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Chainfire: Chainfire Trilogy, Part 1 (Sword of Truth, Book 9) Hardcover – January 4, 2005
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“Wonderfully creative, seamless, and stirring.” ―Kirkus on Wizard's First Rule
“Wonderful.” ―Kliatt on Stone of Tears
“Each volume of the Sword of Truth . . . proves more difficult to review than the last. There are only so many ways of heaping praise on a series that gets better and better.” ―SFX on Blood of the Fold
“. . . outstanding work . . . adrenaline and characters who actually behave like adults. Highly recommended.” ―San Diego Union Tribune on Temple of the Winds
“...thoroughly enjoyable.” ―VOYA on Soul of the Fire
“Mr. Goodkind's compelling prose weaves a magic spell over readers.” ―Romantic Times on Faith of the Fallen
“Near-perfect pacing, well-realized settings, and superior descriptive narrative.” ―VOYA on The Pillars of Creation
“Everything one could ask for in an epic fantasy.” ―Publishers Weekly on Stone of Tears
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Goodkind was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where he also attended art school, one of his many interests on the way to becoming a writer. Besides a career in wildlife art, he has been a cabinet maker and violin maker, and he has done restoration work on rare and exotic artifacts from around the world -- each with its own story to tell, he says.
While continuing to maintain the northeastern home he built with his own hands, in recent years he and his wife, Jeri, have created a second home in the desert Southwest, where he now spends the majority of his time.
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Terry seems to be obsessed with reiterating certain aspects of prior books. This detracts from the story and only "adds pages" without adding content. If a person is reading book #9 and has not yet read any of the prior 8 books in the SOT series, then I don't have much compassion for those people. Figure it out!
While there were a couple good twists in this book and a few things happened that I didn't suspect, I didn't feel there was much continuity to the Naked Empire. Also Richard has not progressed one iota as a wizard (nor as a human being for that matter).
I guess what I wanted for this book (eg begin to show Richard's skill and potential as a great wizard) as well as his ability to defeat Jajang on his own terms will never be realized. This book series has gotten more "preachy" as it's gone on.
Terry are you listening? Bring back the excitement of wizardry and magic, combined with a great love story. It's time to wrap up this plotline (with Jajang) and move on to other adventures with Richard and Kahlen.
I followed the story of Richard and Kahlan through their many disappointments and victories, enjoying the ever evolving relationship and the roles they each played in the government/leadership of a fractured nation. Even as the storyline began to over-run, threatening to become stagnant and bland, I stayed loyal and true. With his 9th work in this series the story, however, has evolved into something worse than bland, it has become mediocre. The story is a diatribe of philosophical gibberish that exudes existentialism with careless abandon making the volume, ironically, appear more prosaic rather than meaningful. It leaves the reader's thirst for development/progression, un-sated with characters reduced to flat and formless entities, interchangeable and amorphous.
I have never, in all my years, ever put a book down unfinished once I've begun...until now. Less than one third of the way to completion, I decided that I had read enough, and decided to waste my time no more. Mr. Goodkind, in his attempts to appease the public's thirst for more, has given them, instead, far less.
Book 1: Richard taken by Mord-Sith
Book 2: Richard taken by Sisters of the Light
Book 3: adventuring separately, doubts of love
Book 4: adventuring separately, doubts of love
Book 5: Richard and Kahlan together for first time, try to save pacifist culture
Book 6: Richard taken by Nicci
Book 8: adventuring separately, Richard poisoned by different pacifist culture
Throughout the novel, Richard behaves as a selfish lovesick bully, rudely demanding answers, constantly thinks life is meaningless without Kahlan, and contemplates suicide. A young girl begs him to save her grandfather but Richard refuses because his search for information regarding Kahlan is more important, making the girl assist him while someone else volunteers to separately help her grandfather. He is a disturbing hypocrite, preaching about living your life how you wish yet demands others help. Richard forces them to choose his bidding, indirectly removing free will with the threat of violence (not really a choice for the child). Richard constantly states the evil Imperial Order must be eradicated for wanting to destroy free will but obsesses over Kahlan and leaves others to battle Jagang's forces. He chooses to deny a leadership role, potentially sacrificing the world, for Kahlan.Read more ›
I won't be one of the ones to say that this is his best work, because it honestly isn't. I enjoyed Wizard's First Rule and Faith of the Fallen much more than I did this book. But it is a good book. Goodkind has managed to take an idea seldom heard, if ever, and work it into the fabric of the reality that he has spun for all of his loyal readers. What's more, he has managed to keep the interactions between the characters believable, even taking into account the many different plot twists.
The only downside I found to this book is that there were a few instances where I could not believe what was going on. There was also one or two instances where concepts involving prophecy left me befuddled. But despite the few bad points, it still does not diminish from the effort he has put into this. I literally read it from cover to cover in six straight hours, and was enchanted the entire time.
In short, people want to whine because it doesn't have the few elements they've become accustomed to. And people want to heap praise and adulation upon a new book simply because of who wrote it. I hope I do neither. I like this book, and hope that this review will help someone enjoy it as much as I did.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked Chainfire--I didn't love it, but I liked it. Well, I liked big stretches of Naked Empire, too, even when I wasn't expecting to. Read morePublished 17 days ago by C. Lunde
I found this book difficult to finish. The first 80% of the book was incredibly boring and it took a lot of willpower to get through it. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Monica Sabbioni
The story line is great! Very entertaining. The author spends too much time on detail that is not always relevant to the storyPublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
"What happens next!" That's what I kept asking. So imaginative, so devastatingly awesome! This one will say in my head for a while. This hero is the best ever!Published 26 days ago by Amelia Rose
The series started well, but faded out to a fizzle. It's hard to read a book where the main character is still stumbling along and somewhat clueless at this point. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Scott Jones
This is one of the most original and frightening novels I've ever read! The plot twist had me turning pages all night. One of the greatest in the series, and that's saying a lot. Read morePublished 3 months ago by russell buecher