Potential Spoilers: I fell in love with the Sword of Truth series when I picked up Wizards First Rule on a whim. The book was so excellently written, the characters entrancing and engaging, and the storyline engrossing. The magic of the series was further established with Stone of Tears, and I was hooked. I even loved the ending Chainfire trilogy, and was happy with the way Goodkind left the world.
On that note, Goodkind should have left well enough alone. The only reason anyone should pick up The Law of Nines is if they were really big fans of the Sword of Truth series. The writing in Nines is poor, and far from the standard that Goodkind set forth in his earlier works. The plot is haphazard, with characters doing things for seemingly no reason, and the characters themselves are flat. And Goodkind is once again riding on his preachy high horse -; those who read Faith of the Fallen, Pillars of Creation, and Naked Empire know exactly what I'm talking about. This preachy nature was so bad early in the book that I almost deleted the book from my library with prejudice. It was only my sick curiosity to see the end that drew me forward.
All in all, The Law of Nines can best be described as Wizards First Rule, minus magic and compelling characters, but with a healthy dose of moral and ethical preaching which far exceeds Goodkind's previous rants.
The bottom line: don't get this book unless you are a HUGE Sword of Truth fan.
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