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.
I like the plot twists in this book. I did not like the death of one of my favorite characters.
Cara has always been one of my favorite characters because of the beauty that her life turned into after all the horror she had faced.
No. The tv series made out of the prior book series with the same characters was bunk. It changed too much of the storyline to keep interest. To make a tv series featuring the same characters would not work. In a movie, too much ground work would have to be laid. They would have to start at the beginning and make movies out of the entire Sword of Truth series first.
If I would have originally started listening to books written by Terry Goodkind with Sam Tsoutsouvas narrating, I would never have fallen in love with them in the same way. Nick Sullivan should take over all future Terry Goodkind novels. Sam is too boring.
I have listened to Nick Sullivan on previous books in this series, and Sam Tsoutsouvas, loses the uniqueness of the character's, with his mono tone reading.
Have it read by Nick Sullivan
yes of course
read the next book in the series
After the Sword of Truth series, this series seems a little slow and lacks depth. I am hoping that will change
He is average
Yes, but I am waiting for the story to get better.
Law of Nines was very good. I want more
I would not recommend this book to anyone; even diehard Goodkind fans. That said, it may be a 'necessary evil' to read it so that the next (and hopefully better book) will make sense. We'll see. If you want endless rehashing of the same concept over and over as if you were caught in an infinite cycle of groundhog days of Kindergarten learning ABC's, and you enjoy the most transparent of foreshadowing (if the shadow is removed then is it really just forelighting?) and you enjoy books that waste 90% of the story on meaningless drivel and then try to cram a books worth of good ideas into the last number of chapters that could have been fleshed out long before and to great effect; then this the book for you. Otherwise, save your money and just read an outline of the story on Wikipedia or some such.
Able to create voices and emotions that distinctly fit to individual characters.
Perhaps Goodkind has sold enough novels that his editor is mostly hands off when it comes to paring down redundant prose. If this is the case, Goodkind's editor should reevaluate the relationship in light of this trainwreck. If I were editor of the Third Kingdom I would likely have cut about one third of the entire book out, and then hired two more editors. Sadly that would hardly have made a dent in the incredibly repetitive writing. A third of the way through the book I was about ready to lose it from hearing about Richard being from 2 worlds for about the 100th time. Any explanation about what the third kingdom was /is/could/might be and Richards blatantly foreshadowed relationship to it, apparently had to be repeated the same nerve grating way every single time the subject was broached.
I feel for telling people not to buy this book because I would like to see Audible be a continuing success. That said I am sure I can mitigate my feeling by knowing that there are far better books to get, like say for instance any of the Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher.Final note: let's hope Goodkind has hit rock bottom, found help and is now back on the path writing more interesting and engaging material.
This book has an excellent story, just like Terry Goodkind's entire series. The backstory, the interweaving of ancient civilizations/wars/prophecies is . . . incredible. 10 out of 10 in that regard
Good grief though, this book could be a third as long and communicate exactly the same amount of awesome. He repeat's almost every single statement, concept, or plot device 2 to 3 times, just with different wording, and my god is it ever annoying. I understand if he just did that when going over what happened in a previous book, because it's been awhile since I read the Omen Machine, but it's literally every. Single. Thing. Except for combat, he manages to get out of doing that (mostly) because I guess that would break the flow.
It's such an excellent story and performance though, just needs a bit of love from an editor with pruning shears.
As with the other SOT books, it has a life lesson. That is what makes the SOT series so different and worthy when compared to other fantasy books.
Can't say because I don't want to give away a monumental moment that will have an impact on you even after the book is finished.
Sam is great in this narration.
Another world, but no one knew it existed. The adventures continue....
Decent book. Not one of Goodkind's better efforts. It won't stop me from reading the next one though. The story seemed at bit predictable and the author seemed to stretch out a lot of scenes to make them longer. It reminded me of being in high school and filling in essays by adding words and unneeded sentences. The book was good enough though to get through to the end. Hopefully the next one is better.
If you like the Sword of Truth series, then even this rambling narrative still hits the spot for fans of Terry Goodkind's books
Any books he has written after the main series
Do not think that worked out
Goodkind must definitely be getting paid by the word at this point. It is always a joy to hear Sam's voice and great to share more story with the main "Sword of Truth" characters. However, Goodkind seems to be writing his latest editions as if we are all 10 years old. Books are great in the fact that we can hear what the characters are thinking, but TK seems to think we need to hear every thought at every moment, multiple times.
I will continue to listen to every book that involves these characters and will hold out hope that TK gets back to the kind of story telling that captured that loyalty when he wrote "Wizards First Rule."