As his beloved Kahlan lies close to death, Richard Rahl, who distrusts prophecy more than anyone, is confronted by a compelling vision – one that bears a terrible price. It would mean taking Kahlan away to safety while abandoning his people to a grim fate.
As savage hordes stand poised to invade their homeland, Richard and Kahlan’s devotion, not only to each other but to their cause and their duty, is imperiled in the descending fury of war. Amid the turmoil, Nicci, a woman from Richard’s past, haunted by her memory of him, makes a fateful decision. Despite Nicci’s hunger to understand the source of Richard’s indomitable will, her burning passion to destroy him commits her to the unthinkable. (goodreads.com)
Finally! The story starts getting better! It is about as good as Wizard’s First Rule! I was interested from the very beginning all the way through to the end. It is definitely one of the better books in the series so far.
The beginning is a little slow, but I was still interested because Richard and Kahlan (along with Cara) finally get to be together without any distractions. Then, all of the sudden their time together was ruined! 😦 They are separated again throughout the majority of this novel; however, I still found it to be extremely entertaining. Kahlan is involved in many battles when she rejoins with the D’Haran army. Believe me when I say that some of these battles are very interesting. Though her story isn’t as good as Richard’s, I was still excited to read about the battles taking place. Richard was taken to the heart of the Imperial Order by Nicci, a Sister of the Dark. I don’t want to say too much about this and give things away. However, I will say that it was fascinating to read about the Old World and why they are so hated. You get to meet people and read about how they live under the rule of the Imperial Order,and the horrible carvings they have to create. It’s no wonder why Richard and Kahlan want to destroy the Imperial Order and save these people.
Throughout the story we get to see a different side of Richard. We always see him destroy with his Sword, but this time he is without his Sword, so we get to see him create! He is very talented with the help of his gift. There was a lot of anticipation and excitement in Richard’s story to see how he was going to handle the situation he was in. With Kahlan’s life on the line Richard will do anything!
I have to admit that I do not like Nicci! As the story went on I just couldn’t believe how ignorant she was even when she gets to the Old World with Richard. Goodkind really brought out my feelings (both good and bad) towards Richard and Nicci in this novel.
Goodkind is a little better with his writing in this novel, though there was some repetition. His detail was amazing! I really felt like I was there with both Richard and Kahlan. You just have to get used to how Goodkind writes his novels and you will enjoy them even more.
This was one of the best stories so far; I give it a well deserved 5 stars! I found it to be very interesting and especially entertaining. I was engrossed in the novel all the way until the end! Highly recommend!
My rating: 5/5 stars!
My other reviews in this series
Where is the Epic Fantasy? (nerdtrailmix.wordpress.com)
Wizard’s First Rule Book Reveiw (tirzabelle.wordpress.com)
Sword of Truth (themusersblog.wordpress.com)
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