Exploited by those intent on domination, Jennsen finds herself drawn into the center of a violent struggle for conquest and revenge. Worse yet, she finds her will seized by dark forces more abhorrent than anything she ever envisioned. Only then does she come to realize that the voices were real.
Staggered by loss and increasingly isolated, Richard and Kahlan desperately struggle to survive. But if they are to live, they must stop the relentless, unearthly threat that comes out of the darkest night of the human soul. To do so, Richard will be called upon to face the demons stalking among the Pillars of Creation.
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Von Jonathan Am hilfreichsten 27.07.2017
The goat saves the day ...
The most important thing first: Richard is not the protagonist in this one! On my first time listening I was really mad at that, but the second time, knowing what was to come, I could enjoy it way more. Just to warn you ... Ohh, and there is going to be a goat in this story ... a lot ...
The story is about a young woman named Jennson Rahl, Richards half sister (not really a spoiler, you will learn that within the first few chapters). She meets the mysterious Sebastian, chief strategist for Emporer Jagang. She believed for her whole life, that Lord Rahl - first Darken Rahl, now his son Richard - wants her dead. She spent her entire childhood on the run and in hiding. After her mother gets killed by what she believes to be a Quad, she decides to stop running. On her journey to meet her fate, she discovers the secrets behind her heritage and the disembodied voice, that had been her constant companion for as long as she can remember. This journey takes her all through the new and finally the old world.
This book suffers from the same problems, all the others since stone of tears suffered, too. Way too much repetition, bland speeches, and way too many words, to describe simple things. The new characters are interesting tho and there are quite a number of well-crafted plot twists. There are no major logical flaws with the story. He explores the mechanics of his intricate magic system, talks about balance, free will, prophecy and always addresses his trademark objectivism. I myself don't mind very technical descriptions about magic systems because I think he did an amazing job, but I can see that there are lots of people, who will yearn quite a lot while he goes on and on about the way magic interacts with people and the world of the living.
Overall, I have to say that I liked this book. I like Goodkinds style of writing, even tho it can get a bit exhausting. If you are a fan of his characters and the world, you will get your money's worth. Nonetheless, I have to admit, that this one was kind of unnecessary. It could have just been part of book six and eight and it probably would have worked out better, because he would have had more story and did not need to create a lot of useless filler material.
I recommend this book to fans of the sword of truth series, everybody else should probably stay clear and start with "wizard first rule".
The performance by Jim Bond is really nice as always, even tho I think there could be a bit more variety in the voices of the characters. (check out Mark Thompsons performance of "Heir to the empire" for an example).