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The Third Kingdom: Richard and Kahlan, Book 2 Audible – Unabridged

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  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 17 hours and 12 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Audible.com Release Date: August 20, 2013
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E4QYIMW
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Warning: plot spoilers abound here, move along if you don't want to know any details of the book.

I see from the reviews here already that some people liked the new, shorter style of this novel. I didn't mind that so much, rather what was left vs discarded. It feels like half a book. The pluses: some new characters and places were set up nicely, and the bad guys were fleshed out a bit as separate identities. The ties in to the old war / previous wars were interesting, although the rehash of life vs underworld is beginning to wear thin. Cant we do better than green veils? The really annoying part is the complete unevenness that has come to be between the two main characters, Richard and Kahlan. The original series was wonderful because they had two equally powerful and interesting characters that held their own. Richard's story was always dominant, but Kahlan raised armies, attacked problems, and solved them herself. It was an even partnership. Starting with the last book in the old series, Confessor, Kahlan may as well be an after note - she was tormented by Jagang for an entire book, but not instrumental at all in the resolution, she just got saved by Richard. The Omen machine had the same issue - it started fine, but then Kahlan runs off into danger, gets captured, gets saved, no involvement on her part. Half the time she isn't even conscious. This one was even worse - she didnt even appear until over half way through the book, and then when she woke from unconsciousness (again) she immediately got captured, and spent the (short) remainder of the book hanging from a ceiling. One conversation with the bad guy, serving to reveal a key plot point about his goals and methods, then nothing.
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I have been a long-time fan of Terry Goodkind and this series with Richard and Kahlan. But this book is a huge disappointment. The writing is childish, repetitive (he frequently says the very same thing only one paragraph later) and awkward. I thought that perhaps an elementary school kid wrote this book. The story is interesting but the writing is as bad as it gets. No character development, weak sentences, and nonsensical sequences of events. We even have to wonder how Zed and Nicci were able to destroy so many of the bad guys with Wizard's Fire at the end when in the beginning they could only push air at them. Somehow they got their power back. A huge disappointment!
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Format: Kindle Edition
I LOVED the Sword of Truth series so it pains me to say it, but stay away from this hot mess of a book. I quit at 177 pages in, 170 of which were exposition. As a bonus, the exposition included a ridiculous amount of repetition from card board characters whose voice had nothing to do with their POV but rather with whatever the author needed communicated in yet another expository scene.

Let me sum it up this way. If the new Terry Goodkind (man, I miss the old one) had written the Avengers movie it would have taken place entirely in the Shawarma restaurant with Director Fury debriefing the heroes. The conversation would have gone something like this;

Fury - So, what happened?
Hulk - I created some epic destruction in an effort to save NY.
Fury - I see.
Hulk - The widespread destruction I caused saved mankind and now I'm eating shawarma.
Fury - Does shawarma taste better after causing so much havoc?
Hulk - It does. Why do you think I decided to cause so much destruction and help to save mankind. It was so I could exercise my free will to eat more shawarma.
Fury - You seem unusually eloquent today for a big green monster.
Hulk - I need to describe to you how epic my destruction was and I can't do that by just saying, "Hulk smash!". By the way, did I mention how evil the aliens were that I destroyed so majestically?
Fury - Please, tell me more.
Hulk - Well, there were these really evil aliens that I had to destroy...

*Ugh* Just terrible. It makes me want to cry.
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Format: Hardcover
Just for a brief mental exercise think back to The Stone of Tears book. Second book in the SoT series. Try and think over what plot points you remember from that book.

Mudpeople, shooting arrows curing the headaches, Kahlan's dilemna and 'betrayal', taking him south to the Old World, crossing the whatever and killing the sister only to find he hadn't, the struggle getting with the people that wanted him to sacrifice a young girl, learning how to properly use his sword, getting to the temple and scaring everyone, and that is just a meager big of his story. Kahlan is meanwhile up North raging through a war and fighting like a possessed woman. There is so MUCH that happens in just that one book. So many ideas, philosophies, world-views, worries, fears, collisions of perspective, etc. This book lacks it all.

SPOILERS AHEAD. Don't read on if you care about the story. You shouldn't, but that's beside the point.

Now. This story... my list of issues with it:
1. Hamstrung again. No powers for Richard. In fact lets take their unique abilities and hit <Delete>. No confessor power for Kahlan, no magic for Richard. Leave his sword power though, so he can hack people up. The silly ways in which the author constantly finds silly reasons to weaken his characters is getting much too boring. "Oh, your sword can't go through this portal, leave it here." "The chimes are loose" "If you use your power I'll hurt Kahlan" and so on and so on.
2. NOTHING HAPPENS for about half of the book. Sitting in a cave with a child reading symbols on the wall while your wife is knocked out is not a story.
3. The stupid wall and zombies? I just spend 30 hours powering through the Game of Thrones series and I have to say I see 'inspiration' here.
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