Book three of the Sword of Truth series
When Richard Cypher's
odyssey began nobody could have imagined where his adventure would lead.
Overcoming personal tragedy and becoming the Seeker, wielder of the
magical Sword of Truth, Richard defeated the megalomaniacal wizard
Darken Rahl and fell in love with Kahlan Amnell, who, as the Mother
Confessor, wields considerable magic in her own right and presides over
the Midlands, dealing justice in disputes both large and small
throughout her land. The Blood of the Fold, a group of fanatical
anti-magic zealots, have joined the forces thwarted by Richard and
Kahlan. They are the unwitting pawns of a sorcerous evil from the Old
World, a realm that has been magically sealed for thousands of years.
Richard, Kahlan, and their allies now face the combined might of two
worlds - the old and the new. This stunning confrontation threatens an
armageddon of unimaginable proportions unless Richard and Kahlan can
believe in the power of their love and their faith in the Truth.
My review as posted on GoodReads:
MY RATING: 4 STARS
Terry Goodkind needs to get himself a better editor...
Apart from that, this one was MUCH better than Stone of Tears.
The plot still wandered, but it got back under control in time for a
much more exciting, much more detailed climax. This one would still be a
3.5 by my reckoning, but again, the good stuff was just that good.
You'll notice, though, that this time I rounded up.
that are becoming an annoying trend in this series are the
oh-so-convenient prophecies being made left and right, and the
even-more-convenient Wizard's Rules that are revealed at the most useful
of times. I've got it pegged like this: Wizard's First Rule, People are Stupid (first book following how Richard and Darken Rahl
worked to deceive each other to gain victory), Wizard's Second Rule, The
greatest harm can result from the best intentions (in trying to defeat
Darken Rahl, Richard nearly set loose the Keeper), and Wizard's Third
Rule, Passion rules reason (everyone and his pet dog's emotions lead
them into disasters that could have been avoided had they stopped to
think things through). My take on it is that the rules establish the
theme, and the instant the rule of focus for a particular book is
revealed, the whole story becomes predictable.
It would be easier
on me if I didn't like other parts so much. Gratch and the Mord-Sith
are high on my list, for one thing. I could have done without a few
subplots, or at least I think the way they were handled could have been
better, but as it was I thought it dragged through the parts narrating
Tobias Brogan and Emperor Jagang. They were both nasty characters, but
Goodkind could have gotten so much more mileage out of them as villains.
(Unless he ended up using that as a window to cram some more rape and
torture in there, in which case they're best left as they are. We get
it, man, they're the bad guys. Quit ramming it down our throats.)
movers and shakers keep moving around, as well. First book, the focus
was on Richard. Second, it was more on Kahlan. This time, most of the
story was about Ann, Nathan, and Verna. And it's weird, but whenever
Goodkind narrows in on any particular character, the rest are made less
appealing, even if they were awesome in previous installments. It's like he just stops trying to make everyone grow along with the series.
*cough*Richard!*cough* Character development is key, but come on, you
have to balance it out! If there are too many people running around to
give them a fair voice, then someone has to get cut! This is where a
better editor is called for!
Yet for all the complaining I'm
doing, I'm still giving this one four stars. That's non-negotiable. It
was predictable, occasionally sluggish, and just perplexing--not always
in a good way--but what I liked, I loved. Take it or leave it.
Your humble book nerd,