Volume One of the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever - a classic of modern fantasy.
He called himself Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever, because he dared not believe in the strange alternative world on which he suddenly found himself - the Land.
But the Land tempted him. As a leper, in his own world he had been an outcast, unclean, a pariah. Now he was regarded as a saviour, the reincarnation of the Land's greatest hero - Berek Halfhand. Only the mystic powers of the white gold he carried could protect the Lords of the Land from the ancient evil of the Despiser, Lord Foul.
Yet Thomas Covenant had no idea how those powers could be tapped . . .
Stephen Donaldson spent 13 years in India, where his father was a medical missionary and orthopaedic surgeon; the idea for Thomas Covenant grew out of his father's work with lepers. The first trilogy won him the British Fantasy and John W. Campbell Awards; he won the World Fantasy Award for his collection REAVE THE JUST AND OTHER TALES. As well as fantasy and science fiction, he has also written a number of crime novels. He lives with his family in New Mexico.