- Publisher: Gollancz; paperback / softback edition (2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575071982
- ISBN-13: 978-0575071988
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4 x 23.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,839,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Faith of the Fallen Paperback – 2001
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This installment in the series sees Richard captured and separated from Kahlan and dragged into the very heart of the Old World. Meanwhile, Kahlan holds the D'Haran armies together as they fight a hopeless battle against the advancing hordes of the Imperial Order.
The writing and story leans away from the increasing 'touchie-feelie' nature of the previous books, a change which I personally found heartening; Richard and Kahlan's near constant professions of love were beginning to detract from the quality of the story. Goodkind's personal political beliefs seem to play a part in the depiction of the Imperial Order's homeland, heavily communist as it is. In my opinion, however, this only strengthens the quality of the book, painting a more believable picture of a foe that previously had remained a largely unknown quantity.
Why not five stars? It's not the sweeping type of epic fantasy found in 'Wizards First Rule,' 'The Stone of Tears' or 'Temple of the Winds.' Some of the material seems a little re-hashed (Kahlan leading an outmatched army against the Order? That seems familiar...), and nothing really new appears.
But it's still excellent. The writing style remains fluid, the new and existing characters are still believable and deep, and the series looks to be back on form. Looking forward to the seventh!
As you can see I got rather wound up by these people in the book, and it takes me a lot to get wound up in the real world, so I believe Terry must have done a brilliant job to affect me so in a fictional world.
And just for the record - I didn't think Soul of the Fire was that bad either.
Stop moaning everyone, and just enjoy the fantastic story!!!!!
Also, one of the best characters, Zedd is reduced to little more than a dull magician, with nothing that sets him apart as an interesting character anymore.
This book, although enjoyable, should have been the final part of the story. It now appears that Goodkind does not know where to take the plot, rather to drag it out as long as possible - it's a safe bet after all.
Temple Of The Winds and Soul Of the Fire were very bad episodes in this saga, and I did actually look at reviews before buying this book, and then only when I saw it for £8 at a local bookshop. Personally, I did enjoy the pseudo communism - a rare thing to have dealt with in normal western fantasy. I think some reviewers have taken it a tad too seriously.
The only thing that I would say is that, even though I found this a very enjoyable book, there is nothing in the ending that even remotely makes me think "another year to the next one... what will I do...". But I suppose that is the downfall o an episodic series with a years gap in between.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book, although the re are so many typo errors, it is annoying.Published 19 days ago by hayley647
Fascinating as always. Richard shows that he no stranger to hard work and t he imperial orders system is fatally flawed. As we knew he would.