The Runes of the Earth (The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Book 1) - Stephen R. Donaldson As a huge fan of the original 6-book series, I only got through one and a half of these "Last Chronicles" books before realizing there were more important things to do with my life. Many of them. I wonder if, twenty-five year down the line, I would think so highly of the first, Thomas Covenant-based books, and I am guessing I probably would, even if I am loath to go back and see. Linden Avery has no real room to develop, and nowhere near as interesting a back story as Thomas Covenant to help explain her obsessions.