Book four of the Sword of Truth series.
On the red moon will come the firestorm...
the Sword of Truth, Richard Rahl has battled death itself and come to
the defense of the D'Haran people. But now the power-mad Emperor Jagang
confronts Richard with a swift and inexorable foe: a mystical plague
cutting a deadly swath across the land and slaying thousands of innocent
To quench the inferno, he must seek remedy in the wind...
fight it Richard and his beloved Kahlan Amnell will risk everything to
uncover the source of the terrible plague-the magic sealed away for
three millennia in the Temple of the Winds.
Lightning will find him on that path...
when prophecy throws the shadow of betrayal across their mission and
threatens to destroy them, Richard must accept the Truth and find a way
to pay the price the winds demand...or he and his world will perish.
MY RATING: 3 STARS
I think I'll tackle this one with a few main points of discussion.
- I despise Terry Goodkind as a person.
- Either I'm a prophet, or this series has just gotten that predictable.
- I no longer care that much for Richard.
I think that will work for the time being. Here we go:
I despise Terry Goodkind as a person.
never met the man, and I'm not sure I want to. As others have pointed
out before me, these books are all filled with the same graphic,
horrendous acts of violence, namely rape and torture. I mean it, if the
shock of it hadn't worn off clear back in Stone of Tears,
then this would have made me physically sick just to read about how
eight out of ten female characters were treated. As I've seen it put
elsewhere, when the men are killed, they're cut in half and they die.
When the women are killed, they're raped, mutilated, raped after being
mutilated, mutilated and raped some more, then they die. I'll say it
again, plot elements such as these are best used in moderation, and with
good reason. For one, they wear out with use and lose whatever shock
and horror value they possess. For another, if you repeatedly fill your
books with this kind of misogyny and torture porn (hey, I'm just calling
it like I see it), it's in disgusting taste and really makes your
audience start to wonder about you...I'm just saying...at this point,
though, it hardly registers as it should with me. I'm not so much
outraged on behalf of the characters as I am annoyed that it's popped up
AGAIN. It's like mildew, really.
And I just realized that I said I viewed the whole thing as an annoyance as opposed to the horror that it is. Now I really
despise Terry Goodkind as a person. I hope he's gotten himself a better
editor since this was published, as he still tends to ramble off on
tangents that have little to nothing to do with whatever happens to be
going on in the story and he manages his characters better this time
around, but the best ones get even less screen time than ever. That's
the REAL annoyance.
Either I'm a prophet, or this series has just gotten that predictable.
right, now I'll admit that there were a few things that took me by
surprise, but they were few and far between. I was surprised, for
instance, that the big conflict was something as mundane as a plague
instead of yet another bad guy intent on conquering the free world (but
maybe that's because Richard hasn't offed Emperor Jagang yet). But from
that point on, I could just about see everything coming, from who was
going to get the plague to what was really going on with Shota to the
identity of the Jack the Ripper-esque serial killer that sliced up half
the prostitutes in Aydindril (did I spell it right this time?), you get
the picture. Where are the surprises lurking in this mess of
almost-bombshells? I can't see them! I can't see them!
I no longer care that much for Richard.
liked him better when he was Richard Cypher the Seeker, the
stereotypical young hero that still had a lot to learn and had something
endearing about him. Now who is he? He's Richard Rahl, lord and master
of the D'Haran empire! What he says, goes! He doesn't know everything
there is to know about everything, but he's the final word on everything
anyway! Obey or die! *raspberry* Really, he's not terribly likeable
anymore. Kahlan hasn't slipped that bad, but she's getting less and less
interesting. The best characters are the ones who don't get enough
focus, such as Zedd, Ann, Verna, and the Mord-Sith. Granted, Cara,
Berdine and Raina had a much bigger part to play here, but I fail to see
why Goodkind even bothered including Zedd, Ann and Verna this time
around, they did so little. Now, don't get me wrong, the little they did
was important, and I wouldn't have missed Zedd and Ann acting like
lunatics to avoid being sacrificed for the world, but so much more could
have been done with them! Yet they go to waste! Travesty!
closing statement after venting a lot of spleen...if there was so much
for me to complain about while reading this book, why, then, will I
bother with the series any longer? Because the good stuff was just that
good, gosh darn it! When it's bad, it's bloody awful, but when it's
good, it's pretty freaking great! For the sake of the great stuff, I'm
willing to endure the other unpalatable stuff! Curse you, Terry
Your humble book nerd,