The Pillars of Creation: Sword of Truth, Book 7 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Richard Rahl and his wife, Kahlan, have been reunited after their long separation, but with winter descending and the paralyzing dread of an army of annihilation occupying their homeland, they must venture deep into a strange and desolate land. Their quest turns to terror when they find themselves the helpless prey of a tireless hunter.
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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|Listening Length||22 hours and 19 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||May 13 2008|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #4,706 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#7 in Sword of Truth
#224 in Action & Adventure Fantasy
#385 in Epic Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
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If you are a Sword of Truth fan then you'll likely buy it. If you are unsure then try borrowing it from a public library and save yourself the disappointment that the figures who are the main characters in the series (Richard, Kahlan, Cara, Zedd, etc.) all play peripheral parts to this book.
This book is mostly about Richard's completely ungifted sister Jennsen being tricked by an agent sent from Emperor Jagang. Oba, a male offspring of Darken Rahl is a secondary figure. Like Jennsen, Oba is also entirely ungifted but he provides a bit of twisted humour and insight into Drefan's insanity from book four: Temple of the Winds.
Poor Richard will apparently never have a brother who can resist the evil desires of the Keeper.
Near the end of the book Oba manages to steal the sword of Truth and kidnap Kahlan away from Richard. Richard and Cara then arrive in the last chapter to save the day for a helpless Kahlan, and also save their world from being unmade.
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Until The Pillars of Creation. My memory is taken back to Soul of the Fire: I at first thought the side story in said book an irritable distraction from the main story, but it soon turned into excitement and, ultimately, a worthy and interesting side story.
This is not the case with The Pillars Of Creation. Over a third of the way through the book and I'm wondering if this is really a Richard and Kahlan novel. Not a single main character has made an appearance, and only Richard has been remotely mentioned. I wouldn't mind if the story occupying such a length of the book was interesting, but it is not. It's slow, predictable and the characters have only made me yawn.
You'd think the Imperial Order had ceased to exist, their threat extinguished. A poor, boring addition to a previously addictive and action-packed series.
The book barely mentions the main characters from previous books and while it is nice to be introduced to a new character I really wanted to know more about what had happened to the main characters since the last book.
The book is as well written as any of the previous books, it has a style to it that I find very easy to read while not making everything sound too simplistic. It managed to make me want to keep reading to find out what happened next, something that meant I read the book as fast as I would read one half its length.
The story itself isn't that bad either, although unbelievable at times due to just how stupid many of the characters act or how unbelievably they are treated at times.
What really lets it down though is the ending which seems very rushed and far too "easy" considering how drawn out the rest of the story seemed. I'd even go as far as to say this is one of the worst endings I've ever seen in a book with some of the characters acting in a very unbelievable way while others barely being mentioned despite the fact that the book had been building them up since the beginning.
I just hope the next book is better.
Introduce some new characters; play with them for a few chapters; get board with them; send them somewhere where you can introduce a few more characters. Get a character to enter a swamp, get the character to exit the swamp, get someone else to enter the swamp, get the someone else to exit the swamp, get yet another person to enter the swamp and exit, so you've guessed it; another person can enter the swamp, but this time while they are in the swamp, persuade someone else to exit the swamp.
It's only in the last hundred or so pages that you get anything like vintage Goodkind.
I just wonder how long he can hold the readership he has build up over the last six books if he produces another book of this ilk.
1. Jenssen's character is irritating. She is very naive and ignores her instincts most of the time - something we know Richard would never do! But surely that is the point, she was sheltered from the world by her mother. She's hardly going to be the sharpest tool in the box is she!?
2. A lack of the ongoing story with Richard and Kahlan was frustrating, but purely because there are so many plotlines from the last book that I couldn't wait to continue! However, the break from the series was actually quite refreshing, seeing a different viewpoint of the world and seeing Jenssen's journey and thoughts. If she'd have just turned up in the next book with little explanation everyone would complain about that!
3. I didn't feel that it carried quite the same substance as previous books, it almost felt like a short story as a subplot to the main series, not so much a book in its own right.
These factors aside I still enjoyed it immensely however - probably because I was expecting the worst after reading bad reviews! Goodkind writes some wonderfully evil characters and Oba was no exception, a truly stomach churning character. It was interesting seeing the Order's point of view from an 'insider', to see how misdirected they are. The battle in the palace was briliant fun, I had to slow myself down from jumping ahead and despite having an inkling that Jagang will probably see it through to the end of the series, I was still willing him to die!
If you are reading and loving the series, stick with it just don't expect quite the same pace and interest in this book as Faith of the Fallen, which I loved. As I'm half way through Naked Empire, the next book in the series, I can definitely tell you that the plotlines, concepts and characters from this book continue to be important in the series, so it is a must read. This book doesn't make me like the series any less at all, it's just one of those books that is more aimed at continuing the story and adding some additional characters, than a standalone excellent story as many of the others.