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This review is from: Naked Empire: 8 (Sword of Truth) (Paperback)
I hate to criticize this series, I really do. As unlike other similar series' (wheel of time) it has actually lasted throughout a number of books with good, twisting storylines and deep characters. The first five (except maybe Soul of the Fire) were quite simply fantastic, with the fifth (faith of the fallen) being arguably the best after the first one. However, the sixth book (pillars of creation) was quite honestly, boring.
But after hearing that this one actually did involve the old characters (and avidly praying that Jennsen didn't join them)
my hopes lifted.
How wrong I was.
The book starts out slow (like most of the others) but unlike the others, never really picks up. It got to the point that after a few hundred pages I realised that nothing had actually happened and I was over half way through the book! Finally as story threatened to become properly exciting, Richard decides to stretch a pretty boring speech over about 50 pages. About 45 of them involving him repeating himself. Why? Fair enough, some of them are meant to be "inspiring" but this one was just rubbish.
Also, I was dissapointed to see Jennsen not only alive at the start but surviving the entire book! The first few books managed to seem so original and seemed to progress well. This one however, feels like it's a jumble of the former books and progresses agonizingly slowly. Until the end, where it finally improves but is totally rushed, making me personally feel cheated after waiting for the end throughout about 500 pages of monotony.
But, even with the slowness (and sometimes dare I say boringness) the book still feels like Goodkinds work, and the writing remains good most of the time. Though you do feel that it (like the last book) could have been spread over a hundred or so pages in another book in the series.