Reave the Just and Other Tales

Reave the Just and Other Tales

by Stephen R. Donaldson


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The New York Times bestselling author of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant presents a collection of stories and novellas spanning fourteen years, including dark fables and lush fairy tales, featuring legendary heroes, lowly beggars, and immortal beings.

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ISBN-13: 9780425257036
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Stephen Donaldson is the author of the six volumes of the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, a landmark in modern fantasy. Every volume, beginning with Lord Foul's Bane in 1977, has been an international bestseller. Donaldson returned to the series with Runes of the Earth in 2004, followed by Fatal Revenant, and Against All Things Ending. The Last Dark, the final book in the series, will be published by Putnam in September 2013. He lives in New Mexico.

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I had wealth--an enviable villa graced by servants and soothing grounds, courtesans both imaginative and compliant, and a thriving merchantry, coupled with social standing just below that of the Thal himself.  I had friends, well placed and gracious, who might have come to my aid--if they could have done so without inconvenience.  I had a substantial, if somewhat overfed, cohort of guards sworn to my service and, presumably, to my protection.

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From Stephen R. Donaldson, author of the landmark fantasy series the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, comes REAVE THE JUST AND OTHER TALES. This collection includes the stories:









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“Donaldson proves once again that he is the quintessential fantasist and the true successor and heir to J.R.R. Tolkien.”—BookPage

“Inventive characters and fantastical aladdinesque settings.”—SF Site

“Beguiling, intelligent and thought-provoking.”—World-Herald, Omaha

“Fans of Donaldson’s longer fiction will dive right in...thoughtful, well-worked out, often fascinating yarns.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Donaldson’s strength is in the worlds he creates, which are familiar enough to strike a chord in his reader, but different enough to present fascinating new sights and adventures.”—Science Fiction Chronicle

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Reave the Just and Other Tales 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a collection of fantasy stories. Since there's only a limited amount of Donaldson work that isn't part of the Covenant series, this is different, and quite interesting.
clong on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an ambitious collection from Donaldson, with most of the tales being variations on the theme that folks have to take personal responsibility to fight injustice and those who would do them harm. The stories are fairly long, mostly novelette length (averaging about 60 pages each in the paperback). I don't see how anyone could dispute that Donaldson is an accomplished storyteller, and most of these are very well constructed. Characters are strongly drawn, although not always sympathetic. The closing story, "By Any Other Name," at times seemed to very clearly emulate the language and style of Edgar Allen Poe. The opening and closing stories, "Reave the Just" and "By Any Other Name," have many parallels, each telling the story of a mysterious outsider who arrives to mete out justice to the evil and the good alike (although they are set in very different fantasy worlds). "The Killing Stroke," "The Woman Who Loved Pigs," and "Penance" were ambitious and compelling tells, that didn't quite achieve their full potential. To my taste, the weakest entries were "The Kings of Tarshish Shall Bring Gifts" and "What Makes Us Human" (the sole science fiction tale in the bunch). I guess I shouldn't be surprised that Donaldson includes a fair amount of sex, and that very little of it is of a consensual, loving nature. I must say that I had a hard time with the arbiter of justice in the title story telling a serial rape victim that she didn't deserve help if she wasn't trying her hardest to kill her rapist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some very different from his Covenant series. Engaging and well-conceived.