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Chainfire by Terry Goodkind
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May 15, 12

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Read from May 07 to 15, 2012

This was a "just ok" installment to Terry Goodkinds seemingly never ending story of Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell. I enjoyed peices of the story, but found it overly focused on Richard having Kahlan's story present for maybe a total of ten minutes. I also did not enjoy the over address of regular characters. Although I do realize this is the first book of a new series, transitioning from Sword of Truth into Chainfire Trilogy, I didnt think that telling eight books worth of backstory for every character was all that necessary. I found myself relieved when a new character (Jillian) was introduced, simply because I didnt have to spend so much time listening to a story I already knew. I would almost guess half of this novel is just Terry rewriting what he already wrote and completely over explaining the timeline of events. I understand some readers might start Chainfire not having read SOT as it seems pretty stand alone, but it really lacked decorum for fans of the entire series and I found myself bored a lot, which isnt Goodkind's usual style. I was also immensely dissapointed as it was a terrible follow up to the build of Naked Empire, which I actually quite liked. I also really disliked the way that almost every character was written, I felt like they had been completely "re-vamped" for the worse. The prelate was insane, Zedd was a push over, Nicki and Richard are constantly having "are they gonna make out" moments, Cara suddenly shows her emotional side, and Rika is freakin' cooking and serving tea. All I could think was "Seriously...WTF?"

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28.0% "Sister Nicci is such a complainer now! UGH."
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