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Phantom is the tenth book in the epic Sword of Truth series from author Terry Goodkind. Phantom carries on the story from where we left it in Chainfire. This book came out back in Juily 2006.
This is the next to last book in the series and was eagerly anticaipated. Goodkind left a real cliff hanger at the back end of the previous book, something he does not normally do. So fans were eager to snap this up when it came out and it was another massive seller.
The story continues from Chainfire. Richard has finally convinced everyone that his wife, the Mother Confessor, Kahlan does actually exist. After the three sisters of the dark envoked a spell known as Chainfire everyone has forgotten the existance of Kahlan. Early on in the story we are back with Kahlan and we find out what has become of her over the past few months.
Now Richard can begin his search for his true love. He realises that Kahlan is to be the tool that will unleash terrible forces in the world, but Kahlan realises that if she finds out her true identity that evil will take her over! What Kahlan goes onto discover are secrets far darker than she could ever imagine!
I really enjoyed Chainfire and so was very much looking forward to getting into this book. And thankfully I was not disapointed. The story is excellent, we are back in familiar territory as to the fantasy world and the same old characters. That fact makes the story even better as the characters we know and love are the nest ones!
The story moves along swiftly with plenty of twist and turns as you would expect from Goodkind. There are not to many boring bits in this one as there were in some of the previous books. This one feels like it has a real purpose and it heading for that final destination.
This book is a bit shorter than the previous book which was a real monster. my paperback version has 642 pages which although its still a big book it is not as long as the previous one.
I have never given the publishers a mention in all these reviews I have done on this series of books. So well done to Tor Fantasy for publishing these books over the years!
Overall this is an excellent book, a really good follow up from Goodkind. He has built the anticipation for the final book very well. Everyone will be eager to read the final book after enjoying Phantom.
Another book where you really have to read all the other books in the series for this one to make any sense. Not that that should put you off in any way though, if you love fantasy you must rea this book! Its not the best one Goodkind has done, but it's still a very good one!
I am an extremely huge fan of Terry Goodkind that I have read all of his books time and time again. When I heard that he was going to release a final trilogy for my favourite sword of truth series, I felt excited but also very sad at the same time as I knew the adventures of my favourite characters Richard and Kahlan was coming to an end. When Phantom came out a couple of weeks ago I could not contain my excitement and had to have it the day it came out. I managed to finish the book in just two days and this is what I thought.
I just thought I would mention that this book is actually the tenth in a particular series. I simply cannot write this review without giving some secrets away about other books so please be aware of that. What I write will not ruin the other books though as I am not going to give away many major things but being the tenth in a series some things have to be mentioned.
What is the book about?
Kahlan is traveling with Sisters of the Dark Ulicia, Armina and Cecilia still unaware of who she is and why she is so important to the sisters. She has no memory at all apart from her first name and the Chainfire spell around her keeps her invisible to all. They are all on the lookout for Sister Tovi but as they stop to rest at an Inn, a man there gives Kahlan hopes as he can see her and clearly addresses her. This fills Kahlan with hope and the sisters with dread as more and more people begin to see her.
When Kahlan is introduced to Emperor Jagang who is the epitome of everything evil in the world, she begins to learn a few things but also she gains even more hunger to remember her past.
In the meantime Richard is hunting for Kahlan who only he can remember at all. After a look into the chainfire spell that surrounds Kahlan and after a brief visit from Shota the witch woman Richard finally realizes the difficult position he is in. With his allies Zed, Cara and Nicci, Richard begins his biggest quest to find Kahlan and also to stop Jagang from entering a war that can only end in death.
Verdict on the story:
I have to say that this story is the best I have read in a long time as it has the exact right amount of everything you could want in a fantasy novel. There is the heart wrenching romance between Richard and Kahlan who he desperately seeks but she cannot remember him. Honestly at one point of the book I was in tears. Then we have the horror and brutality of the Imperial order and Emperor Jagang who seems to go about things in the most violent way ever. Then of course no good fantasy would be without magic and this book has tons of it.
So as a story is it satisfying to read? Yes it is 100% satisfying and I loved it so much I am reading it again. The good thing about the story is because it is the second book in a trilogy and the tenth book in a series you know all of the characters and you know the lands well and that makes it satisfying to read.
The story begins gripping you to the page and then throughout the book you cannot stop reading and the very last chapters have you hunger for more. This is a good story, one that gets you so engrossed within what is happening and with such good writing that you can imagine everything happening.
Richard Richard is the Lord Rahl and although his main quest in this book is to find Kahlan, he also has the fact that people on his side are going to die unless he fights for what is right. He is an extremely strong and intelligent character and also the most important one in the world of these novels.
Kahlan Another extremely strong and intelligent character although she cannot remember anything about herself. Because of her Confessors power she is actually the most dangerous character.
Zedd The first wizard and although he cannot remember Kahlan he feels the need to believe in everything that Richard does. He is also one of the more egotistical characters constantly believing that he knows best.
Cara Richards most fearsome protector and for me my favourite character after Richard and Kahlan. She is witty, funny but also extremely dangerous and her loyalty to Richard is what makes her likeable.
Nicci A former sister of the dark she is now loyal to Richard and is more willing than most to delve into magic to find Kahlan. She loves Richard and does the best by him but realizing that his heart belongs to Kahlan.
Emperor Jagang A man of pure evil and brutality and betrays no emotion apart from hate. He believes in a world where nobody should be free to make their own choices and he will not be happy until he can rule all of the lands.
Verdict on the Characters:
The characters in this book are fantastic and fabulous and I think most of the reason I think so is because I have stuck with them through ten books. Even the bad guy Jagang is so enjoyable to read as Terry Goodkind is that good a writer. Every character is entertaining and in this book they show more emotions that I have seen in many of the other books in the series.
My favourite character is Richard though because I think he believes in everything that I would believe in if I ruled lands. Freedom of choice is something every ruler should want for their people and I also love a guy that is willing to stand by until the end and fight next to everybody.
Seriously though all of the characters are great and by the time you get to this book you know so much of their back stories anyway that you feel like they are friends. I know that sounds a bit sad but anybody who has read an extremely good book with extremely memorable characters will know what I mean.
Things to Know:
Number of Pages 589
Price £11.38 from amazon in hardback
Author Terry Goodkind
I have finished this book just over a week and I am seriously having withdrawal symptoms. You see it is that good a book that over a week later and I am still thinking about it constantly because it was that memorable and enjoyable. Terry Goodkind is a brilliant writer in that he creates stories that truly touch you and ones that you can literally love.
The actual story is this book I cannot fault as everything about it I love and I would not change one bit. I would like to point out that although it is part of a trilogy it is still the tenth book in the series and there is no point in even trying it without reading the other nine. The thing with Goodkinds books is that he builds up your love for the characters and without reading the others you will not love them like you should do.
Phantom is a great addition to the series and honestly I am not joking when I tell you that when you finish the book you have that horrible feeling when you have finished a great book. I am now craving other fantasy books that will fill me with such enjoyment that these have as I have about another two years for the final installment. The whole book is great and I read it within two days which is mad for me. I even made myself tired for work the next day as I was up late reading it.
I would read this book if you are into fantasy novels but I will warn you that there is quite a bit of violence in this book. One bit in particular made me feel a bit ill and believe me it takes a lot for that to happen to me. There is violence and it is graphic so dont say I didnt warn you.
In conclusion of course I am going to give this book five stars as you have all probably guessed by now. I think it is absolutely amazing and I have already started reading it again and yes I know I am quite sad for doing so. I think it is a worth addition to a fantastic series and it just leaves you gagging to read more. Now all I need is Terry to bring out the final one before I go mad trying to think of what will happen.
Thanks for reading.
From internationally bestselling author Terry Goodkind, comes an outstanding epic adventure set in the captivating world of his classic Sword of Truth novels. On the day she awoke remembering nothing but her name, Kahlan Amnell became the most dangerous woman alive. For everyone else, that was the day that the world began to end. As her husband, Richard, desperately searches for his beloved, who only he remembers, he knows that if she doesn't soon discover who she really is, she will unwittingly become the instrument that will unleash annihilation. But Kahlan learns that if she ever were to unlock the truth of her lost identify, the evil itself would finally possess her, body and soul. If she is to survive in a murky world of deception and betrayal, where life is not cheap but fleeting, Kahlan must find out why she is such a central figure in the war-torn world swirling around her. What she uncovers are secrets darker than she could ever have imagined.