I LOVE all of Terry Goodkind Sword or Truth books, however, I had a tough time with this one. The story didn't really go anywhere and is was as though he ran out of stuff to write, because he kept repeating himself and it was basically an overview of his previous books.
For me, book 9 of the Sword of Truth series started off real slow. In fact it stayed slow until the last 4 or 5 chapters. This was a tough one to keep moving through, but I've made it this far into the series and need to finish it up. Having said that, the last 4 or 5 chapters were superb and really moved the story along, in fact it made the rest of the book worthwhile reading, I just wish it would have gotten this far sooner. Unfortunately I'm not sure Terry could have done much more to make the book more riveting without decreasing some of the effectiveness of the plot. I've left this book looking forward to the final two books, but hoping they are more like the last 100 pages of this one instead of the first 700.
"After being gravely injured in a surprise attack, Richard Rahl awakes to discover his beloved Kahlan missing. To his disbelief, no one remembers the woman he is frantically trying to find . . ." Much praised by reviewers.
I guess this is the first of a trilogy within the Sword of Truth series. This is all about Richard being the only one that knows Kahlan exists and everyone else thinking he's lost his mind. My guess and prediction ;) is that the next one Phantom will be about Kahlan and then perhaps the third one will be about the last battle. But I don't know for sure.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the series and sadly know they are coming to an end. Chainfire stays in keeping with Goodkind's original vision of the series. The main characters are the focus and does not deviate the storyline like some of the others do. I like how a few characters have sides not explored before, which keeps the reader on their toes.
Full of rape, torture, murder, blood and guts (literally). NOT good books, but very engaging. I was unable to put them down, and have lost a lot of sleep during the two months it took me to read the entire series. I cringed, I cried, I gasped, I had nightmares. I can't imagine what kind of twisted mind thinks up this kind of stuff.
In regards to the tv series based on these books DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME. THEY ARE FULL OF CRAP THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE BOOKS. I had to force myself to at least give them a chance, but was so pissed off within the first few minutes of the very first episode. I don't understand why the author had to butcher the story.
Anyway, read at your own discression. Not for kids or teenagers (or even a lot of adults :)
Basically, this book is about someone who doesn't exist... One person says yes, and every one else says no. And the person, who is the 'boss' says they have to keep searching. Yetch. I'm 175 pages in, and I'm bored to tears. I can count the fingers on one hand how many books I haven't 'stuck with', and put aside. Afraid this is going to be one of them.
I may have needed to read the first 9 Sword of Truth books to get anything out of this one. Perhaps, if I had, I would know who, and the importance of these characters.
This is my first Terry Goodkind book. I was looking forward to it. sorry.