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Chainfire (Sword of Truth #9)

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“How much of this blood is his?”

“Most of it, I’m afraid,” a second woman said as they both rushed along beside him.

As Richard fought to focus his mind on his need to remain conscious, the breathless voices sounded to him as if they were coming from some great dim distance. He wasn’t sure who they were. He knew that he knew them, but right then it just didn’t seem to matter
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Doc Opp
Goodkind sure knows how to spin a good yarn... if only he would stick to his storytelling and leave out the naive and idiotic philosophical ramblings. At some point around book five somebody alerted him to the notion of Objectivism, and he's converted his series to be a mechanism for bad objectivist propaganda. Only... it doesn't work, because of the way he set up his first few books, so he's constantly contradicting himself. And his explanations for why things are like that are half-baked at be ...more
Jul 07, 2012 Andreah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm tired of following Richard and Kahlan around whenever they get separated. So old, Mr. Goodkind. What angers me even more is your statement about advice in becoming an author: "Ultimately, though, here is my sincere conviction: I believe that real writers are born writers. I do not believe that the intellectual aspects which are critical to good writing can be taught. You either are a writer, or you are not. Writers are, for the most part, self-made. If you are born a writer, and you possess ...more
Aug 29, 2008 Kalyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love being preached to
Shelves: sf-fantasy
If you took away all the redundant sentences (I'm not talking about Richard's mannerisms that we've gotten used to, I mean the same sentence reworded on the same page), all the random arguing that does little but provide a vehicle for the same philosophy we've heard in the past 8 books...this book would probably be about 450 pages instead of 7whatever. I say random because not only have *we* heard it all before, but certaintly so have the characters and instead of saying, "But X, we've been over ...more
Jan 31, 2009 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll never get tired of this story.

Chainfire reveals the most powerful spells the wizards and sorceress’s are able to complete.

While the prophecy of Richard lives on, those around him are insistent he stay and lead the D'Hara's into battle.

However, While the battle continues for Life, Richard has lost his will to go any further.

His reason for life is lost, somewhere.

His grandfather, guards and friends try to convince him he's dillusional.

In his search for his life, he encounters a deadly enem
Dec 23, 2008 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chainfire is the ninth book in Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series and the first book in the Chainfire Trilogy. At first, I was confused about why a book would be considered a part of two series but after reading it I completely understand.

The Sword of Truth series follows Richard as he learns about his family history, his destiny, and his role as the Seeker of Truth while fighting epic battles along the way. He is joined in his adventures by Kahlan, who is the Mother Confessor, his grandfat
Feb 07, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I admit that, in the beginning of this one, I was frustrated and slightly annoyed, the book definitely picked up and moved at a fast pace, which I appreciated.

I've stopped reading the synopsis on the back of any Goodkind novel, just because I don't want to know what's about to take place. And that's where I was at the start of this. I remember not being able to put the book down, and I remember fretting to myself, "I don't get it! What's happening?"

But that was a good thing. The initial fr
Aug 05, 2011 Travis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what so many people complain about? I was riveted, and had to force myself to put the book down so I could eat, sleep, and do other important thing pertaining to life. I was completely wrapped up in the story and wanted to scream, along with Richard, and all the other characters who refused to believe Kahlan is real. For the first in the final three books, I thought it was a great set-up book. I'm looking forward to continuing and dive into Phantom.
Sep 05, 2015 Darkphoenix rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book if not for the frustration that had me wanting to tear my hair out. But for once it didn't so much have to do with Goodkind's writing as the characters themselves. Before I started Chainfire, I felt that maybe the books were getting a tad predictable. But this changed the entire the ball game.

At the start of Chainfire, we meet Richard who has been seriously injured. He is immediately taken to Nicci who sets out trying to heal him. But his injuries are so serious tha
Bettie Campbell
Mar 31, 2014 Bettie Campbell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, I am going to address the topic of Mr. Goodkind himself--- he is full of himself. It's plain and simple. He seems to be both creative and pensive and has mapped out a wonderful world in the Sword of Truth series. If you are on Chainfire then you know he is long winded and repetitive, but also wildly imaginative &&& honestly I would take a book that is over developed over an underdeveloped story any day. If you have gotten this far then you know his style and when he is going t ...more
L Phillip Lucas
Apr 11, 2014 L Phillip Lucas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The following review is copied and pasted from my blog:

Deplorable Ayn Rand fanatic Terry Goodkind's sole plot device of separating hyperbolically perfect lovers Richard and Kahlan recurs yet again in Chainfire, if in a slightly more interesting incarnation this time, with the erasure of Kahlan from everybody's memories but Richard's. This results in some characteristically tedious, repetitive, unrealistic, interminable, eyeroll-inducing exchanges between R
Nov 18, 2012 Jill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
SPOILER ALERT: The last two large paragraphs of this review do contain spoilers.

As the story goes on, I'm starting to become less forgiving of Terry Goodkind. While I still find
the basic plotline is entertaining and interesting, this series has dragged on for much too long. I'll start with what I enjoyed and then get into my harsher critique.

I'm not a big fan of Kahlan and actually find her quite whiny and annoying, so her absence in this book was a nice break. We had some interesting plot deve
Nov 23, 2011 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To start, this installment of the Sword of Truth series is a much better novel than its previous cousin, Naked Empire. Whereas the previous book seems to hark on Richard being the almighty know-it-all, this book cuts him back down to size. He is not without his faults in this book, even though his drive for the truth is still quite apparent and will serve to ultimately prove that he knows-it-all. Still, at least it wasn't as pompous a condition as in Naked Empire.

The novel starts with Richard ha
Philippe Lhoste
May 10, 2013 Philippe Lhoste rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Ah, je retrouve un peu le Goodkind des débuts !
Beaucoup moins de blabla pseudo-philosophique, beaucoup plus d'action et une intrigue... intrigante !

Bon, cela reste assez bavard, ne serait-ce qu'à cause de la loi des séries, où l'auteur se sent obligé de rappeler (donc, répéter) des faits déjà martelés dans les tomes précédents, pour le fan ayant dû attendre un an pour ce livre (et ayant donc, peut-être, oublié des détails) ou pour le fou qui attaque la série par le milieu... (j'en vois un dans l
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 just TOTALLY lost it. The writing style became incredibly an
Ben Babcock
Aug 24, 2008 Ben Babcock rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ben by: Stephanie Chow
This was like a breath of fresh air after reading the previous eight books. Finally, something new! And the glimpse of the ending! Perhaps it's just because I've been reading the entire series back to back, but it seems that it's long and plodding in some parts, then bizarrely exciting in others.

The premise of the book, that a spell has caused memory of Kahlan disappear from everyone's minds except Richard's, is new for Goodkind. It derives from the damage to magic that has been done in previous
Aug 06, 2009 Gabby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Chainfire is the ninth book in the Sword of Truth series (and, if anyone happens to care, is also what the Legend of the Seeker TV series is loosely based on). It's been a little while since I read the last book, and I really have forgotten a lot, though there is a lot of reminding in the book.

This book was VERY slow for a long time. I get why it had to be. Basically, a main character has disappeared but no else, it except for one person, remembers. The last third is when it really picks up. But
Dang guys. Just dang. The beginning of this book kind of blew my mind. Kind of like I was all "WHAT?!?!?! NOOO!" made me rethink the whole series and what had happened. Honestly, I had a hard time reading this, I kind of was dreading it. I don't know how to explain Game of Thrones, bad things happen and I was shocked and sad sometimes for the characters, but it didn't make me want to stop reading or dread what was going to happen next. But in these books I feel like I care about Richard ...more
John Loyd
Apr 08, 2015 John Loyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chainfire (2005) 748 pages by Terry Goodkind.

The ninth book in the Sword of Truth series. In all of the books Goodkind switches which characters he follows. In some we get to follow the plotting of the evil, not just bad--evil, characters. In Chainfire we didn't have any of that until after Richard had figured out some of the essentials.

Chainfire is a mystery. No one except Richard remembers Kahlan. They all think that he is delusional. We know he's not, that it's everyone else that has forgott
Mar 08, 2009 Jaye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first, and for most of the book, I wasn't a fan of Chainfire. My first problem, was that as I did with each of the previous 8 books, I had spoiled the plot by reading what happened. You can't do this with Chainfire. The plot is pretty basic, so if you even know an ounce of what is to come, it's ruined. You just can't enjoy the majority of the book.
But when I finished it I was overcome with compassion that I'd never felt before for Richard. You get to know him as a person so much better in th
Feb 02, 2013 AndrewP rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
After two volumes that kind of diverged from the main story a bit, this one gets back on track. However, I did not find the main premise of the storyline that convincing for most of the book. In then end it all came together, but for me the first 500 pages were kind of slow. Some elements were also similar to previous plot lines. There was a lot of repetition going over points that have been explained numerous times before. If people pick up this book it will not work very well as a stand alone ...more
Tim Crockett
Feb 17, 2011 Tim Crockett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I can't review this a singular book. As book 9 of the series, it is not stand alone. Many events in this book are tied to earlier and the ending does not stand alone as "an ending".

That said, the series is getting tiresome and I am glad that there are only 2 books left. The longer it goes the less Goodkind seems to have to say. The books are now about twice as long as they need to be, and while this one wasn't as tiresome as the last, it does tread dangerously close.

I'm still giving out fairly
Ms. Nikki
I feel as if the story is not really moving. The preachy-ness and overly explanatory passages seemed to have lessened, but are still quite noticeable.

The cliffhanger in this one was not only not welcome, it also depleted any hype I was feeling about the direction and possible battle that will need to take place to get back his wife.

Just an okay read that I listened to off and on at work. The narrator did a lovely job of keeping me in the story even when the author did not.

On to the next.
José Pittí
Nov 10, 2013 José Pittí rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I fell into a gambler's fallacy with this series, which started out okay and got progressively worse. I was a lot younger when I started, and willing to waste more time. This is probably one of the worst fiction authors I've read. The themes are head-poundingly simplistic (Capitalism = good, Communism = bad, mmmmkay?) and the writing is overwhelmingly sexist and chauvinist. I figured I could slog it through to the end, but never made it past this turd of a book.
David Robins
Jul 04, 2011 David Robins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good take on removing the memory of someone, and good underpinnings; Chainfire is reminiscent of balefire from Wheel of Time. Blood beast unfortunately not resolved; seems like a longer arc, and something interesting due to the inability to get hold of it. Could have perhaps addressed the questions of being and knowledge at a deeper level, however; sure it's "just" a novel, but he does go deeper with other themes, such as life as value.
Scott Haraburda
Sep 19, 2015 Scott Haraburda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Chainfire (Sword of Truth #9) is the ninth fantasy story filled with a collection of wizards, sorceresses, and strange beasts. It continues the story of Lord Richard Rahl, who along with this family and friends, tries to save their worlds from destruction from Imperial Order, ruled by Emperor Jagang.

In this book, we read about Richard’s wife, Mother Confessor Kahlan Amnell , being eliminated from everyone’s memories, except for his. This was a very unique storyline in which the author attempts t
Jul 11, 2015 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
You’ve got to love how I am always picking up series mid-way (or more than mid-) through. But I swear to you, I bought this in the airport, and there was NOTHING on it to indicate that it was…Book TEN of a series (and Book 1 of a within-series trilogy). Um Hello Publishers, thanks a bunch!

However, due to a wicked spell, everyone but Richard has completely forgotten Kahlan’s existence…so not having read any of the previous books really put me right in the same boat with most of the characters! Lo
Sarah Staszkiel
(**A few spoilers, but they're right at the beginning of the book anyway**) The first of the three absolute BEST books in this series. The book begins with mayhem and confusion as Richard, Cara, and Nicci were attacked in their camp and Richard was grievously injured. It is immediately clear to the reader that there is something very 'not right' about the entire situation. Nicci and Cara are convinced that Khalan is a figment created by Richard's mind in the moments while he was on the brink of ...more
Oct 12, 2014 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh damn, Terry Goodkind's writing can be so frustrating sometimes. Just an insanely complex story tied around a single person. As the reader, I felt the same frustrations as Richard did when nobody would listen. I'd recommend this series to anyone who likes reading.
I know a lot of reviews of this were disappointed because it seemed like a set up for the next book only, and that is not as good as Terry's other books, but I think that's an unfair judgment. Yes, it is setting the basis for the next book, but it is just as good as the other books in my opinion. What author do we know truly that has not at some point, been forced to lay a foundation in one book, that he builds into a masterwork castle in the next? That's a pretty short list. I think Terry had p ...more
Dec 24, 2014 Jimmy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jimmy by: Victoria Weightman
After reading some of the other fan's reviews, I don't feel so bad that I almost hated this book. I am getting tired & worn-out with Terry Goodkind's long, unneccessary drawn-out, repeativeness. SURPRISE! In book 9, once again Kahlan & Richard are seperated & must find each other. (Like that has never happened before.)
On the other hand, I could not stop without finishing this book because of the mystery involving Kahlan. And I am still upset with what he had Zed say about a person's
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Sword of Truth (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • The First Confessor (The Legend of Magda Searus, #1)
  • Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, #1)
  • Stone of Tears (Sword of Truth, #2)
  • Blood of the Fold (Sword of Truth, #3)
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  • Faith of the Fallen (Sword of Truth, #6)
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