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The Pillars of Creation (Sword of Truth #7)

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  43,098 Ratings  ·  716 Reviews
New York Times bestselling author Terry Goodkind has created his most lavish adventure yet. Tormented her entire life by inhuman voices, a young woman named Lauren seeks to end her intolerable agony. She at last discovers a way to silence the voices. For everyone else, the torment is about to begin.

With winter descending and the paralyzing dread of an army of annihilation
Hardcover, 557 pages
Published November 20th 2001 by Tor Books (first published January 20th 2001)
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Mar 12, 2011 Robyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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A slap in the face after the grand and epic nature of the previous book. I found this book frankly, boring. When Goodkind broke from his main characters in Soul of the fire, I found it a refreshing change and necessary to the story. But these new characters are not nearly as interesting. For one, I understand how it is Richard can have a bunch of siblings he doesn't know about, but that doesn't make this an interesting plot point. I couldn't find myself caring very much, and the addition of the ...more
1.5 stars. I can sense the end of my relationship with Goodkind coming with this phenomenal let down. Easily the worst of the Sword of Truth series. Only interesting aspect is the introduction of the concept of the "holes in the world."
Lara Amber
Aug 30, 2013 Lara Amber rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This volume is a breath of fresh air in the series. The pulpit speeches are absent, the action is strong, and we have a new interesting main character introduced, along with a few minor ones such as Tom. Plus a very interesting practical reason behind Darken Rahl's practice of killing all of his ungifted children comes to light.

Some people have complained that Richard and Kahlan aren't main characters in this book, and if you think that, you aren't paying attention. Richard is the bogeyman. Jen
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Oct 17, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those Who Feel They *MUST* Read All the Books in a Series
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, novels
By the end of this book I wanted to strangle Jennsen and her goat. Truly. Jennsen who? Isn't this series about Richard and Kahlan? Not in this book, which isn't just an outlier in this series, it feels like filler. This is where I really felt Goodkind's clumsiness as a writer. What? You read six doorstopper tomes before this and didn't notice? Not really. Because I loved many of the characters, not just the two leads, but such secondary characters as Zedd, Nathan, Ann, Cara and Nicci, up to now ...more
Jan 30, 2009 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jamie (LadyJai) Dement
Although I really love the interaction of the main characters, Richard, Kahlen, Cara and Zedd, I also love reading about others in this world that revolve around the main characters. This was an exceptional take on two different lives of Richards half siblings and how their up bringing affected their character and world view. Compared to the previous books, this was a relatively short story. It does not detract from the main story line what so ever. In fact, it ends up adding a new character for ...more
Rodney Wilder
Nov 25, 2009 Rodney Wilder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While for the bulk of this book I found it a constant struggle to care about the main characters, as always, it finished strong and picked up eventually.

This book was a test in agitation and tolerance for me. I not once cared for Jennsen. I found her infuriatingly ignorant, and while that was a constant annoyance, I recognize the importance of her being that kind of character. I could never attribute that as a fault to Goodkind; he wrote this book as skillfully as ever - he is just really good a
Nov 02, 2010 Emily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have to stop with the series at this one. After reading a few chapters, it was already getting excruciatingly painful to read. The others didn't get like that until the end. The suffering makes the ending that much more exquisite, but I can't tolerate an entire book of it.

Plus--Richard and Kahlan aren't the main characters?? What's up with that. I can see wanting to get a different perspective, but not the entire book...not for me anyway.

I stopped reading after the first chapter with Oba and
Jun 28, 2013 Luke rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Goodkind continues his downward spiral with this disaster of a novel.

To start, this novel doesn't even focus on characters we've met. For some reason, Goodkind felt that it was necessary to introduce a completely new character: Richard's half-sister Jensen. Oh, and don't forget her pet goat that she takes literally everywhere even while she's running for her life. Jensen has nothing to do with the plot of the series up to this point, and she ends up being completely inconsequential in later nove
Ren the Unclean
Jul 28, 2014 Ren the Unclean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sword of Truth fans
Shelves: fantasy
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Alan Gallagher
Apr 08, 2011 Alan Gallagher rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Pillars of creation was probably the most different of Goodkind's books that I've read. Different in this case is good, but not great. The Wizard Rule posited in this book is "Life is the Future, not the Past."

Works pretty well with the theme of this book I suppose, considering that Goodkind puts away Ubermensch Richard Rahl and UberWife Kahlen Amnell and instead focuses his pen around the relatively unremarkable, yet spunky young lass Jennsen Dagget. Seriously. We see Richard and Kahlen for app
Eddie Novak
Aug 07, 2009 Eddie Novak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Goodkind has surprise after surprise in this one. It takes a while to figure how everything will play out, but there are plenty of action scenes and mysteries to worry about to not get too disappointed by the long wait. Though there were a few moments that I wished I could read about my all time favorite characters, these all new characters did not disappoint at all. The villain is such a fun, Koontz-like read. The plight of the main character is even better, because she is ignorant of her circu ...more
Brian Nonyabizness
Jun 27, 2007 Brian Nonyabizness rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
Originally this series was a complex and interesting collection of literature. I think the author needs to stop spending his newfound wealth on crack. This was one of the WORST books I have ever read. I cant help but feel like he was stealing lines from other authors such as Robert Jordan and George Martin.
Questo volume è totalmente inutile. Voglio dire, i due-tre precedenti erano anche loro inutili, ma era un’inutilità diversa.
Erano inutili perchè parlavano di storie “piccole”, facilmente condensabili e che sarebbe stato possibile riunire in un unico libro.
I Rintocchi, il viaggio a sud… tutto condensabile insieme al Tempio dei venti. Comunque c’erano delle storie.
C’erano Richard e Kahlan in lotta contro i Rintocchi per salvare la magia delle Terre Centrali; c’era Richard rapito e che riesce a con
Nadia Scrieva
I dug up an old review I wrote on Amazon for this in 2004, when I was 16 and had just finished reading it:

This book... had a very evil feel to it. The characters weren't as well-defined as in the other books, or perhaps just not as appealing. I thought Jennsen was quite determined to be stupid throughout her journeys, but her character was saved in the end. The scene with Oba and the Mord-sith is not one easily forgettable, it's enjoyable in the most sadistic of ways. You definitely could not r
Jul 02, 2011 Anya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, to say this book surprised me would be the understatement of the year. When I cracked the spine of this baby, I fully expected to pick up where the sixth book had left me. That would be with Richard and Kahlan in the Old World.

Instead I found myself with a girl named Jennsen, and later on with a brute called Oba, about whom the previous books didn't breathe a word and who, if I may be honest, didn't interest me one bit (in the beginning at least). But this doesn't mean that the book didn't
Jul 11, 2014 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Many people who read this were annoyed that Richard, Kahlan, and the other major characters from previous volumes do not feature prominently (at least not "on-screen") in this one, which isn't so much a weakness of this book as evidence of the strength of those characters and their portrayal in books 1 through 6.

Jenssen was an interesting and likable character (although admittedly irritating at times), and it was kind of fun to see the world through the enemy's perspective. I also enjoyed learni
Mike Isble
Mar 08, 2016 Mike Isble rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You know that you're engrossed in a series as you read 600 pages of a seemingly, entirely new storyline just to get to the last 100 pages that ties everything together. I can't wait to see where we go from here! I have a feeling that the half brother shows up again. Spoiler alert? I don't know, I could be wrong- Pffft
Daccari Buchelli
Apr 24, 2016 Daccari Buchelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book number seven of this thrilling series is one that is heavily debated over. I found the change in the storyline to be, as many have said, 'A breath of fresh air.' I both loved and hated Jennsen's character at different points in the novel. This is my second time reading the novel and I am finding more and more secrets which are cleverly hidden from us as I re-delve into this brilliant work. Terry Goodkind does not capture my attention as well, but more in a different way than with the other ...more
Apr 09, 2009 Tracey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 19, 2011 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike the first six books of the series, Terry Goodkind decides to drift away from the perspective of major characters to instead focus on completely new characters that he has dreamed up. Oba and Jennsen. Two young adults (no big surprise there) forging their life and being entwined into the weave of Fate which sends them on their way through the pages of Goodkind's novel. So, to make it abundantly clear, if you have your heart strings completely wrapped around Richard and Kahlan's decisions, ...more
Sep 01, 2012 AndrewP rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The Sword of Truth book 7 takes a departure from the other books as the main characters are a unknown step sister and step brother of Richard Rahl.

For me the most fascinating aspect of this book was that the characters were making logical decisions based on what they knew. But anyone who has read any of the other books will know just how wrong they are. Mr Goodkind weaves this story very well and leaves the reader thinking "No no no" most of the way through. It's a page turner to be sure. My onl
Ben Babcock
Aug 09, 2008 Ben Babcock rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ben by: Stephanie Chow
After reading Faith of the Fallen, The Pillars of Creation let me down.

It seems like a great big detour away from the plot. I actually don't mind that Richard and Kahlan aren't present until the end, nor do I mind the plot of this book itself. Those factors alone would have made the book fine. The book itself, however, is just poorly written.

The protagonist, Jennsen Rahl, is half-sister to Richard and a "hole in the world"--ungifted, no gifted person can detect her with the gift. Coincidentally,
Kelley Ross
I used to love this series... I'm hoping this book was just a bad apple and that the rest will be better. Maybe my tastes have just changed?

Oba singlehandedly ruined this book for me. Well, that's a lie. The fact that a best-selling, expensive, and marketed book had the nerve to comma splice sentences several hundred times also added to my frustration. But it was mostly Oba and his "well, wasn't that something." Oba was unnecessarily crude and violent throughout the entire book, and I wish some
Zoe Carmina
The first time I ever read this book I thought to myself, "Great. The calm before the storm. WHat in the world are we working ourselves up to?"

For the last 6 (or maybe 7) books, you've spent your time learning about and loving Richard, Kahlan, Zedd, Cara, and a great many other people. Well, they aren't in this story until the very end. You spend your time primarily learning about two new characters that you largely care nothing about. After the way the 6th book ends, all you want to do is get b
James Gonzalez
Dec 24, 2010 James Gonzalez rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
For 6 books, Goodkind builds these fascinating characters whom we grow to love. Then in this book, we don't see any of those characters for the first 50 chapters! Instead, we are given two new ones: the mildly entertaining Jensen Rahl and the completely boring, one-dimensional Oba Rahl.

Oba is one of the worst characters I've read in a long time. Not only is he a complete psycho, but unlike Drefan, he has no depth and constantly repeats the same things ad nauseum.

The last book left us with Rich
Mar 23, 2009 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book the least out of the Sword of Truth/Chainfire series, I couldn't wait to be done with it in order to get to the rest of the story. I felt that although some of the characters were interesting they could have been developed more quickly. I didn't feel that an entire book completely void of Richard and Kahlan was necessary for us to learn to like/dislike these characters. I also felt at times even the individual paths of the characters were extremely slow to develop while the e ...more
Darcy Stewart
Jul 05, 2010 Darcy Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one is not quite as good as the rest. I really think the author should have stayed with Richard. Nice to know what other people think of Richard. You can see how blind Jennsen really is.

Jennsen is a nice girl. The journey she goes through is very intense. She suffers a lot. Her mother dies. Sebastian befriends her who really isn't her friend. He tells her half-truths.

Obo is very frightening. He kills everybody he runs into. He is one of the crazy sons of Darken Rahl. He only cares for hims
The book introduces new characters which was interesting and the "enemy" ideas are presented in a way that you could almost sympathize. But Goodkind seems to wander around a bit with the "facts of previous books" (Jagang the dreamwalker who knows all - should have known about what was happening in the old world) and Richard using his magic to destroy a thousand men???!! Why can't he then use it to destroy Jagangs entire army? Doesn't make sense. I anxiously read each book up to this point becaus ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

Sword of Truth (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • Wizard's First Rule (Sword of Truth, #1)
  • Stone of Tears (Sword of Truth, #2)
  • Blood of the Fold (Sword of Truth, #3)
  • Temple of the Winds (Sword of Truth, #4)
  • Soul of the Fire (Sword of Truth, #5)
  • Faith of the Fallen (Sword of Truth, #6)
  • Naked Empire (Sword of Truth, #8)
  • Chainfire (Sword of Truth, #9)
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