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The Third Kingdom (Richard and Kahlan) Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2014
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“Few writers have Goodkind's power of creation.” ―Publishing News
“Teeming with violence, treachery, and intrigue.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Eminently readable.” ―Booklist
“A tour de force of mesmerizing storytelling.” ―RT Book Reviews
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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I told my mom that I just wasn't happy with how much repetition there was in this book. She asked me what I meant. I explained to her that he repeated the same thing over and over, you know repetition. She just didn't understand why he would do such a thing and said that it just couldn't be true. I have to agree with her that I didn't know how it could be true either, but he in fact did repeat the same concept over and over and over again making the repetition very hard to read through. It was so hard to read that there were times when I could only get through a couple chapters and would have to put it down. That was because he repeated himself so much.
You see what I did there? Now imagine that for 500 and some pages. The book would be 1/4 as long if he took out the needless repetition. Mr. Goodkind, I am not sure if you read these or not, but please read your book. I mean really read it and think of how it comes across to someone just getting into the Richard and Kahlan story. If this was the first book that someone got of yours, I would think they would find it hard to get through the first 10 chapters. I know for sure that I wouldn't have finished it if I didn't have some twisted loyalty to you being that your books are what got me into this fantasy reading. I also fostered the hope that maybe the reviews were worse than the book really was. Sadly I found out they were accurate.
Speaking of ratings. After reading this book, I am convinced that anything over 3 stars is paid for. I can understand someone giving it up to 3 stars if they looked passed the repetition because the story was good, but 5 stars? Really? There is no way they didn't pay to have those up there. And even if they didn't something is wrong with those people and I don't think we should be listening to them anyway. I will not look at amazon or the other sites ratings the same ever again. I don't think I will ever read a review past 3 stars ever again.
its there to guard a "gasp!" barrier! Seriously Terry? Chapter 39 and they're still fricking talking instead of walking?!? I've learned 82 times that Sammie is "almost" a woman. Oh and it's dangerous to walk in the dark for fear of hurting oneself? Are we sure? Lets take 5 pages and debate this fact. Grrr. What happened? These books used to be soo good! I'm actually sad like I lost an old friend right now. Series should have ended 3 books ago.
Ok, finished it. Nothing changes. Will I buy the next one? No!......who am I kidding, course I will.
After reading his entire series up until the Third Kingdom, some of his old tricks are very much wearing out their welcome. I feel he hasn't evolved as a writer, while many of his audience have evolved as readers.
The Third Kingdom is a third of it spent literally with Richard translating symbols on a wall. He is foretelling everything that is to be expected with the half-people they will later encounter. Even what is written doesn't seem believable, because nobody would waste space in vivid detail what the half-people would do, right down to ripping open chests and sucking out the brain. His mythos is extremely stale and while he tries to promote its dread and excitement through his characters, it makes me just skip pages. The interactions he has among all the characters in the last part of the book is much more intriguing.
Goodkind is very repetitive. Where before his repetition would focus on preaching values of Objectivism, now it's simply repetitive in explaining the same thing over and over for like three paragraphs. I love description, but his description for Hannis Arc take up an entire chapter! Four pages of describing a character. Ok I get it, his body is completely covered in tattoos of symbols over symbols over symbols. You don't have to talk about it on his ear, neck, and... oh my god. Now I fear that every book he'll spend pages on Hannis Arc's appearance for the new readers. I'm not one that likes to take personal stabs at the author behind the story curtain, but I will say this: delivering the same details over and over comes across as a lack of confidence.
Also Goodkind needs to practice more show not tell. He loves to use such power words such as menacing, dreadful, dark, deadly, etc. to denote the high stakes. He also gets extremely lost in exposition. There is one scene where Richard and Sammie are running through the woods as fast as they can because a horde of half-people are surrounding them, giving chase. The whole time Sammie is running at full speed, they're having this long conversation together! Nobody running at full speed is going to be able to talk through paragraphs of information.
The characters are also very flat. They are simply Goodkind's mouthpieces and this is getting very old. He needs to hop into the shoes of his characters more and take on their personalities to engage each other. I don't know why, but it's always one character explaining everything while another character doubts and asks a parade of questions like they are trying to explore every possible avenue those explanations could ring against. This is what I can see through the most, and it grates my nerves.
A large part of Goodkind's power is not in his writing style though. I understand that. It is in his creativity of creating puzzles and vivid epic scenes that just burn permanent images in your head. I'll never forget a naked white-washed Kahlan on her horse plowing through the enemy in a siege. I will never forget the wizard in the tower shooting lightning while Richard aims his arrow and everything blows up in his view as he sets it loose. I'll never forget iconic scenes where Jagang is chasing Addie and Zedd, thinking they are Richard and Kahlan, and getting his leg split in the process. And I'll never forget Zedd who unleashes the constructed light spell and whites out thousands of Jagang's army.
Unfortunately there is no creativity here. No epicness. It's the same old rehash of Richard will either save the world of life or the world will be swallowed up by death. He also spends a lot of time trying to redefine the undead, but all he accomplishes is that they prefer souls over brains. This may be the last book I read of his. I will keep an eye on the reviews of future books, reviews I sense are from actual people and not paid, and that could possibly keep me reading on.