While at times, Goodkind's writing can be drawn out and lengthy, the message he ultimately delivers in this final Sword of Truth novel is life-changing. The struggles that Richard, Kahlan, and all their friends overcome is simply stunning, and I cannot get these characters out of my head. After reading this series, every other book I touched seemed to be either frivolous or pointless (which is not always bad), but Goodkind's work really means something to the human life and spirit. I'm not a religious person or anything, but the simple messages of truth, kindness, and freedom are so moving in the summation of this whole series.
If you are looking for a group of people that will change your life completely, I highly suggest getting to know Richard and Kahlan. These two are my literary heros. Bear with Goodkind's lengthy and often repeated descriptions, and discover an incredible world.
In reading some of the reviews for this book, I immediately had to defend the honor of the Sword of Truth series. Terry Goodkind's work is masterful and life-changing; the messages of strength and perseverance portrayed by each character are so moving. These books mean something to the reader, and I can't stress how incredible this series really is.
The characters of Richard Cypher and Kahlan Amnell are my two favorite literary heroes ever written. The adventures, trials, sacrifices, mishaps, romantic trysts, and tribulations showcase how amazing the human spirit can be. Wizard's First Rule is a breathtaking adventure; the world Goodkind creates is unbelievable. Being the first in a very long series, it does have its moments where it lags, but the twists and turns in the plot will ultimately leave you anxious for more.
This is without a doubt my favorite series of all time, and after I finished it, I felt an incredible sense of loss. Richard and Kahlan became intimate friends, and the lessons they taught me were unforgettable.
A quote from the 6th book of the series sums up the meaning and truths revealed in these books: "Your life is yours alone. Rise up and live it."
By the time I reached this book in Goodkind's series, my interest in the Sword of Truth was waning. I love the characters of Richard and Kahlan, but after hearing about how there never was a moment's peace and one thing after another going wrong, I was getting fed up. Temple of the Winds nearly killed me, but I saw everything getting better during Soul of Fire, only to have it end horrifically. Terry, give us a break! I want to see my heros happy for more than five minutes.
However, during the first pages of Faith of the Fallen, my faith in these books was renewed. Faith of the Fallen has become one of my favorite books of all time. The story of hope and perseverance is truly touching, showing readers that in the darkest of times, hope will always shine through. Richard's strength and Kahlan's courage prove that these two characters are the best the literary world has. Goodkind captures the essence of the human spirit and the woes we deal with in our world today. He sums it up perfectly stating, "Your life is yours alone. Rise up and live it." Never have there been better words to live by.
Technically, this book is fast paced and filled with action, although it is more hopeful than depressing. The plot is direct and the characters are engaging. Goodkind's writing is masterful.
Faith of the Fallen is the beacon of this series and urges the reader to continue on. You won't be disappointed to see Richard and Kahlan to the end.
When I read this book for the first time, I found it to be horriblely depressing. Everything just gets worse and worse, until the last 40 pages of the book when it all gets "fixed". However, listening to it and knowing it gets better in the end, I find the story enjoyable. However, I find it really annoying that the narrator didn't listen to the other audibooks, or confur with anyone, about the pronounciation of Kahlan's name. Kahlan Amnell is one of my favorite book characters of all time, yet every time her name was spoken aloud, I cringed. It got to the point that I wished the book would be over so I could go on to the next with a new narrator. Doesn't the production team consult Terry Goodkind or previous recordings of the Sword of Truth??? Very disappointed in the performance, but I love these books with a passion, so I still enjoyed the story.
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