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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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.
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!
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.
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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!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I hated that first person view from the point of view of a psychopath that a felt i was forced to endure for more then 3 hours. the fact that it took more then 20 chapters to go back to the main story.
I used to really like the books by Terry Goodkind, i gave up on the series after book five and could not even look at the series for years. i finally got interested in it again after the book Faith of the Fallen but this book ruined the series for good i tried the book right after this and it is nearly as bad. so to answer the overall question no i do not think i will buy any more of his books.
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