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.
As with most audiobooks a lot of the listener's experience comes down to the reader of the audiobook. The story was so so in the beginning and got be..Show More »tter towards the end but ended pretty abruptly. But the reader of this novel is 10x better than the previous one. I'm glad I didn't stop at the last book and was able to make my way thru this one. I've read pretty good reviews of the book to come.
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..Show More » 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'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.
Terry Goodkind spends less time preaching his Ayn Rand derived ideas and more time telling the story. However, there are still significant flaws. Whil..Show More »e the preaching is much reduced there it still too much of it and it is poorly integrated in to the story. He fails to allow the story to make his points and resorts to having Richard simply "preach" his points. Further detracting from the book is Mr. Goodkind's appalling lack of skill when it comes to writing conversations. It is partly this and partly due to Jim Bond's presentation. The result is that almost every conversation sounds like the village idiot lecturing a slow child. I suspect that most (not all) of the fault is Jim Bond's as Phantom read by Sam Tsoutsouvas is much more palatable. If you like the Sword of Truth series, definitely listen to this book. If you used to like this series and gave up in frustration after the debacle of the Naked Empire (and a few of the books before it), this recording though heavily flawed, is worth hearing to advance the story.
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.
This novel was not at all what I expected. Terry Goodkind's writing style has really matured with this novel, and it is extremely evident. The story l..Show More »ine starts in an entirely different direction than where I thought it would and travels a path I didn't expect. While it is clearly a fresh start on a new series I am extremely hopeful as to where it will go from here.
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 r..Show More »eally 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.
Very very frustrating. I don't know what the author is thinking. For the last 3 books, he has changed the format and i'm just not enjoying them. Hi..Show More »s first 10 books were some of the best books i've ever read but the last three in the series are becoming more and more of a joke. Terry Goodkind does not wrap up the sub plot as he has done in each book in the beginning and this new format is very drawn out. This book worse than the last two. I think maybe he is just stretching the same story line out for another 10 books necessarily instead of actually finishing a story in each book and starting a new sub plot in the bigger story like in early in the series. Come Terry, get back to the format that has got you to this far.