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  • Hardcover: 603 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (22 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765315238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765315236
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 4.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,393,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Goodkind was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where he also attended art school, one of his many interests on the way to becoming a writer. Besides a career in wildlife art, he has been a cabinet maker, violin maker, and he has done restoration work on rare and exotic artifacts from around the world -- each with its own story to tell, he says. In 1983 Goodkind moved to the forested mountains he loves. There, in the woods near the ocean, he built the house where he and his wife, Jeri, live, and came at last to tell his own stories.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Isaac Frankle on 28 Dec. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Well, from an overall perspective this series really has taken a long and winding route. What started with a spellbinding Wizard's First Rule has at last wound its way to the end. The reason I'm on here reviewing Confessor is because I picked up WFR some 8 years ago - was utterly enchanted from the off and that's how my love affair with the story started. The first 3 books were almost virtually flawless, creating such a wonderful range of vivid characters and settings. Very unfortunately, for some reason books 5(Soul of the Fire) through to 11(Confessor) seem to have gone on a gradual decline.

Although I agree with what Goodkind preaches as it were; nobility, rationality of mind, love, etc, he has taken it too far in as much as he seems to keep reiterating the same things over and over. On reflection perhaps Goodkind will realise that at the least he should have focused on Richard and Kahlan et all acting out their wholesome and inspiring lives as the demonstration of their (and Goodkind's) decent values. Just trotting them out at every chance eventually left me a little worn out.

In particular reference to this final installment, these are my feelings;

Part of Goodkind's style is to present good and bad in their extremes. Any guy would want to be Richard and any woman would want to be married to him. Vice versa for Kahlan (or Nicci, since her conversion). Goodkind positively showers these characters with divine attributes to the extent that I have been inspired by them. In exactly the opposite way, Jagang, the Order, Six and the rest are shown to be the most savage, perverse brutes imaginable. What really did get to me in this last book is that for what seemed like the first half of the book (about 300 pages) the topic seemed to be entirely on sex/rape/debauchery.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JC on 1 Dec. 2007
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I loathed more than liked this book.

The sheer force of the story drove the book along, though it was impossible not to dwell on its gaping flaws. By "flaws" I'm talking about the persistent repetition; the proliferation of undisguised blocks of the authors own philosophy; the out-of-character speeches that characters, like Rachel, for example, make; the vast, vast amounts of tedious, overbearing exposition etc. - I had to skim and ignore sections, which no reader should have to do. And while there were parts of the story that were, indeed, riveting, its poor telling detracted from the overall experience, frequently jarring me out of the created world to shake my head in bewilderment.

Goodkind's poor, poor craft, and the lack of decent editing, spoiled this book, spoiled this series for me--for goodness sake, even some of the chapters in my copy repeated themselves!

However, saying all of this, I still half enjoyed the story and I still read it to the end, and as far as my appreciation of the story goes, it felt good to reach a conclusion, ANY CONCLUSION, to this series.

I will say, though, for firm followers of the series, without a doubt, there are things to be commended and to enjoy (albeit much less than there could've and should've been), so read it if you will; but, for me, overall, I was vastly disappointed with this poor ending to a series that began with so much promise. And for all newbies: if you begin this series, I can only advise you to read the first three (One and Two especially) then stop; instead of reading on you should use your imagination, because believe me, you will be the better for it. Or, better yet, don't even begin, it will save you from great disappointment.

I can say nothing more than that I have lost all respect for Terry Goodkind as an author and I will not buy another book with his name on the cover.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Steve James on 6 Feb. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I think some of the reviews are overly harsh on this. Yes the series has tended to sermonise too much over recent books and yes much of the dialouge between Richard and Kahlan makes me want to stick my fingers down my throat but, if you have read the rest of the series, then Confessor does a decent job of tying up the loose ends and the ending, whilst way too short (almost as if TG was hitting a word limit) was imaginative and unexpected. In general, it would have helped if this series stopped at 7 books and more got packed in but I would contend that this book is probably the best of the last 4, although nowhere near the standard of the first 5. If you have stuck with it for the first 9 books then there is no reason not buy this - although the paperback will be better value!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Anton Gourman on 20 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
I picked up Wizard's First Rule in hardcover when it just came out. I think I was 15 or so, and I distinctly remember telling my father that it was the best book I had ever read. It was gripping, riveting fantasy, with a brilliant plot twist at the end, with adult (as seen at the time) depictions of sex and violence. It was great.

The next book was slightly weaker, but I read it anyhow. Then the next after that. And so on until Faith of the Fallen. After that, it all went haywires. Introduction of new characters who didn't add anything, a philosophy that made no sense and was so inconsistent that I felt ashamed and boredom boredom boredom.

Now, I read Confessor just to find out how it all would end, just finished it two days ago, with a bad taste in my mouth. The dialogue in the book is poor, repetitive to the extreme (as other reviewers have pointed out), and pointless. Every character is equally self-righteous and patronising. The plot lines are confusing, and all the travelling done in the second half of the book is dizzying. Threads are "tied" in totally illogical and surprising. Shota killing Six anyone? That's just random, and it doesn't matter that there may be back story. Nicci capturing Jagang - why didn't she do it earlier?

And lastly, Mr. Goodkind's relationship to rape is thought-provoking to say the least. Almost every female character either has been or was very close to being raped. And Goodkind's writing comes alive during these times, just go back to the quite protracted rape scene with Jagang and Nicci.

It's not that I mind sex and find the conflict difficult, but there is no point to it in this book.

And then the ending. Nobody knows anything, and then suddenly Richard realises everything and smugly saves the world.
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