I agree with the reviewer who described the book as having "cringe-worthy language, constant use of cliches and terrible characterizations". It was, in fact, a true soap opera of fantasy where, clearly, the author was trying to fill space through his ridiculously redundant character's inner monologues. Seriously, we get it. By the tenth time hearing the characters describe some inner turmoil to the reader ten different ways in the span of a single chapter, you're literally ready to tear your ears off... or eyes out, if you're reading.
I thought this book was very creative and was full of action, turmoil, relationships, family and morales that we seem to be losing in todays world. This book shows that you are not what your job is but that the choices you make in your life are what define you.
This is definitely the best of the series. Good ideas and fun to read. Too bad the tv series is butchering it! The voice actor does a good job.
Frankly, this book is terrible. The writing is beyond bad, the scenes disjointed, the characters leaden, unbelievable and dull-witted. The world that Goodkind attempts to create doesn't feel real or exciting. I could very rarely picture the scenery and still have no idea of the layout of the world.
The only character that I could even vaguely enjoy was the sadistic/masochistic character of the Mord-Sith. She really seemed to have some depth and interest, and, unlike the others, was neither all good nor all bad.
I am ashamed to say that in spite of the cringe-worthy language, constant use of cliches and terrible characterizations, I read it all and enjoyed the story moderately. I really did like the Mord Sith, although the torture scenes were difficult to get through. She was a character worthy of more development, and I wish Goodkind hadn't killed his best asset.
If you're starved for good fantasy, read it. It is better than nothing. The reader on the audio version is pretty good.
Until this book and the 4 that came after it, Lord Of The Rings was the greatest.....
Move over Frodo, Richard is the Lord. of Rhal that is.....
Not for the faint of heart and most definetly NOT for Children or young adults. The book temporarily stops while the author indulges himself in several chapters of an S&M book-inside-a-book. Overall sleezy undercurrent. This book has characters who read futures by disembowelment, pouring hot lead down a young boys throat, child homosexual predator as key character? If that is your cup of lead... fine. Not mine. Let's just say I'm a old fuddy-duddy and ignore all that... the book is still clumsy and transitions awkwardly and forced.
The overall story in the 'Sword of Truth' series is good, but the whole thing could have been told in 4 books instead of 11. Instead the author spends half of his time preaching, and a large part of every book reviewing what has already happened. I read the earlier book before I read the 10th, I know what happens!
Early in the first book you can tell how anti-socialism the author is, but through the series it grows and starts to become very anti-religous.
As I said about half the series is the author blatently preaching. I don't know how this series was ever made into a tv show.
Some of the worst writing I've ever encountered: "Her look made him have to answer her again"; "He had a headache from having his head whacked hard against the wall"; "He grabbed him by his husky wrist". How did he ever get published? Please tell me Goodkind is a high school sophomore who got lucky.
I enjoyed the action in part 4 but, I think this book will appeal to younger listeners more than it did to me.
With episodes of Legend of the Seeker seen on television, it has resparked and interest in these wonderful books by Terry Goodkind. As a big fan of all things magic, I love this book.