Read in 2016 on 8/28 to page 99, on 9/6 to page 233, on 9/17 to the end. It was ok, Two Stars. I recommend it as if you’re in this deep in the series you might as well, and if your not in the series at all, you’re not going to pick up book 11 in a series and hope to enjoy it.
This is book eleven in the series, and at one point was believed to the be the final book in the Sword of Truth series of books. What put me over the top with the first book was the wizard Jed’s revelation of the Wizard’s First Rule: “People are stupid.” (Fist pump!) NAILED IT. Truth is, as I read deeper into the series I added a section to one of my web sites dedicated to the Wizard’s rules.
Zed went on to explain: “People are stupid; given proper motivation, almost anyone will believe almost anything. Because people are stupid, they will believe a lie because they want to believe it’s true, or because they’re afraid it might be true. Peoples’ heads are full of knowledge, facts and beliefs, and most of it is false, yet they think it all true. People are stupid; they can only rarely tell the difference between a lie and the truth, and yet they are confident they can, and so are all the easier to fool.”
To me, that is a brilliant insight into human beings, in general. To that point in my life I had read well over 700 self help category type books… I think someone should have mentioned that fact rather bluntly at some point. Back to the present. We are 10 books later in the series…
Richard, the only soul remembering who Kahlan is, has been captured and forced to play Ja’La dh Jin (a brutal game) and he goes along hoping to get close to where Kahlan is held captive so he can rescue her. There are around 15 or 20 impossible to overcome obstacles preventing this, but this is why we read… Keeping things interesting are the host of other characters we’ve come to know, love or hate, and all of their associated subplots. If you’ve read this series, enjoying it, and never read the reviews, this is standard Terry Goodkind entertainment.
I do believe that had this book been Terry’s last of the Sword of Truth series, he ended it spectacularly. There are 4 more books. they are marketed at the “Richard and Kahlan series”, but it begins almost immediately after this book and continues with yet another horrible threat to the world of life and death. End Spoilers
I think this was a typical Terry Goodkind book, which to me, is good. After all, I have read most the series twice. I did read the reviews prior to reading this book, however, so was tainted towards the critical. While reading this book, I just didn’t see it as being bad. The book was great… Then I hit chapter 62. – 2 stars
“Chapter 62” could be synonymous with “Jumping the Shark”, or “screwed the pooch” or both plus a few other idioms. Ayn Rand is notorious for this exact same thing. Taking a good story where the theme has been well illustrated by actions, behavior, and dialogue, then a massively long character monologue that if written in gasoline and thrown on a camp fire would extinguish the flames. But Terry’s “Chapter 62” in this book is worse than that. Not only is the monologue boring and telling what the reader has figured out via showing earlier in the book, heroic Richard repeats himself so many times saying almost exactly the same thing… I lost count.
That chapter was like being at a giant wedding at a beautiful cathedral filled to the rafters with well wishers. At that silent moment when everyone is straining to hear the bride say “I do”, the author, in the middle of the crowd, lets rip a fart that rattles the windows in the cathedral and the people around him are struck like they’ve had tear gas thrown in their face.
If it were not for the massive bad reviews and Chapter 62, I might have given this book 4 stars. Not 5… (read the reviews after all) but I really did liked it for the most part.
Unfortunately, if I did not knock off at least two stars for Chapter 62 I could not be taken seriously.
REVIEWS WORTH READING
A good one on Amazon is by Samuel N. Starkey on December 1, 2007, a 2 star rating. Samuel in a sentence for each book sums up the series and finally what “killed it” for him. I think this is an honest review.
On Goodreads, Joe Upshaw’s Dec 29, 2008, 5 stars review of Confessor says: The entire Sword of Truth series was perhaps the best continuing story I have ever read. Goodkind manages, like few others, to create an entire realm replete with multi-dimensional, imperfect characters described using language that is both precise and concise and yet dripping with immediacy of meaning.
The Ultimate Spoiler
Wikipedia Plot Summary