While at times, Goodkind's writing can be drawn out and lengthy, the message he ultimately delivers in this final Sword of Truth novel is life-changing. The struggles that Richard, Kahlan, and all their friends overcome is simply stunning, and I cannot get these characters out of my head. After reading this series, every other book I touched seemed to be either frivolous or pointless (which is not always bad), but Goodkind's work really means something to the human life and spirit. I'm not a religious person or anything, but the simple messages of truth, kindness, and freedom are so moving in the summation of this whole series.
If you are looking for a group of people that will change your life completely, I highly suggest getting to know Richard and Kahlan. These two are my literary heros. Bear with Goodkind's lengthy and often repeated descriptions, and discover an incredible world.
I have been waiting it seems forever for the conclusion of this saga. Goodkind does not disappoint. Although very, very "talky" this conclusion to the adventures of Richard and Kahlen ties up almost all of the loose threads and hands it to the listener/reader. The dramatist who reads the book does quite well.
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I wanted something to distract me. This borderline plagiarism is ridiculous. It kept me company, but I've read Ayn Rand and Tolkien. After 11 of these, I have earned the right to say Goodkind writes contrived, derived, unimaginative, pedantic, rape fixated crap. But they are long and there are lots of them. Raw Rabbit? Nice Smeagol hates nasty pointless cameo appearances.
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It seemed like forever to get to this part of the story, but it was worth it. I almost gave up on the series a couple times when the narrators detracted from the story and at times the story itself got a little lengthy. I was disheartened so many times when victory was yanked out of our heroes hands but in the end, "truth" prevails. Nice epic. I will probably relisten to the entire series at least 2 more times :)
This is philosophy - not fantasy. What's more, Goodkind, in attempt to teach by extremes shows he is inconsistent.
Here is the mantra over and over:
1. You are your own person.
2. Live for yourself.
3. Blind faith is treason to yourself.
4. Blind faith embraces death.
5. "The creator had nothing to do with it."
Here are the inconsistencies, over and over:
1. Our heroes are not their own people in this story. They have absolutely no control over their lives.
2. Our heroes all live to please others.
3. Our heroes scorn faith, yet virtually all of them believe in "the good spirits" but only a couple of them have actually seen one (the definition of blind faith, I believe).
4. Goodkind, while scorning religion, has turned Richard into a Christ figure. After all, he descended into the dead for a few days to redeem mankind. Then rose from the dead, came flying amongst the clouds, and judged the entire planet. Seems kind of like religious themes.
What's also weird is that is seems that only bad guys have any talent with magic. Everyone else gets their butts kicked.
The only thing good in this book was the Jala games.
Great story!!! Richard, Kalan, Zed, Kara, Nikki, and all the rest is great! The series brings them all to life!!!
Bravo to Mr. Goodkind on his conclusion book to this fantastic series. It's difficult to rank this book to the other 10, but the final chapters are quite satisfying. I feel enriched having experienced this series. Thank you, Mr. Goodkind!