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Terry Goodkind
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Nov. 13 2007 Sword of Truth Series (Book 11)
Descending into darkness, about to be overwhelmed by evil, those people still free are powerless to stop the coming dawn of a savage new world, while Richard faces the guilt of knowing that he must let it happen. Alone, he must bear the weight of a sin he dare not confess to the one person he loves…and has lost. Join Richard and Kahlan in the concluding novel of one of the most remarkable and memorable journeys ever written. It started with one rule and will end with the rule of all rules, the rule unwritten, the rule unspoken since the dawn of history. When next the sun rises, the world will be forever changed.

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"Makes an indelible impact." --Publishers Weekly on Faith of the Fallen
"Few writers have Goodkind's power of creation…a phenomenal piece of imaginative writing, exhaustive in its scope and riveting in its detail." --Publishing News on Temple of the Winds
"Highly recommended." --San Diego Union Tribune on Temple of the Winds
"Goodkind's greatest triumph: the ability to introduce immediately identifiable characters. His heroes, like us, are not perfect. Instead, each is flawed in ways that strengthen, rather than weaken their impact. You'll find no two-dimensional oafs here. In fact, at times you'll think you're looking at your own reflection." --SFX on Blood of the Fold
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One of the most popular writers of fantasy today, Terry Goodkind divides his time between Maine and Nevada.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Finally, an ending, however terrible.... Dec 7 2008
It seems that the bread and butter of the fantasy genre these days are terribly long-winded series of very little content. In this regard I think primarily of the Wheel of Time, but Goodkind's effort is not far behind. Don't get me wrong: the first books of this series were superlative -- I was hooked from the first words of Wizard's First Rule, and it only got better until the series reached it's most thrilling point with Temple of the Winds. Unfortunately, the excitement nearly plummeted after that, with The Pillars of Creation being by far the worst of any of the volumes; and because it featured so little of Kahlan and Richard, it could easily have been taken out of the series altogether with nothing lost. Basically, books 5-12 were terrible -- a grossly over-hyped waste of time and trees. Confessor dragged on and on for hundreds of pages with very little content, and the staple of Goodkind's narrative (i.e. Ayn Rand's parroted objectivist philosophy) was here in spades, especially in Richard's final monologue. And what was with the whole anti-church jab at the very end? I had suspected all along that Goodkind had had a bad Catholic upbringing or something..... My advice would be to read volumes 1-4 and hen just stop. It will be a lot less painful that way.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Painful Jan. 29 2008
I have finished this book only because it is the last in a series that I started so long ago. I loved the first few books and really liked the following books from this arc. This last one however, is a painful read. Nearly two thirds of the text is synopsis of the last nine books. If you are a fan it will drive you crazy, if you aren`t - you probably have no idea what is going on anyway. The characters I used to love - who were real and flawed - are now one dimensional and omnipotent. Apparently just the way Richard glares is enough to cow a mob now. Other complex characters (poor Zedd) are stripped of all interest and have to suffer through tedious dialog in order to advance the plot or deliver information to the reader in a lazy way. The freedom/conformity plot is repeated ad nausuem. Every minor character since the first book makes a cameo appearance (ridiculous even). It felt like an over done drama in it`s final throes of death.

Even the cover art is a disappointment. The woman`s silhouette got boring three books ago. It`s a real shame. Wish I hadn`t bought it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific series makes up for flopped ending Jan. 7 2008
First of all, the Sword of Truth novels have been a joy for me to read. The Ja La section was wonderfully written and exactly what readers wanted. Nice work. The dance with death sections and Richard fighting were good, but without the Sword and without his and Kahlan's power, I sort of felt robbed for most of the book. Some of the dialogue -- especially towards the end of the series -- gets repetitive and can be skimmed over by all but the youngest readers. Richard and Kahlan also have a lot less face time in Confessor than you would think. At one point you don't even hear Richard talk for 100 pages; and during that time all you want is Zedd, Verna and the Mord-Sith to shut up so you can get to the part where Richard plays Jagang's team. Goodkind digressed from what made the stories so wonderful from the beginning -- an average but essentially good man and his extraordinary and beautiful wife forced to make tough decisions and think their way out of hairy situations -- and instead shares time with characters that while add substance to what would otherwise be empty pages, simply aren't on par with Richard and Kahlan. There is also a troubling lack of actual Confessor power(WHY IS THERE NO BLOOD-RAGE?) in the concluding novel which is one of the most exciting parts to read. The ending was too easy and too head-slappingly simple if not way too alegorical even for Goodkind. I'm not upset that I didn't think of it before reading it (mostly because it seems kind of juvenile) and it does a clever bit by coming full circle with the First Rule, but the generous use of deus ex machina and Richard's seemingly peerless memory I think cheapens it. And there is no need for all the pontificating by Richard. He is a good man but it was never his way to spell it out. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars So-So, poor ending Dec 30 2007
The novel was very well written and had some great moments, like the "game of life" segments. Unfortunately it was marred by a few things, the worst being the ending. I found that it was very deux ex mechina in that Richard barely did anything to solve the ending. The ending was also extremely similiar to the 1986 all-text computer game "Spellbreaker" from Infocom.

At some points i expected Geordi or Samantha Carter to pop up during one of the "magic lessons" and join in the babbling. "Zedd! There's not enough Naquada in the plasma coil to fuel the flux capacitor!"

The personality shifts were also quite dismal. Richard went from the Noble king to what I would consider a very mean person.

Overall, a dismal end to a magnificent series.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Rushed and poorly done. March 26 2008
I have been a die hard fan of this series since the Wizard's First Rule, and I have to say that this series has gone and made itself... a self-help series that continues to put the storyline second. The series started off well, being a wonderful story with some of Goodkind's views mixed in, but now it's a thinly-veiled preach that's just poorly written. This must be the worst rush job I have seen even an author do in recent memory. If by some miracle it wasn't a rushed book, then the Terry Goodkind really needs to stop writing fiction and just go straight into preaching the word of his ideals in the self-help section. The only good thing I can say about this book is that this is the last one of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great compliment to the series
Wow as usual a thrill ride of emotion. A series that always keeps me on the edge of your seat. Terry Goodkind does it again.
Published 25 days ago by Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent Series
Published 1 month ago by Scott A Allan
4.0 out of 5 stars Confessor
A very good read. Although I now realize from reading this book that Mr Goodkind's personal life philosophy reflected in this book differs considerably from mine so I won't be... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Doug McCrae
4.0 out of 5 stars confessor
Excellent book keeps on the edge of your seat . Couldn't put it down I would recommend reading the whole sword of truth series
Published 13 months ago by jay waumsley
5.0 out of 5 stars La fin d'une belle aventure litéraire
Comment bien finir une telle crois que c'est impossible!! On ne voudrait pas que ca se finisse car on s'est attachés au personnages et en même temps on voudrait... Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2010 by Pierre Paquin
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book Slightly Dissapointing Ending
Alright, i know that you all want to know the facts, and only the facts about THIS book and only this book, but i have to include some insight from prior novels (no spoilers) The... Read more
Published on May 17 2010 by Adam Stinnett
2.0 out of 5 stars Utter Garbage
I believe the people who rated Confessor with 4 or 5 stars must have been reffering to some other novel, surely not this trainwreck. Read more
Published on April 10 2009 by Matt Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars It rocks!
The final book in the Sword of Truth series, culminates in resolving issues & characters from the previous 10 books. What a read. Read more
Published on March 5 2009 by May M. Painter
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so much closure, but happy it's over
It's a paint by numbers. If you've read at least the Chainfire series you know what's going to happen, I was only surprised once by this book. Read more
Published on Jan. 29 2009 by David Are
5.0 out of 5 stars Faith the abandenment of reason?
Confessor is a very good book. Terry Goodkind did a very good job.
I especially liked the message he focused on. Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2008 by Soufiane Mdaghri
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