I really liked this book. It filled in so many places and questions about Zed and his history. It gave a great explanation of how the great barriors were put up and why. It shows a playful side of wizard life in the wizards keep. There is a wonderful connection that is made around the confessors and their duties in the new world. If you are a fan of the Wizards First Rule and the Sword of truth series, you will enjoy learning some of the reasons why things are as they are in the midlands. I recomend this one.
This is an incredable journey with the wife of the First Wizard, Magda Searus. She is taken through some of the most entangling, and engaging story telling I have read in a very long time. I think that Terry Goodkind found his muse again. This story makes so many questions that have been lingering in my mind answered with believable ease. The other books in the Sword of Truth series touch so rarely on the first confessor, yet they rely so heavly on the charactor of the confessor and Kahlans struggle with her duty and devotion to her calling. There are parts of the other books in the series where Magda Searus and her wizard, Merrit, are seen in large frescos painted on the ceiling in the confessors palace, yet their relationship to the world of the midlands is not fully explained. Now there is no more questions about how they played their part in the melding of the new world. This book takes the reader back to the first great war of the wizards, where so many of the weapons that Richard and Kahlan have to encounter were originally created. The reasons for these weapons is explained as well as why the wizards of the keep choose to create them. There is so much that is answered in this book, and so many new insights created. I found this book extreamly entertaining and well read. I had a tough time putting it down once I got going. The charactor of Magda Searus is explained so well, with all of her nuances. If you have read in to the Sword of Truth series more than a few books you will want to know these answers. The real name of wizard "Kolo" is given and explained, as well as the Sliph, the dream walkers, The Book of Counted Shadows, and so, so much more. Read this one and see if your not re-invigorated to read more of the series again.
At least Jello has a flavoring added to it. This book is like Jello, it has no shape, no substance, no nutritional value at all. I was sucked into this book under the pretense that I was continuing on in the "Sword Of Truth" series. I could not have been any farther from the truth, and I am not a seeker. The only place in this book where Richard, Kahlan, Cara, etc.. return is in the last 50 pages, and even then, they do not move the story along at all. I feel that I have lost the 7 hours of my life it took to listen/read this tripe. Skip this one and read the last 50 pages in a library.
I was a huge fan of the Nikki Heat books and was looking forward to the new Storm series coming out. I hope that all of the "Castle" books are eventually written and released. This trilogy was very entertaining and was a great introduction to the storm series.
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