"'Yes,' Richard said. He gestured over his shoulder without turning to look. "There are two more, back there." Kahlan briefly scanned the dark jumble of rock, but she didn't see any others. Lightly grasping the silver pommel with two fingers, Richard lifted his sword a few inches, checking that it was clear in its scabbard. A last fleeting glimmer of amber light played across his golden cape as he let the sword drop back, in place. In the gathering gloom of dusk, his familiar tall, powerful contour seemed as if it were no more than an apparition made of shadows.
"Just then, two more of the huge birds shot by right overhead. One, wings stretched wide, let out a piercing scream as it banked into a tight gliding turn, circling, once, in assessment of the five people below before stroking its powerful wings to catch its departing comrades in their swift journey west. This night they would find ample food."
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©2003 Terry Goodkind; (P)2003 Brilliance Audio
"Jim Bond's narration imparts a mythical quality while transporting the listener to a world of wizards, soul-stealers, potions, and magic." (AudioFile)
Fantasy / Sci-fi has long been a genre for social commentary, and this is no exception. I believe the point of view on societal trends and political motivations to be incisive and quite a cautionary tale.
I found this book to be largely unnecessary to the overall story. It seemed to me to be an excuse to spew repetitive rhetoric and get paid for it. Even if you are a big fan of the story and author I would suggest skipping this book entirely.
I love the stories and how they actually relate so well with life in our day. I wish all would read these books and see the truth in them.
I love the story. Jim Bond voices the characters very differently than previous performers. it makes some of the characters seem like caricatures of themselves. I didn't like the way he voiced Emperor Jagang. it made him seem less dangerous than he is in the story.
Yes, I can't imagine rereading so much recap for each successive novel. At least with the audio version I can tune out for the pages of backstory that have been told and retold constantly
Yes!! No one starts a 10+ series of novels on book eight or book nine or even book five, and if they do, they should expect to not understand some of the backstory. The author is either trying to fill space and make a series of 10+ book out of what should be perhaps as much as 30% less... OR ... he's trying to allow new readers to pick up any book in the series and get a feel for what is happening by inserting a little back story dozens and dozens of times. Which ever reason it is, it backfires on both counts; the readers that have followed since book one get tired of the same stuff over and over; the readers that are new, don't get enough back-story to be useful or particularly relevant.
I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.
Talga Vasternich the Wizard's Eight Rule meaning Deserve Victory is what Richard learns after been poisoned by a group of pristinely ungifted people who wish for Richard to destroy the Imperial Order army that is occupying their land, in return for the antidote. What Richard and Kahlan learn is that a weapon called a slide created using dark magic and a wizard named Nicolas is controlling the army and is spying on their camp and is intent on claiming Kahlan and killing Richard for Jagang in return for the land of D'hara. If this is not enough Richard's gift is also killing him, and it is only a matter of time before either the poison or his gift will kill Richard. This is another brilliant novel in the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind and is again well narrated by Jim Bond. A great read and a great listen.
I would not recommend this book unless they really wanted to complete the series.
Yes, somewhat, but since I have been reading since the first book, I feel like I want to finish the rest of the series, even if it's painful.
I don't want to, but I will have to if I want to finish the series.
Probably not. The plot was very preachy and slow.
I really do not care for Jim Bond as the narrator. His female voices are especially bad, but his voice for Richard also sounds very pompous. Part of that can be blamed on the writing, however. I remember when Richard was a character you liked and cheered for. Now he sounds like a self-righteous jerkwad. The pacing is also slow as molasses. The entire first two thirds of the book is filled with Richard's sermons and a dreadfully long and boring voyage. I sure hope Goodkind can redeem himself after this flop.
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