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Severed Souls: A Richard and Kahlan Novel Hardcover – August 5, 2014
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About the Author
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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"Severed Souls" is a pivotal book. As promised, a key character does indeed die in this story. (This is not a spoiler I'm posting, this was shared by Terry Goodkind himself many weeks before this book's release. Goodkind wanted us to know and try to prepare for what happens.) But as much as I knew or thought I knew what to expect, nothing could have prepared me.
While the loss of ________ is shocking and heart wrenching, it isn't the only surprise within. I wish it had been.
This book is a carnival ride of emotion. I loved the passionate reminiscing juxtaposed with the raging onslaught of the undead Shun-Tuk. I clenched my teeth and squeezed my fingers into a balled up fist as I read what happens to Richard, to Kahlan, and even Zeddicus. I was in near tears when I read the conclusion and softly shut the book. And I was chest-pounding with exhilaration as I followed Richard and Kahlan into battle.
I need the story of "Severed Souls" to settle a bit and my heart to calm down some, but as a quick, unabashed review, I highly recommend "Severed Souls". Anyone that has ever read from this series will want to know where it all ends.. Possibly, right here.
Secondly, why why why why does Terry feel the need to rehash every little detail that we all already know. If we're on book 16 Terry, WE ALL KNOW who every one is and why they are doing what they are doing. There were just so many spots in this book where I just went from fast skim reading to straight up skipping pages just to get past the monotonous history lessons. And 4 pages later I would look down and groan aloud as I realized that Terry was STILL explaining the obvious. It's almost laughable. This book could have been cut down by 2/3rd's and you wouldn't have missed anything.
When stuff actually did happen that was important, it was treated with nonchalance and just on to the next. The killing off of Zed straight up infuriated me. The guy was a main character from day one, and yet he buys the farm from a minor character without so much as whiff of a decent death scene. SERIOUSLY!?!?! Like it's Zedd, if you're gonna kill him give it some drama at least. They just find him headless and then get right back to running from zombies. Bad form Goodkind, bad form. The killing of ludwig also sucked eggs too, I mean, that guy deserved more than a simple arrow in a courtyard. boooooo!
Lastly, Richard acted like a straight up fool in this book, ignored all of his own advice and preaching, ignores the obvious half the time, and goes and wrings Irenas neck in a rage. What the heck was that!?? That wasn't the Richard we have read about for 14 other books.
I'm sorry but it just seemed like Goodkind phoned this one in and put little effort into it. He is ignoring the complaints of the fans with all of the constant rehash and the need to tell us over and over and over how beautiful all of the women are. I hope he gets his act together and wraps this all up nicely. Maybe bring the law of nines story-line back into it somehow. Just something, I've had enough of these stupid zombies.