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The Pillars of Creation: Sword of Truth, Book 7 | [Terry Goodkind]

The Pillars of Creation: Sword of Truth, Book 7

Tormented her entire life by inhuman voices, Jennsen seeks to end her intolerable agony. She at last discovers a way to silence the voices. For everyone else, the torment is about to begin. Richard Rahl and his wife, Kahlan, have been reunited after their long separation, but with winter descending and the paralyzing dread of an army of annihilation occupying their homeland, they must venture deep into a strange and desolate land.
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Publisher's Summary

Tormented her entire life by inhuman voices, Jennsen seeks to end her intolerable agony. She at last discovers a way to silence the voices. For everyone else, the torment is about to begin.

Richard Rahl and his wife, Kahlan, have been reunited after their long separation, but with winter descending and the paralyzing dread of an army of annihilation occupying their homeland, they must venture deep into a strange and desolate land. Their quest turns to terror when they find themselves the helpless prey of a tireless hunter.

Exploited by those intent on domination, Jennsen finds herself drawn into the center of a violent struggle for conquest and revenge. Worse yet, she finds her will seized by dark forces more abhorrent than anything she ever envisioned. Only then does she come to realize that the voices were real.

Staggered by loss and increasingly isolated, Richard and Kahlan desperately struggle to survive. But if they are to live, they must stop the relentless, unearthly threat that comes out of the darkest night of the human soul. To do so, Richard will be called upon to face the demons stalking among the Pillars of Creation.

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©2001 Terry Goodkind; (P)2001 Brilliance Audio

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    D corona, ca United States 04-11-09
    D corona, ca United States 04-11-09 Member Since 2008

    I read, I write; I listen

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    "Detour!"

    If you know up front that the Richard,Kahlan, and the usual cast are not the main characters in "The PIllars of Creation" then the story is not dissapointing. They serve as the background story for most of the book until the last several chapters. This book centers around 2 other offspring of Darken Rahl, Jennsen and Oba. Rather then distracting from the series, these new characters expand and inrich the story. It starts off a liitle slow but worth listening to the end.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    V Rio Rancho, NM, USA 06-30-08
    V Rio Rancho, NM, USA 06-30-08
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    "Change of pace"

    I really liked this book. I've listened to the last 6 books in the series, and was almost tired with the constant turmoil. This book was a little slower paced and didn't have as much of the main characters (Richard and Kahlan) in it; however, it delivers a wonderful subplot to the ongoing story. I actually loved this book!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Charleston, IL, USA 04-03-09
    Mary Charleston, IL, USA 04-03-09 Member Since 2006
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    "The Pillars of Creation"

    This story took a different track and introduces new characters to the ongoing saga but this does not detract from the overall story. If the reader is patient and allows the writer a chance to provide the necessary character building it gives the end of the story great depth and understanding and provides intrigue for the next segment of this story. It also fills in gaps from the previous stories and answers some questions or ideas that have lurked from the start of this adventure.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 08-23-12
    Hunter Huntsville, AL, United States 08-23-12 Member Since 2012

    I just achieved App Scholar!! 1000 hours in 1 yr 7 mo and 10 days!!! I never thought I would make it this far!! Thanks Audible

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    "The story told from the other side!!"

    I seen a lot of bad reviews on this book,Why? I think Terry was doing a lot of character building and the story was told from the other side, Emperor JaGangs side!!! Also tells the story of Jensen Raul... Richard and Kahlan is not in this book untill the last 7 chapters the last two hours.. Of course they saved the day and left right off from the last book. Zed and Addi shows off their powers and take out a whole army!! Overall this was a good book different from the other six but good,I think Jim Bond can do a better job on switching up his voices at times it seems their all the same.. Stay the path getting ready to start the 7th book!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Grady Chevy Chase, MD, United States 03-29-09
    Grady Chevy Chase, MD, United States 03-29-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Absolutely Awful So Far!"

    I'm about 12 hours into this book and nothing of significance has happened yet. The main character, Jennsen, acts like a complete idiot and trivial events are described in excruciating detail for no apparent reason, except maybe to make you want to pull your hair out and yell "JUST GET ON WITH IT ALREADY!" For instance, about 4 hours of the book is dedicated solely to describing Jennsen's trip to see and speak to a sorceress. The whole trip could have been adequately covered in about 10 minutes. But Goodkind makes us sit through 4 hours (about 4 days in Jennsen's timeframe) listening to graphic details of every person, tree, rock, bug, plant, flower, stream and animal Jennsen encounters or avoids while on this trip. All the while she's on this journey, Jennsen is engaged in a ridiculous and imbecilic internal dialogue about the danger she's in because she incorrectly believes that people she's never met are trying to kill her. Since the reader has presumably read all the previous books, the reader already knows, unlike Jennsen, that all of her facts and assumptions are completely wrong. Yet, we have to sit though hours and hours of her doing one stupid and unnecessary thing after another based on incorrect facts, false fear, bad assumptions and misplaced apprehension. It is extremely frustrating.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Reynolds Centre, AL 03-06-10
    Michael Reynolds Centre, AL 03-06-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Repetitive"

    I have really enjoyed the series so far, but this book is really repetitive. The first 10 Chapters and the last 10 chapters tell the majority of the story. The rest of the book is Jennsen repeating what she must do, and Oba repeating how important he is, constantly reminding the reader that he likes to learn new things. However, it is interesting to see the story through new eyes other than the normal main characters.... that alone is what gives it 3 stars in my opinion. I hope the next book is better.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob Yulee, FL, USA 02-28-10
    Jacob Yulee, FL, USA 02-28-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Long and drawn out, but the ending made up for it"

    First of all, the summary for the book is way off. There is no long drawn out cat and mouse change between Jensen and Richard. Other than that, this is typical of Goodkind's latest books in the series. There is a long drawn out middle that is sometimes boring to sit through, but the ending ties it together and makes it worth it. I'll move on to the next book.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    J. Stewart 12-19-09
    J. Stewart 12-19-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Very good! Back fills some questions"

    Answers questions like why Darken Rhal killed his un-gifted offspring. A little slow to start, but the build up will not disappoint. Forget all the naysayer's reviews here. If you have enjoyed the saga so far, you will enjoy this book too. Story develops during the time frame leading up to the end of book 6, but from a parallel perspective of other characters in the Midlands that are not in Richard's circle. Introduces two other offspring of Darken Rhal, Richard's half brother and sister. They are the main characters in this story (not Richard and Kaylan). Richard and Kaylan re-enter at the end of the story. It takes the author time to build the new characters and circumstances, and then the story takes off just like all the others thus far.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kara Haleiwa, HI, USA 01-12-10
    Kara Haleiwa, HI, USA 01-12-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A wasted credit"

    I agree with many of the other reviewers. I feel insulted by this book. Jensen is an immature, idiotic character who takes too long undertand the simpliest things. It is as if Terry Goodkind wanted a whole novel to spout her philosphy over and over. Since the reader knows that Jensen is fooled, the agony is sitting through hours of tedium. Love the rest of the books so far.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Pint-sized Bookworm 08-19-14

    I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.

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    "Life is the future"

    Life is the future, not the past. This is the Wizard's Seventh rule. The Pillars of Creation introduces Richard's half-sister Jenssen and his half-brother Oba Rahl. They are holes in the world, they have absolutely no magic and magic can not touch them. They are a danger to the world of magic if left alive and the Keeper of the Underworld is speaking to them and Emperor Jagang is using them to destroy Richard and the world of magic. Great narration by Jim Bond and another masterpiece from Terry Goodkind.

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  • Barrie
    Dudley, United Kingdom
    2/8/09
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    "Unexpected disappointment"

    This series has been gripping and adictive for me so far, but I did not enjoy this book. I struggled through it so that I could move on to the next one. Very little of the main characters. The best advice I can give is to not keep wondering when Richard will turn up, as I did, as it is not until near the end..

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Aimee
    Exeter
    9/7/14
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    "Any one who loves might and magic with love this"
    What made the experience of listening to The Pillars of Creation the most enjoyable?

    I like how more characters are introduced and they all seem to be related a great addition to the story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Pillars of Creation?

    Finding out the characters special ability was not having magic


    Any additional comments?

    keep reading the other books it worth it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hattie
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom
    1/28/14
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    "Struggle"

    If I hadn't invested in 6 books up to this point I would have returned this book, although the story wasn't awful it wasn't on par with the previous books. For the most part Goodkind ignores the majority of his main characters introducing new ones that I struggled to either like or loathe. Hoping that in future books he returns to the usual suspects!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gareth
    Wickford, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "Great listen"

    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.



    Less Richard and Kahlan in this book but still a good listen, I was a bit unimpressed with the lead girl but I think her character fits really well with the story of her life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    Enniskillen, United Kingdom
    10/11/11
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    "A Drag"

    I found this book to be the worst in the series so far. It was quite repetitive in many parts which dragged the whole experience out. In all the most forgettable in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • john
    Clydebank, United Kingdom
    1/20/10
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    "Another classic from Terry"

    I agree with the other reviewer that this book could be missed in the series yet you would be left wondering how the Jensen character came to be. In it's own right the book is a great sub-plot. You are left wondering quite often if only she had known this or that or been privvy to that information she could have stopped what happened. Yet how was she to know. Yes the book is about Jensen mostly but it goes along at a good pace and I didn't have to slog through it like some of the earlier books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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