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The agony and the ecstasy,
By A Customer
This review is from: Naked Empire (Sword of Truth) (Hardcover)
For those of us that have followed the adventures Richard Cypher over the years each book has been a welcome relief to those drab days spent pining over what we should do to entertain ourselves.
This book is no different,it starts where it left off in the last book 'The Pillars of Creation' with reluctant hero Richard and Kahlen coming across a civilisation,which just happens to be pristinely ungifted and in need of saving from the brutal imperial order,but for Richard Cypher this civilisation and the worlds last hope for survival there are added problems with his gift not only failing him,but seeming to be killing him at the same time. With time ebbing away for him, if Richard is to succeed he must confront a force not seen for a thousand years, a magical being with the ability to take one's very soul.
With this going on Richards granfather Zedd is taken prisoner,worse though the wizards keep is thus left unguarded with priceless magical items left open to those who would use them against everything that is good.
'The Naked Empire' is a fine addition to the 'sword of truth' series and a big improvement on the last book, though it doesn't stretch the limits of this fantasy epic or reach the heights of the first book in the series 'Wizards first rule'.
If you have read all the previos books by Terry Goodkind it's worth buying, but if you are new to this epic fantasy I recommend 'Wizards first rule', and I'll let you take it from there.