"Richard saw the point of a sword blade sticking out from between the man's shoulder blades. He spun back toward Richard after throwing the woman out of the opening, ready to attack. It seemed impossible, but the man looked unaffected by the blade that had impaled him through the chest.
"It was then, in the weak light from the fire pit off to the side, that Richard got his first good look at the killer.
"Three knives were buried up to their brass cross guards in the man's chest. Only the handles were showing. Richard saw, too, the broken end of a sword blade jutting out from the center of the man's chest. The point of that same blade stuck out from the man’s back.
"Richard recognized the knife handles. All three were the style carried by the men of the First File.
"He looked from those blades that should have killed the big man, up to his face. That was when he realized the true horror of the situation, and the reason for the unbearable stench of death."
Sequel to the #1 New York Times best seller The Omen Machine.
©2013 Terry Goodking (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Terry Goodkind is very good with his story line, he just tends to ramble so much it gets boring. It is like he has an idea, then because he doesn't really know what he wants to say, he just keeps repeating what he said in different ways until it feels like he is treating the reader as if they are incapable of understanding what he is saying. (I actually start to feel insulted at times.)
An example is the section about the soulless and half-souled people. I think he could have written the section with Samantha in at least half as much space and not bothered to repeat everything again to Ester. It wasn't that difficult to figure out what was going on.
I like the story and I like Sam Tsoutsouvas's narration; however, I would recommend reading this book rather than listening because at least then you can quick read the rambling sections.
Sword of truth was one of my favorite fantasy series's. And Richard is probably my favorite fantasy character. But these last few books seem to be written by a different person. He is so wordy and repetitive that it is annoying. I agree with the other reviewers, it seems like he has very short story content and is simply trying to fill space and stretch the series out.
once again his stories are so full and captivating . this takes on another level compared to the others he has done
getting more history and some of the back stories of Richards world
hes fantastic....on the level of roy dotrice
when sami and Richard looked like the halfmen were going to get them and she made the trees blow up. I yelled out loud and scare some of my cowworkers
The Third Kingdom brings back the saga we love, with our beloved characters that we never want to say bye to. I love how it expands on some of the things we learned in The First Confessor, further entwining history in the current story. I can hardly wait for Book 3 to tie it all together with one of Terry's always satisfying climaxes!
Samantha, because she really rose to the occasion! (Aside from our normal favorite characters.)
I wanted to drag this one out a bit, because I hate that the story of Richard and Kahlan is going to come to an end again. I wanted to spend as much time in their world as I possibly could.
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If I were not already about 15 books deep into this series, I never would have finished this novel. In fact, I never would have read a third of it. Goodkind either thinks his readers are stupid, or he knows he doesn't have enough of a story to fill all the pages he is contractually obligated to write. Why else would he feel the need to repeat and over explain so much of the story. I eventually listened at double speed. The novel wasn't any better at that speed, but at least the pain was over sooner.
No. I am a Goodkind fan but he should have stopped at Confessor even that had stretched the series pretty far.
It was not interesting at all really
He was WAY WAY WAY to quite. While driving in the car there was way to many times that I would miss things he said. It was very annoying. This is NOT someone I would chose to listen to again.
While I agree with Goodkind's politics with each book he has become more and more preechy as every other reviewer has complained about. It gets to be way to much. Its like come on man. We know how you feel. Get over it all ready. And way to many plot holes. My god all the crap with the Mord Sith! RIchard has no fear of a Mord Sith and EVERY Mord Sith knows the touch of a Confessor is death! This was by far the WORSE book every by Goodkind.
whereas Goodkind has drug out these stories with rambling about things like ten pages on how a mirror image works in previous books, at least he maintained continuity between one book to another. this one he lost it. For instance, suddenly all the gifted people lose their magic when he loses his. That has never been the case before. When he lost his gift before, mord sith agiles lost power and the bond was lost that projected against the Dreamwalker but that didn't mean all his gifted people no longer could use their gift. PLUS, in the previous book when Richard lost his gift, everyone swore allegiance to Nathan so they are protected. What happened to that bond? It was never rescinded. although these books tend to be rambling and sometimes good kinds hatred for women is disturbing, at least there was a continuity that brought me back to the series rather than start a new one. Completely changing the facts of the very building blocks is akin to starting a new series so if the only reason you stick with these increasingly rambling stories is the continuity, pass on this new set as continuity no longer exists
different series by a different author
i wouldn't be able to listen while walking or biking
it is still a good genre, and it does kill time
“I'm on Aslan's side even if there isn't any Aslan to lead it. I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia."
What can I say, this is Terry Goodkind at his best. "The Third Kingdom" is finally the return of the Goodkind we've all been waiting for: character driven, compelling, action pack, emotional-joy-ride, suspense, all these factors will keep you reading/listening far into the late hours of the night.
The battle with the halfmen in The Third Kingdom during the escape. All I can say is "WOW!" Joyful, tear jerking, anger, despair, hope, hate, sadness, relief...'nuf said.
Sam Tsoutsouvas does what he does best, he brings intensity and authority to voice of Richard Rahl. His narration, especially the battle scenes, had me on the edge of my seat as the intensity of them sent chills up my spine; I could feel the hot anger from the Sword of Truth, as though I was holding it, as Richard cut and cut and cut the enemies to pieces. lol.
Yes. And there are so many questions left unanswered. I can't wait for the next book.
I got a little worried there towards the middle part of the book, it felt a little dragged out with the dialog between Richard and Sammy, but after that, wow, all hell broke loose. The intensity, which I didn't think was possible but Mr. Goodkind somehow did it, it reached another level.
If this was any other book from a different author, I would have given the story five stars, but because Terry Goodkind has spoiled me with such books as Wizard's First Rule, Stone of Tears, and Faith of the Fallen, I hold Terry Goodkind to a higher standard, so I only gave this book four stars because, although it is very good, it's still not as good as his earlier books and pales in comparison to "Faith of the Fallen" which I consider is a masterpiece.
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