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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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Top Customer Reviews
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 ›
Anyhow, this was a good book despite the relatively unoriginal plot line. It sets itself up for a good sequel and is worth a read. If only I could cast Chainfire on the Naked Empire and the Pillars of Creation I would be happy...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not bad...and the plot advances somewhat. Too much repetition of things that occur in the story several books prior.Published 2 days ago by stuart
Great read! I had read reviews before I bought this, that had me worried. Never fear, this book is just as good as the previous ones and I can't wait to get the next one!Published 3 days ago by Deborah Malone
Books are still going pretty strong. However I would say I anode hooked on the overall story despite each book.
I like how each book is its own separate adventure. Read more
Cliff hanger at the end I'd a biggie but it's worth the read. If you are this far in the series it really doesn't need a review, just keep reading.Published 1 month ago by peaches
I've read and re-read this series many times and it never gets old.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book, while keeping with the story line, gave a different perspective. This one kept getting me to keep picking up the tablet and getting more of the story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Imagining Warrior