Finally crawled to the end of "Fatal Revenant", the second book in the Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.
I struggled with this. There's not enough plot and too much turgid prose here. Donaldson's writing style means employing fifty words when one could do. However, many of these words you won't know nor will your concise dictionary. He'll have plucked them from a thesaurus or some archaic location. It wasn't just me - all the reviews mention it and there's even a website
dedicated to this. It'd be okay if it added something to the book but instead it drags the pace down and makes dialogue seem pompous and stilted. I mean why say "nameless" when you can say "innominate" (Firefox dictionary doesn't like that word), or "limitless" when "illimiatable" will do, "omitted" when you can use "elided".
The dialogue would be okay if it was delivered by interesting, rounded characters. It isn't. The story and world are only ever told through Linden Avery's view and are barely fleshed out. The many faces blend into one another. Linden herself is well drawn but not likeable. She's too self absorbed and actually quite selfish. If these qualities got redeemed in the book, it would be forgiveable but we suffer the puissance
of her whining throughout.
The plot too is anaemic. It could be summed up in a handful of sentences and most of it seems almost pointless by the end. Sure, there's a handful of decent scenes - and the ending is suitably climatic - but you feel you're wading through so much morass beforehand.
It's a shame because I really enjoyed the first two chronicles many years ago and loved the Gap series. This novel seemed self indulgent and almost pointless until the denouement. I'll finish the series because I've started it but it won't be any time soon.