Behemoth

by Scott Westerfeld

Alek clenched his fists. “I can’t do this without you! Not any of it!”

“I’m afraid you must.” Volger saluted with his saber. “Good-bye, Alek. Make your father proud.”

But my father is dead … and you’re not.

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Book 2 of the Leviathan Trilogy
Rating 3 of 5 Stars

I like it. It’s a young adult fantasy of an alternate world war one history.

It is evident Mr. Westerfeld did a great deal of research into the “story” or “trilogy” if you like. I would be critical of “historical” parallels in this story but it would be like debating if Superman is from Krypton. It’s an imaginary alternate history. Mr. Westerfeld has based some of his story on some of the popular beliefs about world war one. In that way I recommend this to young people more than I might otherwise. Perhaps it may spur some youngster to investigate the real facts of history.Behemoth_Rating_Chart

I dread the fact our current actual “history” is too often transformed into fictional stories presented as true as the fictional histories of Dune, The World of Tiers, or Ringworld. So it is at this point I pray all young people ache to attend Hillsdale College. One of the last lights upon a hill that refuses to teach nonsense when it comes to history.

I digress… I liked Mr. Westerfeld’s story. Let’s get started… Continue reading “Behemoth”

Warheart

by Terry Goodkind

It was a sight of hope, of love, and at the same time it was horrifying to know it meant death for her.
“This is her choice,” Nicci said as if reading Kahlan’s mind. “She is doing what she must, and doing it of her own free will.”

Warheart Book Cover SMgeek-sundryapprvTerry Goodkind by Sandy Aquila, Photographer.jpgThe last book in the Wizard’s First Rule series, in the “Richard and Kahlan” adventures. Whatever you’re going to call it, Richard and Kahlan’s adventures are forever fading in the memory of Terry Goodkind. May they rest in peace.

Read and or listened to audiobook in 2017 on 2/19 to page 86, on 3/4 to page 123, on 3/6 to the end. I loved it
Warheart

Severed Souls Spoilers

One reason I rated Severed Souls as highly as I did

is that Terry Goodkind had the guts to kill of Zedd, Richard’s grandfather and a steady fatherly counselor since book one having also been the First Wizard and having named Richard The Seeker.

There have been many times over the series I’ve wondered… since Zedd had done “this thing” why couldn’t he fix “that thing”. There will always be inconsistencies in a series with over ten books.

Mr. Goodkind also killed Kahlan, leaving Richard desperately alone with his soulmate ripped from him. He seemed breathless with terror of the loss and dread of living without her.

But that is was “Severed Souls“. We begin “Warheart” at a funeral pyre as well. Continue reading “Warheart”

Severed Souls

by Terry Goodkind

Being in the shackles, he couldn’t reach his sword, but it was still on his hip. They had probably left it there because it helped remind him of how helpless he was. People like Dreier liked to make people feel helpless.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read in 2017 on 1/20 to page 52, on 1/27 to page 77, on 2/6 to page 169, on 2/7 to page 307 on 2/9 to page 340, on 2/18 to the end. I loved it. Probably for all the wrong reasons, but that’s 5 stars in my book. I recommend Severed Souls to any fan of the Richard & Kahlan series. Richard & Kahlan series, in my opinion, includes 17 of the 19 books Mr. Goodkind has written. Two prequels and 15 Wizard’s First Rule novels.  I have “Death’s Mistress” (Sister of Darkness: The Nicci Chronicles #1) but haven’t read it.  If not a Richard and Kahlan novel, it’s in the same fantasy world.Severed-Souls

Since this is book 14 of the 15 main novels it is likely impossible to not write a spoiler. By book 14 in a series of books it may be a spoiler to mention a main character as the implication at the end of earlier novels may conclude with the impression one or more of the main characters are dead or dying. So, even mentioning a main character may be a spoiler.

Still, I will be writing a review here, so damn the consequences and bring on what spoilers I can recall.  Just don’t click “read more” and your future reading enjoyment will be safe from this review. Continue reading “Severed Souls”

The Third Kingdom

by Terry Goodkind

He was loath to try such a thing. He was dead anyway. If he didn’t try, everyone would die. This was his only chance. He knew it was purely an act of desperation. Zedd always said that sometimes an act of desperation was magic—real magic.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Third Kingdom by Terry Goodkind. Read in 2016 on 11/9 to page104, on 11/19 to page 299 on 11/29 to the end. I really liked it and recommend it to fans of Terry Goodkind’s books about Richard and Kahlan.

The Third KingdomThis is book two in a four book story so anything specific is a spoiler. I don’t like the idea you have to buy four books written over a long period of time in order to enjoy a story but that is what publishing has become.

For normal spoiler info on the book read the blurbs on the sales sites or Goodreads. I’m going to write a review. It will have spoilers. It will be after the “read more” link to save you from accidentally glancing at the ruin of your future reading. Continue reading “The Third Kingdom”

The Omen Machine

by Terry Goodkind

Hannis Arc needed people to stop believing in Lord Rahl. Once the people lost their respect and rejected him, his fall from power would be swift.

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Read and listened to the audiobook in 2016 on 9/27 to page 183 and on 10/6 to the end. I liked it and recommend it to fans of Terry Goodkind and his books about Richard and Kahlan.Omen Machine Rating

The Omen Machine is the first book in a story that reaches across four books including this book. This book is exciting enough.  It sets up the dramatic props authors use to keep the reader turning pages, ending with the dramatic tick-tock countdown timer adding the ever looming doom over our protagonist characters for the remainder of the books. Continue reading “The Omen Machine”

The First Confessor

The Legend of Magda Searus by Terry Goodkind

Despite her grief, she is driven to find the reasons behind why her husband would commit suicide–why he would abandon her and her people at such a profoundly dangerous time.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read in 2016 on 6/4 to page 213 on 6/25 to page 383 on 7/10 to the end. I really liked it and recommend it to fans of Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth Series. For the record, I consider all Terry Goodkind “Richard and Kahlan” books as “Sword of Truth” books as well.The First Confessor

The First Confessor is a prequel that fills in much of the back story that is referenced throughout the Sword of Truth Series but it is largely irrelevant until you reach “The Omen Machine” (Book 12 of Sword of Truth or 1 of Richard and Kahlan). Before review, a bit about the entire series. Continue reading “The First Confessor”

Confessor

by Terry Goodkind

Living by the sword alone is not enough. He needs that investment of his own emotion. He needs to give love as well as receive it.”

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My rating: 2 of 5 starsreally-dog-read SM

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.Confessor Rating

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.  Continue reading “Confessor”