Faith of the Fallen



There Is An Alternate Cover Edition HereAs His Beloved Kahlan Lies Close To Death, Richard Rahl, Who Distrusts Prophecy Than Anyone, Is Confronted By A Compelling Vision One That Bears A Terrible Price It Would Mean Taking Kahlan Away To Safety While Abandoning His People To A Grim FateAs Savage Hordes Stand Poised To Invade Their Homeland, Richard And Kahlan S Devotion, Not Only To Each Other But To Their Cause And Their Duty, Is Imperiled In The Descending Fury Of War Amid The Turmoil, Nicci, A Woman From Richard S Past, Haunted By Her Memory Of Him, Makes A Fateful Decision Despite Nicci S Hunger To Understand The Source Of Richard S Indomitable Will, Her Burning Passion To Destroy Him Commits Her To The UnthinkableFaith of the Fallen

Terry Goodkind is a contemporary American writer and author of the best selling epic fantasy series, The Sword of Truth, creator of the television show The Legend of the Seeker, and writer of the self published epic, The First Confessor The Legend of Magda Searus a prequel and origin story of the first Mother Confessor He has over 20 million copies in print and has been translated intothan 20 different languages, world wide.http www.facebook.com terrygoodkindhttp www.twitter.com terrygoodkindhttp www.vimeo.com terrygoodkindhttp www.terrygoodkind.com

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  • Faith of the Fallen
  • Terry Goodkind
  • English
  • 25 July 2017
  • 081257639X

10 thoughts on “Faith of the Fallen

  1. says:

    This book has become an unusual point of discussion between me and my literary fantasy friends It all started years ago when this kid from fencing and I were discussing what fantasy books we read I was a Goodkind fan, but I admitted that, partway through this book, I just couldn t do it any Something in me just stopped responding, and I never managed to finish it.He creased his brow and frowned and said the same thing had happened to him He d been following the series and at this book, i This book has become an unusual point of discussion between me and my literary fantasy friends It all started years ago when this kid from fencing and I were discussing what fantasy books we read I was a Goodkind fan, but I admitted that, partway through this book, I just couldn t do it any Something in me just stopped responding, and I never managed to finish it.He creased his brow and frowned and said the same thing had happened to him He d been following the series and at this book, it was just over We started asking around and it seemed to be the same for everyone they liked the series, then this book, and they were done.We knew other Goodkind books had been written and published since this one, but for years, we couldn t find anyone who had made it past the sixth book Eventually, we all moved on, read better books, and looked back at our love of Goodkind, Jordan, Martin, and all the rest as a sign of our naive youth.But it s still one of those things, like Ninja Turtles or late nights playing Dungeons Dragons, that can be fun to think back on Then, one day, it happened that fencing kid, who grew up to be my college roommate and dearest friend, found someone at his law school who claimed this was their favorite Goodkind.He asked them why, but to no avail they had no critical theory to describe what they liked We wrote it off as a fluke then it happened again There seems to be a small, devoted group who actually really liked this book, but so far, none of them have been able to give us any clue as to why.At this point, it s less concerning, since Goodkind is just another long winded, cliche fantasy writer who writes okay adventures, and has a weirdly high opinion of himselfThe books I write are first of all novels, not fantasy, and that is deliberate I m really writing books about human beings 1 To define me as a fantasy writer is to misunderstand the context of my books by misidentifying their fundamentals 2 The stories I m telling are not fantasy driven, they re character driven, and the characters I want to write about could be set in any world I d like to address a broader audience 3 Plus the fact that all of his interviews inevitably devolve into a discussion of Ayn Rand and the meaning of art , just in case you missed the pretension of declaring fantasy books not fantasy The guy certainly has a chip on his shoulder, but it s pretty clear that this guy has never actually read any fantasy He doesn t seem to realize that the things he says separate him from fantasy are fundamental parts of how modern fantasy works A novel that s fundamentally about character interactions with a magical setting How original This is why it s often important to be familiar with the genre you intend to write in if you don t know what others have done, you will probably end up reinventing the wheel, and accidentally creating something that sounds just like everyone else.Michael Moorcock critiqued Tolkien as a false romantic, which is rather apt considering that his love story takes place almost entirely in absentia prompting Peter Jackson to infuse some extra loving with a hot, elven, psychic dream sequence Most fantasy authors rectify this by having the girl come along for the journey Goodkind likes to keep the separation for much of the story as our hero tries to seek her out across a continent though she is often just in the next room Oh What a tragic coincidence Actually, after the first time it s just an annoying and painfully artificial way to try to hold off the conclusion for another hundred pages It s a good thing Terry doesn t have to rely on magical or artificial means to keep his stories fresh.The rest of the time, the hero finds the girl and lovingly transfixes her on his mighty sword No, really I m not sure why these authors always end up feeling as if they have to dump their sex fetish issues at this particular juncture Huh, I dig BDSM Maybe I should confide my fantasies in a book for mass publication I cannot think of a single female character in the entire series who isn t either raped or threatened with rape If you want to give me an example of one, remember I m counting magical psychic blowjob rape as rape I wish I never had the opportunity to qualify a statement with don t forget the psychic blowjob rape.I don t mind actual BDSM literature, but I d rather have my own reaction to it than be told isn t it totally dirty and wrong but still super sexy, right Porn for porn s sake is fine, but remember, Goodkind isn t some escapist fantasy author, these are real stories about real people so he has to act like his magic porn is somehow a reflection of real life.Goodkind s series is cookie cutter genre fantasy, but it s not that badly done, and if you like people narrowly missing one another, bondage, masochism, rape, and dragons, it s pretty good But by this point, the characters have thinned out into shadows of themselves and Goodkind s self absorbed obsessions are all over the place because the one thing you want from a fluff fantasy series is a long, incoherent attempt to argue politics.If you are enjoying the series, you should probably avoid reading any of his interviews, as he rarely misses an opportunity to claim that he is superior to all other fantasy authors, and never compare him to Robert Jordan, becauseIf you notice a similarity, then you probably aren t old enough to read my books4 Goodkind truly lives in his own fantasy world if he thinks his mediocre genre re hash is original or deep.Then again, I ve never met an adherent of Ayn Rand who didn t consider themselves a brilliant and unique snowflake trapped in a world of people who just don t understand The Randian philosophies are also laid on pretty thickly in his books, but at least he found a substitute grandmother figure to help him justify his Gorean sex romp as high art.All in all, he s just another guy who likes to hear himself talk, and you can tell from his writing Just like most modern fantasy authors, his greatest failing is the complete lack of self awareness that overwhelms his themes, plots, and characters And if anyone thinks this is the best Sword of Truth book and wants to take a shot at explaining why, my teenage self would appreciate it.My Fantasy Book Suggestions

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    Faith of the FallenSword of Truth book 6By Terry GoodkindA Retroview by Eric AllenDue to my scathing reviews of Terry Goodkind srecent work, I have recieved quite a few people saying that if you claim to be so much of a Goodkind fan, then why don t you review one of his good books So here, for all of you who asked for it, is my review of my most favorite Goodkind book of them all.There s one thing that many complainers have in common when speaking of Goodkind s works They don t like h Faith of the FallenSword of Truth book 6By Terry GoodkindA Retroview by Eric AllenDue to my scathing reviews of Terry Goodkind srecent work, I have recieved quite a few people saying that if you claim to be so much of a Goodkind fan, then why don t you review one of his good books So here, for all of you who asked for it, is my review of my most favorite Goodkind book of them all.There s one thing that many complainers have in common when speaking of Goodkind s works They don t like how much he likes to preach Yes, his soapbox does get an inordinate amount of use, I am aware of this fact, but the only volume in the original eleven Sword of Truth books that I found it to be overly objectionable was Naked Empire, which was a thinly veiled excuse to rant about morality for 700 pages in my opinion It seems that the book that gets the absolute most hatred for the preaching is Faith of the Fallen, and I simply do not understand this at all I ll explain a bitlater in the review, but first, allow me to tell you why this book is so near and dear to my heart.When Faith of the Fallen came out, I was in a very dark place in my life I had lost everything I had I was virtually crippled, not just by physical injury, but by the depression that resulted from it For those of you who have never experienced depression before, it is very hard to explain how it feels It s like you re so deep in a pit of blackness that you can t see how you will ever see the light again Everything and anything seems hopeless, and simply continuing to live feels like a pointless exercise in futility These are only mere words that don t really give you the full impact of what this debilitating illness does to a person, but you get the idea, right I was in my second year of college, riding my motorcycle home from work one night when I was hit by a drunk driver My right leg was pinned between my bike and a tree and broken in seventeen places At the time, it was doubtful that I would ever walk again without the aid of a leg brace and a crutch The driver was uninsured and so my medical expenses fell to my own insurance When I could not return to work, I lost my job, and my insurance As my job was paying the majority of my college tuition for me through a reimbursement program, I found myself unable to pay for school as my medical bills began to pile up I went through three separate surgeries to put the bones in my leg back together, and the pain was really unbelievable I ve felt nothing like it before or since The girl I planned to marry left me, I lost my house, and had to move back in with my parents after selling off every single thing I owned of value to pay the bills I could not walk I could not work I had no health insurance I could not continue with college The woman I loved was marrying another man I was in an obscene amount of physical pain And I was stuck in my parents basement once , after having been out on my own, and lost everything I had, while my medical debt steadily grew larger and larger As I lay, trying to recover, and having no idea what I was going to do, or how I was even going to live my life now, I was given a copy of this book.It was the exact thing that I needed to reach out a hand and pull me from the depths of oblivion Your life is yours alone, rise up and live it It seemed as though Goodkind wrote those words with me and my situation in mind The message that this book brings is so beautiful and powerful, and delivered in such an uplifting way, that it managed to pierce the darkness that was suffocating the life out of me and help pull me back into the world of the living I recovered I found a way to pay for my physical therapy I got a new job, with better insurance, and finished college Now I have a wonderful career, a side job that is basically getting paid for doing my hobby, and I walk with barely a limp Although I do set off just about every metal detector that I walk through due to all of the screws, pins and metal plates holding the bones in my leg together I love this book When I was close to killing myself because there seemed no point in even going on, it brought me hope for a better tomorrow when nothing else could In essence, it saved my life It made me WANT to get out of bed It made me WANT to get on with my life It made me WANT to find a way to pay for everything, recover, finish college, and get back out there and live.Now on with the review.Kahlan has been brutally beaten within an inch of her life, and Richard and Cara, after escaping the Imperial Order as they swarmed over Anderith, have taken her to Westland, where Richard grew up to hide while she recovers Meanwhile, Nicci, Sister of the Dark, has come to a realization She needs to find some point and purpose in life, and the only man she thinks can show her the way is Richard Rahl Through an ancient magic spell, Nicci bonds herself to Kahlan in such a way that any harm that befalls her also befalls Kahlan She takes Richard hostage and brings him to the heart of the Old World where she hopes that his reaction to the hardships of the people there will bring her the answers that she has sought for her entire life.While Richard works to improve his life and show the people of the Old World how to live theirs by example, Emperor Jagang and his massive army is moving into the Midlands Kahlan takes command of the D Haran armies in a desperate year long battle to delay him while the Midlands can be evacuated.In the end, Richard has come to believe that he cannot lead a people who do not truly know the value of freedom In the heart of the Imperial Order, he makes a final, desperate attempt to teach them the true meaning of life, that they will see and know the Order for the evil that it is, and rise up to take their lives back, and in so doing, save Richard s own home from destruction.The good As I said before, Goodkind gets a lot of hate for his preaching He is rarely ever subtle, and frequently beats you over the head with his message until you re bloody However, amongst his books, I feel that Faith of the Fallen is one of thesubtle ones Yes, Richard does a lot of ranting about the worth of life, and what it s all for, but he never goes too far with it as he does in other books He never steps over the line from passionate exclamations into boring lectures I know that Goodkind and subtle rarely find themselves in the same sentence with one another, however, as far as Goodkind books go, I feel that this one struck the perfect balance in presenting its message.When I tell people that this is my favorite book in the series, I often get replies of oh yeah, there s some really awesome battles in that one But that s not what I like about this book In fact, I rarely even think of that part It s all about Richard and Nicci, and the mutual redemption that they both find in each other, for me Nicci is redeemed through Richard s example, but Richard is also in need of redemption here Most people tend to ignore that part of it, or not even notice at all in the first place He has lost his faith in humanity He truly believed that, given the chance, people would choose the right path But when they didn t, it shook him to the core He lost his confidence as a leader, and in the people he was supposed to lead They had shown him that they just didn t understand what it was all about, and so he ran away from it all, stunned, hurt, and confused Richard, as the hero of the story, was also seeking redemption, and found it in an oppressed people that, when given the right push, were finally able to see what he was fighting for, and join him of their own accord, rather than because he happens to be their leader The way it all builds up to its final rebellious climax is so perfect and well crafted that I simply cannot understand where all of this talent, fire and passion has gone when reading Goodkind srecent work Richard s character arc here is really well written, going deeply into his thoughts and feelings on life, liberty, and what is worth fighting and dying for This book is not simply another Richard is the good guy who hand waves away all the conflict brought by the bad guy of the week through his magical powers Instead of resorting to Deus Ex Machina as he tends to do, Goodkind built up his triumph over the ideals of the Imperial order throughout the entire book to the point where Richard didn t have to hand wave it away This is one of the few books by Goodkind where Deus Ex Machina is not used to resolve any and all problems, but rather through Richard s own sweat, blood and tears, and a year of his life showing the people of the Old World, and Nicci, how to live their lives, whilst rarely ever outright telling them And it ties in so well with Nicci s own redemption.This book is really well written, and extremely well constructed I consider it to be Goodkind s masterpiece It is, by far, his best book, in terms of writing, in terms of character development, in terms of the message it delivers, and in the way that it is delivered, in terms of its climax, and in terms of its story It takes you, step by step through the redemption of those who were previously thought to be unredeemable in such a perfect and well constructed way It s one of those books that I can read over, and over, and over again, and still be filled with as much joy and wonder as my first time through it.I have been told that this book is highly derivative of the work of Ayn Rand, as if that would, somehow, make me like it less I simply do not care if a book I love was influenced by another author s ideals I have never read the work of Ayn Rand, I do not plan to, and I do not need to in order to know that I enjoyed THIS book I am not familiar with her ideals and beliefs, and I frankly don t really care You can point to any book on any shelf in any bookstore throughout the world and say that it was influenced by several others, so I don t really see what the complaint is This is one aspect of the book that I am ignorant of, and frankly, care little to educate myself on I don t need to read other books to know if I like or dislike this one That I like it is enough for me If you dislike it because of its similarities to the ideals or writings of another author, that s your right I can understand disliking something that someone else loves cough Patrick Rothfuss cough but please don t try to argue with me over whether or not my enjoyment of the book is valid or not because of it I respect your differing opinion, but I do not agree with it One thing I would like to point out, however, is that a work of fiction being influenced by another work is far different than a work of fiction shamelessly stealing entire scenes and whole sections of dialog from another work I m looking at YOU Paolini I honestly have nothing bad to say about this book The entire series is worth reading just for this one book, in my opinion It has some very high sentimental value to me, but it is also a very well put together book that is highly entertaining, and with several extremely good messages When I was at my lowest, this book gave me hope and strength to pull myself out of it, and get on with my life I will always be grateful for that There may be those that criticize the message it brings, or the way that it is delivered, but I found it to be given in a well thought out and constructed manner, in perfect balance with everything else in the book and in the series as a whole This is Goodkind at his very best, and I hope that you will find as much meaning and enjoyment in it as I have The Sword of Truth series and Goodkind himself do get a lot of hate, but this one book is my argument against the haters So there, all you people who keep telling me that I m no true Goodkind fan because I happen to think that his last few books were written by his mentally deficient clone A 5 star review of what was, until the release of The Law of Nines, considered by many to be Goodkind s worst book Suck on THAT Seriously though, I don t get why this book gets all of the hate, while Naked Empire is virtually ignored Any and all criticisms I ve seen about Faith of the Fallen are a thousand timesvalid when applied to Naked Empire That book just did not know when to stop Richard spent the entire thing ranting and raving like a lunatic, and then, in the most LAZY way imaginable, hand waved away all of the book s conflict as if all of the tension and drama built up around it never even existed And yet, the book where there is no Deus Ex Machina hand waved resolution, with a message that never really steps over the line into oppressive is the farhated of the two People are funny sometimes Cest la vie.Check out my other reviews

  3. says:

    Alrighty, then I just finished it I will be on to something else in my library for a while Tired of Goodkind rehashing who characters are and their past relationships for pages If one s been reading in sequence, we arlready know who they are There is two points that crossed the line of tedium 1 Goodkind dives in headfirst into exploration ofsocialism vs capitalism and totalitarianism vs deomocracy with two of the characters for what seems like an eterinty While I embrace this explor Alrighty, then I just finished it I will be on to something else in my library for a while Tired of Goodkind rehashing who characters are and their past relationships for pages If one s been reading in sequence, we arlready know who they are There is two points that crossed the line of tedium 1 Goodkind dives in headfirst into exploration ofsocialism vs capitalism and totalitarianism vs deomocracy with two of the characters for what seems like an eterinty While I embrace this exploration with Victor Hugo, Goodkind s journey on the subject feelslike five courses of McDonalds rather than for expample Hugo s thought provocing five courses of delicacies Goodkind dictates his theories like a preacher at a podium It becomes tedious and preachy This is not his idiom 2 Head on journey into the dogma of religion It is becomming page after page of debate Many pages are filled with no character interaction, but character refelction on what their current perception of morality and righ and wrong is Again, not an exploration, but a tiresome rut of sticky mud Both topics are concentrated on two main characters I found myself dreading the chapters visiting these two It is making the last half a quick read, as I am just skimming through Victor Hugo can do this Terry Goodkind should not I would only recomend this book if you are reading the series and want to visit your charaters whilst skimming through the muck and mire Not sure if I will read the next book The others I ve read give me cause to give the next one a chance, but I am honestly borderline at present

  4. says:

    Faith of the Fallen is a wonderful example of explaining Marxism in terms anyone can understand It should be mandatory reading for all US History and English classes It takes you on a progressive journey of one individual, Nicci, and how she became the way she was, believing what she believed, and eventually realizing the truth in all of what she had done It also takes you on a journey into seeing exactly how something so small as doing something for the good of all people turns into the ma Faith of the Fallen is a wonderful example of explaining Marxism in terms anyone can understand It should be mandatory reading for all US History and English classes It takes you on a progressive journey of one individual, Nicci, and how she became the way she was, believing what she believed, and eventually realizing the truth in all of what she had done It also takes you on a journey into seeing exactly how something so small as doing something for the good of all people turns into the majority barely surviving in a slavery type of life, no joy, no dreams, no wish to better themselves, only expecting those in power, or those who havethan their fair share to take care of those less fortunate This book is a journey of those who feel there isto all this and their efforts to rise up and live their own life The only thing I felt cheated out of was the fact that Nicci s own journey to find this out was too gradual and her eventual epiphany was nearly anti climactic and did not include the most important element of self sacrifice to feel her own self worth I did, however, understand that because it was a gradual journey for her, she came to her own conclusions in the end and didn t need someone else to show her the way So, that, in itself, was a redeeming quality

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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Oh god Bad fantasy novel is bad besides the poorly executed and tedious allegory of his socialism v capitalism setup, the endless rehashing of previous happenings and relationships yes, exposition is good, but repeating the same explanation 4 times in one book is boring and patience trying , and nearly dime store bodice ripper aspect of everything being the swooning best or evil worst, this is a mediocre effort at best.Oh, and I nearly put out my own eyes at the point where his rip off of Th Oh god Bad fantasy novel is bad besides the poorly executed and tedious allegory of his socialism v capitalism setup, the endless rehashing of previous happenings and relationships yes, exposition is good, but repeating the same explanation 4 times in one book is boring and patience trying , and nearly dime store bodice ripper aspect of everything being the swooning best or evil worst, this is a mediocre effort at best.Oh, and I nearly put out my own eyes at the point where his rip off of The Fountainhead don t get me started on Ann Rand and objectivism went from silly to obnoxious Did he actually say rational self interest Yes, yes he did.This book and the one before it are examples of me falling victim to my compulsive finishing a series at all costs reading I haven t felt this ill treated by a thousand pages since the last Robert Jordan novel

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    I have SO MANY THOUGHTS.For most of the time reading this book, I was pretty sure I was going to give it three stars I haven t given a Sword of Truth book three stars since the first one, which I read way back in 2009 Knowing how the series turns out from there, I think that may have been an optimistic rating, and if I read it again now, I might round it down to two stars Then somewhere around the middle I was like, nah, two stars Then I changed my mind again at the end If I don t rate th I have SO MANY THOUGHTS.For most of the time reading this book, I was pretty sure I was going to give it three stars I haven t given a Sword of Truth book three stars since the first one, which I read way back in 2009 Knowing how the series turns out from there, I think that may have been an optimistic rating, and if I read it again now, I might round it down to two stars Then somewhere around the middle I was like, nah, two stars Then I changed my mind again at the end If I don t rate this three stars, I have to retroactively go back and rate all the others one star That seems like too much work Plus, aside from a really big flaw BIG , this is actually the most assured, least erratic, least weird, best structured, and most character centric of these books by far So sure, let s do it Three stars Faith of the Fallen picks up shortly after that abomination of a last book, with Kahlan healing from her injuries Richard and Cara take her to a secluded place in the mountains to heal If this makes it seem like Richard is abandoning the fight with the Imperial Order, that s because he is He has had a realization, which he tries to pass off as a prophecy, that if they directly fight the Order, they will lose He says that the people need to fight and truly believe in freedom, and he can t make them want to He believes they need to prove themselves to him, which is a such a dick way of going about it But the whole book s like that, taking the seeds of good ideas and impulses, and being a dick about them So either live with that or stop reading it, I guess Point is, Richard may be having a genuine moment of insight, or he may be having a crisis of faith because of what happened in the last book, where all the people of Anderith chose the easy subjugation of the Order instead of the hard cause of freedom as Richard sees it Months pass, Kahlan is healed, and then Richard is kidnapped by Nicci, the Sister of the Light Dark who is now Emperor Jagang s Mistress of Death.Nicci is actually a muchcomplex character than I had been expecting I knew ahead of time this book revolved around her taking him, so I had some assumptions going in, and most of them weren t met Nicci is a headcase She is so indoctrinated into the ideals of the Order her moral compass is all fucked up and doesn t calibrate anything for shit She is also the only person Jagang s psychic assaults don t always work on, and she doesn t know why spoiler it s because of her obsession with Richard She is entirely selfless, and believes giving everything of herself at all times is the only way for her to redeem her naturally corrupt and evil state in the eyes of the Creator Her own life means nothing to her, quite literally But she sees something in Richard that bothers her, to the point of anger, and she can t figure out what it is So she kidnaps him, lying to Jagang and telling him she s doing it for him, and then absconds with him to the Old World, where either she ll find the answers she s looking for to questions she doesn t even know how to ask or she will show Richard the true good of the Imperial Order So, once again, Kahlan and Richard are tragically separated, but at least here the way Goodkind goes about is moderately clever He has Nicci tie herself magically to Kahlan, so that whatever befalls Nicci also befalls Kahlan, including injury and death, and so she has Richard on an invisible leash and he ll do whatever she wants him to in order to preserve Kahlan s life.The book takes place over the course of a little over a year, most of which time Kahlan and Richard are apart Kahlan defies Richard and spends most of it fighting a guerrilla war against a vastly superior force which I was side eyeing pretty hard, because 1 3 million troops in a single area seems practically not feasible , trying to prevent the Order for as long as possible until Richard can return, and they figure something out from gaining as much ground as possible These sections were actually pretty engaging Aside from the logistical doubts I had about the army size, Goodkind is actually pretty confident when he s writing military strategy His battles have never been the things I ve complained about I did get angry, though, when his black and white view of the world would infect his characters At points, Kahlan becomes an unfeeling murderous monster, because Goodkind has no concept of subtlety or nuance in human behavior, and his morality is definitely of the if you re not with me, you re evil and deserve to die mentality I m thinking particularly of two sequences, one involving Kahlan s half brother Harold, the other where Kahlan states that she would like to personally kill almost two million men one at a time Meanwhile, Nicci and Richard are off learning about Why Communism is Bad and why Equality is a Lie and also There Is No In Between.So here s the big flaw I was talking about.Goodkind is without doubt a staunch Libertarian, devout Capitalist, and student of Objectivism Even if I had never read anything about the guy, and had only read his books, I would know this 100% for sure after finishing this book I have varying degrees of fondness all along the spectrum for all of those things listed above, but regardless of my personal feelings, I am a firm believer that belief systems should not be the backbone of a book Character arcs should Any meaning one gets from a story should be derived naturally from the movement of character and plot A superimposed meaning should not dictate a character s actions That is when literature becomes didactic, which in my opinion causes it to lose nearly all of the power you get from a story well told This book hops back and forth across a very fine line in regards to which is ruling the story, character or Goodkind s philosophy, and ultimately I m not entirely sure which one dominated the most It s only that uncertainty that is allowing me to three star this book.Because both Nicci and Richard do grow from their time in the Old World Richard regains his faith in people, and Nicci finds inner peace by finally dismantling the myths of her upbringing, and toxic belief systems that molded her mind I have zero problems with either of their arcs in that regard My problem comes when Goodkind insists on detailing ad nauseam how terrible the Imperial Order s ideals and methods are without any nuance at all It s just a wholesale dismissal, followed by an imposing of a new and just as equally radical set of beliefs with no acknowledgement of any gray areas at all Nicci s backstory is designed specifically to show how the practices of his fake communism are evil He creates characters and then has them behave in ways to illustrate the points he feels we need to learn about why communism or whatever doesn t work He shows no compassion or attempts to understand the factors and potential good intentions that led to the creation of such a system Its leaders are all unrepentantly evil, not only in committing to such a terrible social system, but also acting with greed and corruption, raping, murdering, thieving, take your pick, etc.That whole section would have been SO MUCH BETTER without the injected philosophy lessons A fight against tyranny, inspiring revolution, those plots can work and could have worked better here without Goodkind having to resort to all the rest of it Even some of his messages when divorced from the larger context of the rest of his belief systems have some good points, and he could have used those without needing to resort to all the rest of it I appreciate complexity and acknowledgement of complexity in the world, and there was none of that here.Also, I couldn t decide if I thought it was terrible or great that Richard basically inspires a revolution by Doing The Best Art Ever see the cover of the book Because of course he can do that, he s Richard Fucking Rahl, Mr Perfect.And yet, I was entertained, and I will read the next book, which I ve heard is abysmal, so maybe it will be the last one for me We ll see 2.5 stars, rounded up because when you compare it to the others, wow

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    In my teen years Faith of the Fallen was my favourite instalment of the SoT series My recent reread of the SoT series has been going really well so I was interested to see how well this one held up to my good memories of it It ended up holding up pretty well I really enjoyed my reread of Faith of the Fallen even if I was farcognizant of its failings and flaws this second time around I m still of the opinion this is one of the very best books in the series The story is engaging and inte In my teen years Faith of the Fallen was my favourite instalment of the SoT series My recent reread of the SoT series has been going really well so I was interested to see how well this one held up to my good memories of it It ended up holding up pretty well I really enjoyed my reread of Faith of the Fallen even if I was farcognizant of its failings and flaws this second time around I m still of the opinion this is one of the very best books in the series The story is engaging and interesting After the disasterous events at the end of the 5th instalment Richard has taken Kahlan to a secluded location to recover from her life threatening wounds He is also avoiding leading the D Haran Empire as he has lost faith in the people of the Midlands That leaves the Sisters of the Light, Ann and Zedd, and the D Haran military commanders in charge of the war against the Imperial Order who have arrived in the Midlands in massive numbers Even Jagang himself has come to oversee the Imperial Orders war effort Things get even bleaker for Richard and Kahlan when Nicci, a Sister of the Dark nicknamed Death s Mistress and feared even by her allies, arrives with a mad plan and abducts Richard with the intent of forcing him to see the error of his ways She drags him to the heart of the Old World to see what life is like in the spiritual home and capital of the Imperial Order Kahlan is left picking up the pieces and torn between Richard s wishes not to engage the Imperial Orders troops in open warfare or stepping in and taking command of the D Haran forces It was a fast paced and fairly engaging tale and delivered most of the stuff one would expect from a Sword of Truth story The war between the D Haran Empire and Imperial Order was a bleak and dark affair but that was offset by the fact that the story was intense and engaging and we were invested in the fate of a lot of the characters on the D Haran side of the conflict Richard s side of the story was evenengaging He got to see life at the heart of the Imperial Order and got to see what life was like for the ordinary folk rather than just the prime killers and soldiers of the IO He also got to inspire people by being himself rather than by being a mage or warrior for once which was something I really enjoyed The added plus side was the fact that Nicci played a significant role as a POV character and her journey and character development was one of my favourite things that has happened across this whole series Faith of the Fallen was a lot of fun and quite entertaining but it definitely had a few flaws I admit I likely enjoyed it so much as it touched on two of my favourite tropes redemption tales and heroes inspiring folks without having to use magic or fighting skills My biggest issue with this book was actually Kahlan She was awful in the middle of this one She went full on tyrant at times and wasdifficult to like than Nicci most of the time She is the WORST when she is in charge I sort of chalk stuff like this down to Goodkind s crazy views on ethics and morality I think the guy means well but he hold some dangerously crazy views and it shows at times in the actions of his heroes I know a lot of people had issues with how active Goodking was in pushing his political views in this instalment but I did not feel like they hurt the story too badly I think by this point I just expect a bit of insanity from Goodkind so I just sort of shake off the worst of the Objectivist philosophising and his pro capitalism messages I must admit I was amused with the statue so beautiful it inspired the collapse of Communism in this crazy fantasy world but I m not as against the concept as most of the critics seem to be It might be a little ridiculous but I m an idealist at heart so I m fine with fantasy tales that try to push crazy but uplifting and hopeful ideas Makes a change from all the bleakness I feel awful about saying it but I was sort of hoping Richard added a second wife in the form of Nicci especially with how awful Kahlan was in this one and that is amusing to me as I always HATED Rand s harem of women while reading WoT All in all I really enjoyed my reread of this 6th SoT book Still one of my favourite books in the series I can see why others might hate it but I m glad it worked for me The downside to finishing this book is that my memories tell me this was the end of peak SoT and the the next two books were a big drop off in quality I mhopeful Pillars of Creation will work better the second time around, as it was the bait and switch of lead character that hurt that so bad rather than the story, but I m definitely dreading Naked Empire as I recall that just being a bad book in general I ll press on though as I m determined to finally finish the main SoT series in 2020 I m also quite looking forward to the Nicci spin off books after reading this one She is definitely a strong enough character to lead a book series on her own Rating 4.5 stars I m going to round up to 5 stars just for nostalgia s sake as this was my absolute favourite book as a teen so it deserves the top rating for that reason alone Audio Note I went with the Nick Sullivan narrated version The guy is fantastic and really should have been chosen for the commercial versions rather than just the version released for the NLB

  8. says:

    This review refers to the SOT series through book 9.Terry Goodkind s first book Wizard s First Rule was great Except for the actual First Rule People are Stupid , which wasstupid The story had so many unique and fascinating characters especially the secondary ones I was in love with Richard I wanted to be a Mord Sith The next couple of books of The Sword of Truth were pretty good, too.ThenI don t know what happenedit just TOTALLY lost it The writing style became incredibly an This review refers to the SOT series through book 9.Terry Goodkind s first book Wizard s First Rule was great Except for the actual First Rule People are Stupid , which wasstupid The story had so many unique and fascinating characters especially the secondary ones I was in love with Richard I wanted to be a Mord Sith The next couple of books of The Sword of Truth were pretty good, too.ThenI don t know what happenedit just TOTALLY lost it The writing style became incredibly annoying and Richard was getting WAY too preachy constant Ayn Rand ish humanistic ranting But, I kept going because I was really invested by this time And each time I bought one of his 25 hardback books, I found myself rolling my eyes at every passive sentence and starting to fall asleep during the sermons when did Richard hire a speech writer.And the plot really got ssslllllloooowwww just look at the book covers for Chainfire and Phantom you can tell we re not going anywhere But the weirdest thing is that I kept buying these 1 star books I can t explain my behavior, except to say that Terry Goodkind is was a master at plot and characterization truly, his secondary characters are so well done So I kept thinking that things would get better, but they did not How did he pull off that excellent first booK I ve learned from this experience that I can put down a book if it s not good There s too much good literature to read.According to Mr Goodkind, those of us who have bailed out are ignorant and uneducated Wow That is something I have never been called before I should have realized right from the start Wizard s First Rule People are stupid what kind of fellow Terry Goodkind is Here is a quote from a chat session conducted with Mr Goodkind this used to be on his website, but has now been removed It is well documented on the internet, however Why would they continue to read books they claim are bad Because they hate that my novels exists Values arouse hatred in these people Their goal is not to enjoy life, but to destroy that which is good much like a school child who does not wish to study for a test and instead beats up a classmate who does well These people hate what is good because it is good Their lives are limited to loathing and indifference It isn t that they want to read a good book, what they want is to make sure that you do not Ignore them Terry GoodkindI say Terry Goodkind is the one acting like a school child having a tantrum I regret that he got so much of my money I hope you won t give him any of yours If you really want to try a Goodkind book, I would recommend that you go to the library and check out the first few, and then trust me that you don t need to read any further I will not read the last book I m not even tempted What an ass ReadTerry Goodkind book reviews at Fantasy Literature

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    3,5 This volume felt like a meticulous and grand filler if such a thing can exist, but still a filler.It was basically an opportunity to fully dive into the Order and show what it is that people need to fight against Richard very strongly expresses that he does not want a faceless army marching against Jagang, he wants each of them to understand the importance of their lives and fight for them to the death Terry Goodkind took an incredible swing at communism from its start, its foundations, 3,5 This volume felt like a meticulous and grand filler if such a thing can exist, but still a filler.It was basically an opportunity to fully dive into the Order and show what it is that people need to fight against Richard very strongly expresses that he does not want a faceless army marching against Jagang, he wants each of them to understand the importance of their lives and fight for them to the death Terry Goodkind took an incredible swing at communism from its start, its foundations, values, methods and finally its destruction.The only other times I have seen this kind of mastery of a political system was in George Orwell s works Nineteen Eighty Four, Animal Farm and Alan Moore s V for Vendetta.The reason why its not a fully 5 star book for me was because the end was annoyingly cheezy and I wish Nicci s fate was different I mean, I understand Richard using his gift into his statue without realizing it but aren t all overacting a bit I mean it s just a fucking statue Also, having reached book 6 in the series, I wonder if at some point before this all ends if Richard will actually ever use magic Like real magic, not just his sword or self discovery of wizard s rules Otherwise please stop telling me every 5 minutes how rare it is to be a war wizard.Finally a question I seem to be asking ever since the second book.Where in the old and new world is Nathan

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    Dr Zhivago, set in the Old World, Oppa Goodkind style.Dr Richard Rahl Zhivago is separated from his beloved, Kahlana Konfessorskaya, and he travels into the depths of the evil Khanate of the Old World, ruled by Emperor Jagang There, he spends time sculpting in marble Artist galore And he tells us a story.COMMUNISM BAD CAPITALISM GOOD.It takes about 700 pages for the story to be told Along the following lines for i 1 i

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