This is getting to be borderline
Yes but I am beginning to wonder.
His character voices are weak.
This is the ninth book in the series. The author spends too much time explaining what went before. I've read the prior books, quit repeating. The same applies to his idea of the way the world should be run. Get back to the story.
I believe some folk may really love Goodkind and this series. I have tried to read several of his books but I can't get into them. I think the abundance of detail is exhausting. Just my opinion though, some may think otherwise. I didn't care for the reader either, they just didn't fit the book. The overall story line seemed interesting, it was just everything else that did not fit.
I was not very impressed with the beginning, but towards the end of part III the story started to come together. Can't wait to start the next section.
I found some of the descriptions way too long winded and boring - e.g. a trivial scene of someone inconsequential being chopped up - describes the detail of reflections in sweat drop flying from his head (or such like) - stretches what should have been a few seconds into a few minutes of description. Also unnecessary repetitions (as described by others). Evidently Goodkind also got tired of this waste of book-filler (or realized it would take an extra 3 volumes to complete the story) and it got a bit faster moving and interesting. The narration was also not as engaging as the earlier books.
What can I say, I really should have read the other reviews and taken a bit more notice. I read the preceding books in the series when they were first released, and I must say and advantage to printed books is that you can skip the bits that are repetitive and dull. I think that the three final books in this series could easily have been compressed into a single story.
Although I have memories of the early books being very good, the final "trilogy" set have been something of a disappointment. The characters are dreadfully one-dimensional, and Richard himself has become unbelievable, overly righteous and at times downright dull. And was it just me, or were all the "bad" characters fat and/or ugly brutes, and the "good" characters slim and attractive intellectuals? Please!
I also found the switch in narrators disconcerting - the narrator who did the first book was better, but by then I was sucked into the "but I just need to see how it ends" trap.
I always get unabridged versions of my books, however, if ever there was a time for an abridged version the Chainfire Trilogy is it!!! OMG....some sections just go on and on! Don't get me wrong I love these books but why 3 books were needed for the Chainfire piece, I have no idea!! Whew...I'm glad I'm finally done with them!!!
This book in my opinion is way off compare to previous book written by Goodkind. There's not much action in this book and the story is not easy to follow. I give it three stars because Goodkind is a very good writer.