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This review is from: Naked Empire: No. 1 (Hardcover)
I found Terry Goodkind's most recent effort, Naked Empire, very disappointing. I have been following his work since his first novel, Wizard's First Rule, was published. Wizard's First Rule was a truly remarkable book. It was so good because Goodkind produced fully rounded characters. Naked Empire lacks any characterisation whatsoever. It's almost as if in this eighth book in the series Goodkind feels that he no longer has to bother with any characterisation. For example, in the previous book he introduced a new character, Richard's sister Jensen, but in Naked Empire he doesn't bother to explore how this new character impacts on any of the existing characters.
However, even more irritating is Goodkind's propensity to preach. In his earlier books Goodkind has always used the story to put across his views on many subjects. This became even more the case with the war between the D'Haran Empire and the Imperial Order which Goodkind makes clear is a war of ideologies. In Naked Empire this becomes outright preaching. The story takes a back seat to discussion of the various ideologies in the book, and Naked Empire is a long book. If Goodkind came up with new and varied arguments it wouldn't be too bad. But his arguments are repetitive, as if Goodkind were preaching a very complex subject to someone with little understanding and, hence, had to keep repeating himself. I found this both irritating and rather insulting. But I suppose he had to fill out the book in some way since there is not enough of a story in Naked Empire to fill all 660 pages.
Also, there is nothing new in terms of content in this book compared to the previous seven. The war goes on. Characters get captured and tortured. Richard is dying once again and Kahlan makes a great sacrifice to try and save him. And, too, there is a lot of reference to previous books and when there have been so many previously that's a lot of reference.
I am so disappointed because Goodkind's early works, particularly his first three novels, show that he has a rare talent. I think it is time for Goodkind to leave the Sword of Truth behind and try something new and fresh. Something that will show us, once again, the talent that was so evident in his early work.
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Initial post: 3 Nov 2010 11:17:35 GMT
Mr. Damian C. Hatcher says:
I can heartly agree with this review, I was so bored I nearly gave up!!
Posted on 10 Jul 2012 09:26:02 BDT
Little Red Frog says:
I'm afraid I also have to agree with you! I think the whole book could have taken about 30 pages if it was not for all the repetitions of repetitions of previous volumes...
A bit of a waste. One can only hope that the next ones are better!
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