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Confessor (Sword of Truth) Mass Market Paperback – September 30, 2008

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Book 11 of 15 in the Sword of Truth Series

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In the concluding novel to his epic fantasy series, Goodkind ties up most of the plot threads while leaving some open for possible later exploration. Like much of the series, this volume is dominated by diatribes on the evils of socialism and religion. Despite this, listeners will be drawn into the complex plot twists and the final battle between Richard Rahl and Emperor Jagang. Sam Tsoutsouvas compels listeners through the story with a deep, stern voice that perceptibly softens when speaking the dialogue of women and children. Tsoutsouvas maintains a consistent tone and pace that align well with the book. L.E. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“Makes an indelible impact.” ―Publishers Weekly on Faith of the Fallen

“Few writers have Goodkind's power of creation…a phenomenal piece of imaginative writing, exhaustive in its scope and riveting in its detail.” ―Publishing News on Temple of the Winds

“Highly recommended.” ―San Diego Union Tribune on Temple of the Winds

“Goodkind's greatest triumph: the ability to introduce immediately identifiable characters. His heroes, like us, are not perfect. Instead, each is flawed in ways that strengthen, rather than weaken their impact. You'll find no two-dimensional oafs here. In fact, at times you'll think you're looking at your own reflection.” ―SFX on Blood of the Fold

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Product Details

  • Series: Sword of Truth (Book 11)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 757 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Forge; 1st edition (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765354306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765354303
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.3 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (597 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Samuel N. Starkey on December 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Lets take a look back at the series so far:
1 Wizard's First Rule - great book, Richard meets Kahlan and defeats Darken Rahl.
2 Stone of Tears - even better, Richard captured by sisters of light, Kahlan leads a ragtag army to victory.
3. Blood of the Fold - good book, enter new villain Jagang, Gars vs. Mirswith.
4. Temple of the Winds - ok book, evil brother, cool plague, Kahlan uses chimes to save Richard. Why did he not know the consequences of this while in the Temple?
5. Soul of the Fire - another mediocre book, wedding, Anderith, Fitch gets killed.
6. Faith of the Fallen - back to a good book, but Richard is getting a little preachy, Nicci captures Richard (kind of like he was captured in books 1 and 2), carving the statue.
7. Pillars of Creation - I don't know how to rate this one, I admire an author of a series like this to take a big chance and set a whole book around a new character (Richard's sister) but she doesn't play much of a role in the next two books, so what was the point?
8. Naked Empire- The worst of the bunch, we were introduced to the idea of the supremely ungifted and their threat to magic in book 7. This book just reiterates that and contains some of the worst preaching by Richard.
9. Chainfire - Kahlan missing, only Richard remembers her. The sisters of the dark have used an incredibly complex spell with huge side effects to do something that Zedd did simply in the 2nd book. Richard goes to Shota then to Zedd looking for answers but they cannot help him. Ok now you know what happens in the first 564 pages. I would recommend skipping those first 564 pages other than a few good scenes that are recycled from earlier books.
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After finally finishing this book - a slow, painful read to be sure - I honestly feel cheated and emotionally abused by Terry Goodkind. Most fans of the first several books were already beginning to be let down by the foray into Goodkind's objectivist ideology that started around Faith of the Fallen (even though that was a decent book overall). The first two books in the Chainfire trilogy were even more difficult to finish, focusing more on repetitive philosophical dialogue between characters than actual action. Confessor, though, really took things to a new level. I found myself skipping pages several times throughout the read, the first time I've ever done that in this series, because I had heard it all before in previous books (and even in previous chapters of this book!) The Order's way is death, people must live their own lives, etc. etc. How many times do we have to have that hammered into our heads? Goodkind should have trusted the reader to infer what he was aiming for naturally, without forced repetition. Instead of the once beautiful, rich, vibrant and magical world of Richard & Kahlan, we are left with a bleak, political, and very non-fantastical world. While I pretty much knew what to expect when picking up this book, I nevertheless hoped that I would be won back over with some jaw-dropping twists or epic confrontations. To say I was let down would be a gross understatement.

Confessor is rife with so many problems, I don't even know where to begin. First of all, what was the point of Six? Why bring some other witch woman into the storyline, who somehow usurps Shota from her domain (though it's never explained how, or why), and has an interest in controlling Tamarang? Where did she come from, how did she meet Jagang, and why did she agree to work with him?
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I'm under no illusions: this review is almost perfectly irrelevant. It's irrelevant because if you have enjoyed Goodkind's Sword of Truth up until now, there's no way you're going to read the first ten books and then not finish the final novel. There is nothing bad that I could say that would keep you from seeing how the story resolves. If you've started the series but have misgivings about how preachy and tiresome Goodkind has become, the books that preceded this one were probably enough to deter you. Rest assured, Goodkind does not magically change his tone in this book. Thus, if you like the previous books, this will be a fitting conclusion. If you were fed up with Goodkind, you'll find more of the same dreck.

There is a small subset of people who might benefit from a review of this book. Two subsets, actually. The first is comprised of people who have not yet started the series, and are reading reviews of the last book to see if the series is worthy of their time. (Short answer: NO.) The second is a group that I'm a part of: people who were initially entertained by Goodkind's story, but think he totally jumped the shark and now read purely from a sense of morbid curiosity about where Goodkind will take this absurd screed next.

In this final book, Goodkind manages to plumb depths of awfulness not yet explored. Some of the failings are familiar: he attempts to be poignant and is instead awkwardly maudlin; he attempts to be profound and deep but is instead narrow and shrill; he attempts to create richness of character and instead renders his cast as absurd cartoons. But as he wraps the series up, Goodkind slips even further as he ham-handedly ties off the lingering loose ends.
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