Aside from the blatant liberal bashing in the story which has as much depth as a puddle and is more worthy of simplistic banter in front of a water cooler than in a supposed piece of intellectual literature; it’s a pretty good story. It’s a continuation on the sword of truth, but isn’t as good as the original series. His insights to the human mind and behavior a quant and interesting, but he is no Orson Card. That all aside; I really do like the whole original series and hopefully new series.
I had no idea when I started listening that it is a story connected to the Sword of Truth series. After listening for a bit it became apparent that it was another installment. I have to admit that is what kept me listening to the story because I love that series. In the end, I felt it was anti-climatic and kind of dull. Nothing new or different in how things follow through.
I give it 2 stars because the idea has merit but the execution wasn't what it could have been based on the main series. Just hum drum. I only got to the end because of the previous stories. I would have stopped listening/reading long before then.
If you're a fan of Terry Goodkind's "Sword of Truth" series you'll probably find something to enjoy in this book. It ties together nicely with the original series picking up 1000+ years after the last book left off. I like how the stories fit together but it would have been nice if the author had made more of an effort to come up with some original characters. The hero and heroine are almost identical to those from the original series. The way they meet each other is the same as is their general skill sets and how they develop throughout the storyline. The only things that seem to have changed are their names. (Correction...their FIRST names.) The last names are still the same.
As for the villains, they aren't quite copies from the original series. These new people are more like a saturday morning cartoon villains. They have no depth or interesting back stories. They're are just bad and have to be stopped. I also had a lot of trouble telling the difference between the main villain and his right hand man, they seem like they could be same person. This isn't helped by the fact that the narrator uses the exact same voice for both of them.
There are plenty of unique, exciting and suspenseful situations presented in this book but for the most part the overall plot unfolds in an almost identical way to the first book of the Sword of Truth series.
Are you a Sword of Truth series lover? If so you need to pick this one up. A very interesting addition to your library. I am hoping for another book to come along in this possible new series.
I hope we'll hear more from Alex! It's hard to write this review and not be a spoiler. I'll just say that Goodkind fans will feel right at home and find a lot in this one. Folks that haven't read any Goodkind should enjoy this modern story with a fantasy twist.
It just seemed too short for a Terry Goodkind.
Great story. It was compelling and thrilling as Terry Goodkinds always is. However, I was hoping for something new. If you are a Sword of Truth fan its worth it, but nothing new.
Bachelor Chef and Mathematician. I don't bother with books shorter than 20 hours, not worth the effort.
I am finding this book equally entertaining, though much different from, The Sword of Truth series. He has fashioned a collage between the world of the Confessors and the modern world of today.
Not being a soothsayer nor do I own a crystal ball I am not sure exactly where this series will lead but I do think that it will be as enlightening as the world where Lord Rahl was powerful and Richard became the change of that power.
Well done Terry, I think that Ayn would be happy to see you stretch out your craft.
This book is a continuation of Wizards First Rule. A series of 12 outstanding books available right underneath this one at audible. The best series I've downloaded in 7 years. If you have read those you know exactly who these people are and where they are from. I'm hoping it's the beginning of a new series. Not quite done with it yet. Audible should tell you that. Unless you read the others all these artifacts won't make any sense. Alex is related to a great wizard in her world and doesn't know it. She is a mother confessor in that world. In the long past history of her world her and his counterparts were married lovers who euled that world. Jeff
This is a wonderful new fantasy by Terry Goodkind. If you are a fan of Terry's other series SOT you will enjoy this new one as well.