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Publisher's Summary

Tormented her entire life by inhuman voices, Jennsen seeks to end her intolerable agony. She at last discovers a way to silence the voices. For everyone else, the torment is about to begin.

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.

Epic edge: listen to more in the Sword of Truth series.
©2001 Terry Goodkind (P)2001 Brilliance Audio

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too little too late

too much ado about nothing big build up little payoff. leaves you with just two new characters and no real story advancement

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love the series

I would really love the same reader for all the books. they don't even pronounce the main characters names correctly in every book.

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It was bit boring

Would you try another book from Terry Goodkind and/or Jim Bond?

Story too long to pick. Maybe by the last three chapters when the main characters came back. Narrator was a bit monotone, made me sleepy. I'm hoping book 8 picks things up a bit.

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My least favorite book of the series

But the Sword of Truth series it's still a great series to read and makes you think!

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different from others

this book is very different than the others, Richard and Kaylan are not the main focus. but the end brings it all together.

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Not the main crew, but done very well

Although it strays away from the normal Sword of Truth protagonists, The Pillars of Creation is a well woven story. It networks the main story and struggles of the Midlands, D'hara, and the old world with the coming of age tale of a young girl and boy that are integral to the future of magic in the world. The naive and innocent Jennsen and the maniacal sociopathic Oba. I won't get into a detailed description of the story, but suffice to say it's well done. If you're expecting a Richard and Kahlan adventure though, you may be somewhat disappointed. They are in it, but very briefly. If you can prep your mind for a non-Richard/Kahlan tale, it's an enjoyable read.

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I was skeptical, but it was ok.

I was very skeptical about this book. It tells the story of characters other than Richard and Kahlan for almost the entire book. I couldn't wait to get through it to get back to the main story. I was surprised though, that as skeptical as I was, I did enjoy it.

Jim bond is not my favourite person for the narration of this book. I didn't like him in book 2 and I still don't like him now. I find his voice very droning and often have to rewind the book to listen to things again as his voice makes me tune out. He is OK, but definitely not my first choice!

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Most frustrating book yet...

Since the reader has probably read the first 8 or something books in this series, we know what is really going on in the world. Now to have to sit through the stupidity of these new characters is frustrating and makes me want to pull my hair out. Finding out at the end some new information was a relief... I will continue the series but I dunno... This book just wasn't one of my favourites.

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Interesting detour.

This book barely progresses the main story and the vast majority of it you don't even hear about Richard and Kahlan, but it is still a good read

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Awesome side tale

This was a cool take in the series. We meet new characters and grow to love and hate them. I enjoyed a tale that focuses on others but still holds true to the scheme and theme.