Richard Rahl is forced to save an empire from annihilation by the Order. With the shadow of death looming near, the empire crumbling before the invading hordes, and time running out, Richard is offered not only his own life but the salvation of a people, in exchange for delivering his wife, Kahlan, into bondage to the enemy (amazon.com).
This book doesn’t really follow the main story. It is more a side story that is still a part of the larger story. Jagang only appears for a few chapters, but there is a new villain introduced that Richard has to take care of. Throughout the book, Richard and Kahlan are forced to help a group of people known as the Bandakar. We later find out who these people really are, and you will find out why Richard is forced to help, but I don’t wan’t to spoil anything. As this is going on, Zedd and Addie are protecting the Wizard’s Keep, but loose it when they are captured by some men and a Sister of the Dark. They are taken to Jagang and tortured for information.
I was really worried about Zedd and Addie the entire time! I really didn’t know what was going to happen to them. There were times when I almost cried because Zedd remembers some things from his past that are a bit upsetting. Lets just say I was really intrigued by their story and how it was resolved.
As for Richard and Kahlan’s story, I really enjoyed it. I thought it was interesting to learn about these new people and see who they really were. The only problem with this part of the book was that these people were extremely misinformed and cut off from the rest of civilization, so Richard has to go into several lengthy speeches, and it started becoming a bit too preachy for me. Also, the new villain “Nicholas the Slide”, was just annoying and not well developed. I couldn’t stand all the repetitive details of his actions and thoughts. The battle that Richard and Nicholas have wasn’t what I was expecting either.
It was a pretty decent story. There were slow parts, but they were filled with some history and other important information, and there were also a few enjoyable battles. I liked this book much more than the previous, but it is not my favorite. I would recommend this book to anyone who has read this far into the series. It is a good and fun read, and better than the last book.
My rating: 3.5/5 stars!
My other reviews in this series:
Sword of Truth (themusersblog.wordpress.com)
Where is the Epic Fantasy? (nerdtrailmix.wordpress.com)
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