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Having been a huge fan of The Sword of Truth series over the years, it really breaks my heart to admit that this last story arc just isn't very good.
I loved the characters - always have, and always will, and it was a rush seeing Richard and the rest in this new book, as well as cameos by characters from previous books. However the book itself I thought was poorly written, a contrived mess strung together by a series of long boring repetitive lectures from the characters, and constant uses of the Chekhov's gun and the deus ex machina mechanics.
If often felt like the author had random elements he wanted introduce and a few serious loose ends to close off, but didn't know how to make a great story out of them, but thought he would just randomly throw them in there anyways.
To explain what I mean without spoiling the book, I want you to imagine the movie "Taken". Imagine if the actual movie went like this:
- After his daughter's kidnapping, Liam Neeson's character goes to a diner to get breakfast.
- The waitress walks to Neeson, puts down a glass of water (with two slices of lemon), and then writes down his order of eggs.
- Neeson gives the waitress a 30 minute lecture on the origin of eggs.
- Follows... by a scene of the cook giving Neeson a 20 minutes explanation on why he cooks eggs the way he does.
- The cook turns to return to the kitchen to start cooking the order, but suddenly a 2nd cook (who was revealed to have shown up there 5 minutes ago, due to a mix up with the shift roster) shows up with a plate of eggs, which he had just now made for another customer, who had to leave the diner.
- At that moment his daughter's kidnapper walks into the diner (with the daughter, of course), wanting breakfast, in particular, eggs. Neeson tells the waitress to give the kidnapper the eggs.
- The kidnapper, er- eats too fast, or something, chokes, and dies.
- We then get a 20 minute lecture by Neeson to his daughter, on what speeds one should eat, and how eggs can choke a man to death.
- The end? NO! The daughter reveals there is a micro bomb on the man, in his pocket (that is set to explode and kill everyone in exactly 7 seconds), which can only be deactivated if a man with Parkinson's swallows it, with, a glass of water (with two slices of lemon).
- Suddenly Michael J Fox goes into the diner, says boy am I thirsty. Neeson throws the bomb into the glass the water, Fox drinks it. Daughter is rescued, and the day is saved.
Okay, so a poorly written review, I admit, and granted, I was biased going into this latest book - I thought Goodkind had jumped the shark with the Richard and Kahlan trilogy, introducing zombies (call them what you will, they ARE basically zombies), but bottom line is, I was not impressed.
If you are a fan of the Sword of Truth series then this is still a must listen/read, being a continuation and end to the series. However if you are new to the series, I suggest you avoid it.
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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I would recommend the series to a friend, but warn them of my frustrations with Terry's writing style. I would also recommend print over audio in this case
Any additional comments?
The Sword of Truth Series is a brilliant story line, and this last book does a wonderful job tying everything together. Unfortunately there are lot of things in Terry Goodkind's writing style that drive me crazy...over explaining things, over use of certain terms for dramatic affect, repeating too much backstory. In print, I could glance through those things that bothered me, but in Audio, I'm stuck listening.
The narrator is likely a very good narrator, and I can see him doing Shakespeare, but he is not a good match for this book. His tone 'drawn out' for lack of a better term, especially confusing when it's happening in sections where I would expect it to be fast paced. He also seems to make many of the characters sound rather condescending.
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