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Siege of Stone

The Nicci Chronicles, Book 3
Narrated by: Christina Traister
Length: 20 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (634 ratings)

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Set in the world of the Sword of Truth saga, the ramifications of New York Times bestseller Terry Goodkind’s Shroud of Eternity extend throughout all of the Old World as familiar allies, dangerous magic, and creatures created by twisted sorcery all work at cross purposes to either save or destroy Ildakar in Siege of Stone.

The Sorceress Nicci, the Wizard Nathan Rahl, and the young swordsman Bannon remain in the legendary city of Ildakar after a great internal revolt has freed the slaves and brought down the powerful wizards council. But as he fled the city, capricious Wizard Commander Maxim dissolved the petrification spell that had turned to stone the invading army of General Utros fifteen centuries earlier. Now, hundreds of thousands of half-stone soldiers from the ancient past have awakened, led by one of the greatest enemy commanders in history.

Nicci, Nathan, and Bannon have to help Ildakar survive this unbreakable siege, using all the magical defenses of the legendary city. Even as General Utros holds Ildakar hostage and also unleashes his incredible army on the unsuspecting Old World, an equally powerful threat arises out in the sea.

Nicci knows the battle won’t remain in the city; if she can’t stop this threat, two invincible armies can sweep across the Old World and destroy D’Hara itself.

The Nicci Chronicles

  1. Death’s Mistress
  2. Shroud of Eternity
  3. Siege of Stone
©2018 Terry Goodkind. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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I love the story but narrator is terrible!

I love the story, because I'm jonesing for the SoT world, but the narrator is just terrible and ruins the story with her "valley girl" inflection for the main narration. Just read the book. Obviously it's not great. Goodkind (if it's indeed still him and not a ghost writer) just doesn't bring the world to life like the early books.

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Terry Goodkind is phoning it in at this point

So, I have been a fan of the Sword of Truth series from the beginning. The main SoT series was great, though Richard was Mary Sue. So, when he had to take a back seat and we get to see the world from Nicci’s eyes, I was really excited. Goodkind’s last works in the SoT world largely redid or retconed much of his own mythology so a story exploring the Old World with one of his least used but most interesting characters was something I was quite excited for.

But the execution has been pitifully done.

First, I think it was the third or fourth grade where we were taught about varying your adjectives and adverbs so that the same one wasn’t used more than once every few pages...

This is a direct quote from the book, “He was exhilarated. “This is exhilarating!” He called.”

And that is only one a small example, but it was in one of the first few chapters and it only went down hill from there.

His dialogue is the worst kind of contrived tripe. Like, did he say a single sentence he wrote from this series out loud? His dialogue has never been top shelf, but seriously some of the sentences his characters say are downright absurd in this series.

Beyond the lack of imaginative or descriptive language or inability to have his characters converse in any kind of normal way (that was more prevalent in his original series), Goodkind also has his amazingly interesting characters... being completely unlike the characters he originally wrote.

Nicci and Nathan’s dynamic together is just bad. They almost never refer to each other by their names, instead calling each other wizard or sorcerous. And they don’t treat each other in a way reminiscent of the dynamic they had at the people’s palace when Jagang was laying siege to it.

Speaking of which, why is it that almost no one seems to know who Richard is when he used Orden to talk to LITERALLY EVERYONE!?! Millions of people stepped over to the place without magic because of the chapter long speech Richard gave to all of life at the end of Confessor.

And how is it that Jagang didn’t instill the law of the Imperial Order in cities he conquered in the Old World. Nicci visits one port city in this book and the leader if the city talked about how Jagang just charged a heavy tax and largely left them alone. Seeing as an entire novel was spend with Richard and Nicci in the Old World learning about the the rule of the Imperial Order, you would think that callbacks to the world Goodkind built would be easily ised to build page count, but no.

Instead halfway through the book we are being told once again (for the third time) about the nature of magic, or Life’s Mistress, or some other repeated story from a previous book within this new series. I understand trying to make a series novel friendly for new readers who might stumble across it, but really how many people pick up the third book in a new series that takes place in a larger universe that has 20+ other books to read first? You can reference other events without treating the audience like first timers or idiots.

I had a lot of hope with the Law of Nines. Somewhat less home with First Confessor. Grudging optimism with Omen Machine, and downright dread once I realized he was going the zombies route. It ended quickly though and Goodkind wrote about Nicci and I was excited again.

But honestly, these books don’t even sound like his typical narrative or cadence style. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was just writing outlines at this point and giving them to an intern/grad student to ghost write for him.

It’s the only explanation besides Goodkind not caring any more about these characters and just wanting his check.

Regardless, he needs to step up his quality control, his editor needs to step it up, or he needs to hire an intern who has actually read the previous books because this is really starting to suck. Its a great world idea, but it is being lost in the mediocrity of its implementation.

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  • Michelle
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  • 03-20-19

Full of action!

This book seemed to have a lot more action than the previous Nicci books. The characters are fleshing out nicely. I was pleased to hear hints of the Mord-Sith ancestry, and a small morsel about Nathan's childhood as well.

It left me anxious for the final book--I'm looking forward to it already!

As for the narration, it was great. I often listen while in an extremely noisy environment, and the narration was clear and easy to understand through it all.

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Love the story, hate the narrator

I love Terry Goodkind and his stories. I am struggling with this series because of the narrator though. if book 4 is narrated by the same person, I'm not sure I'll get it.

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Stone cold pleasure

This book was fantastic Christina Traister makes the story live especially with her changes of voices for each character. Haven’t read or listen to TG for a long time and was immediately transported back to Richard’s adventures it was especially good the way TG brings in prior events with Richard to bolster the current story line for Nicci and the others. Look forward to the next book though I have loved the audible. Congrats to both TG and Christina. TG be sure to keep Christina on board. Thanks again

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great<br />it was a great book

loved it as i have all of your books keep up the great books thsnk you

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Stellar writing by Terry as always...

Terry Goodkind never ceases to tell an intricate tale wrought with peril, romance, and action. The way he writes is so refreshing and detailed that I can feel, in my minds eye, that I'm standing next to Nicci, Nathan, and Bannon as they explore the old world in the name of D'hara. I just can't wait to see Richard and Kahlan make an appearance to help their friends fight evil because you know it has to happen. In my opinion, this spin off of the S.O.T. series is the 2nd best off shoot I've ever read... the 1st was the Law of Nines. Don't stop Mr. Goodkind, you have my absolute attention and admiration for these excellently written books. If you haven read any of his books, then you are missing out on a world of wonder because Terry has the Midas touch when it comes to writing. There isn't enough stars to rate his work properly, must read or listen.

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Getting Better

OK - so the Nicci Chronicles are getting better. Stuff happened a bit too fast. I wish more time had been spent “developing.” I’m also not crazy about the narrator, but all in all I like where this is going. I’m also trapped- I have spent nearly half my life reading these frickin books!

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great

It was very enjoyable. I hope there are more to come. well read and written.

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not his best

Have listened to just about just about everything from Goodkind. The most recent books in the Khalen and Richard series, and these books have spent too much time rehashing the past, and get very preachy in Goodkind's Rand-like life philosophy. Both things distract from what would otherwise be very entertaining stories.