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The Third Kingdom: Sword of Truth - A Richard and Kahlan Novel Hardcover – August 20, 2013
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It pains me to write this review because I wanted so badly for this to be an awesome book just like I wanted the Omen Machine to be an awesome book but unfortunately it wasn't. Both books just dont have that same richness as the other eleven. There is a huge change in quality and the characters sometimes feel like cardboard cut outs of themselves. One of my biggest peeves about Goodkind's work is that it can be wordy and really repetitive. A sentence is written 5 to 10 times, in 5 to 10 different ways. He really needs a new editor.
As for the story, it didn't really get good until about halfway in. And I found myself being absolutely irritated most of the time. Especially with one particular scene where Henrik is explaining to Richard what happened while he and Kahlan were unconscious. That had to be the most stupidest cringe worthy scene I have ever read because first of all Henrik was highly detailed in his description to the point where it doesn't sound natural. This is a perfect example of show don't tell. Instead of writing this epic and horrific scene Goodkind instead has Henrik explain with such thorough and unbelievable detail the events that unfolded before Richard woke up. This just comes off as lazy writing. The second thing wrong with this is Henrik is supposed to be a child. The majority of the stuff that he says doesn't sound like anything that a child would say and you completely forget this. The same thing can be said for the other new character Sammie, I believe she's supposed to be 15 or something yet sometimes it feels like she's more like 7 or 8.
Now moving along to the title of this review. Why was this called a Richard and Kahlan novel? It took 3/4 of the book before Kahlan even enters into the picture.She spends the majority of it unconscious. This is just disappointing because what the heck happened to Kahlan the warlord, commanding armies and devising battle strategies and just being fricken awesome? This woman has proved time and time again that she is more than capable of handling herself and the situations that she gets into. So its highly disappointing to see such an amazing character reduced to the damsel in distress type. She has become almost overshadowed by Richard. We're stuck with the formula of Kahlan gets captured and Richard rescues her.
Overall once I got to the second half I did enjoy it a little better. I didnt hate it I just feel like saying "Goodkind you know better" and then giving him a slap on the wrist. Im expecting a lot more in the sequel hopefully he delivers.
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. A great, vast wall to the north? Check. Two types of 'zombies'? Check. An obsidian blade that can kill the undead? Check. Come up with your own ideas, while little you used here aren't interesting.
4. A new land? Boring. I feel like he is taking the World of Warcraft expansion philosophy. Just invent a new place and fill it with some characters and call it good. I'm sick of hearing about this hidden or undiscovered land being found and suddenly causing an issue.
5. Talking, talking talking talking. I could just look at the page and skip to the next dialogue and not miss anything. You could condense this whole story down to: Richard and Kahlan are injured. Richard is the only one consious. He finds a cave with symbols he can read after fighting off a few zombies. He leaves and gets captured in a new land beyond a newly discovered barrier. Kahlan wakes up and gets captured immediately. Richard is used to bring an old king back to life and then escapes to go rescue Kahlan. That's the whole book.
6. Torture porn. Why? I am still reeling from Game of Thrones and how callous the Mr. Martin is with the execution of my favorite characters, but we don't LIKE having our favorite characters rendered nearly-dead all the time. Let them be strong. Quit explaining the pain of an Agiel. I read that a few billion times in the last books.
7. Deus ex machina. Oh look, saved in the last second. Happens way too often in this book and the most recent ones.
8. Half people. Screw these as a 'people'. Zombies is what they are and quit explaining it away as them wanting a 'soul'. I never got overt Christian tones from the previous books and I hate that that got tagged on to change them from run-of-the-mill zombies into a new 'people'. Just say they created zombies and sealed them away.
9. Quit telling me about what happened, and tell me as it happens. The story Henrik told for one. The 3000 year old First Confessor and Merrit for another. Quit letting me hear about a cool sounding story and let me be there. You think I would have the memory of how Kahlan rode into battle naked painted white and came back with the soldier dying with her on a horse if Richard had read about it on the wall of a cave somewhere? Screw that.
10. Quit dragging the story out for more books. There just isn't enough here to justify a book. Nothing happens for HALF OF THE BOOK. The other half is just gore-porn.
I don't know. I loved the first books. 1-4 and Faith of the Fallen are the ones I liked. If that helps judge my preferences. These latest books just seem so lazy and useless. I don't want the professor Richard. I want the boy in over his head, confused at his power and sudden authority, scraping by Richard.
I want his gar back too. Make that happen.
I guess that ends my rant. It's my first review and it's because I finished this book and couldn't believe it made it to my hands like that. Take it for what you will.
But, as I've learned with other good writers, you take their foibles with their strengths when the story is good enough and the characters compelling enough. Overall, Goodkind is still a great storyteller. I'm still a fan.
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