Descending into darkness, about to be overwhelmed by evil, those people still free are powerless to stop the coming dawn of a savage new world, while Richard faces the guilt of knowing that he must let it happen. Alone, he must bear the weight of a sin he dare not confess to the one person he loves…and has lost (goodreads.com).
I am very pleased with Confessor and believe that it provided a good ending to an amazingly interesting series. I can’t believe that it is finally over, but I am glad I finished it even though I will miss Richard, Kahlan and all their friends.
The plot was just continuing from the previous novels, and is wrapping up now. Richard is captured by the Imperial Order and forced to play Ja’La, while trying to find a way to get his powers back, stop Jagang’s army, obtain the boxes of Orden, and get Kahlan’s memory back. Much of the book focuses on the history of the boxes of Orden, how to open them, and their purpose. Berndine and Nicci spend a lot of time going through books and looking up all this information. We finally see a lot of Jagang in this novel and his plans to rid the world of the people who do not follow the ways of the Order. After getting past the boring sections (history about the boxes, prophecy, and things that have been repeated several times) I really enjoyed the novel and was satisfied by the ending. I really liked how Richard handled the situation, especially how he handled Jagang (no spoilers!).
I love the characters in this book, but sometimes can’t stand it because some of them never change. I don’t think Richard really developed as a character in this book or rather in this entire series. He seems like the same person to me. At least I am able to connect with him as if he were a real person. I also love Kahlan as well as all the Mord-Sith. I think that the Mord-Sith, especially Cara and Nicci, are the most developed characters. After meeting Richard, they really change who they are and develop feelings they never new they had. They find a whole new meaning to life.
As usual this book is filled with repetition (probably tired of hearing it, but its true), and extremely long and boring explanations about how this or that kind of magic or prophecy works. With all this nonsense cut out the book would be only half it’s size. I just skimmed all this and then was able to enjoy the story and finish it in a day or so.
I really enjoyed the series as a whole and would recommend to anyone who loves Terry Goodkind or fantasy and is looking for something interesting to read. The series has great characters and an amazing story, but I will just say again that the writing is awful (repetitive, long-winded, and preachy), so if you can’t get past it there are plenty of other books you can read. It is also gruesome and obscene and is definitely not for the faint of heart or anyone younger than 18.
I am sad that it is over, and since I already miss the characters maybe I will try Goodkind’s newer novel the Omen Machine. Supposedly, it’s the final Sword of Truth novel, but I have no idea how that would be since everything is nicely wrapped up in Confessor.
My rating: 4.5/5 stars!
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