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Phantom (Sword of Truth Series) Audio CD – Audiobook, July 19, 2011
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Unfortunately, it comes at the expense of really any action at all. There are small patches here and there, but this book, even more than Chainfire, is mostly a never ending litany of recaps from previous books and seemingly endless scenes in libraries discussing philosophy and prophesy. As I have said before, these philosophies are quite good and even intriguing. He has a keen mind and understanding of human nature. However, I am reading fantasy to escape and enjoy big battles with good overcoming evil, not to be talked to death.
There isn’t even a mini-climax at the end, making me somewhat dread beginning the next book to dread Ge through the first 80%. I have never looked forward so much to the end of a series. I had hoped like Wheel of Time, the last three books would be non-stop action with every few moments literally raising the hair at the back of my neck. Instead I find it difficult to read more than a dozen pages before falling asleep. Here is keeping my fingers crossed that the last book will magically break out and be an enjoyable read...
I hope the Nikki series is much better. May give 1st book a try
All that being said, the story is a good one or I wouldn't have dealt with all of this to come this far in the series.
Author - get a better editor! (2 stars off for that).
The story itself was like most of the other book's story lines. There's a desperate struggle for Richard and Kahlan to be together but everything is conspiring against them with incredible odds of it ever happening. There are a few interesting things in this book about how spells work and such but for the most part it seems to only be more of the same struggles that the rest of the series has presented. There are better fantasy series out that with more varied plots and more realistic writing. I'm not expecting complete realism on everything but seriously, for once just let things not work out the way everyone expects. Otherwise the reader is left feeling cheated when things are neatly tied up because of lucky coincidences. I feel this series has far too much of this to be enjoyable.
There are some frustrating parts and some "OMG I can't believe this is happening again" but overall if you're a fan of the series you should read it!
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There are some bits when the explanations go on a bit such as the spell construction and some of the description scenes of the atrocities but I kept going. I realised that the people who go on are the characters who would do that in their lives and as for the other scenes, horrible as it is we need to get the feelings of the horrors.
A number of the reviews ask for shorter or less words but I say to Terry Goodkind PLEASE in NO WAY cut down your words. I love the long books and get so involved in them that I just don't want them to stop.
A brilliant book and author who really gets into the story and allows us to be part of it.
The new villain is used to explain some things that happened in earlier books and, although there is no clear conclusion at the end of this book, there is clearly a feeling that we are reaching the finale.
To clarify my rating, I would buy the next book in this series, but only after I am sure that the next book is the last in the series
Looking forward to the next instalment, just glad it’s available on kindle and I can get it during lockdown ( April 2020)