I'm still enjoying Terry's writing with this book. I still enjoy the descriptive explanations of the surroundings and characters' thinking, but that is my preference. In some other books I've read the writers are very bland when it comes to describing the thoughts and feelings of the characters which basically leaves me not caring about anything that happens to anyone in their book. Thankfully that is not the case with this series.
I also enjoyed the narrator versus some of the previous ones. My only red mark is how he portrayed the wizard Zed. I felt the writer envisioned him to be a wise yet very quirky old wizard that likes playing ignorant at times for his own amusement. One or two of the previous narrators caught this perfectly in the voice they depicted for Zed. However, I felt this narrator just made him sound like a plain old man.
Not the most action packed book in the series but awesome none the less. The pace isn't as drawn out as Goodkind can sometimes get with repeating something ten times. I only noticed that once this book which is a huge improvement. Great work by John Kenneth.
I can't get enough of these books. Excellent writing, excellent characters, excellent development. I strongly recommend this series to any willing to put in the time to make it through these stories. Outstanding. I will say that sometimes the endings leave you wanting or sometimes feel abrupt, but that's what the next book is for.
Yes, it had a good fundamental story on the failings of communism and reasons why we struggle in futile situations. To date this is probably the most 'realistic' book in the series.
Although Goodkind isn't shy to depict life as he sees it, Faith of the Fallen (FotF) takes it to a new level. If you've made it this far in the series it really won't matter what this review says, but this story takes on a different color than the other books. Although the main plot point only exists because of magic, there is very, very little magic in this book. It's mostly war and social commentary.If you've continued to read the books you know that Richard can be annoying at times and this book isn't much of an exception. There are moments you want to shake him and others you like him.The narrative has gotten a little old though hearing about how much Kahlan and Richard love each other. We've literally spent hundreds of pages of our lives reading about that by now. We get it. It tries so hard sometimes, no one actually dwells on their love for that long.But those are my only gripes. It's a slow moving book, but it ends up paying off in the end.The book really wrestles with the central teachings of the "Imperial Order" which are uber communistic vs Capitalist society. Goodkind does a phenomenal job outlying the realities of a Communist nation and all the negatives that go along with it. Although I'm sure there are some unlearned readers who think it's chic and cool to lean communistic, the reality of any nation that has tried is presented here. If you're anti-capitalist this is not the book for you. Although I take that back, perhaps this is exactly the book for you. The book doesn't deal in grandiose situations, but rather the levels of a tenement building and some workmen like blacksmiths, and charcoal makers. His story is grounded and based in reality and shows the world of communism how it is. Kahlan's story line, while vital narrative, ultimately wasn't that important. It could have been shortened by a lot. It would have been different if it was used for character development, but it ended up being repetitive. Although we get to see her in her tactician shoes again, it's nothing we haven't seen for the character already. Sadly, three pages could have outlined what essentially amounts to half the book, without glancing over any detail.The most interesting characters in this book are really unimportant to the series and that's a shame. To spend a whole book with little to no character progression of main characters seems a waste.But in the end it was enjoyable and the last 1/3 of the book I found it difficult to put it down/stop listening.
Not at all. Worst narrator I've heard. He demonstrated many mispronunciations and his 'acting' was horrific, often completely ignoring the in-text descriptions of how a character was supposed to be talking; he would shout a part like this: "'What are we doing here?' he whispered." It was especially jarring coming off the last book where I thought the narrator was absolutely wonderful. What really convinced me of his inadequacy was his mispronunciations. The one that really got me: "Timbre" -like the sound-print of something- he pronounced it as 'timber' instead of 'tamber.' Simply inexcusable. I just came to expect errors and not let it ruin the experience.
Rise.(Oh wait, that was taken?)
Not the best in the series, but solid story to take for what it is.The most interesting characters in this book were its ancillary denizens and people that frankly didn't matter to the series.Good depiction of actual, applied communism
Books in series tend to fade or get bad after the first couple volumes. This one is on par with the first sword of truth! Better than the last 2 books. Loved it! Quick read. Very different from the other story lines.