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Terry Goodkind
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Nov. 28 2007 Sword of Truth Series (Book 7)
Tormented her entire life by inhuman voices, Jennsen seeks to end her intolerable agony. She at last discovers a way to silence the voices. For everyone else, the torment is about to begin. Richard Rahl and his wife, Kahlan, have been reunited after their long separation, but with winter descending and the paralyzing dread of an army of annihilation occupying their homeland, they must venture deep into a strange and desolate land. Their quest turns to terror when they find themselves the helpless prey of a tireless hunter. Exploited by those intent on domination, Jennsen finds herself drawn into the center of a violent struggle for conquest and revenge. Worse yet, she finds her will seized by dark forces more abhorrent than anything she ever envisioned. Only then does she come to realize that the voices were real. Staggered by loss and increasingly isolated, Richard and Kahlan desperately struggle to survive. But if they are to live, they must stop the relentless, unearthly threat that comes out of the darkest night of the human soul. To do so, Richard will be called upon to face the demons stalking among the Pillars of Creation.

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Seven books into his Sword of Truth series, author Terry Goodkind continues to expand and enlarge the fantasy realm D'Hara. But with the Pillars of Creation he takes a detour from his usual approach, leaving his primary protagonists in the background to spin a story of one woman's battle to discover the truth of her heritage.

Told in vivid and often gruesome detail, Goodkind's fable grabs the reader with a familiar archetypal theme: a young woman, Darken Rahl's illegitimate daughter Jennsen, flees her home in the wake of murderous forces rising from her lineage. She runs in the shadows of Lord Richard Rahl's domain with a spy sent by Emperor Jagang, the enemy of D'Hara. With his help, she journeys across the entire realm, chasing rumor and misinformation to ultimately discover the truth of her heritage.

Loyal readers, who know the truth that Jennsen seeks, may find this book tedious as they wonder when Lord Richard Rahl and Mother Confessor Kahlan are going to swoop in and save the day. But Goodkind appears to be challenging readers, and perhaps himself, to see the benevolent administration of Richard Rahl from its underside and from an opposition perspective. The change in perspective works up to a point. Goodkind has created a fast-paced adventure story that might be appreciated by diehard fans if they can leave their longing for the status quo at the door. --Jeremy Pugh --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Fantasy bestseller Goodkind brings his usual strong sense of place and distinct characterization to his seventh sprawling novel in the popular Sword of Truth series, though the action, too often discussed rather than shown, takes a while to warm up. The struggle continues between the New World's Seeker of Truth, Lord Richard Rahl, and the Old World's totalitarian leader, Emperor Jagang "the Just," against the dry and barren beauty of the desert landscape. After deposing his father, old Lord Rahl, Richard lingers in the background at his immense fortress. Meanwhile, battling for power are the bastards that old Rahl has also sired, notably Richard's oafish lout of a half-brother, Oba, who tries to murder his way to the throne. Taking center stage is the vengeful Jennsen, who wants to kill Richard because she blames him for her mother's murder. Of course, Richard isn't the villain she takes him for, though Jennsen is slow to catch on. Amid the interminable sword-and-sorcery in the tradition of Robert E. Howard (Howard would have especially appreciated the huge serpent with which Oba and Jennsen contend), the author spouts his familiar political pieties. Lip service may be paid to public good, but passion arises only in scenes of violence. For all its clumsy exposition, unlikely coincidences and feeble attempts at humor, this latest installment, with its striking jacket art showing a beautiful desert landscape, is as certain to please Goodkind's legions of fans as previous books in the series.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Obviously misunderstood July 12 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Though this is not the best in the sword of truth series, it is far from being the horrible flop that seems to be the consensus between the readers who have little vision to look beyond the scope of this book as not being all about richard or not about being able to stand on its own - this is why it is part of a SERIES! Do you think that terry goodkind was going to wrap everything up nice and neat? no! He wants you to read his other books and delve into the lives of all of his characters! (And do it by the way, you won't regret it!) This book provides a nice contrast - and if you acutally take the time to READ this book (rather than be dissatisfied at the beginning and continue to be close minded till the end of the book because their is no Richard/Kahlan) the charcters will begin to grow on you as will
Goodkind's reasoning for taking a break from his Kahlan/Richard emphasis. The best thing about Goodkind's works is the message behind it - and I suspect most of the poor reviews for these books are not because the story is not satisfactory but rather because of his display of his beliefs through out his writing that may be contridictory to some. To me, that is what makes this series (and this book) stick out against some of the others series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite of the first 7 July 12 2004
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Personally this was my favorite book of the series. It didn't really focus on Richard and by that I mean he was in like the last two chapters or so. I found this to be a refreshing way to explore more of the world that Mr. Goodkind has created without having to put Richard into yet more danger that he can either evaporate with he's war wizardness or use his infallible reflexes and swordsmanship to destroy. Not to say that this one wasn't as gruesome as the others in fact it was probably the most vulgar book I've ever read. But hey that's part of the appeal of the series even if it is more than slightly scaring. I think that while the series also becomes more... well to be honest preachy it also builds up the excitement of the series. I for one can't wait to read the final book in this series if there is ever one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book- though a side story June 22 2004
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this book was a sort of side story used to intruduce the new charater of richard's sister. people gave it bad reviews because of this but it was worth reading and i liked this side story different from the others. Don't be turned off by other reviews it is a good book, not the best, but good
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth Oct. 6 2003
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If you've read the rest of the Sword of Truth series, this book might be a let down, that is, if you don't like new characters and if you aren't into seeing other points of view. If you're bland and boring and enjoy the same hum-drum tale all the way through a series, then this exciting book isn't for you. However, if you're a true lover of books, as I believe myself to be, you'll appreciate the interesting change of pace and the wonderful detail put into a side character that will come into the main plot. Excellent work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm April 6 2004
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This book... had a very evil feel to it. The characters weren't as in depth as the other books... or perhaps just not as appealing. I thought Jennsen quite determined to be stupid throughout her journies, but her character was saved in the end. The scene with Oba and the Mord-sith is not one easily forgettable, it's enjoyable in the most sadistic of ways. You definitely could not read this book and get everything out of it if you hadn't read a few of the others preceeding it, so you had a feel of what was going on with the Order and Richard. I did find myself greedily awaiting appearances from Richard and Kahlan, because those two characters are the kind one can read about forever and identify with... Jennsen, I wanted to hurt; although that does say something about how brought alive the characters were. Still, definitely an evil feel to it. I love the terms "hole in the world" and "pillars of creation", such chilling thoughts. The kind that remind you of something, far off and long ago that you just can't place but it made you scared perhaps without cause. This is a book that will make you think and wonder and probably leave you more confused than you were at the beginning, and wanting to write a review about just how much you disliked it. The fact is, you will probably dislike it as you're reading it, and want to put it down but you will not be able to. You'll read it through till the end and then perhaps think it a waste of time, and you should have stopped reading when you felt like it... but of course you couldn't. This is a page-turner if I ever heard of one. Maybe you're better off not wasting hours on it but I still reccomend it.
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OK, OK, it's fantasy. Earth's rules of science and physics don't matter but in many places this book fails to adhere to the rules of common sense. Also, I thought the editing was poor. There were spots where it felt like Mr Goodkind took a break then started writing again before he re-read what he had just written. One such error comes to mind where two full sentences repeated just two paragraphs apart. I don't mind letting a few nonsensical things slide, but there are so many big and little screwy things here that it was impossible to reconcile them short of turning off your brain. Here are a few examples in no particular order (a few spoilers noted with '***'):
* Jennsen is selectively ignorant/knowledgeable, observant/unobservant, or strong willed/easily manipulated depending on what is convenient at the time throughout the story to maintain the weak plot.
* The Emperor's key strategists are not very strategic, nor does he listen to them.
* Doesn't the existence and knowledge of these "holes in the world" make places like the Wizard's Keep a whole lot less threatening? If the Emporer knew about Jennsen why didn't he use her to assault the Keep? Or, why didn't Richard use her (or someone like her) previously - wasn't one of the main themes of a previous book based around trying to get past the magical safeguards of the Keep?
* The Emperor losses a million plus units of his army to an unknown force that strikes at the heart of his camp and his response is basically, "oh well, it'll take a little time to rebuild." Yeah, this guy is going to have many followers...
* Tom covertly follows Jennsen (who is in the middle of this million plus unit army) in a horse drawn wagon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Scott A Allan
1.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could rate it at zero!!
This has to be one of the stupidest books I have read in a long time. The scene of how Jennsen rescues Sebastien is dumbfoundly unbelievable; to think that an author would think... Read more
Published on Aug. 9 2011 by Chris D
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put the book down
I've been reading the series in reverse order, starting with Phantom. Even though this is a very long book, I read it in a few days, at a time when I am very busy with other... Read more
Published on Sept. 11 2007 by Reb Natan
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!
This book was one awsome book!
Published on July 14 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the worst fantasy novel ever written.
In a confounding narrative decision, Goodkind abandons the established characters of the previous Sword of Truth novels in favor of a completely uncompelling pair of unlikely... Read more
Published on July 13 2004 by sporked
2.0 out of 5 stars If you can't put this book down, check your fingers for glue
This book was a real yawn for me. I was disappointed with it. I'd actually say it deserves about 2.5 stars, so I gave it 2. Read more
Published on June 24 2004 by ChiJosh
4.0 out of 5 stars Break down to the 8th
Lets be honest about the book. Goodkind did two things in this book.
1: different perspective instead of Kahlan and Richard, you have Richards sister taking the lead. Read more
Published on May 27 2004 by Frankie Blas
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book if you give it a chance
I was under the impression that this book wasn't good because of all the reviews here. I'm glad I went ahead and read it anyway, because the story is significantly advanced in... Read more
Published on May 7 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars the pillars are crumbling!
This book has to be the worst in the series. I hated Oba, he was a freak with too much power. I couldn't wait for the chapters with him to get over with. Read more
Published on April 19 2004 by Hikara
5.0 out of 5 stars There is still hope
Im giving this book 5 stars (although it probably deserves four)just because I dont think that it is fair that it has a tow and a half average. Read more
Published on April 19 2004 by milos
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