A young woman’s struggle for salvation from her inner demons, and from ancient injustice, takes on terrifying dimensions. For everyone.
Richard and Kahlan are reunited, but with an army occupying their homeland, they must venture into a desolate land. But their quest turns to terror when they become the hopeless prey of a tireless hunter. If Richard and Kahlan are to survive, Richard must face against the demons stalking among the Pillars of Creation. (goodreads.com)
What you need to know before reading this, so you don’t become disappointed as I did, is that this novel is written in a different perspective. If you understand this to begin with, then I don’t think you will have a problem with the book if you like the series. We finally get to follow the Order and read from their perspective. I thought this was interesting once I realized this was how the entire book is written. However, I believe switching between stories every couple of chapters is more engaging. That way we would be able to read from both perspectives and not spend so long on one or the other.
The things that kept me going throughout the book are that I wanted to find out where the voices were coming from (I had a pretty good idea) and I wanted to know what a specific word and phrase meant that was repeated several times in the book in High D’Haran. I also wanted to know if specific characters would ever meet.
I really enjoyed the ending of the book. The last five chapters were very engaging, and I’m glad that certain things happened and others didn’t (no spoilers!). However, I felt that the story could have been much shorter. There were parts of adventures and details that did not appear to be necessary. I could have enjoyed the story without them. Otherwise, I did enjoy the story, but it wasn’t what I had expected.
There are several new characters introduced in this book. Jennsen and Sebastian are the main ones you read about. There are also Althea and Frederick, as well as Oba. Later in the book, there is Tom who is a secondary character, but is more important than you realize. Eventually, you become pretty involved with the lives of these characters. I believe we read about these characters because they probably play more of a part later in the series and Goodkind wanted us to have a back story for them. I can tell you that I despise Oba, and I thought Jennsen wasn’t unintelligent, but that she doesn’t think about things as she should, which bothered me.
The most annoying aspect of this book is that you don’t get to read about Richard or Kahlan until the last five chapters. After spending so much time with them in the previous books, I was pretty disappointed that I had to wait so long. It made me very anxious to get through all the other chapters, so I did not enjoy them as much as I should have.
The biggest problem I have with Goodkind’s writing is that he repeats himself way to much! The characters kept thinking the same things over and over again, which became rather annoying.
I really didn’t enjoy this one as much as the others. It wasn’t at all what I expected and wish it would have been a lot better. If the book would have been shorter I do believe this would have made the book better. Oh well. If you enjoyed the others and want to continue then you should read this book. I know there are a lot of ups and downs, but it is a series worth reading anyway.
My rating: 3.5/5 stars!
Wikia Page for detailed information about the characters, plot, universe, etc. (very neat site)
This page on the Wikia Site has a book order and divides the books into duologies, trilogies, etc.
My other reviews in this series
The Sword of Truth series, by Terry Goodkind (adoyleblog.wordpress.com)
Keeping it Age-Appropriate (emrysong.wordpress.com)
*photo provided by wikipedia.org