Confessor

Confessor
Sword of Truth #11
Terry Goodkind
fantasy
2 stars
603 pages

ends the Sword of Truth saga. It is obvious that Goodkind has an axe to grind against organized religion and it really comes through in this book. A socio-philosophical diatribe in many respects. Quite a few of the conversations between characters were simply mouthings of Goodkind’s thoughts on Determinism. I am glad this is done.

Phantom

Phantom
Chainfire #2 / Sword of Truth #10
Terry Goodkind
fantasy
3 stars

Oh man.

Kahlan is captured by Jagang but doesn’t have her memories. Richard disbands the D’Haran army to destroy the Old World instead of facing the Imperial Order. Richard loses his magic, all of it, is captured by the Witch Woman Six and ends up as a prisoner of the Imperial Order, and joins a Ja’La league to vent his hatred of the Order.

Goodkind is such a fantastic author! I can’t wait for the conclusion of this series. At least once it is done I won’t be tempted to buy them anymore. Why must he put in what he did to ruin this? Homosexuality, graphic acts of violence and such, while furthering the story, make it impossible for me to own these. Which is too bad, because this is some of the best writing I’ve read in a long time.

/edit 2013
I no longer think Goodkind is a “good” author.

Chainfire

Chainfire
Sword of Truth #9
Terry Goodkind
fantasy
84 / 3 stars

A spell to erase Kahlen from everyone’s memory, except Richard’s, is unleashed, and begins to unravel reality. Not resolved. Richard is just able to convince others of the danger at the end of the book.