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Confessor: Terry Goodkind: Books - mephistolessiveur.info Terry Goodkind's bestselling, epic fantasy series Sword of Truth continues with Confessor. Descending into darkness . A perfect ending, or beginning, to a great series. Looking Careers · Amazon and Our Planet · Investor Relations · Press Releases. Bestselling author Terry Goodkind's epic Sword of Truth series continues with the next For everyone else, that was the day that the world began to end. Eric said: An Opinionated Look At:Terry Goodkind's WarheartBy Eric AllenThis review Following an inner prompting beyond all reason, the last Confessor will wager .. Your continual push for one more story has ended this relationship.
So, that problem dealt with for the time being, and the idiotic discoveries about the Omen Machine made, Richard heads on his way back to the People's Palace, because when Richard needs to get somewhere fast or die, you can damn well better believe that Goodkind is going to Deus Ex Machina the ever-living fuck outta it.
So they head back to Samantha's village to find a second Slyph that takes them to a place where all of the souls of the zombies have conveniently been stored for later use.
But not before Samantha shows up and kills herself rather hilariously.
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Her death is actually kind of funny. And I know I'm a horrible person for saying that, but I actually laughed out loud when it happened.
And then Goodkind did this thing that I like to call Foreshadowing After the Fact, to make it seem like he'd been building up to it, when he actually wasn't.
This is where after an event has happened, an author will point to a completely random and utterly unrelated event somewhere in the past and say "SEE!! Did you see what I did there?!?!? See how clever I am! So, numerous Slyph travels take place, making the touch of death in Richard stronger and stronger, until everyone is back at the People's Palace at last, only to find that it's surrounded by an army of zombies. And then Richard does something that I absolutely hate, and that is so completely and utterly out of character for him that I actually threw the book on the ground in disgust.
If he knew that he was going to do this since he came back to life, why didn't he explain it to Kahlan and Nicci, so that they would know what he was going to do, and why it was important.
He has shown time and time again that he's able to convince people to see his point of view, and bring them over to his side with words alone. And he had numerous occasions during times of travel to lay it all out for them. So why did he keep it a secret, and lie like crazy for the entire freaking book when he knew exactly how to win in the end from the beginning and simply saying so would have removed both the need to lie, and the extreme worry that those who cared about him had to go through watching him, as they saw it, dying right before their eyes.
And he wins by lying to everyone he cares about through the entire book? No treat for you. I would have thought that Richard's defeat of Sulechan was pretty well done, if not for the fact that it was stained by Richard's lies.
And then Hannis Arc dies in a manner just as pointless as his entire freaking character.
He has got to be the least present, least threatening villain I have ever seen in a work of fiction. I'm still trying to figure out why he's even included in the story at all. The man is so irrelevant that you can remove every mention of his character, and none of the story would really need to change all that much to make up for it. After Darken Rahl and Emperor Jagang, we're really scraping the bottom of the barrel with this guy.
He's more laughable than anything else when he actually does bother to appear in the story. Talk about a case of Tell, don't show. Sorry, Terry, but if you want me to know how evil he is, you've got to show him doing something evil, or even the slightest bit threatening.
I mean, Darken Rahl and Emperor Jagang worked as terrifying villains, because you took the time to show me how evil they are by having them actually playing a part in the story doing things that are evil. Things that I can read about. Things that the characters can see and experience. Where was all of that with Hannis Arc? Nowhere to be found. Goodkind just tells us to take his word for it that the guy is bad news, and that's pretty much it.
Do you see why I call the guy weak, irrelevant, and non-threatening? So with the "villains" taken care of, there's still that pesky army of zombies to deal with. So, you remember where that Deus Ex Machina Slyph dropped them?
You know, the place with all the disembodied souls that used to belong to the zombies? Yeah, Richard grabbed all of those while getting his sword, and apparently, all you need in order to end the Zombie Apocalypse is a bunch of disembodied souls that can take up residence in their bodies and turn them back into humans.
The book then wraps up with a full twenty pages of Richard explaining the ending to us. If, at the end of your book, the resolution to your climax needs twenty pages of further exposition after the fact to even make sense, you're kind of doing it wrong. Just take my word for it, and find a better way of resolving things that makes sense while it's happening, not after you go into excruciating detail explaining it to us afterward.
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New characters, new world, new story. I'd be interested to see what he could make of those things, but I don't think I'll come back for more Sword of Truth if he decides to continue after this one. He's ruined it enough for me. And the dialog, while still repetitious, is not repetitious to the point that you find yourself considering suicide.
All in all, this book is considerably better written than the previous four or five that Goodkind has published. Is it as well written as his earlier work? But it's a definite step above the crap he's been churning out lately.
Although, I will admit, that if I had to read the phrase "homogeneous soup of the eternal now" one more freaking time I was going to punch a proverbial basket full of kittens. Through most of the book, Richard and Kahlan seem a bit more like themselves instead of lobotomized automatons spewing repetative and soulless dialog whenever Goodkind needs someone to exposit, though they do still seem like shadow puppets of their former selves.
Until, of course, you find out what a lying douche Richard has been through the entire book, that is. And I was actually invested in the plot and the characters from the beginning of the book. I shouldn't have to count that as part of "the good" because it's something that should, generally, be a given in a work of fiction. But the fact of the matter is, that it hasn't been for a long, long time with this series. I keep reading in hopes that Goodkind will recapture some of the magic and adventure from his earlier career, only to find the story sinking deeper and deeper into awful and bland mediocrity.
This story really doesn't have much need to exist, now that it's over. It was sold as the continuing adventures of Richard and Kahlan It just sort of seems like Goodkind wanted to write more, but didn't want to go through the effort of coming up with a new world, new characters, or even work up the will to write it out very well.
The entire five book story I'm counting The First Confessor as part of it, because it really sort of is is lazy, badly written, and didn't really have much reason to be told. I pretty much already ranted about everything I wanted to during the synopsis part of the review. I'd just like to reiterate how extremely let down I was by Goodkind's choices with Richard's character in this book.
It left me feeling absolutely disgusted with him. I blew up about Zedd's death in the previous book, because of how disrespectful it was to the fans and to the character.
What Goodkind did to Richard in this book.
This is a thousand times worse. And it is for this reason that I'm giving this book 2 stars instead of 3. Because Goodkind absolutely, irrevocably, utterly and completely destroyed Richard as a character for me in this book. That was unforgivable, and the reason that I refuse to read a single other book in this series if Goodkind decides to write more. There is no recovering, or going back from that. There's no getting better, patching it up, or making it go away.
Richard, as a character, is now completely broken, and cannot ever be fixed. I'll stick to the original eleven Sword of Truth books, thanks.
And yes, I will eventually get reviews of all of them out. I haven't forgotten about them. Oh yes, and one more thing. Saving an empire from annihilation is the price of the antidote. 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.
Warheart by Terry Goodkind
The next three novels were written as a trilogy called the Chainfire Trilogy. Chainfire — After being gravely injured in battle, Richard awakes to discover Kahlan missing.
To his disbelief, no one remembers the woman he is frantically trying to find. Worse, no one believes that she really exists, or that he was ever married. Alone as never before, he must find the woman he loves more than life itself.
Phantom — On the day she awoke remembering nothing but her name, Kahlan Amnell became the most dangerous woman alive. Confessor — 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. The Richard and Kahlan series This new series begins where the last novel in the Sword of Truth series ends. The Omen Machine — An accident leads to the discovery of a mysterious machine that has rested hidden deep underground for millennia.
The machine awakens to begin issuing a series of increasingly alarming, if minor, omens. Meanwhile, Richard and Kahlan must defend themselves and their followers from a series of terrifying threats. Warheart — All is lost. Richard Rahl lies on his funeral bier. It is the end of everything. Following an inner prompting beyond all reason, the last Confessor will wager everything on a final desperate gambit, and in so doing, she will change the world forever. But it was Richard who converted Nicci instead, and for years thereafter she served Richard and Kahlan as one of their closest friends—and one of their most lethal defenders.
Now, with the reign of Richard and Kahlan finally stablized, Nicci has set out on her own for new adventures. This will take her and Nathan to visit the mysterious witch-woman Red, to tangle with the street life of the port city of Tanimura, to fight lethal battles on the high seas, and ultimately to a vast magical confrontation far from home…with the future of life itself, in the Old World and the New, at stake. Siege of Stone — Nicci, Nathan Rahl, and Bannon remain in the 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.