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Severed Souls (Richard and Kahlan) Hardcover – August 5, 2014

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Book 14 of 15 in the Sword of Truth Series

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The author of the worldwide bestsellers making up the Sword of Truth, and the #1 New York Times bestseller The Omen Machine, Terry Goodkind lives in Henderson, Nevada.

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Product Details

  • Series: Richard and Kahlan (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 2nd Printing edition (August 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765327740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765327741
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,092 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Omen Machine, The Third Kingdom, and Severed Souls all have one common problem--the endless repetition. Honestly, all three remind me of a writing assignment that is being stretched to reach a word count. All three books could have been made into one by simply eliminating the endlessly reworded repetitive descriptive passages. I think Goodkind needs to walk away from Richard and Kahlan for a while and come up with some new plot lines and/or characters.
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I'm not exactly sure what happened here. I've read *EVERY* single book from cover to cover of the Richard and Khalan series and I have to say that this has to be the worst out of all of them. I won't reveal any spoilers for those who haven't caught up, but since Terry Goodkind has already mentioned that a hero will die, I'll just refer to the person as the "hero". That's probably one of the biggest gripes in the book -- the hero died in such a dishonorable way it was insulting and a huge letdown. This leads to the second problem with the book. Terry has often gone to great lengths to describe magic and the various different kinds that exist. He clearly communicates how differently a war wizard's magic works, how subtractive magic works and how additive magic works -- always explaining in intricate detail of how things are done. Now, with the "darklands" (which isn't just lacking creativity in the name) there's the myserious "Occult powers". These Occult Powers can remove your underwear from your body without touching your pants! They can explain any possible phenomenon you find to be inexplicable. Nowhere in the book does Terry *ever* go into details about these "Occult Powers" and every experienced wizard, sorceress, (insert any other person with magic powers here) seems like a dumb, ignorant child when it comes to them -- including Richard. It's upsetting to see people who have been through terrible wars and have fought and defeated fearsome enemies like Darken Rahl and Jagang all of a sudden look like a bunch of kindergarteners battling "occult powers" that somehow seem to be immune to magic. The wizards of long ago were able to fight off these folks and instead of Richard trying to find information on how to do so (I don't know--pay another visit to the Temple of the Winds, maybe?Read more ›
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This is the 14th installment in the series. Not sure if that counts Debt of Bones or not, but I've read everything in the SoT world. By now, it just feels tired though. Either I grew out of Goodkind's writing style or he has stopped putting in the effort. Sentences like "Their wet shrouds came apart like wet paper." stick out like sore thumbs on every page, indicating to me that Terry never bothered to proofread or rewrite any of it.

This may be the last of his books I bother to pick up. At this point, it's only out of habit.
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I read Wizard's First Rule when it first came out in paperback and was entranced with the story, the characters and the world of magic in which it was set. I started buying the hardcovers next because I couldn't wait for the paperbacks to come out to read the next book.

Sad to say, eventually the writing became repetitive and dull and the stories became sillier and I got tired of being lectured by the author about freedom and choice. When I read the reviews about Severed Souls, I decided to take a chance and check in with Richard and Kahlan again. Sad to say, it had not improved and was more boring than ever. I read it to the end on the off chance that things would improve but was not happily surprised.

Goodkind has gone from being one of my favorite authors to someone whose writing I will avoid from now on.
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Several things I find making this book the least in the series. First the first half of it felt like a rereading of the previous book and utter filler that accomplished more on getting from point A geographical location to Point B while the plot never moving beyond Point A in the first place.

Second, have the characters forgotten everything they had when dealing with a pristinely ungifted army? Is Richard, the Seek of Truth really so much of a idiot to forget loopholes he and Zedd abused in the past to get around magic immunity?

Third, a character suffers the ultimate humiliation of a scripted death scene. Meaning they were handed a script and told to die, end of story. No recourse and nothing of matter results from it. It felt utterly a waste. How can such a death be utterly flat? Word of warning there are two major deaths and they are both flat as pancakes and not nearly as tasty.

Fourth and finally this book is filled with cliches that aren't even used in a innovative way. Nothing was expanded upon or reinvented in trying to make them interesting. Instead we get old and tired.

Fifth, one of the newest characters who I happened to like was alienated because of Richard's idiocy being played to ten so he had no choice but to act even more stupid. Richard is the Seeker of Truth. Thinking with his head is what he's supposed to do even when he's half dead. If your going to alienate someone at least make the action and the causes the led up to such believable.

The book had potential and for that it gets one star above the base, but that doesn't make it excusable.
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