Riveting, moving, inspiring
The Third Kingdom fits seamlessly into the entire series of novels from Terry Goodkind. The story continuously flows through to this novel. I highly recommend reading the previous novel of the First Confessor which this new novel weighs highly on. Although the stories flow this novel can stand on its own without too much confusion to the main story line for a new reader. Even if you have not read the other novels you are able to build that strong connection to Richard even without following him through the beginning of this journey. . .however unlike the other novels I feel Kahlan's character is not made out to be as strong and powerful as previously she seems weak rather than the true heroine she really is. The truth is I have never been a big reader. These are the first and only novels that I cannot stop myself from wanting to read over and over again. You are truly transported to another world and the action and adventure never stops. But the thing I truly love most about these novels is that the characters are so powerful. They are not only easy to relate to but inspirational. Terry Goodkind's words and characters are truly magical.
Both this and it's predecessor, The Omen Machine, are very dark compared to the rest of series. I can't decide which take is better, the original books or the new, darker side of the story. They're both great and highly recommended. Anyway, I loved this book!
I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.
I'll mention it because it's mentioned in the book description and review so I'm not Spoiling anything, once again Richard can't use his magic. How many times has Mr Goodking played this card? I really hope he gets around to Richard really learning about his power soon. This "anger" is the key to a war wizard's power is just plain incorrect and Mr Goodkind knows it. The readers know it. In the Temple of the Winds Richard learned all about everything in the Temple as well as his Power, so he was able to use his gift at will. He was bored sitting on his throne and with no anger involved he was able to use his magic. I'm thinking Mr Goodkind is saving this part of the story for a later book and Richard will probably learn that his Gift involves the "Balance" they keep talking about and just like with the Sword of Truth, his power will have both the anger and the love aspects to it. (and boredom as well if the Temple of the Winds events can be applied)
Regardless, this isn't his best work but it's not his worst. I was surprised at some of the events and I am actually looking forward to the next book. something happened at the end here (No Spoilers, its ok) that at first I was shocked and a little angry, but then as I thought about it, I was more and more intrigued. I think we'll get to see one of the main characters grow as the haven't yet since they were introduced. I'm sorry to be so vague but I don't want to ruin someone's read or give out a Spoiler.
As far as the other events in the book, I did enjoy most of it. I did speed up the narration when Mr Goodkind went on and on about explaining some of the intricacies of their magic but to be honest I didn't do it too much.Overall The Thrid Kingdom is classic Richard and Kahlan, which is why I bought the book in the first place.
If I were not already about 15 books deep into this series, I never would have finished this novel. In fact, I never would have read a third of it. Goodkind either thinks his readers are stupid, or he knows he doesn't have enough of a story to fill all the pages he is contractually obligated to write. Why else would he feel the need to repeat and over explain so much of the story. I eventually listened at double speed. The novel wasn't any better at that speed, but at least the pain was over sooner.
This book is a great addition to the series. The only reason I rated the story down a bit is because Mr. Goodkind slipped back into some of the habits that detracted from the story. For example, the explanations and re-iterations of how things are done magically are a bit involved. Specifically conversations between Richard and Samantha tend to get a little long winded and re-iterate things over and over again. The Omen machine and The legend of Magda Searus got away from these drawn out scenes, which is one of the great parts about the books.
The story is amazing as always, just could have been edited down in parts. It felt like the first quarter of the book was drug out, then the action began and it totally became worth it.
science- fiction fan
although the conversation with samantha(a wizard)was very long,she really kicked ass afterward!Sam Tsoutsouvas is really pleasant to listen to and brings a plus to the story it was worth hanging on in there.i hope the sequel is as good with cara on a rampage!
The deal of the day is awesome! Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.
The Third Kingdom picks up where the Omen Machine left off but reading The First Confessor (the story of Magda Searus, Barraccus & Merritt) will be useful background.
Sadly a peaceful world does not make a good story so Richard, Kahlan, Zedd, Nicci, Cara & others are again thrown into the brink of war for the survival of the human race. Like the other books of the Sword of Truth series, the stand alones & the Richard & Kahlan series the main theme is to believe in yourself, live with honor, and be prepared to fight for the rights or yourself and others.
(Kind of a spoiler, though you find this out very quickly) In this book you get a chance to see the leader Richard has become without the ability to access his war wizard powers. It is nice that there are men out there (well in fantasy anyway) who know how to apologize.
yes and will the whole series. i love it!
nothing, maybe ra salvator a little
I have enjoyed all of Terry Goodkinds books, until this one. The constant repeated "Richard knew"s, along with the apparent need to explain every concept 2,3 even 4 times in the same bit of dialog leaves me wondering if this is even the same author of the previous books? Or did he suddenly decide he is writing to small children? Terrible book to listen to. I can't recommend this book to anyone! Unless you are desperate, and, like me, hold out some small hope that Mr. Goodkind will put a lot more effort into the next one in this series
Write for an adult audience, way less "Richard knew"s stop the explications! A concept is clear after the first time!
I realize the first part needs to set up the story, but it felt like the story was just droning on and on about the same things. Halfway through its like Richard woke up and started acting like how he used to and the story overall got a little more interesting.