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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.

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--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
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Let's at least make the debate intelligent. Jan. 23 2004
By denese
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Major Spoilers ahead!
Ok...I have no problem with an author using his books as a medium for expression of his/her views, as long as it doesn't hurt the story or result in completely unbelievable scenes or become a very poorly constructed argument for those views. Mr. Goodkinds' last few books (Faith of the Fallen through Naked Empire) have become boring one sided debates. Boring because they are so one sided. Ayn Rands' views are presented as infallible and all other views are presented as caricatures of their original selves. If you want to add philosophical debate to the story don't insult the intelligence of the reader, instead make the debate real....put up real objections that can be answered. No people I know on any side of the political spectrum are as naive as some of the characters Mr. Goodkind presents in his last 3 books.
Make characters' acceptance of the philosophy believable too... I mean Jennsen goes her whole life with a certain belief set, plus a huge emotional connection to her goal of vengeance, and then one small speech from Richard and suddenly she's spouting off (right after she's found out that her lover betrayed her, no less!)long winded philosophical arguments that she has never even hinted at possessing before. Unrealistic scenes like this one are so far from Mr. Goodkinds' plotting and character development abilities. Story first, underlying philosophy should remain underlying.
Also Mr. Goodkind does a serious disservice to the great moral leaders who have successfully employed notions of pacifism and self sacrifice for the better of all (i.e.
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"Evil thinks not to beguile us by unveiling the terrible truth of its festering intent, but comes, instead, disguised in the diaphanous robes of virtue, whispering sweet-sounding lies intended to seduce us into the dark bed of our eternal graves.
---translated from Koloblicin's Journal"
A quote that could easily apply to events in our modern world, but comes from the seventh book of this very enjoyable series. However, while the work itself is fairly good, the reader is set up for disappointment if one believes the unbelievably misleading jacket copy. Being charitable, one might consider it the honest effort of someone totally unfamiliar with the series, characters involved, and who apparently never bothered to take the simple step of actually reading the book. Or from a more cynical viewpoint, it might be stated that an assumption was made that the jacket copy should be written the way it was in order to pump up sales for those of us that actually expected to read about Lord Richard Rahl, Mother Confessor Kahlan, and their ongoing battle with the evil Keeper. They do make their appearance, but not as the jacket suggests throughout the entire novel. Instead, they arrive on page 500 of the 557-page novel. Either way it was done, the jacket copy is completely worthless so please do not be misled.
After six preceding novels, the back-story is important and quite complex. Simplifying greatly, Richard Rahl is the offspring of a Lord Rahl, who was an evil ruler and a tool of the demon of the underworld, Keeper. Richard Rahl eventually followed one of the great prophecies ordained thousands of years ago and written in the great books in the Wizard's Keep and deposed his father and became Lord Richard Rahl.
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars refreshing
I enjoyed this book. Book number six was a waste of time. It was a space filler between book five and seven. Read more
Published on April 18 2004
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