- Series: The Nicci Chronicles (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 528 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (January 9, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765388243
- ISBN-13: 978-0765388247
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.6 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 196 customer reviews
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"This action-packed book will delight epic fantasy enthusiasts." ―Library Journal on Death's Mistress
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About the Author
TERRY GOODKIND is the author of the worldwide bestsellers making up the Sword of Truth and The Nicci Chronicles series, and the #1 New York Times bestseller The Omen Machine. He lives in Henderson, Nevada.
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Is everyone 1500 years old?
If so, why havn't the common people evolved?
The main characters fall into obvious traps, repeatedly. The characters have become static and stereotyped. Overall, I was disappointed as a Goodkind fan, but it was a fun read.
Ildakar was hidden from the world by the shroud of eternity. This shroud was put into place over fifteen hundred years ago by a great blood working, sealing away the city in a place where time had no meaning. The residents of Ildakar had no contact with the outside world and found a way to sustain themselves. They were ruled by a couple who wanted to create a perfect society but it was far from perfect. Every now and then the shield would fall because the magic used to create it would essentially dry up. It was during one of these times that the trio had been passing by.
At first, stopping at the city worked well with their plans, Nicci got to spread Richard’s message and Nathan would search for what was needed to fix his magic. What they soon discovered though was a city that had a very dark underbelly and rulers who thought little of those they ruled. Both Nicci and Nathan were appalled at the treatment of the citizens that they witnessed and the more that they saw cemented in their minds that they had to get Nathan’s power restored and put an end to the tyranny inflicted upon the residents of Ildakar. Much of the book discussed the failures of the city and its residents. There was very little adventure in this novel.
The story was good for moving the overarching plot along but that was really about it for me. I disliked how much time was spent with Nathan bemoaning his lack of magic and Nicci didn’t do much of anything until the end of the book, she was so much more in Death’s Mistress. She spent most of the book in the background. Bannon had more of an “active” role in this story but anyone could have seen where things were going to go with his choices. There was a plot twist that was rather surprising and I am glad that part of things was dealt with so that he can maybe finally have the closure he needs.
Ildakar was a nasty place but it wasn’t that surprising. I mean come on how can a place that has been closed off from the world, essentially frozen in time, not descend into chaos at the hands of rulers who believe in class superiority?! Not very shocking to find out that things were not idyllic. I hated how much time was spent there with very little movement of the characters. There was a couple of subplots that were taking place while Nicci, Nathan, and Bannon wrestling with their issues and it was a welcomed respite from Ildakar. I missed Nicci being Nicci, she was virtually a meek little lamb throughout the story and I wanted her to be the fierce warrior I saw in Death’s Mistress. I plan to continue in this series but if this is how the series is going to go, I don’t see myself continuing after the third book.
The last one was bad too, in fact every single book (in my opinion) after the Chain fire trilogy doesn't look like the same author.
The characters and dumb and useless, they don't do anything but repeat over and over the same thing and the same thoughts, and the use of the word "gift" is unnerving, my "gift" this, my "gift" that...
Nicci was one of my favorite characters from the original Sword of Truth novels, in here she seem to have lost all knowledge of magic, she just tries to do fireballs and an occasional lightning, and kind of only talks / thinks about how powerful she is. Just show it, make the character interesting, make her learn some new stuff, make it compelling.
Bannon was a terrible addition to this, he does nothing but complaint about his old home and what happened to him and his old friend Ian, in every single chapter. He is the "new Richard", in the sense that he was a country side boy thrown into an incredible adventure. I just hope he doesn't turn out to be a war wizard to or the new best sword master, just get rid of this dude. And for the love of all that's good and pure, don't pair Nicci and this dude as a couple!!
Nathan, another waste, he used to be great too. Now he complaints only about his gift been gone, and how we used to be a strong wizard, just as i said, over and over again, it's really tiresome.
And my goodness, the "Morazeth" (or whatever they are called...), they are the new Mordsith, and he didn't even try to make the name a little less the same.
The third book is probably going to be as bad as this one, but i really like Nicci (or what used to be here), so i probably try to read it too.
All and all, nothing happens in this book, you can chop more than half of it and get he same thing.
Absolutely disappointed in it. Don't know why two stars instead of one, maybe just because Nicci is back... :-/