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An honest review, for once,
This review is from: Chainfire: Chainfire Trilogy, Part 1 (Sword of Truth, Book 9) (Hardcover)
I'm going to be honest. I like Terry Goodkind's work, even if some elements do play off of another fantasy series. But the characters have sprung into a life of their own, and Goodkind has managed to weave the story into something fully original.
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.