Five Star February: Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Book 01: Lord Foul’s Bane by Stephen Donaldson

 Title  Lord Foul’s Bane (The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever #1)
 Author:  Stephen Donaldson
Summary He called himself Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever because he dared not believe in the strange alternate world in which he suddenly found himself. Yet he was tempted to believe, to fight for the Land, to be the reincarnation of its greatest hero. [1]
Why I Loved It: Complex with a hero who is not all good or even mostly good, why I loved this one is hard to figure out.  I love great world building and it is here in spades. But the “hero” is not a hero in the classic sense.  He is whiny and self centered and a rapist. Really he is a bastard.  So maybe my interest in complex baddies and good guys didn’t start with Al Swearengen from Deadwood or Gene Hunt in Ashes to Ashes, but here in The Land.
Who would like this This is really a polarizing book.  People love it or hate it. It has a 4 star review rating at Amazon but The people who hate it reallllly hate it.  It is a hard nasty read but sometimes that is interesting.  Be warned there are triggers here.
Favorite Quotes: “And he who wields white, wild magic gold is a paradox
For he is everything and nothing
Hero and fool
Potent, helpless
And with one word of truth or treachery
He will save or damn the earth
Because he is mad and sane
Cold and passionate
Lost and found””Futility is the defining characteristic of life.”