Soul mates, pawns of prophecy and inheritors of an ancient conflict, Richard and Kahlan's destinies have been bound together since their first encounter in Wizard's First Rule. But now Richard lies on a funeral bier - suspended between the worlds of life and death and Kahlan faces her greatest challenge. She must fight for Richard's very existence, and Richard, trapped in the underworld, must fight to keep the world of life from ending. Desperate sacrifices are required. This is the final battle in a war three millennia old, a war that saw the Sword of Truth forged, a war that could mean the end, not only of their lives, but of their world.
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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.
Not totally surprised after the last four books after the performance from this author. It's completed and summed up in a really shitty way. Lots of blabbering and nothing of the enthusiasm that were in the first books. One would think the wizards rules would mean something, that we would meet gratch, mud people or some dragon again... perhaps Richard using his gift as all other books worked toward ... but nope. This sucked, hard. 1/10 would not recommend.