"'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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"Jim Bond's narration imparts a mythical quality while transporting the listener to a world of wizards, soul-stealers, potions, and magic." (AudioFile)
I've been a fan of this series, but the last two books 7 and 8, are very weak. I'm about 80% through this book, and have found it to be very disappointing. My main issue, is the same issue mention by other commentors - too much talk (preaching). For me the main issue is that Goodkind just repeats the same philosophical statements over and over and over and over ... As an example, when Goodkind mentions the 'Order', you can expect a paragraph or two follow-up regarding their misguided philosophies. Of course, the problem with this is that the Order is mentioned quite a bit, so we continually hear the same thing over and over and over. He does this with a multiple of other characters and philosophies as well, continually repeating the same statements, the 'pristinely ungifted' are just another example of this, continually reminding us what they are. It's as if Goodkind has forgotten what's already been stated ... numerous times over.
Additionally, with all the philosophical talk, it leaves very little room for action, which there is surprisingly little, which makes the book somewhat boring.
I will finish the book, because I've previously enjoyed the series, but I may have take a break from Goodkind once I finish this book, especially if the ending is more of the same.
It's great that we're back to the main plot, but the long speeches on individual rights, while inspiring, are getting old.
The most frustrating, however, is Richard's continued impotence. The most powerful wizard in 3000 years can be pretty boring and weak.
I really don't think so. I gave it every chance, but putting words on a page and using previous write ups to fill each new book is a waist of everyone's time.
I'm done with this series
The Saga continues, and Terry Goodkind keeps the story exciting with new twists! This time Wizard Zedicus Zoul Zorrander shows what magic he can muster!
When I started to read this series, I had great expectations from Terry Goodkind.
The first five books of the series were excellent, the sixth a little long-winded, yet still a pretty masterful work, but by the time he wrote Naked Empire, Goodkind had devolved into shameless preaching that takes up a good 95% of this installment. Not only is it annoying, it's insulting: he repeats the same philosophical material over and over and over, while the reader (listener) starts to feel like they're being beat to death with a blunt object. While he has a few good nuggets and zings, most of the dogma could have been summed up in a paragraph or less, making the story about fifty pages (and an hour) long. I'm extremely disappointed that such a talented writer doesn't know better or have editors who know better than to publish this kind of self-indulgent rant. It's like being in purgatory for a reader or listener.
As much as I've liked Jim Bond's narration, the whiny condescending tone he lapses into during the dogmatic sections gets extremely annoying really quickly.
Lobby for an abridged version and hope those editors had better judgment-- avoid this one.
I was devistated when I started book 2 in this series and Sam Tsoutsouvas was replaced by Jim Bond as the narrator. I can't stand how Bond gives everybody with magic the voice of a simpleton and somehow makes Richard sound like Superman from an old cartoon show. He has done no better with book 7 and book 8. At least Bond can pronounce Kahlan correctly (ref: Book 4 narrative disaster). Can I honestly endure another book with Jim Bond narration to get back to Sam in book 10? Maybe I could, if the series it's self was not spinning out of control into garbage.
As for Terry Goodkind and this series, I have had enough. I can not stand the fact that 50% of this book is a pile of repeated social lecture and babble. I literally stopped countless times to cry out in frustration as Richard goes ON AND ON AND ON AND ON...blah blah blah blah blah. It's horrible. The story is also completely predictable and nothing gets accomplished. So I was just counting pages waiting for Kahlan to try to kill herself to save Richard just like every other book. It's pretty pathetic writing in my opinion and Goodkind is just cashing in on the first books as we're all compelled to see how it ends. Don't start this book expecting any real progress in the series. You start and finish in the same place. When the story does move it goes in circles and is frequently blocked by endless babble...kind of like this review. I've said enough.
Small talk, repetition of ideas not only from prior books but with in this book itself and continued repeats of story line take up half the book with very little value except to fill pages. I am aware that a small amount is needed for people that jump in to the middle of a series but this goes way beyond that. I have been expecting more since the 4th book but this is going down hill.
Sadly I am cutting my losses at this point and will not be completing this series. If you like the story theme, try 'The Wheel Of Time' series by Jordan.
People who require mass amounts of backstory and boring narrators
No. While it passes the time half the book is backstory and while it is a long series and some is required the author writes each book for someone who hasnt read any of the other books...if it was just the story we kept rehashing it wouldn't be so bad but we also are subjected to constant reviewing of the individual character story as well.....tedious
Jim bond shouldnt be a narrator....simple as that...he ruins good books...his female is horrible and he can't even do a good wizard...a must in fantasy narration
It passes the time but dont expect to be blown away
There has been times when I've loved this series and times when I've really struggled to carry on. This one has finally done it for me. The start doesn't dove tail very well with the end of the previous book. Either I was asleep last time and missed bits, or this one referenced things not mentioned before. Either way I got a few hours into it and got hopelessly lost, bored and fed up, so I stopped listening and haven't returned to it in over a month. I'm done with this series now and my advise is don't waste your money.
and over and over and over and over and ... get's annoying doesn't it? I agree with the concept but repeating it in every conversation has made me hate this series!
"another good book in the series"
Best thing about this was the great side plots woven in to the main Richard plot. Lots of philosophizing which can be a bit mind numbing at times, but it was gripping as most of these books.
A wonderful book. Once again the author creates characters of interest and depth. The world created and the politics of the world are fascinating. He gives both sides of the story here, allowing you not to see the bad guys as solely evil! Brilliant. The narrator is quite monotone but once you are into the book you don't notice it.
If you've read or listened to the starting books you'll know you want to read some more, personally I found the reading better than the listening, but these are still a great listen if you don't have the hours and hours to spend reading the books
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