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The Law of Nines (Law of Nines, Bk 1) (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
The Law of Nines - Law of Nines, Bk 1 - Audio CD - Unabridged Author:Terry Goodkind, Mark Deakins (Narrator) A young painter named Alex Rahl discovers that his 27th birthday is going to bring him more than just another year older. He discovers several things - the first is that he has inherited a huge amount of land. The second is that a beautiful and mysterious woman named Jax is desperate to keep him safe. The third is that many different people also... more » desperately want him dead. As Alex tries to save himself from danger and uncover the mystery surrounding the Law of Nines he'll also discover that his life isn't the only one on the line...
Alex Rahl, unwitting hero, saves the beautiful Jax from being run down on the street in Orden, Neb., by a plumbing truck flying a pirate flag. Jax, who turns out to be from an alternate reality where evildoers are attempting to seize control of her civilization, has traveled to Nebraska to seek Alex's help in saving her people. In Jax's world, magic takes the place of technology, but on earth she's stripped of her powers and forced to fight armed with only her trusty dagger.
12 CDs, 14 hrs, digital, unabridged. Mark Deakins, narrator« less
Eric S. (Shooter) reviewed The Law of Nines (Law of Nines, Bk 1) (Audio CD) (Unabridged) on
Helpful Score: 1
Started reading it and thought it was fairly interesting, but once the character's last name was revealed, the story became much more predictable and the book really lost my interest. If you've read any of Terry Goodkind's work before, you'll likely be familiar with some of his themes, and as in many of his other books, he has some characters go off on tangents that sound very "preachy" just to fill in the gaps in the reader's knowledge, which also has the added effect of seeming like the author just cheated the reader by spoon-feeding them information in the form of a soliloquy.
Overall, it was not a terrible book, but I had much higher hopes for this book when I first picked it up in an airport book shop. The back cover blurbs seem to imply that this book is a thriller, which would be a departure for Goodkind from his other titles. But make no mistake, despite the "thriller"-ish blurbs on the back cover and the fact that it was reviewed by USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, and Midwest Book Review, this book is firmly entrenched in Goodkind's fantasy genre. I don't want to give away more than that with this review, but suffice it to say that if you're looking for the thriller that the first few chapters seem to promise, you'll probably be disappointed once you figure out what's really going on.