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The Law of Nines Hardcover – August 18, 2009
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Bestseller Goodkind (Confessor) ventures into thriller territory with results sure to please fans of his fantasy fiction. In the opening pages, Alex Rahl, the book's unwitting hero, saves the beautiful Jax from being run down on the street in Orden, Neb., by a plumbing truck flying a pirate flag. Jax, who turns out to be from an alternate reality where evildoers are attempting to seize control of her civilization, has traveled to Nebraska to seek Alex's help in saving her people. In Jax's world, magic takes the place of technology, but on earth she's stripped of her powers and forced to fight armed with only her trusty dagger. The author takes his time setting all this up, but once the story gets rolling, it's a gripping ride as the bad guys whoosh in between their world, which remains unseen, and ours. Fantasy and thriller readers alike will find themselves swept along to the final confrontation and looking forward to the next installment. (Sept.)
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“Fast paced, riveting and scary. It will leave the reader breathless.”
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But a huge difference is that there is no magic in this world, so people must rely on their intellect, wit, and strength (both in spirit and in body) to solve the problems that are thrown at them. But, fortunately, the playing field is even in that regard, since the villains cannot use magic, either.
I remember feeling super excited while reading Wizard's First Rule, and I'm sure that part of it was the newness of the story. I felt something similar while reading The Law of Nines. I'd say that this book is the most fast-paced of all of the Goodkind novels (so far) and it definitely leaves me wanting more. I hope he continues this story as a series, but he wraps things up fairly well enough so that this one can stand as a single installment if that's all he intends it to be.
I noticed that there is quite a bit of criticism about this one, and I cannot figure out why. Maybe most readers cling too much to preconception. This is really not a fantasy novel, and since it takes place in this world, there is really no magic here. But all of his books have not concentrated primarily on magic anyway, but on human spirit, and the struggle of good vs. evil. Anyone who enjoys a story like that, and anyone who does not cling to preconceptions about what a Goodkind novel should be will love this book.
I have to say...I'm not impressed, and i'm REALLY disappointed.
If I wanted to read SoT again, i'd have done so. Mr. Goodkind did not have to rewrap the same story in different paper. The Law of Nines is essentially the same story as the first book in SoT. Alex is Richard all over again, and Jax is Kahlan. In fact, Mr. Goodkind even used some of the same lines from SoT, including, but not limited to, that special smile that Kahlan (I mean Jax) only gives to Richard (I mean Alex). C'mon, Man! Think of something else to say!
All in all, this is the exact same story. Man meets mysterious girl, saves her from danger. They fall in love while taking an adventure and narrowly escaping being killed along the way. I should have saved myself the time and the $9 it cost me to read this garbage.