land and how great Donaldson describes it, the great cast of characters that surround Covenant, and the expectation (right or wrong) that in the end he will not fail.