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Faith of the Fallen are Book 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 w

Faith of the Fallen are Book 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 anymore. 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 himself:"The 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, because"If you notice a similarity, then you probably aren't old enough to read my books."(4)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. There is an alternate cover edition here.As 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 fate.As savage hordes stand poised to invade their homeland, Richard and Kahlan s dThere is an alternate cover edition here.As 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 fate.As 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 unthinkable.. Good Book Faith of the Fallen Faith of the FallenSword of Truth book #6By Terry GoodkindA Retroview by Eric AllenDue to my scathing reviews of Terry Goodkind's more recent 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 bit more later 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 more, 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 the more subtle 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's more recent 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 times more valid 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 far more hated of the two. People are funny sometimes. Cest la vie.Check out my other reviews.
What Is Faith as the Bible Defines It Learn Religions Apr , For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by Martin Luther, one of the early Christian reformers, insisted faith comes from God working in us and through no other source Ask God to work faith in you, or you will remain forever without faith, no matter what you wish, say or can do. Faith of the Seven A Wiki of Ice and Fire The Faith of the Seven, often simply referred to as the Faith, is the dominant religion in most of the Seven Kingdoms Followers of the Faith are rare in the north and on the Iron Islands, where the religions of the old gods and the Drowned God, respectively, are still strong. What Is Faith Answers from the Bible Crosswalk Jan , Mary was faithful to God when she was chosen to be the mother of his son Mary trusted her God and the role He had Abraham had faith in God when he was called to sacrifice his only son as a burnt offering He set out the next Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had faith What is faith A commentary on the meaning of faith. The Faith of Christ RT Kendall Ministries It was when the Scottish theologian T F Torrance, arguably the most famous Barthian in the world, wrote that we are not saved by our faith but by the faith of Christ It shook me, to be honest It showed an entirely new way of how salvation is out of our hands it is what God does It What is the definition of faith GotQuestions Jan , Simply put, the biblical definition of faith is trusting in something you cannot explicitly prove This definition of faith contains two aspects intellectual assent and trust Intellectual assent is believing something to be true Trust is actually relying on the fact that the something is true.

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    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 into than 20 different languages, world wide.facebook terrygoodkindtwitter terrygoodkindvimeo terrygoodkindterrygoodkind

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  • 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 ju [...]


  • Faith of the FallenSword of Truth book 6By Terry GoodkindA Retroview by Eric AllenDue to my scathing reviews of Terry Goodkind s recent 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 h [...]


  • 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 Vi [...]


  • 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 majorit [...]


  • 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 Fo [...]


  • Recently I finished a fantasy novel entitled Faith of the Fallen by Terry Goodkind This is book six in a series of books entitled The Sword of Truth , a classic fantasy series with magic and swords and wizards and such One of the main characters in The Sword of Truth books is a young man named Richard Richard s character is fundamentally defined by two components, in my view the angry young man , and his belief in the nobility of the human spirit Richard can be very angry and defiant when he is [...]


  • 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 wasupid 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 happened just TOTALLY lost it The writing style became incredibly annoying and Richard was g [...]


  • These are so tedious More of the same Goodkind is clearly a total hack, incapable of setting up a meaningful moral quandary for his characters and not really interested in doing so What he wants is to set up a quandary for someone else, one that the main characters see through immediately But he s incapable of doing that, too The moralities he sets up are so ridiculously stretched that it s impossible to recognize any humanity in them He sets up straw men to knock down Let s focus in on his pers [...]


  • 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 thre [...]


  • 3.0 stars Probably my favorite book in the series apart from Wizard s First Rule Some think Goodkind got too preachy in this book and I can see that, but I found myself enjoying his passion for the material Richard s ordeal physical, emotional and spiritual at the hands of the Order and his ultimate triumph was handled well and I think this book contained the best writing though still not great of the entire series.


  • I m even going to waste my time on this because of how much I hate this book, the bad writing, and Terry Himself.Many years ago, I read Atlas Shrugged, and was reminded of Aynd s writing style in this book.The first few books were ok, but even by the previous book, I noticed that the preachyness was getting a bit much.Kahlan gets hurt, then, in FOTF, she mends with no use of magic Richard is taken to the Emperial order to teach him the goodness of the order We re shown no, we re bashed over the [...]


  • My husband and I have both been addicted to the Sword of Truth series since my brother introduced it to us We re down to the last couple of books FYI don t bother with the tv series based on the books.This particular book makes you question the widely followed philosophy of always caring for your neighbor This shows the dark side of putting others before yourself, essentially saying that their lives are important than your own It would certainly be best if you read the books before this in the [...]


  • As a fan of the Sword of Truth Series from the beginning, I was very disappointed in Faith of the Fallen I read the series because I have developed an attachment to characters Richard, Kahlan, Zedd and Cara I am also a fan of the fantasy genre in general From Tolkien to Robert E Howard.While I enjoy Goodkind s writing style and feel he is a great fantasy storyteller, this novel is not a great example To preface my take on the book, I must point out that Terry Goodkind is a follower of the late A [...]


  • In my opinion, this is Goodkind s greatest work Richard is drug along on an adventure to the heart of the Order to help Nicci find the answer to the questions stuck in the back of her mind since she was taken away so long ago The writing is beautiful and descriptive, the characters are compelling and the plot is amazing, driving the characters on to bring out their inner personalities This book takes place near the middle end of the series and sets up what is hopefully the downfall of the order [...]


  • 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 storyMUNISM BAD CAPITALISM GOOD.It takes about 700 pages for the story to be told Along the following lines for i 1 i700 i He misses Kahlana He wants to save the world from the bad guys, because they [...]


  • There is merit in paying homage to a classic story in a modern novel, but when the homage is so blatant that it leaves nothing to the imagination, the reader is left with a wontonly masturbatory book This novel is such a blatant rework of atlas shrugged that its only purpose seems to be to amuse the author I ve read atlas shrugged I thought it pedantic and cumbersome This book is pedantic, cumbersome, and unoriginal Mr Goodkind should stick to writing books about magic, not John Galt Even if you [...]


  • Terry Goodkind is a superb author, and in my opinion, his Sword of Truth series is the best I have ever read So good, in fact, that I have read the entire series three times in a row, back to back, non stop This series is not for children The series covers many aspects of the dark side of humanity, in great detail, as the heroes try to overcome the evils in the world Goodkind is not afraid to show his readers just what evil really is, that is, most often, people who perform acts of evil feel jus [...]


  • Faith of the Fallen is by far the best book in the Sword of Truth series so far and one of the most entertaining books I ve read in a while There is a bit of everything here, action, a beautiful love story, redemption and all of it was in the right quantity This book picks up with Kahlan s recovery and Richard s disillusionment following the outcome of the people s vote in Anderith He has left his forces to live in Hartland while Kahlan heals and recovers her strength While they are in Hartland, [...]


  • Originally posted at coffeeandwizards.wordpressFaith of the Fallen is the sixth book in the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind It would probably be considered part of the High Fantasy genre, which was my favourite genre until about high school I enjoyed the first book of this series very much, largely because it contained an entire story, which I wasn t used to in High Fantasy The second book was slightly disappointing in comparison and by book three I was struggling to continue on There we [...]


  • Goodkind at his Ayn Rand ian worst If you weren t getting it from the already copious hints that Goodkind has been dropping the whole series, he ll make his black white morality abundantly clear This is the book where I finally dropped the series, though I should have about three books earlier when it became clear where it was going.


  • Unfortunately, Goodkind s Sword of Truth series takes a serious nosedive in this book, and it never recovers Goodkind gives up on writing a novel and instead writes a bunch of preachy Objectivist propaganda against political straw men that a child could see through.Basically, this book can be summed up as Richard Rahl teaches commies about capitalism The plot deviates seriously from the previous books in that it doesn t really focus on Richard and Co trying to solve the magical problem of the we [...]


  • Another victory for one of our best fantasy authors, Faith of the Fallen is bathed in both sentiment and excitement, and I mean both terms in their most positive light Terry Goodkind never fails to weave a good tail, and the way he built this story around the beauty and power of art and sculpture is just further proof that he wields tools and weapons of the writing trade than many of us even knew existed If you, like me, yearn for Richard and Kahlan to continue growing while meeting challenges [...]


  • I think this is one of my favorites because it shows the power of art and I m an artist Of course Richard uses magic to pull it off it s just not that apparent but come on, he has NEVER carved out of marble before and was able to do a beautiful piece.r taught.d I know it takes many years to be a good marble sculpter but of course he pulls it off I love how this series reveals another depth to the main characters Khalan shows herself a badass warrior, Richard has a talent for carving, I can see w [...]


  • The Atlas Shrugged of high fantasy well serves its escapist raison d tre It is a fun, distracting page turner written in Goodkind s usual flowing style offering just enough carrots to keep you going Some may frown at the obvious Randian politics, but the good vs evil in the individual vs the state motif is not to be missed May Richard and Kahlan live on I eagerly await the stories of their son to come and the final defeat of the Imperial Order But please, Terry, provide a map of the old world On [...]


  • A Two Bald Mages Review This novel I found strange there were certain things I liked and things I hated but overall it all seemed a waste of my eyes reading it The perfect Richard has to help Nicci who treats him like a cunt for most of the story only to try make him fall in love with her , Also we have Richard make a massive statue only for some one to say it s to good break it up and that starts a revolution not the best book but I still I finished it 4 10


  • Other than the first book this might have been my favorite in the series There was no downtime, no boring antidotes about a plot line that didn t matter This author does tend to get preachy and go a bit on in the war scenes and independence for all rants, but by now I m used to them and they were few in this book Loved how we got equal doses of Kahlan and Richard.


  • After reading some of the hyperbole and absurd complaints about Goodkind and his writing style, I felt I had to stand up for him and this amazing fantasy series, The Sword of Truth The worst kind of criticism, though, came from Keely, the first reviewer listed, because she admits to reading only the beginning of the novel before she then proceeds to crap all over the book and the author because of his political philosophical ideology.The Objectivist philosophy that Goodkind weaves into his plot [...]



  • Perhaps the best book in the series so far Once again, Goodkind deprives Richard of the Sword of Truth so that he can take him on a philosophical journey that avoids bloodshed and uber powerful moments of rage In fact, Richard is rather laid back in this entire book This is justified by what he experienced in the last book and his disillusionment with his own methods of trying to beat the Imperial Order.Faith of the Fallen takes a sharp left turn no pun intended at communism and doesn t look bac [...]


  • In this book the main character, Richard Rahl, gets taken hostage by a very unlikely sorceress named Nicci She puts Richard in a very tricky situation by holding his wife hostage and forcing him to go with her into the heart of the Imperial Order the enemy of new world Altur Rang Her goal was to try and get Richard to see that their beliefs were the correct ways to life a life Richard experienced pain suffering and has to live life under the harsh conditions of the Order Richard eventually start [...]


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