[These notes were made in 1984:]. In this, the last of the Covenant series proper, the Unbeliever achieves what appears to be a final victory over Despite [i.e. roughly self-hate:], not through any sort of absolute certainties but by invoking his own doubts and fears about the nature of his being. In the process, he loses his best friend, Saltheart Foamfollower the giant, and he does it by embracing, not fleeing, the objective correlative of his inner evil, the green-glowing Illearth Stone. There were a few good moments - notably when Foamfollower carried Covenant through a river of lava - but I must complain still about the opaqueness and sometimes stiltedness of the prose.