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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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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.

Epic edge: listen to more in the Sword of Truth series.

©2001 Terry Goodkind; (P)2001 Brilliance Audio

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    Josiah 11-04-10
    Josiah 11-04-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Don't pay attention to the bad reviews"

    First off, this is a very good book if you know BEFORE HAND that it is not about Richard and Kahlan. It is about 2 other characters who tie into the story later on. The book timeline is nearly parallel to the previous book. The book had me intrigued a good chunk of the time, tho some of it is repetitive and drawn out... but.. unfortunately that is his writing style Especially when people talk and in the same paragraph they can say the same thing 10 times but different ways of putting it. The last part that this book is divided into is when the book begins to really shine. I didnt want to stop listening to it. If you have enjoyed the books up to this point you will want to get this one JUST KNOW that the main characters dont make appearances till towards the end of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. Baker Texas 07-29-10
    T. Baker Texas 07-29-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Slow and Painful at times"

    I listened to the whole book before writing the review. First, the narrator is really bad in my opinion, it made parts of the book brutal to listen to. Second, it is long and drawn out for no apparent reason. Third, the combination of both a bad narrator and a really slow book make it painful at time. I don't think this rates anywhere near the other books. Listen to this one only if you feel like you'd be missing something in the series. By far the worst Sword of Truth that I've listened to. 6 out of 7 isn't bad. I'm hoping the next one is better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jose A. Manalo, Jr. 02-07-09 Member Since 2015
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    "The worst yet"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 02-27-09
    Daniel 02-27-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Ignorance"

    2 hours left to the audio book, and I have yet to hear one line spoken from Richard or Kahlen. The thoughts and ideas of the main character for this book is understandable if you have and iq of 80. The lack of forethought or reason to the character is understandable for a bit, but as the book slowly moves forward, and I do mean SLOWLY, the ignorance and lack of intelligence is insulting to any intelligent life-form above an amoeba. If emotion was to be the reason for the willingness to be without reason, then it needed to be portrayed much better.

    Book 7, and even a nobody of their first book has more power than the most powerful wizard in 3000 years who acts more like a french revolutionary with only a sword than a wizard. I am never stop in the middle of a series... I almost didn't finish the first 3 hours of this Audiobook. Out of dying hope, I finished the book. I am sad to say, I will not be buying the next.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nicola San Jose, CA, United States 03-07-09
    Nicola San Jose, CA, United States 03-07-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointing"

    Although I've enjoyed the series so far, Goodkind's replaced his two well-loved characters with an imbecilic protaganist whose rambling, naive narration is irritating at best.

    If everything in this story wasn't repeated at least 3 times in different ways, it would be a decent book at a 3rd of the length, and probably quite enjoyable.

    The reader, Jim Bond, has a curiously unemotional, almost robotic voice, which I didn't mind during book 2 of this series, but combined with the less-than-enthralling story, I found it overall a great cure for my chronic insomnia.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Lewis Center, OH, USA 01-18-09
    Christopher Lewis Center, OH, USA 01-18-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Does this book have anything to do with Richard?"

    I am a fan of Mr. Goodkind's writing, but I am 1 hour into te second part and I have heard nothing about Richard or Kahlen, and I don't much like it. Can someone resolve this question for me?

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Indidanapolis, IN, United States 11-03-08
    Robert Indidanapolis, IN, United States 11-03-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Aggrivating read"

    I liked the previous books of the series so far.

    This particular one just drags on to much and has to many characters that are just to ignornt or gullible. Alot of "scenes" in the story are just to unbelieveable for me. I dont know how to say more without giving away the story.

    If your like me, you will read it anyways because it is part of the series. So, when you do read it, dont be ashamed about skipping some chapters.
    Basicly just read enough to learn about the 2 main characters and then skip on over to the last 6 hours or so.

    FYI I had no problems with the narrator, I found him easy to listen to.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    De'Adre decatur, TX, United States 09-17-08
    De'Adre decatur, TX, United States 09-17-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Narrator"

    I have listened to quite a few books and have come to decide that this guy is the worst narrator ever. He pauses at weird spots and inflects his voice at odd times, Its simply bizzare to listen to..... Bless Terry Goodkinds heart but, he just beats stuff to death and does not advance the story. Im ready for Richard and the gang to open up a can of woop butt!!!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Hudsonville, Michigan 06-16-08
    Michael Hudsonville, Michigan 06-16-08 Member Since 2011
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    "Worthless tangent"

    This book should have been a couple of chapters.

    5 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    David 03-29-15
    David 03-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Worthless side characters"

    If it wasnt for the end of the book id give it half a star. Im considering ending the series here and move on.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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