Never again Terry Goodkind!! I'm so glad I'm done with this series. I will never read another book by Goodkind in fear of his preachy, forceful ideologies. The series started out great and slowly took a turn downhill. Richard's long speeches just about killed me. Adoios Richard and Terry!!
i finished the entire series in 2 months. i was a fan of LotS series, and was informed there was a book series that preceded. one thing i didnt care for was the authors repetitious nature in recapping. i understand the need to do so when reintroducing ideas from old books, but not so much doing so in the same book. i fell in love with Richard and Kahlan, Zedd, Kara, Gratch...list goes on. the climax of each book was rather abrupt, but cant complain as it left me wanting more!
This series has become one of my favorites. Yes it's repetitive at times, yes there are monologues that could fill a book up themselves, but overall it's a brilliant compilation. Not every book in the series deserves 5 stars, however this one deserves them all.
When I started this series, the problems tended to arise out of nowhere and making everything a world ending matter. After the first half of books Terry does a great job of tying in those problems (like the chimes and boxes) as well as giving a consistent enemy to fight against. It felt like it actually became a fluid story and not just fragmented plots.
This is not a light-hearted book and usually involves long drawn out philosophical ideas and lots of background into whats going on. There is typically a good reason for this in his books, and if you pay attention to the details, it can make them that much better.
I'd say they're very much worth the read, even if you have to be a pro at patience sometimes.
I have really been enjoying this series. This trilogy is no different. Sam does an amazing job drawing you into Terry Goodkind's world. Just pure excellence!
This book series started out great and don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the ending. My issue is every book dealt so much with rape and the brutalization of women that at some parts I had to skip forward because I felt too uncomfortable. I think the evilness of the order and others like them could have still been just as bad without all of the rape and what not. I loved the story, liked the characters but I am so glad to be done with the series. If i knew then what I know now I probably would have not started the books.
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The concluding chapters of this series culminate into a thinly veiled criticism of religion as compared to reason. I agree, though I don't think it makes for good listening as it drones on.
He finishes off well. Even though the ending is rather anti-climactic, the book itself is action packed with less rhetoric and more happening.
If you have gotten through all the books leading up to Chainfire, you must read this trilogy. I believe in the message of this series, and I think this book really ties the whole series together nicely. if you are someone who liked the first few books, then reading this far before stopping is the best thing you could do for yourself. Sam Tsoutsouvas does a great job narrating. I would want more variations in character voices sometimes, so I dock him a point for that, but I have to give it right back for the incredible job he does in emotional scenes with getting the proper inflection, tone, and volume of the voices. He reads with such passion, I feel I will seek out other titles he has narrated for future purchases.