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.
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.
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.
Hope that helps.
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.