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Soul of the Fire (Sword of Truth #5)

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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  37,939 ratings  ·  534 reviews
Richard Rahl has traveled far from his roots as a simple woods guide. Emperor of the D'Haran Empire, war wizard, the Seeker of Truth--none of these roles mean as much to him as his newest: husband to his beloved Kahlan Amnell, Mother Confessor of the Midlands.

But their wedding day is the key that unlocks a spell sealed away long ago in a faraway country. Now a deadly power
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Hardcover, 512 pages
Published March 15th 1999 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 1999)
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Ronel
Terrible book, I just could not finish it.

(Spoilers ahead: But if you still want to read the book, you are on your own)

I loved the Sword of Truth series in the beginning. It was different and exciting. But then the series started to get weird. First it was the weird sex that Richard was having with the red clad dominatrix, then the Sisters of the Dark had that strange session with the statue/demon in the forest etc etc.

And after a while, I started to feel about the series the same way as about...more
Espen
Sep 14, 2008 Espen rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Sword of Truth, those who've read his first 4 books and want to go on.
Shelves: 1st-edition, signed
This book is a lot slower going than the previous four, perhaps because Terry Goodkind is putting a lot of focus on characters we have never heard of up until now. At halfway through the book he picks up the pace though, and the last half of the book is actually very enjoyable.

Still, not even close to being one of Goodkind's best books, and it took a strong recommendation from someone that had read the entirety of it to bring this book back out of the bookshelf.

The big weakness of the book is, I...more
celestialchild
Some people complain about the slow pace of the book; to me, the real problem is that especially by the end of it, much of the content felt completely unnecessary.

The big obstacle of this book was, first and foremost, the Chimes. In spite of this, they actually seem to occupy very little of the plot, except when people are just worrying about them. This wasn't a completely illogical approach, because it was necessary for the heroes to spend most of the story simply researching how these Chimes c...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Well, at least we left the formula behind somewhat here. You know the "Richard loves Kahlen-Richard loses Kahlen-there is an insurmountable reason Richard can never have Kahlen back-Richard surmounts the insurmountable (somehow)."

Unfortunately the book just isn't that good, they keep getting weaker, though the diatribes do keep getting longer.
Stephen
2.5 stars. While a decent read, this fifth installment of the Sword of Truth series continues the let down in the overall quality of the series after the first 3 books. Richard and Kahlan remain memorable characters but not much else.
Amber
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 evi...more
Wyn
Aug 14, 2012 Wyn rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one. Maybe Terry Goodkind, so he can learn from his mistakes.
Shelves: ugh
I will be the first to admit that it's been a good, oh, eight years or more since I started this book (because I never finished it)... But, after forcing myself to plow through four of the previous books (well, I didn't hate all four of them), I was in no fit state to attempt to stomach the same ol', tired, clichéd bullshit without which Mr. Goodkind, apparently, finds it impossible to compose a story. The rest of this review is hidden behind spoiler tags. For a reason.

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Rodney Wilder
This, while still an amazing book, definitely has been the first to disappoint me at points when held against its predecessors. The writing is as captivating as ever (though I am growing tired of the rehashing/brief introductions - I know what's going on, I'm not taking long lapses between books...it's just becoming a tiring device), but the direction the bulk of the book went rubbed me the wrong way. My main issue: ANDERITH AND ALL THOSE DWELLING IN IT!

Now, I realize the importance of the place...more
Adam Wilson
Oh, my, god... where to begin with this one? I will say that I was warned about this book and this entire series but I didn't listen. I enjoyed the first two books, and

the fourth book, and liked the third one a little, but this one just lost its damn mind. "Where did it lose its mind?" Right about the time when Richard starts looking

for the chicken that is not a chicken. I would definitely say that it is a chicken, but it is an EVIL chicken. Scawwy. Also, it is a zombie chicken. Gaspeddy gasp...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Oct 17, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Sword of Truth
There are people who loved Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series from beginning to end. But a lot of people who loved it through the first four books feel this is where the series jumped the shark. Goodkind is a devotee of Ayn Rand; he's open about that on his website. But although you could see libertarian themes in the earlier books, this is the one where it's more than subtext easily ignored. If that is what bothers you about this book, to the point you didn't find it enjoyable, you might wa...more
Liz
I just have one question. Who wrote this book? I firmly believe some strange essence possessed Terry Goodkind before he wrote this book. This series went from enthralling to infuriating. The first three hundred pages of Soul of Fire are spent discussing low cut dresses, cleavage, sex scandals, food, and ridiculous politics of a country in the Midlands that has yet to be discussed in previous books. While I understand the need to portray the selfishness of this society, I do not think it needed t...more
Gabriel C.
Jeepers Creepers. Much the same. A focus on sexual violence and sexual possessiveness as the main motivators for virtually every character. Untold pages of characterization of the bad guys as bad so that we don't mind when they are subjected to violence later. A characterization of a "primitive" person's speech as "jibber-jabber." A whole bunch of messianic stuff admixed in with the pagan. A strong pro-life and antidemocratic bent. Ridiculous situations. The wise lying to each other apparently o...more
Jarrod Scarbrough
Oh, how I love this series! For me, each book seems to get better! I definitely liked Soul of the Fire far more than any of the others! What a great journey this story takes us on! I find it hard to discipline myself to read only one book in this series and not jump right in to the next one! Will get to that one soon though, got to see what happens after one hell of an ending!
Tam Lin
A wonderful story about how democracy is broken and the world is better off submitting to the rule of an iron-fisted military dictator so long as he saves them from socialistm. A great read for closet fascists everywhere.
Jenna
I am on a mission to catch up on this series, since I cannot remember why I stopped reading it in the first place. Also, with the new tv show, I find myself trying to remember what I've read. I vaguely remember the chimes. The big question are in the world or not? Is the magic really failing or not? And what's Zedd up to? These are the questions that Kahlan, Richard, Cara and another figure from Richard's past must answer if they are to save the land of Anderith from the invading army of Jagang....more
Jennifer
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Rachel
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Brandann
Another Rand-ian light moral lesson, with plenty of fixation on sex and sin and opulence.

This time, the story seems to trudge on aimlessly, with Kahlan taking the blame for the problems unleashed on the world, until Richard haphazardly saves the day in the last twelve pages.

Once again, we have the delightful surprise of intense violence against women, with graphic descriptions of them being beaten to death.

Oh! Oh! I almost forgot!

EVIL CHICKEN! Read this book for the evil chicken.
Nath
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Sammet
Feb 06, 2011 Sammet rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who has followed the series from the start (else I can imagine it gets extremely confusing)
This book is very typical to Terry Goodkind. A (sometimes very) slow start, minor characters getting introduced as big characters and the sense of continuity is a little bit off here and there. And it still pulls you in and eats you whole and becomes a great page-turner by the second half of the book.

At the beginning of the book I was only ready to give it three stars, at most. And yet you can see I have rewarded it four stars, because despite the irritating re-caps of the previous books and var...more
Jessica
3.5 stars

You know...when you're about halfway through a book and discover that said book is missing 35 pages, yet you're able to continue on without too much fear of having lost valuable information, it should be a clear indication that something's amiss in your adoration of a story.

Yes, that happened to me. I had a brief moment of shock, disbelief, and then, to my chagrin, I mentally shrugged it off and continued on with the story. Sure, I missed some backstory, and a key development between Ca...more
T.M. Carper
The beginning is slow, even with Kahlan and Richard's wedding with the Mud People. Then bad news--the chimes are loose, thanks to Kahlan.



The chimes kill through fire, water, and air. People all over are dying and magic is failing all while the Order marches on.



My main compilant is that there's too many secondary characters, like the Hakans that you should feel sorry for, but don't. They don't really link into this story; perhaps they are important in future books. Dalton's story line bogs down a...more
Eddie Novak
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Tanabrus
La storia sarebbe stata anch abbastanza interessante: il salvataggio di Richard alla fine del libro precedente aveva evocato nel mondo i tre Rintocchi, altre armi magiche senzienti risalenti alla vecchia guerra (come i Mriswith e la Silph, la Spada della verità e il Legame dei Rahl). Solo che queste creature invincibili godono nell’uccidere, risucchiano la magia dal mondo e hanno lo scopo di prendersi l’anima promessa loro con l’evocazione. L’anima di Richard.
Zedd decide di provare a fermarli da...more
Jostalady
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Brian
Book 5:

slow start. Annoying how they have to recap everything. I don't like how every book is a single book. It seems like he stretches to get a story to tell in one book - there's no real sense of continuity or an epic struggle like most other multi-novel books. The Fitch story line is dumb so far - not interesting. Trying to do political intrigue like martin and failing miserably. Little interludes with noname characters are dumb. Characters making stupid irrational and uncharacter like decisi...more
Kat  Hooper
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 was...stupid. 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.

Then...I don’t know what happened...it just TOTALLY lost it. The writing style became incredibly an...more
Sora
It's sort of a repetitive theme where Richard and Kahlan do something to save the world and there are unfair consequences that end up causing some disastrous worldly damage.
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The first half of the book was really hard to get through. There was a lot of back story and it was difficult seeing how things connected. The second half of the book was really compelling. It was dramatic and pulled at your heart strings. In short, the second half of the book was intense and I couldn't put it dow...more
Lucian
The idea and story itself of Terry Goodkind’s ”Soul of Fire” is good, but the way it is presented does not make it very appealing to read. The author had some interesting ideas, but as you follow through the book some of these ideas seem to have been forgotten (for example the chimes – I believe they could have had a better play in the story).

It was really hard getting through the first two thirds of the book as Goodkind introduced a new cast of additional characters and the development of the s...more
Brad
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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 more th...more
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