The Third Kingdom (Sword of Truth 13) Paperback – 27 Mar 2014
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‘Few writers have Goodkind’s power of creation’
‘Goodkind’s greatest triumph: the ability to introduce instantly identifiable characters. His heroes, like us, are not perfect. Instead, each is flawed in ways that strengthen rather than weaken their impact.’
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About the Author
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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Let's recount just how many areas segregated ancient magic there are in the SoT world:
1) The Boundary in Wizard's First Rule
2) The Towers of Perdition in Stone of Tears.
3) The Temple of the Winds which is found to be in the underworld in Temple of the Winds.
4) The Dominie Dirtch (I think they count) in Soul of the Fire.
5) The barrier holding back those evil pacifists in Naked Empire.
6) The North Wall in The Third Kingdom
The SoT world seems to have an awful lot of these evil playpens lying around waiting for the good guys to discover somewhat conveniently late that the gates to Hell have been opened, leaving me with the impression that the ancient wizards and co. of the New World were a grossly irresponsible and incompetent bunch. Anyway, back to the book.
Prose has never been TG's strong suit, and this book started out well enough but later on it really begins to suffer.Read more ›
This is the second book in a new story line for these characters. Unfortunatley he tends to ramble a little and the stories do not progress very quickly in some parts (The Omen Machine was guilty of the same). The story could have moved on quicker and been condensed into shorter books; perhaps 2 to finish the story not 3.
Having said that he introduces new characters for our hero's to contend with and some imaginitive ideas thrown in for good measure. Won't spoil the plot!
Not sure how long we will have to wait for the next in this new series; but I will buy it anyway! Need to see how things work out for everyone. Hope that this time at the end he will let our main characters settle down to a life of peace and tranquility.
Mind-numbingly dull, Goodkind dusts off all the old cliches and padding for a B grade zombie movie/video game set in the D'Haran empire.
Like Laurell K Hamilton's Meredith Gentry stories it just leaves the reader with a sense of being conned by an author who just can't think of any new metaphors or simile. The book is almost entirely made up of dialogue which is tedious. Basically it's a cut and paste job from previous books with a helpful dose of right click select synonym.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Afraid I agree with everyone else. Loved this series at the beginning, but I think its gone on too long. Lot of repetition to bring new readers up to speed.Published 4 months ago by Andrew S Brown
Certainly a good read with a welcome return to all the usual characters and mud, blood and mayhem you would expect. Read morePublished 6 months ago by G V Rooke