- Series: Sword of Truth (Book 5)
- Mass Market Paperback: 800 pages
- Publisher: Tor Fantasy; 1st edition (March 15, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812551494
- ISBN-13: 978-0812551495
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.7 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 768 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Goodkind's ingenious world building will keep readers captivated.” ―Publishers Weekly
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Richard Rahl has traveled far from his roots as a simple woods guide. Emperor of the D'Haran Empire, war wizard, the Seeker of Truth -- none of these roles mean as much to him as his newest: husband to his beloved Kahlan Amnell, Mother Confessor of the Midlands.
But their wedding is the key that unlocks a spell sealed away long ago in a faraway country. Now a deadly power pours forth that threatens to turn the world into a lifeless waste.
Separated from the Sword of Truth and stripped of their magic, Richard and Kahlan must journey across the Midlands to discover a dark secret from the past and a trap that could tear them apart forever. For their fate has become inextricably entwined with that of the Midlands -- and there's no place so dangerous as a world without magic...
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Everyone mentions the way Richard banishes the chimes was ridiculous or he was too quick to find out at the last minute. Isn't that what happens in every book that has a character figuring something out? You can't get to the end plot without figuring out how to solve the possible problem. "Oh, sorry. I didn't find out how to banish the chimes so Jagang gets to take over Anderith and we lose." Richard found out a whole lot on Joseph Ander and managed to find out what kind of character he is. Richard's a Seeker. Dude know's how to put 2 and 2 together. Based on all of that he was able to realize the Dominie Dirtch and the Chimes were connected. Basically Joseph Ander used the Chimes to power the Dominie Dirtch.
The next issue is that there were complaints about plot holes and too many additional characters that the author didn't know how to write. Which this is not true. This is one of those books where you wonder what this person has to do with the story and it all comes together near or at the end. I was skeptical about Fitch and Beata's story as well, but I actually enjoyed where their story went in the end. You only see a few chapters on them because they're not too important to the plot. Also the story with Dalton Campbell plays a huge significant role since he helps the Imperial Order in taking over. That doesn't seem like it's such a small role to me like everyone else is saying.
The only problem I have with the book is how Goodkind likes to repeat things that have already been mentioned a couple of paragraphs ago. Just when I think the character was going to mention something else important, he/she repeats what they've already mentioned. Goodkind is a good writer. He built a very broad world that seems like more gets added onto. Which I'm glad. It's definitely worth a purchase.
It's a shame really, some sections and scenes are very well written so much so they pull you in and you enjoy reading them but then the redundancies begin and pages and pages of Richard and Kahlan reminiscing or worrying or just missing the other. Please, too much some time.
Also, some of the lesser characters could be interesting in a similar way Terry Brooks builds his lesser characters before killing them off but all lesser characters here are giving short shrift