Stone of Tears (Sword of Truth #2)
On the less than benign side, the author does tend to stop telling t...more
Mike: pedo AND necro?
Mike: at... the same time?
Richard: yes. I feel genuinely guilty reading this book
Richard: it's unbelievable
Mike: Dammit amazon, why don't you have same-day shipping?
Richard: it's a book they would sell to children without carding them, but if GTA gets sold to a kid it's ho...more
The whole of the book -- or at least every other page -- is filled with sensational imagery and description. Everything about the characters and the events is passionate, desperate, and extreme. It gets a little tiring.
Even so, I enjoyed reading how various prophecies unfolded in twisted ways, I loved the boyish friendship between Richard and Gratch, and I even wept at the...more
The story starts right from the same time when Wizard's First Rule ended, not having to explain months or years of events that the reader didn't get to, well, read about. That always annoys m...more
The overall story was what moved my rating but there were several finer points about the writing that I didn't like. This story is pretty interesting, as was...more
"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 t...more
Richard seems to be turning into a Mary Sue (or Marty Stu, if you have it that way). Don't get me wrong--I love to torture a character, rip away his world, and do bad things to him in general. But you need to make them stick. When you send someone through this pain a...more
The writing itself is okay......more
SUMMARY: In Wizard's First Rule, Richard Cypher's world was turned upside down. Once a simple woods guide, Richard was forced to become the Seeker of Truth, to save the world from the vile dominance of Darken Rahl, the most viciously savage and powerful wizard the world had ever seen. He was joined on this epic quest by his beloved Kahlan, the only survivor among the Confessors, who brought a powerful but benevolent justice to the land before Rahl's evil scourge. Aided by Zedd, the last of the w...more
same flaws - very overly melodramatic for stupid reasons. Obvious plot twists to increase melodrama. Decent page turner. A little better than the first. Tries to blur good vs evil but fails miserably as people are still end up being good or evil and good always prevails. Not a lot of depth to the story or characters (no real intricate plotting??)
Really we can divide the entire series up in four parts so far.
About 20% crying. These characters cry constantly. Every little thing has them bawling their eyes out. At times I felt like I was about to drown in tears.
I am quite aware that Robert Jordan himself is sub-par and works off of Tolkien and Frank Herbert etc., but at least he used some discretion and tact. But Goodkind, my lord, he just rips off ad nauseam from Jordan's constructs and mythologies. Always staying strategically one inch away...more
Sadly, Goodkind does not stop there, many of his characters and items as well as plots are ripoffs from other books. You will unmistakably fint the white witch from Narnia, Gollum from Lord of the Rings, the O...more
But Stone of Tears, the story didn't somehow go straight forward to carry on with more events. I thought I was going to be reading the most epic ever. It's a big disappointment when I make a goal for a series and get lead to disaster. It's like I was wasting too much time reading through far too much full details on different characters when we pretty much know their personalities and natures by now. We the readers want t...more
Richard has not yet fully come to terms with who he is, and just wants to marry Kahlan and return to a simpler life. Maybe it won't be so simple since she's the Mother Confessor, but still, no more races against death. Yeah right.
Richard's magic is waking up and he has no idea how to wield it. To save him, Kahlan turns Richard over to the Sisters of the...more
This is the kind of book that independently of its thickness you simply can’t put it down and lasts only for a couple of days....more
Both did a very good job of making boring tasks more tolerable. The author keeps your attention with a tricky and involved plot, rather overwrought suspense, hints of sex, and plenty of violence.
But both books were somewhat embarrassing to have read. The writing and wish...more
Oh man! I filled both sides of an envelope with incomprehensible scribblings about how much this book sucked. I want to see how far I can get without referring to it, and then we'll see just how much I have forgotten. It's hard to say how long I can take this. What was this book, like 900 pages? 979, it seems. There are ten more in the series. 9000 pages, huh? Each one of these is more than half as long as War and Peace. Christ. While I was googling to try to figure that out, I r...more
C'est simple : une menace encore pire sur le monde, un méchant encore plus puissant (et moins atteignable), un monde élargi, avec de nouveaux peuples, et plein de nouvelles avanies pour les héros.
Et l'auteur conclut son histoire dans ce tome, tout e...more
Avevamo lasciato Richard Cypher, al termine del primo volume, in volo sul drago Scarlet con l’amata Kahlan, felice di aver impedito la distruzione del mondo per opera del mago Rahl e per aver scoperto in sé il modo di potersi congiungere alla sua innamorata senza essere assoggettato dai suoi poteri di Depositaria.
La saga è composta da undici volumi, quindi era prevedibile che la loro serenità non sarebbe durata a...more
Anyway, this book is the novel equivalent of, well, of the low budget TV show they made out of it. There were a few times where I liked a turn of phrase, and it is partially catchy story. The thing is,...more
I don't usually read books over 800 pages. Why? Because I get bored. That is why I don't read Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time saga anymore. By no means are Jordan's books badly written, I just get confused with which character does what.
When I started Terry Goodkind's gigantic Sword of Truth saga, I was worried he'd confuse me later. Thankfully, he did not. He kept me on my toes throughout Wizard's First Rule , throwing shocker after...more
It's one of those epic stories...979 pages is pretty epic! And, fortunately, Goodkind covers so much ground and we get a big chunk of resolution. Of course, he does set us up with two new challenges for future installments. I know it will be worth it though as Goodkind has created a huge cast of amazing characters with a wide range of values from truly evil to inc...more