"'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)
I am an Army Wife and full time student who loves to read. If I'm not reading a book I'm listening to one.
The series started out pretty well. At this point though, I'm done. Goodkind has started to preach... nonstop! I get the point already. Quit the ... whining!
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.
A better narrator and no repeated passages.
There are multiple times in this recording that entire sentences and paragraphs are repeated exactly in what appears to be very poor editing.
The narrator has a very nasally whiny and monotone voice whenever narrating side characters and makes it difficult to tolerate at times.
Nope. Moving on!
1) cut the 2.25 hour preaching dialogue(s) to a concise concept that the moronic characters can understand and that the reader can tolerate. I drove across the state hearing " but Lord Raul" and Richards pleading imploring preachiness. One conversation was 2.5 hours. At some point I tuned out the stupid book and found the road noise more enjoyable. How bad is that!
2) at some fricken point Richard has learned some magic. For pity's sake start developing the characters. Stop keeping him back in book 2.
3) Kahlin is a wimp. Kill her off already if she hasn't figured out how to actually be the Mother Confessor she claims to be.
4) Start treating the books as a series. Stop reintroducing primary characters over and over again.
Nope not a chance.
I hope he was paid well ... how could anyone read the same two or three thoughts a thousand times ........ yikes. He should get an award
I considered going forward, but honestly I was using fast forward to get past the same thoughts repeated over and over and over and over and over and over ..... almost from book one. So no more credits for Terry ... and althought I enjoyed the early books unless you can let go .. do not start this very long trip. I should have stopped about three books back.
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It is among this great story with Richard & Kahlan. It's needed for the story but it's kind of
Redundant and some parts are obvious and long winded awaiting that NEW Piece of the puzzle, But this one rates about in the middle of my favorite in the season.
The sisters of the Dark and the light I guess seem to be very deep on the bench, I guess there were more of those sisters than I originally thought.
Any other of MR. Goodkind's books.
Probably when Richard destroyed all of those guy's in the desert all at once.
It's ok but a must have in the series.
Kindle when I'm still and Audible when I'm moving.
I probably won't listen to this again since I usually listen to series of stories and then just push through them. Since this is in the middle of the series, I will probably never get around to it again before I'm sucked into another series that will encompass my existence.
I really did enjoy getting back to the main story line. While I now see why the Pillars of Creation was good information to have for this book to require less information about these characters, it just seemed like Richard and Kahlan were almost non-existent. However, Richard and Kahlan are back in full force in Naked Empire. All of our main characters are back, doing what they do best, saving the empire from evil.
Jim Bond is one of my favorite narrators for the Sword of Truth series. I enjoy how his voice changes for Zed and some of the other characters. It really helps bring the book alive.
I did not have any extreme reaction to this book.
That's apples and oranges...i listen to audio when i can't read..like long drives. I usually read books. I have this in print and audio
Im a goodkind fan. Wasn't my favorite if the series but decent. I liked the history of the pristinely ungifted
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