I really liked this book. It filled in so many places and questions about Zed and his history. It gave a great explanation of how the great barriors..Show More » were put up and why. It shows a playful side of wizard life in the wizards keep. There is a wonderful connection that is made around the confessors and their duties in the new world. If you are a fan of the Wizards First Rule and the Sword of truth series, you will enjoy learning some of the reasons why things are as they are in the midlands. I recomend this one.
I bought this book because I saw the first two TV seasons based upon these books and I wanted to know what happened later. I found the book different ..Show More »and for the most part better than the show. The performance is outstanding. I highly recommend it to those who like this genre.
I have never written a review before, but I have been listening to books since before Audible was hatched.
I have noticed readers voice..Show More »s before, but never really been put off by one. This book had me wondering if it was read by a machine, initially. After getting hooked on Wizard's First Rule, I dove into this book only to be highly frustrated by the reader's voice and inflections.
I will likely abandon the Audible copy to read it - I hope you have a different experience. I will actively avoid anything read by this narrator.
I am very pleased to say that this is the first book in the series to live up to the hype. I found myself listening to the book even when I wasn't at ..Show More »the gym or driving, which is a good indicator of a book that draws you into the story.
I think the main factor that made this book worthwhile was the stories of the supporting characters. The intrigues at the Palace kept me wanting to find out more, and I think that Verna and Warren, as well as many of the supporting characters, show far more depth than we've seen in previous books.
Ann, Nathan and Zed's plot line was also fun to follow, and this is the first book where I really began to like Zed (I think the poor narration in the first book gave me a dislike for his character). I think that Nathan might prove to be a very interesting character as well, if he's given the right plot lines.
Even Richard's plotline was interesting, as in this book they finally appear to make consequences for some of the more idiotic things he does (although in the end it ended up being the perfect thing for him to do, but for a while they seemed to be slightly more realistic with him).
One of the best advancements in this book was the villains. The sisters of the dark's plotline kept me intrigued, and I couldn't wait to get more details on the Emperor (what powers did he have, what supporting characters did he have on his side), as well as the BoTF plotline.
My only hope is that the rest of the series is like this one, and not like the first two. If so then my faith in TG will be restored, as it was nearly destroyed by the first two books.
One note; did I hear correct? Ann's horse was named Bella? And TG says he never read WoT!
The narrator kept calling the characters by the wrong names!!! It was very frustrating because it would throw me off everytime. I had to make a ment..Show More »al note everytime he said Collin he meant Kahlan. I wonder what Terry Goodkind would say about this. Didn't someone review this before they put it on Audible?? I think the narrator Sam Tsoutsouvas who read Wizard's First Rule was the best!!! His narration was captivating.
First of all, I can't wait for this book to end so I can get to the next one, hoping it will pick up the pace a bit. Secondly, I'd like to know who pi..Show More »cks the readers. I think I may have gotten spoiled with Sam Tsoutsouvas in book 1. He did such a fabulous job, everyone else seems mediocre at best.
And it's not fair to call Dick Hill mediocre. Or any of the other readers.
But misspronouncing Kahlan's name is inexcusable.
And Zed, whom Tsoutsouvas portrays as a powerful wizard, later comes across like a little old gnome.
Come on Terry, you copied Robert Jordan in some ways (well, more than some. I keep expecting that at some point they'l refer to the sisters of the light as Ais Sedai).
So, why not copy Jordan and stick to using the same narrator(s) through out the series?
I really couldn't care less how Kahlan's name is pronounced. As long as it doesn't change depending on who is reading.
I do plan on getting through the entire series. Even suffering through book 5. (I am half way through.)
And the TV series? What a joke.
By the time I reached this book in Goodkind's series, my interest in the Sword of Truth was waning. I love the characters of Richard and Kahlan, but ..Show More »after hearing about how there never was a moment's peace and one thing after another going wrong, I was getting fed up. Temple of the Winds nearly killed me, but I saw everything getting better during Soul of Fire, only to have it end horrifically. Terry, give us a break! I want to see my heros happy for more than five minutes.
However, during the first pages of Faith of the Fallen, my faith in these books was renewed. Faith of the Fallen has become one of my favorite books of all time. The story of hope and perseverance is truly touching, showing readers that in the darkest of times, hope will always shine through. Richard's strength and Kahlan's courage prove that these two characters are the best the literary world has. Goodkind captures the essence of the human spirit and the woes we deal with in our world today. He sums it up perfectly stating, "Your life is yours alone. Rise up and live it." Never have there been better words to live by.
Technically, this book is fast paced and filled with action, although it is more hopeful than depressing. The plot is direct and the characters are engaging. Goodkind's writing is masterful.
Faith of the Fallen is the beacon of this series and urges the reader to continue on. You won't be disappointed to see Richard and Kahlan to the end.
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 dissa..Show More »pointing. 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've been a fan of this series, but the last two books 7 and 8, are very weak. I'm about 80% through this book, and have found it to be very disappoi..Show More »nting. My main issue, is the same issue mention by other commentors - too much talk (preaching). For me the main issue is that Goodkind just repeats the same philosophical statements over and over and over and over ... As an example, when Goodkind mentions the 'Order', you can expect a paragraph or two follow-up regarding their misguided philosophies. Of course, the problem with this is that the Order is mentioned quite a bit, so we continually hear the same thing over and over and over. He does this with a multiple of other characters and philosophies as well, continually repeating the same statements, the 'pristinely ungifted' are just another example of this, continually reminding us what they are. It's as if Goodkind has forgotten what's already been stated ... numerous times over.
Additionally, with all the philosophical talk, it leaves very little room for action, which there is surprisingly little, which makes the book somewhat boring.
I will finish the book, because I've previously enjoyed the series, but I may have take a break from Goodkind once I finish this book, especially if the ending is more of the same.
I love the series, but find the level of importance placed on two people nausiating. Not only does the current world revolve around Kahlan and Richar..Show More »d, but the world going back 3 millenia has also revolved around them. I'm also quite tired of hearing this character and that character profess their preachy, undying loyalty to Richard. Richard, Richard, Richard......RICHARD, Richard, Richard. "I would sacrifice my life to ensure he doesn't stub a toe." Good grief. If any character in a book were to mimick Jesus, this would be the one. Yet...he can never use his powers. Then she can't use hers. He and Kahlan are always separated and struggling to get back to each other. It's the same never-ending story.
Having said that, I will always admire the different directions Goodkind has taken this story on other levels. There's always older, more powerful, more complex magic to be found. Ah, I love it. Goodkind has also always had the ability to bring the depths of evil and heights of good to life - make them shocking and real. He's not afraid to let the pendulum swing well beyond what other fantasy writers would.
The narration was done quite well for male voices, but the female voices were annoyingly condescending and lifeless. Let's get real, someone with a great male voice will most likely not have a great female voice. lol I really, REALLY wish companies would employ multiple narrators.
Finally finished reading Phantom. This book was the dullest of the series, it seemed like TG dragged it out too long, especially with Kahlan's storyl..Show More »ine. Now off to finish the series with Confessor. Hopefully this one will be as good as the beginning of the series.
I became interested in this series for two reasons: The first is that I thoroughly enjoyed Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and wanted a replacem..Show More »ent while I waited for the final book to be published. The second reason is that I watched the Legend of The Seeker television series and wanted to see what happened once the show was cancelled. I was disappointed because in my opinion, the show was better than the books. This series was also a poor replacement for the wheel of time series.
I like the general premise of the books like most of you who made it this far in into the series, but at times I wanted to pull out my hair in frustration. The tediousness of certain parts of Richard and Kahlans lives was astounding. Goodkind spent a good portion of each book repeating long drawn-out speeches discussing the sanctity of life. I get it life is good. He also repeated the same points several different ways and times within each speech, within each book.
In addition to this, Goodkind would repeat facts, and remind the audience of events that had happened within the same book several times. I found this to be extremely irritating. I understand that the audience needs some reminders from book to book, but come on. We don’t need those reminders several times within the book we are currently reading. Goodkind appears to have the same respect for the intelligence of his readers and listeners as he does for the masses in his books. He acts as if the masses are morons, and that the solutions that Richard come up with are invaluable. However, most of us were able to predict the solutions that were so painstakingly discovered by Richard and Kahlan. If this were not annoying enough, Goodkind then generates random phenomenal solutions that just appear from the sky. One minute Richard and his followers will be screwed and then all of a sudden Richard did some fantastical thing that saves them all. The audience is then left wondering what the hell just happened. The concept of magic in this series is also badly portrayed. Goodkind seems to just string a lot of long scientific and impressive sounding words into a sentence, hoping that the confusion will just make the audience assume that they make sense. They don’t.
The concept of kahlan was also irritating for me. Goodkind makes endless devotions to kahlan’s intelligent green eyes, but she never appears to do anything that would warrant that intelligence. She just seems to get credit for the things that Richard does. The other annoying component of her character was her love for Richard. I know that love was an important part of this series, but come on we understand that she has a special smile just for Richard, we understand that she gives it to no one, but him. I have to admit that the Chainfire Trilogy did not dwell on the endless professions of love that the rest of the series did, but still listening to Richard and Kahlan repeatedly asking the question of one another: Have I ever told you that I love you was painful. Nicky and Cara were by far my favorite characters within this series, but I think that the only reason for this was that Goodkind did not ruin them with his repetitive and endless character development that he employed with Richard and Kahlan. For all of you like me that are at this point in the series, finish it and be glad you’re done, if you are just starting the series, don’t. This series had great potential and could have been well done, but Goodkind ruined his own creation.