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Fine for anyone who has read the others...an insiders book.
on 3 December 2001
While this books does indeed keep up Goodkind's tradition of the epic fantasy with the added new twist we have come to expect from him, I was strangly dissappointed with this new title. It feels as if half of the story is missing, with the action focussing on characters that are new. This leads to an annoying jarring sensation to the action of the book. We are always expecting Kahlan and Richard to appear, yet strangly they fail to do so until sometime after chapter 50. Our favourite characters fulfill mere passing roles, and I, for one, found this quite dissappointing, especially in view of the blerb on the back of the book cover:
"Richard Rahl and his wife Kahlan, have been reunited after their long separation...Their quest turns to terror when they find themselves the helpless prey of a tireless hunter"
I don't know if it was only me turning too many pages too quickly, but this seems to have somehow failed to materialise in the book. There are, in fact, only enough scenes to count on one hand where Kahlan and Richard appear - something seems to have gone wrong along the road here somewhere.
Don't get me wrong, I liked the book, but only because I am an avid Goodkind reader and have eagerly awaited the release of this book. However, if I have come to this book first I certainly wouldn't have gone on to find the others. The book is littered with references, mostly unexplaned, to the other books, and if I hadn't reread them recently, I would have had no idea what was really going on.
I have to admit that this book was a dissappointment, especially after the spectacular that was 'Faith of the Fallen'. This book has a disjointed feel to it, that appears only half-written. I can only suggest that Goodkind was forced to rush this to publish in time. I hope so at least, because if this is the future of the 'Sword of Truth' series, then I'm no so sure anymore that I will be going along for the ride.