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
I forgive you for turning your books into a Randian paradise, I Love Ayn, but you go kinda far. However, for not making me deal with the heartache of losing Betty, you are forgiven!
I kept wondering if I downloaded the correct book. Where was Richard, where was Kahlan? To devote a whole book to a minor character in future books was just terrible. Like most of the middle to last books in the series, it is a filler book designed to lengthen the life of the series. Only intent is to pad the authors bank account. It adds nothing to the overall plot of the series. Skip this book. It is the worse one in the series. You only need to know Richard has a half sister through Darken Rahl. She is intent on killing Richard because of the mistaken belief Richard killed her mother. She is a pillar of creation- people who magic cannot touch. These people are used by the emperor to take the Wizards Keep and capture Jed
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.
The first 3 books were fine, but the series has steadily deteriorated after Blood of the Fold. I thought it couldn't get any worse after Soul of the Fire...how wrong I was. There is so much dross in this book that I found myself skipping chapter after chapter after chapter until I got to about the last 5 hours, at which point the story became at least a bit bearable. The other reviewer was right - this book could have been a few chapters long and wouldn't have lost any of its essence at all. Now I have some very serious doubt about purchasing the remaining books in the series. If the trend continues to hold true, I might be better off just reading synopses of the remaining books.
this was pretty boring up till the end when Kahlan and Richard finally showed up. good kind is losing grip and I'm only finishing this series cuz I wanna know how it ends. not because the individual books are any good.
the narrator is really the worse part. the story may be subpar but the narrator is awful. I wish there was another option but there isn't. he uses like the same two voices for every character and it is very obvious he's reading a script instead of making the story come alive. if he wasnt the only option I'd find someone else to listen to so I could finish off the series.
Not really part of the saga, this book is a filler.
Smaller in scale, plot and characters.
I didn't enjoy this book. It was kinda dumb.
Luckily you don't need this book to keep the story going, and therefore it can be omitted from the series.
At first, I was a bit disappointed that so much of the narrative focus on characters other than Richard and the Mother Confessor, but Goodkind's character work is simply wonderful. This different point of view made this book feel fresh.
I must also acknowledge that Goodkind--throughout the series, but especially here--well handles the concept of subjective good and evil. Characters with differing world views have different conceptions of good and evil. Goodkind handles the dichotomy masterfully, and also shows how easily those worldviews can be shaped by the influences around us.
you have to wait until the 54th chapter to get to the "main" characters Richard and Kahlan. and one of the two actual main characters is a delusional psychopath. the other a bimbo. but it's worth choking through for the slaughter that zed gives the order and a couple minor characters.
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