This is the worst in the series so far. It is about characters we don't even care about and a story that seems to have very little relevance to the overarching story.
There was an awful lot of talk of propaganda... so much so that it almost drowned out the story.
At first I had thought that the narrator was my computer's text to speech but I soon realized that it was not. Jim Bond is incredibly skilled at having little to no inflection when speaking and making all the female characters sound alike.
This series is amazing but this book and the next are a couple of my least favorites. They detract from the main story and this one is kind of frustrating as the character is so wrong throughout the whole book. Just not nearly the quality of the book before this one.
Good story! Well read! However, if you're looking for the continuing adventures of Richard and Kahlin, you may be a little disappointed. This is primarily "background story" to enlarge the the world and it's "mythology!" There are some very good story moments worth experiencing, but if you've been following the series, you may find yourself knowing the end before you get there. It's not overly obvious, but not as big a surprise as one might expect, though it is very heartwarming. The bad guys are easy to dislike, and you find yourself rooting for their demise!!! Wizard Zorander and Addy are remarkable, in this book!!! This story is well worth the "read" or "listen!"
I have really liked all of the Sword of Truth books, and I enjoyed this one, but everything came to a head really quickly toward the end, so much so that I thought I had accidentally skipped a bunch of chapters. I wonder if Goodkind was getting bored with the characters of this book and was just eager to continue the story of Richard and Kahlan. All that aside, I've never really liked Jim Bond as a narrator, because he reads everything so robotically, every word pronounced very precisely and with no conveyance of the emotions of the situation or, really, even the characters. All the really intense, emotional scenes have their effect dramatically muted by Bond's calm and steady reading. If a character is crying, or shouting, or whispering, you would be hard put to imagine it without the author actually telling you. It's not always so bad, but more often than not, in my recollection, which is a problem, as a bad reading can really ruin an audio book. I would still recommend the book to others, but be prepared for Bond's rather too calm reading. If you've listened to the books this far, however, you probably already know what to expect from this narrator.
Great read! I didn't like at first that the main characters were nowhere to be found for the majority, but you really grow to like the other characters that Goodkind introduces.