The series started out great with such wonder and originality. It ended with an uneven, rushed pointless and boring plot sadly. I've been reading the books since I was in high school and reading both Confessor and Chainfire felt like a chore. How many time can one preach about the value of life??
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.
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.
Sam Tsoutsouvas has the best narrating voice that I have ever listened to in a audible book. I find that he adds to the story just be his demeanor and skill. Terry Goodkind is my favorite author and while this book like some of the later series can be a bit on the wordy side I find it enjoyable to get the insight to the characters thoughts.
What is not to like? He uses voices well to differentiate the characters but interfere with the story in any way. His voice for Zedd I find to fit what I would hear in my mind.
A must listen for both the writer and the narrator.
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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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and was hooked on the story line. I purchased book 2 of this trilogy at a gas stop on a trip from AZ and so thoughly enjoyed it that I purchased book 3. I am always amazed by the imagination of the writers for this type of genre and I bless them for writing and sharing their stories. I thoughly enjoy the voice of Sam T, as the narrator makes or breaks the presentation of the book.
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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 :)