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Stone of Tears by Terry Goodkind
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Feb 21, 11

bookshelves: 2011, fantasy, own, series
Read from February 10 to 20, 2011 — I own a copy

** spoiler alert ** Sorry major spoilers in this review....

I really enjoyed this book. It took me like 2/3 of the book to get into Wizard's First Rule, but I now have a feel for the characters more. Richard has really evolved, his time with the Mord-Sith in Wizard's First Rule was really pivital for his development. (I still wish Denna had not been killed as the Mord-Sith had tremendous potential to be such an intriguing plot point but I digress) Kahlan's power is intriguing, I hope that the next few books will play more the fact she has lived most of her life with the people fearing her as their primary emotional response, that would lead to a lot of awkwardness on her part when faced with love and respect from more people.

A few disappointments in this book. The first was Zedd, he was kind of an after-thought in this book. I know the book is focused on Richard and Kahlan, but the chapters dealing with Zedd started giving me the feel that he would be more important. I felt the whole way Goodkind resloves his strength making the final conflict too easy was a cheap way. I think there could have been a more interesting way to get him incapacitated in terms of closing the veil. The next was the ending; this book built a lot, it felt like there was this strong build up getting all the pieces in place. Kahlan's tasks were fun to read, could have been a novel in and of themselves, her growth and leadership are real. Richard's tasks are understandable in terms of his character, but The first like 95% of this book feels like major build up so much going on (in a good way) then the ending feels really rushed. Like bam everyone became all powerful and it worked out. For how much Richard and Kahlan and everyone had to go through to be ready for the final conflict of the book, the final fights were pretty simple.

Over all I was much more impressed with this second book in Goodkind's series. I do look forward to more of his books and will jump back into the stories of Richard, Kahlan, Zedd, et al. very soon.
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