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Faith of the Fallen Unknown Binding – 1 Jan 2000


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  • ISBN-10: 0575070811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575070813
  • ASIN: B002C1EOO8
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,895,281 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Woods on 2 Nov. 2000
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I must admit, I was a little disappointed with 'Soul of the Fire,' and thought perhaps that the series was waning. Not so. 'Faith of the Fallen' returns with the distinctive imaginative flair that has become Goodkind's trademark.
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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Feb. 2001
Format: Paperback
I am amazed that anyone could rate this book as anything but brilliant. I thought this book reached new heights from the other books, delving right into the characters and bringing out more emotion than I thought possible from fictional beings. When I was reading the final chapters as everyone was looking at the statue Richard had carved 'Flesh in stone' I actually felt just the one tear roll down my face. Also earlier on I found myself fuming at Nikki and everyone in the Old World, thinking how can they be so stupid as to think that they should give everything they have to the poor, to the point where they just become the poor, and the Workers couldn't work because it wouldn't be fair on the other workers who haven't finished mending their carts yet - it's just pathetic.
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!!!!!
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Format: Hardcover
I have read a few reviews of Faith of the Fallen on fans' websites & it is regarded by many as the finest in the series. I do not agree with that. I believe that it is definitely the most experimental, but fails to work as a single story, working rather as two totally separate stories that are forced together via a string of unbelievable coincidences in at attempt to close this chapter of the story. One side of the story, that of Nicci and Richard is as intruiging as it is refreshing. Nicci's complex character provokes emotion and thought. The Old World is based on a Soviet inspired communism failing individualism and creative thought. This is a new theme for the series & works well. However, the other part of the story, that of Kahlan and the war in the New World, offered nothing but more of the same boring stories about how Kahlan can do battle with thousands of hardened soldiers and never lose. It has become dull & with the news that the series is to be continued for another three books at least, that side of the story threatens to become more & more tired.
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.
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By A Customer on 10 Oct. 2000
Format: Hardcover
I think the main problem with this series is that Terry Goodking is telling the story in a series of episodes rather than a World-Building book in the usual fantasy big saga mould. Each book introduces new bad guys and new 'friends' and normally wraps up their story within the bounds of the book. It is a bit like Buffy and Star Trek - they both rely on very basic plots and then use characterisation to fill in the gaps. Something like the Wheel Of Time is there to create a living breathing world.
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.
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