Turning 27 may be terrifying for some, but for Alex, a struggling artist living in the midwestern United States, it is cataclysmic. Inheriting a huge expanse of land should have made him a rich and happy man; but something about this birthday, his name, and the beautiful woman whose life he just saved, has suddenly made him - and everyone he loves - into a target. A target for extreme and uncompromising violence.
In Alex, Terry Goodkind brings to life a modern hero in a whole new kind of high-octane thriller.
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If this book didn't have ties to the "Sword of Truth" series it would be a complete waste of time. Only "Sword of Truth" followers will pick up on the references in this book that make it somewhat interesting. If you haven't read,listened to, the "S.O.T" series, don't waste a credit.
I am currently 6 hours into the book. It is keeping me on the edge of my seat so far. I am looking forward to listening more. I am a bit surprised that it is not advertised for what it is, but I don't want to give anything away. ;)
I glanced at a few reviews and had to give those of you who are fans of Terry, but not yet ready to get the Law of Nines, a review for the positive. Although most fans of Terry will probable get this one anyways...
The last series just built and built in intensity. Coming off that peak and to start over with this one probable makes this one appear more dull? I can't wait to see how it escalades. It still has the classic - "How the helk is he going to get out of this one" suspense. The last one I thought ended on a very powerful message. I can see this one taking that message and applying it to our current world.
Just remember this is fantasy and magic, so don't expect everything to seem "real." Like Richard, Alex has redeeming qualities in his character that can be admired.
Overall a great listen. This book is a little different from Terry Goodkind's other books of this series. Whereas the other books take place in a fantasy world, this book returns back to the "real" world and links it to the previous books, which is very intriguing and something i never expected. Great job, looking forward to the next book in the series.
From Austen to zombies!
I read and liked the first few books of Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series. The series lost me around "Naked Empire" when it swerved into long political monologues--that's not what I read fantasy books for!--but the first books were fun.
The Law of Nines brought back the enjoyment of "Wizard's First Rule." There's a lot of action, and while the first third of the book is slower than the rest of the novel, it isn't boring. And some of the scenes there are pretty amusing: imagine explaining what Goth teenagers are to someone from another world!
Along with the nonstop action for the last two thirds of the book, there are some intriguing thoughts about magic and technology. There's one political monologue, but it isn't too long and Goodkind thankfully keeps it mostly within the bounds of the story.
If I have one complaint, it's that action scenes are sometimes too drawn-out. I knew what was going to happen, but the characters didn't, so I had to wait.
Overall, though, The Law of Nines was a fun listen. You'll like it if you liked the Sword of Truth series--if you're not already a fan, try this and you might become one.
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.
Boring, predictable, slow. Only one story line. Seems like he wrote the story stream of consciousness - like he didn't know where he was going with the story. He found his characters in a situation and then just decided what might happen next. Juvenile writing.
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After coming to truly love the characters in the the Sword of Truth Series, I was skeptical about the author creating new characters that I would care about also... I was wrong, what a pleasant surprise. I hope he's writing the next in the series, Now!!
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First there will be some spoilers: This story if defiantly NOT one of Terry Goodkind's best, but not the worst either. This story is a plot line from the Sword of Truth and the main characters are associated by blood with Richard and Kahlan. Unlike the Sword of Truth, which the first book grabbed a listener into the world of Richard and Kahlan, the Law of Nines is like the Cherokee that Alex (one of the main characters of the book) drives, the engine turns over and over and is hard to start and get going. The story in this book is like that, the main story takes a lot of chapters to really get going and make for a difficult and slow listen to. I found myself just listing to the narrator's voice and not paying a lot of attention to the story itself. Once the story gets going the over all story line has promise it just was not fulfilled in this book. I read somewhere that this series will be a 3 book series, but with Terry it might turn out to be a 10 book one instead. I hope if there is another book or 3 that the story of Alex Rahl and Jax Amnell takes off better, there is promise in the story line. As far a purchasing this book, I would have to say if you can rent it from your local library and save your money for something else, if you must hear it and have to own it, then know you are going to consider this as a mid-level, get you through to the next good book on audio that you buy. I wish I just went and rented it from my local library then spend a credit on it. I like the Sword of Truth series (even if the series should have concluded 4 books earlier) I was taken by Richard, Kahlan, and Zed as characters and the over all plot line, but this story of Alex Rahl & Jax Amnell has to grown on me more before I find myself really connecting with the characters like I did with Sword of Truth or Robert Jordon's Wheel of Time (Mat, Perrin, and Rhand). So if Terry reads this review I would say; Good try, but needs more work.
Typically Goodkind; the annoying lack of contractions makes the text sound unnatural when read aloud, even more so in the context of a modern thriller. The choice of narrator who reads monotonically would better be for non-fiction. I find falling to sleep during an exciting scene to be disconcerting.
That said; a must 'read' for Goodkind fans. Once past the right-wing rants we have come to expect we find an engaging and enjoyable tale. While not a tale of Richard and Kyla, their fans will not be disappointed.
In short, find a narrator more suitable to the tale, seek permission from the author to alter the text to include contractions in order to do justice to this epic, I hope, series beginning tale.
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