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A weak, repetitive plot mars the ninth novel in bestseller Goodkind's Sword of Truth fantasy series (after 2003's Naked Empire). The story opens promisingly enough. Richard, Lord Rahl, ruler of D'Hara, seeker and bearer of the Sword of Truth, is sorely wounded in battle. Healed by the sorceress Nicci, he regains consciousness only to discover his wife, Kahlan, is missing-and no one believes she exists. Meanwhile, the armies of Emperor Jagang, leader of the brutal Imperial Order, threaten D'Hara. Distracted by Kahlan's disappearance, Richard refuses to lead troops against Jagang's forces, insisting his people must stand up for themselves. Bargaining with the witch woman Shota, he trades the Sword of Truth for information on Kahlan and learns of "chainfire," hidden in "the place of the bones in the Deep Nothing." Journeying there, Richard discovers chainfire is a spell capable of unraveling existence. Meanwhile, the Sisters of the Dark have stolen two of the three boxes of Orden, seeking to call the Keeper of the Dead to life. Even fans will be disappointed by the minimal action and lengthy speeches that slow this juggernaut of a novel to a tedious crawl. Hopefully, Goodkind has positioned all his pieces and the pace will pick up in the next installment.
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Well you have to read it if you're going to finish the series, so no spoilers but it dragged on longer than it should have.Published 19 months ago by Jordan L
Terry's getting very good at setting the stage for wrapping up his series but I don't have any fingernails left from reading how the story has progressed Terry takes you into the... Read morePublished on May 24 2013 by R. H. KREIL
As usual Terry Goodkind has intertwined the real with the surreal, giving a believable mesh of fantastic storytelling.Published on Aug. 18 2009 by Robert McGrath
The idea behind this continuation of Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series was interesting, but the more I read the more I too began to forget who Kahlan was. Read morePublished on May 18 2006 by Child
Like all the readers of Terry Goodkind, i loved the 2 first novel of the sword of truth. But enough is enough. Just a book about a madness caused by Kalhan missing. Read morePublished on April 11 2006
After suffering through books 6 to 8, which were massive dissapointments in the writing the made me find books 1 to 4 just absolutely breathtaking... Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2005 by Burning Man
very exciting from the beginning to the end.
poor richard, he has to go thru all the frustrations of people closest to him believing he has gone mad. Read more