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Temple of the Winds (Sword of Truth, Book 4) Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 15, 1997
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Anyway, there were also sappy love scenes that sort of made me want to put the book down. I understand Goodkind may have been trying to evoke some sympathy for Richard and Kahlan's frustrating (and overly drawn out) wait to complete and consummate their love, but the stolen-kiss scenes sort of dripped with sap. Also, Richard's dealings with Kahlan and with the lords and delegates from different countries were a little drawn out and preachy. His long philisophical explanations, and Goodkind's seeming need to continuously refer us to Richard's "raking raptor gaze" and Kahlan's "sparkling green eyes" and tight, white, regal Confessor's dress, get repetitive and you end up skipping large chunks of the dialogue. The stubbornness of the main characters will at times frustrate you, and after all the waiting and yearning and restraint the main duo has endured, how could the writer snatch away the sanctity of their first union by turning it into such a horrid experience? It was so terrible, it worked. That part just killed me...
But after all this passes, the book begins to pick up and roll with the formula that made Goodkind's first book such a riveting story. He did a good job at evoking irritation and murderous inclinations towards a new character, Nadine.Read more ›
What began in "Wizard's First Rule" as a fantasy epic with a solid story line and much original content, despite a few obvious broad borrowings from past writer's, including Jordan, has become, with this book, a series of adventures only loosely connected to the grand conceptual story promised by the first book. The original premise presented in "Wizard's First Rule" is now forming the excuse for 800 page excursions into secondary stories that exist in large part separate from the larger struggle that is the premise behind this series. As a stand-alone, this book is unsuccessful, and succeeds only because it is propped by the previous works. Nor does it advance the earlier story established by those books. Instead, if you examine the plot closely, it revisits a lot of old ground. The thread of Goodkind's legend has begun to become unravelled.
A further problem has begun to manifest itself in his characters: They have begun to become stereotypes of themselves.Read more ›
but main characters got spoiled in this book and it's really annoying, especially Kahlan - out of nowhere she turned from powerful brilliant young woman in previous books to stupid teenager full of jealousy. About the same with Richard, he is not so strong and attractive character anymore.
Also, too many repetition and very long explanations of what happened before, in 1-3 books, which is I skip all together, as well as some brutal scenes. That's all a little bit disappointing, after this book, I will probably switch to something else
My issue with this particular book though is that it's just too stupid right from the very beginning. It's apparently mere days after the last book (Blood of the Fold) left off; where they couldn't trust anyone and everyone survives by the skin of their teeth, yet they all suddenly seem completely clueless. They all act as if they're on a Sunday picnic or hit their heads or something and forgot what they'd just been through. For instance: an assassin shows up at the palace and announces he's going to kill both the King and Queen...so what do they do? The women deal with him while the King goes off into the woods to look for herbs! Kahlan doesn't want to "bother" Richard with the assassin? What? Are you kidding me? He's the FREAKING King/Seeker/SuperWizard!
Psh, why bother the King/Seeker/SuperWizard with such trivial matters? Kahlan and Cara should handle it on their own - sure, why not? Oh, and why not take Nadine with you too in the end and make sure to talk a lot in front of the prisoner too! Good idea! Why not shout out your social security and credit card numbers too while you're at it? Any other deep dark secrets? Well throw those in too why don't ya?
Nadine's description of her dreams where you can't get to where you're going because path's don't lead to where they should, etc, was ironic because it's an exact description of how this book feels (thus far).Read more ›
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Will that just bites, here I just paid full kindle price the first week of August and now it's FREE!!!!! Can't I get a refund so I can get this FREE!!!! Read morePublished 1 day ago by Bettina Montes
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I love the books by Terry Goodkind. They are Science Fiction but one of the things I love most is that the stories pick up where the preceeding books leave off.Published 1 month ago by Amy
If you get through the first 200 pages you won't be disappointed. Couldn't set it down for the last 400 pages.Published 2 months ago by Haybear
This book felt a bit faster paced than the previous book. Very exciting and I loved the ending. Onto the next one!Published 2 months ago by Bcain