Chainfire Mass Market Paperback – Nov 29 2005
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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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“Wonderfully creative, seamless, and stirring.” ―Kirkus on Wizard's First Rule
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“. . . outstanding work . . . adrenaline and characters who actually behave like adults. Highly recommended.” ―San Diego Union Tribune on Temple of the Winds
“...thoroughly enjoyable.” ―VOYA on Soul of the Fire
“Mr. Goodkind's compelling prose weaves a magic spell over readers.” ―Romantic Times on Faith of the Fallen
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The 5th and 6th volumes were somewhat mediocre while 7 and 8 were terrible. Richard left off fighting evil in order to take on spineless socialist weenies. Supporting characters were turned into drooling morons whose main purpose was to ask leading questions so that Goodkind (through Richard's mouth) could rant for pages about the evils of moral relativism and the joys of Libertarianism. In response the villainous Jagang was remade to be sort of a quasi-educated Leninist, no doubt because he needed intellectual balance to make up for all his genocide, looting and raping. The low point was perhaps the end of Naked Empire in which Richard and his band of libertarian converts slaughtered a bunch of unarmed pinko meatbags and Richard arrived at the stunning philosophical realization that he himself was so absolutely right that he was perfectly entitled -nay, required- to dispose of anyone who disagreed with him. There was also that damned goat.
People who were dissatisfied should take heart. Goodkind redeems himself somewhat with Chainfire.Read more ›
I have put this book down way too many times, that I felt like posting a review. Don't bother with this book if you don't want to be bored by a repetitive conversation.
Richard: You have to believe me, Kahlan is real.
Nicci: No, You're crazy.
Repeat the above 20 times, and you've got yourself a book. However, make sure to include long rants about why she is real, things everyone has already read in previous books.
**A book I would also recommend is The Unsuspecting Mage by Brian S. Pratt. This, the first installment of The Morcyth Saga is a great beginning for a new author. Battles, magic, gods, secret passages and intrigue, all the elements of a classic epic fantasy! Any fantasy reader will enjoy it. Also it didn't take 4-6 weeks to come as I had been worried about. Only about fifteen days. Still a wait but worth it!
This book has convinced me never to purchase, read, or touch anything else by Goodkind. The battle with Jagang will never end, and if it does the reading will too long and repetitive to bother with. I'm not sure I will ever finish this book, right now I'm stuck at the incredibly stupid part where Verna convinces General Trimack to let her in the Guarden of Life although Richar, Zedd, and Nathan each separately gave specific orders not to let ANYONE in. This is another reason that this series has gone down the drain - the lack of character integrity.
This book has an amazing story line, which is cloaked in mystery and has a highly developed plot line that will leave you guessing until the very end (and even then will leave you craving his next book).
I do not usually write reviews of books unless the book was utter garbage, but this time I had to speak up - BUY THIS BOOK, ITS WORTH IT! You will most certainly enjoy the read (although there may be a problem with not being able to put the book down until its done...).
I hope this review helps someone... And if you haven't read anything by Terry Goodkind, I also recommend "Wizards First Rule".
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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 22 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