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Well its taken me 7 years to read the Sword of Truth series. Admittedly I paused for 5 years in between books 6 and 7, but even so, its been an epic journey. Confessor is the final book in this 11 book series by fantasy author Terry Goodkind. A series that is truely epic in every sense.
The series stated wonderfully with 'Wizards first rule'. This was one of the best books I have ever read and the follow ups were excellent. However by book seven the series was lacking the quality and had really lost its appeal. However i stuck with it and by book ten it had really gathered pace and was set up for a big finish. So how did the series end?
Pretty good I would say! The story all comes together nicely. We have been following several story lines of the previous books and there are many different characters influencing the story. In this book all the stories come together and crash to a showdown finish.
The story follows Richard Rahl as he escapes the cluthes of the imperial order. Meanwhile Kahlan still does not know who she is, and Jagang has his hands on the boxes of Orden and is ready to unleash there power on the world.
For me this book is very good, but it could be better. Two hundred pages from the end there is still no real end in sight. You could see it going on for another few books, but then it all comes together very quickly and seems to finish a little to easily. The big showdown does not really happen and to be honest I felt a little cheated in some ways.
That said it is one of the best books in the series. So many of the old storylines that didn't really seem to make sense are explained and there neccesity in the story is revealed. There are also a return of a few Characters who we have not seen for a long long time. The appearence of Gratch made me smile, even though it was only a brief appearence in the story.
One thing I did notice which I find very unusual in books, was alot of errors. Things like simple typing errors and things like that. I must have come across about twenty in the entire book, which is alot! I does not really detract from the story, but it just does not seem very professional. Before you mention how many errors my reviews have in them, remember I only get pain 50p a review!!
So overall I owuld say this is a good book, but it just lacks something. The end feels like it was rushed somehow and it almost seems like it is all to easy and obvious. However as I said, I did enjoy this book and its been a great series that I really enjoyed reading.
If you have read the other ten books I'm sure this is one you will be eager to get your hands on. Its worth mentioning it is part of a series so its not really a book you can read on its own, the story will not make much sense to you!
Overall a decent read.
The Sword of Truth series is by far my personal favorite. The first book is "Wizards First Rule" and by my opinion, is the best book I have ever read. The story line is easy to follow and each book ends with a conclusion. All events end up leading to something and the end never disappoints. Along side with the epic story line with battles and the fight for good is a great love story.
I've been reading fantasy for a long time, and not much into love stories, but the way Terry Goodkind writes the story makes you love every minute of it. Many people compare Sword of Truth series with The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, but in a lot of ways, I don't see why. If you have read WOT (short for wheel of time) you would know that the books are very long and always seem to go nowhere. The funny thing about the SOT is that the books are equally long, but you are drawn into the story so much it almost seems like it is not long enough.
One thing I learned, was that you should never underestimate Terry Goodkind. (Hopefully this will not spoil anything you have not read it) In the first book, the main enemy has a deep dark secret that you will find out at the end. At first I thought it was corny, but once I read farther into the series, I saw that it was a very nice touch and played a very large part in the entire story. The second one I was expecting, was in the Fourth book "Temple of Wind". Again not trying to spoil, but I need to say this for a question. The main characters need to get into a place called the hall of betrayal, and to get there, somebody has to betray somebody to gain access. Here's the question, how do you betray somebody, when you know it is coming, and needs to be done to get into the hall of betrayal? Again I thought it was going to be corny, but it turned out that I was very very wrong. It actually turned out to be very surprising, and is my favorite ending in the entire series.
Back in November, there was a television series based on the book called "Legend of the Seeker". If you have seen this show, but have not read the book, you might think that the books are not all that great. The truth is, the show does not come close to the uniqueness to the books. So don't judge the books by the show. I for one am disappointed in the show.
The characters are in the series are very great. Goodkind has thought of very deeply into his characters and knows them very well. In many ways, you can feel yourself relate to the characters and in many times you can almost put yourself in their shoes. I have never felt that way with any other book.
Whenever somebody tells me they are looking for a new book, the first one that comes to my mind is SOT. I have handed the first book to five people, and all of them have read the entire series and have the books at the top of their book shelf like I do. If you have thought of reading it, you should, and you should start now. If any small part of you thinks that it won't be all too good, like I did at one time, you will quickly change your mind, like I did.
Thank you for reading this review and I hope I have enticed you to pick up the book.
This book only arrived at my house the weekend just gone and I have been so excited about receiving it for about a year now. You see this book is a conclusion to a series called the sword of truth series which have been going for years. Confessor is the 11th book so I must stress to you not to read this review as you cannot really help but give away a couple of things that may spoil the others in the series. I will try and tell you about it without giving anything away but you really need to be aware that ten books are to be read before this one.
So I will try and give you an indication of what Confessor is actually about but it may sound a little confusing to those not aware of the series. Richard is a war wizard who is on a search for his one true love although she is not even aware of whom he is due to a spell cast to make her lose all of her memories. To get her back Richard has got himself captured by the Emperor Jagang who may be one of the most evil men to ever live. Then we have Kahlan who is trapped by Jagang and then also the wizards, witches and other magical creatures who have just put the whole world in Richards's hands by casting another pesky spell.
Now the above explanation may just sound completely confusing and also like it doesn't make much sense or even that it may not sound that interesting. What I can tell you is that this book is a concluding part to one of the most spellbinding fantasy stories that I have ever read and it was absolutely brilliant and more than I can have hoped for.
The actual story is absolutely fantastic and a it captures you attention right from the very start and you are gripped by the story until you find out the ending. I have to say that the story is extremely complex and detailed mainly because the particular story in this book has now spanned over three books so you really get to know what is happening and feel like you are part of it which is fantastic.
The story is like a fast paced ride and gives you all of the answers from the whole sword of truth series so you are left completely satisfied. Now I will take you through a quick snapshot of the characters.
Ok so first we have the main man Richard and if you have read the previous ten books like me, you should be in love with him already. He is a fighter who is willing to do anything to get to the person he loves. He is dedicated to the cause of making sure everybody has free will in the lands. Then Kahlan is a magical creature who like Richard will fight for what she believes in. She is strong and more than a match for her enemies.
Jagang is just the best bad character I have ever read in a book so I can't fault him at all as he is truly evil. Then I have to give a mention to Cara who is a magical creature in the book and a fantastic character. It is very hard to give you much without giving anything away but what I can say is that the characters are just as wonderful and memorable as characters can be. They are strong and well detailed and you do feel like you really know them which of course is amazing.
Now Terry Goodkind is the author and he has done so well at creating a book where you want to shout out, cry and basically join in with the characters. Confessor is one of those books that you can't put down and you look forward to reading when you are at work. In fact on Monday I sat through my lunch reading it as I didn't want to put it down. I then couldn't stop thinking about it until I got on the train home and could read it again.
The sword of truth series follows the character Richards journey and most of the characters are present throughout the series so as you can imagine by the eleventh book they are well know to you. Confessor is a brilliant book and has all that I have come to expect from this author. It has a captivating story and is so well written that everything is easy to understand and you can really throw yourself into this world.
As a concluding book it is fantastic and I absolutely loved it. Answering all of the questions was a very big thing to me and I have to say it was done well and I now feel lost knowing that I will not be able to read about these characters anymore. The story, characters, atmosphere, writing style and just about everything is right with this book so if you have just bought this then I don't think you will be disappointed.
You can buy Confessor for £12.00 from Amazon and it has just over 600 pages which may sound a lot for a hard back but I managed to read it within 24 hours as it was that good.
The first book in the series is Wizards first rule if you want to give it a go.
In conclusion this book gets a massive five stars from me as it is brilliant in every single way and I cannot fault one thing about it. Well except maybe that it is the final book and I don't want it to be.
Thanks for reading.
The final book in one of the greatest epic series of all time: The Sword of Truth. Descending into darkness, about to be overwhelmed by evil, those who remain free find themselves powerless to stop the dawn of a savage new world, while Richard faces the guilt of knowing that he must let it happen. Alone, he must bear the weight of a sin he dare not confess to the one person he loves!and has lost. Join Richard and Kahlan in the concluding novel of one of the most remarkable and memorable journeys ever written. It started with one rule, and will end with the rule of all rules, the rule unwritten, the rule unspoken since the dawn of history. When next the sun rises, the world will be forever changed.