"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.
Riveting, moving, inspiring
The Third Kingdom fits seamlessly into the entire series of novels from Terry Goodkind. The story continuously flows through to this novel. I highly recommend reading the previous novel of the First Confessor which this new novel weighs highly on. Although the stories flow this novel can stand on its own without too much confusion to the main story line for a new reader. Even if you have not read the other novels you are able to build that strong connection to Richard even without following him through the beginning of this journey. . .however unlike the other novels I feel Kahlan's character is not made out to be as strong and powerful as previously she seems weak rather than the true heroine she really is. The truth is I have never been a big reader. These are the first and only novels that I cannot stop myself from wanting to read over and over again. You are truly transported to another world and the action and adventure never stops. But the thing I truly love most about these novels is that the characters are so powerful. They are not only easy to relate to but inspirational. Terry Goodkind's words and characters are truly magical.
As a visually impaired person), it has always been difficult for me to read books in print, but Audible makes books enjoyable again!
Both this and it's predecessor, The Omen Machine, are very dark compared to the rest of series. I can't decide which take is better, the original books or the new, darker side of the story. They're both great and highly recommended. Anyway, I loved this book!
I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.
I'll mention it because it's mentioned in the book description and review so I'm not Spoiling anything, once again Richard can't use his magic. How many times has Mr Goodking played this card? I really hope he gets around to Richard really learning about his power soon. This "anger" is the key to a war wizard's power is just plain incorrect and Mr Goodkind knows it. The readers know it. In the Temple of the Winds Richard learned all about everything in the Temple as well as his Power, so he was able to use his gift at will. He was bored sitting on his throne and with no anger involved he was able to use his magic. I'm thinking Mr Goodkind is saving this part of the story for a later book and Richard will probably learn that his Gift involves the "Balance" they keep talking about and just like with the Sword of Truth, his power will have both the anger and the love aspects to it. (and boredom as well if the Temple of the Winds events can be applied)
Regardless, this isn't his best work but it's not his worst. I was surprised at some of the events and I am actually looking forward to the next book. something happened at the end here (No Spoilers, its ok) that at first I was shocked and a little angry, but then as I thought about it, I was more and more intrigued. I think we'll get to see one of the main characters grow as the haven't yet since they were introduced. I'm sorry to be so vague but I don't want to ruin someone's read or give out a Spoiler.
As far as the other events in the book, I did enjoy most of it. I did speed up the narration when Mr Goodkind went on and on about explaining some of the intricacies of their magic but to be honest I didn't do it too much.Overall The Thrid Kingdom is classic Richard and Kahlan, which is why I bought the book in the first place.
This book is a great addition to the series. The only reason I rated the story down a bit is because Mr. Goodkind slipped back into some of the habits that detracted from the story. For example, the explanations and re-iterations of how things are done magically are a bit involved. Specifically conversations between Richard and Samantha tend to get a little long winded and re-iterate things over and over again. The Omen machine and The legend of Magda Searus got away from these drawn out scenes, which is one of the great parts about the books.
The story is amazing as always, just could have been edited down in parts. It felt like the first quarter of the book was drug out, then the action began and it totally became worth it.
There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on treasure island.(Walt Disney)
although the conversation with samantha(a wizard)was very long,she really kicked ass afterward!Sam Tsoutsouvas is really pleasant to listen to and brings a plus to the story it was worth hanging on in there.i hope the sequel is as good with cara on a rampage!
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.
The Third Kingdom picks up where the Omen Machine left off but reading The First Confessor (the story of Magda Searus, Barraccus & Merritt) will be useful background.
Sadly a peaceful world does not make a good story so Richard, Kahlan, Zedd, Nicci, Cara & others are again thrown into the brink of war for the survival of the human race. Like the other books of the Sword of Truth series, the stand alones & the Richard & Kahlan series the main theme is to believe in yourself, live with honor, and be prepared to fight for the rights or yourself and others.
(Kind of a spoiler, though you find this out very quickly) In this book you get a chance to see the leader Richard has become without the ability to access his war wizard powers. It is nice that there are men out there (well in fantasy anyway) who know how to apologize.
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.
Samantha's repetitive questions were annoying. In fact I wonder if Goodkind had a shortfall of word count and had to restate phrases over and over and over again in order to have the book fall into "Novel" territory rather than Novelette.
I might recommend the book if my friends were Goodkind fans with the warning that it isn't quite as good as previous Richard and Kahalan books
I like listening to Sam. He does a great job of differentiating the characters of the books. He's awesome.
It was okay
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.
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