I began reading this sage in the early 80's when they were at the height of popularity. The six original stories of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever were amazing, gripping and an epic saga. Imagine my surprise when I came across "The Runes of the Earth", my hands shook as I hurriedly downloaded a copy - and it did not disappoint. This story begins with the death of Linden Avery at the hands of Covenant's ex-wife and son when they kidnap her adopted son, Jeremiah. Linden Avery awakens once again in the Land and goes in search of her lost son. Much has changed in the 10 years since Linden's last visit. The Lords are gone, the Staff of Law lost, the Land has been desecrated at the hands of Lord Foul and his minions. Linden plans to save the Land by moving through time to find the Staff of Law. She is both helped and thwarted by the Land's inhabitants, many of whom distrust her. If you haven't already read the previous six, I suggest you do. However, there is enough information in the beginning of the book to help you to move forward without them.