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Heart of Black Ice

(Sister of Darkness: The Nicci Chronicles #4)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  1,214 ratings  ·  111 reviews

In the wake of the brutal war that swept the Old World in 'Siege of Stone', a new danger is forming along the coast. Taken captive by their enemies, King Grieve, along with Lila and Bannon are about to discover the terrifying force that threatens to bring destr
Kindle Edition, 528 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Tor Books (first published 2019)
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Tori It is true there was a set-up at the end of the book for the saga to continue, BUT Terry Goodkind died in September of 2020. We can only hope that he …moreIt is true there was a set-up at the end of the book for the saga to continue, BUT Terry Goodkind died in September of 2020. We can only hope that he had some unpublished material.....(less)
Kathy No, audio is not the only available version.
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Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
It’s hard to believe it was only 3 years (and 4 books) ago that we were introduced to the witch woman’s prophecy that saw Nicci and Nathan embark on their epic journey across the Old World.

‘Future and Fate depend on both the journey and the destination. Kol Adair lies far to the south in the Old World. From there, the Wizard will behold what he needs to make himself whole again. And the Sorceress must save the world.’

We already saw Nathan’s part of the prophecy realized last year in Siege of Sto
Jeff Lucas
The good news is, it's as least as good as the last book in the series. The bad news is that us a really really low bar.

My biggest issue is given the known magic system, almost every situation has a very obvious solution that no one ever seems to remember. The entire struggle could have ended several times with simple spells used countless times in other books in the series.

I have a hard time getting past the "oh come onnnnnn" feeling while reading it.
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: electronic
brief synopsis:
Our heroes are largely separated but continue the fight, sometimes with unlikely allies, as Utros' army team up with the Norukai in conquering the New World.

Gant's Ford
the Killraven River
Kol Adair
Norukai Islands
farming settlements west of Cliffwall
Renda Bay

named personalities:
Nathan Rahl - a wizard with long, white hair; a prophet
Utros - a legendary general from Orogang who was petrified 15 centuries ago along with his
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Engaging from the first page! Terry Goodkind is a powerhouse in the fantasy genre. When I read the Wizard’s First Rule, I had no idea just how prolific this world and it’s characters would become. The story of Kahlan Amnell and Richard Cypher has grown into one of the most beloved stories within this world. However, even the most morally questionable characters within this world are appreciated, without conflict, there’ would be no heroes. Nicci provides some of the most intense and blushing rea ...more
When I first picked up this book I was assuming that this was just a continuation of the series, but then on the inside of the dust jacket I read 'The conclusion of the Nicci Chronicles'. So this is the final volume and I'm glad that Goodkind got to finish the story before he passed away unexpectedly last year (2020).

After a lackluster start, this series improved all the way through, concluding in this action packed finale. Reading this reminded me why Goodkind is one of my favorite authors. The
Vagabond of Letters, DLitt

Climax is a textbook deus ex machina and thus a letdown.
David Staniforth
Classic Goodkind. Best of this spin-off series.
Michael Otto
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book says it is the conclusion of The Nicci Chronicles being Volume IV. In it we find Nicci, Nathan, & Bannon separated as the result of the previous book. There is also Prelate Verna with all the gifted scholars and sisters of the Light at Cliffwall.The city of Ildakar has vanished. Through their individual pluck, courage, determination, obstacles they overcome, and circumstances these people manage to reunite and come together a party and fellowship again. Good thing too because they have ...more
Paul Emery
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series got better with each book and this was an excellent end to the series - and, for me, the best Mr Goodkind book since "Confessor". This won't be the last I read of this author, as I need to get hold of the "Children of D'Hara" series - but it was sad as I was reading the closing chapters after the passing of the author a couple of months ago. I read "Wizard's First Rule" to "Confessor" back-to-back and it will take something very special to eclipse this as the best series I have ever ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those who may be worried, this is not the end of the Nicci chronicles. She and Nathan will have another war to fight as soon as Terry writes the next book.
This saga ends in a satisfactory way. I hope that the characters that headed off on a different road will find their way back to Nicci and Nathan as their next mission evolves.
Terry teases us with the word that Richard and Kahlan have some kind of crisis to deal with at home. Maybe he will return to them for a couple of books before he r
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another action packed, page turning adventure from Terry Goodkind. Nicci, Nathan and Brannon get separated, but fight their way back to save the world. Some friends are lost and Richard is having problems of his own in D'Hara. This was supposed to be the last book in the series, but it ends with another threat to the Old World with the rise of a New Imperial Order by an Emperor Argus, so no rest for the weary. ...more
Andrew R
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best

Another thrilling book action packed brutal in places heart racing and emotionally draining this book puts you through the wringer along with the characters FANTASTIC 😀please please please let the good spirits bring more
Jessie West
I'm only still reading the series because I've read so much of it at this point. It's exactly what I've come to expect from Terry Goodkind. ...more
Ceasar Lourenco
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent conclusion to an absolutely enjoyable series
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020, owned
Another great addition to the wonderful world of The sword of truth. Too bad it is over now 😢
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I drug my feet in the beginning with this, but I think it was because I knew it was the last one. And it was a good note to end on. I enjoyed their storyline and appreciated the ending, although I was flabbergasted that Nicci couldn't figure out Richard's coded message sooner. Goodkind was my first book into the world of fantasy as a kid and I'm sad to see him gone. However I'm profoundly grateful I found him and discovered my love for reading again through his books and so many others. So thank ...more
WOW! This book is bad-ass awesome! I'm still all riled up with all different kinds of emotions from it. The Nicci Chronicles will be a series I come back to read again and again. The magic is both destructive and terrible. Red and Chalk's prophecy follow Nicci and Nathan as they try to save the land from being conquered by two armies, aided by two sorceresses, hundreds of thousands of troops, and barbaric animalistic desire to destroy everything in their path. I don't believe that I appreciated ...more
Elena Moore
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodkind
I can honestly say that Terry did an outstanding job of bringing us into the Old World. Much older than the New World, the land, people, magic, motivations, and history are mind boggling. There seems to be no limit to his imagination. And the pace, plot, detail? Better than I had hoped!
Last night, I sat alone, no distractions, and devoured the final chapters of Heart of Black Ice. I was there... I knew the characters... I actually EXPERIENCED every scene, every hope, every success, and cheered w
Katherine E. Soto
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nicci is once again on an adventure across the Old World on her quest to bring Richard's laws to the people. She is on the run from a vast army commanded by the commander of a newly revived army and the sea going, evil Norukai. Will Nicci manage to figure out the magic she needs to save the Old World from Destruction?

This is the fourth installment in Goodkind's series The Nicci Chronicles. He writes a good adventure story filled with interesting characters. This book is written by groups of char
Jennifer Hart
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
He did it again! Bravo!!

Once again, you see I am a fan of Terry Goodkind, I've read every installment of his Sword of Truth series with Richard and Kahlan (that's the whole collection on my bookshelves), once again he has allowed me to accompany his magical heroes as they battle real world villians. Again I watched as impossible situations were discussed, strategies were planned and plots were carried out. This book is of Nicci and Nathan and will be added in their own space, a companion series
David Fontana
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Terry Goodkind at his finest. Building upon the stories from previous books, he brings them all together in logical and fitting ways. Even though I could see much of what he was building to in the climax of the story, I wasn’t any less engaged along the way. The character of Nicci really has come a long way, and it was a fun journey to follow along with her as opposed to yet another forced “legend of the ages” story about Richard and Kahlan.

Also, the action here is really well written,
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic insight into their world

Terry Goodkind never disappoints. The only thing that I don't like is that now that I'm up to date with all of his novels, I have to wait for the next one to come out like everyone else.📘 I miss the days when I first started reading The Sword of Truth series and I could continue one right after another.📚
I can honestly say without a doubt that this world that he has created is my all-time favourite out of the hundreds, or more likely thousands that I hav
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the very best battles Terry Goodkind has written. Stands up against Jajang, Darken Rahl, and Sulachan. We lose an important character that had been there since the first Sword of Truth. Nicci battles something called the zhiss which I'm kind of upset about because we never find out where they came from or what exactly they were. A new Imperial order comes up at the very end and I am hoping that Terry Goodkind will one day continue the series.

All in all, a beautiful "end?" to the Nicci Chr
Edward Silverman
Of the books in this Richardless series, I liked this one the best. It wraps up a clear first part of whatever the Nicci chronicles end up being, and does it in a way that is both action packed and thoughtful. The antagonists were suitably tough and though they ended up defeated a bit more easily than one may have thought I felt very invested in Bannon, Nathan and Nicci all the way through. Obvious must read for Goodkind and Nicci fans. There is a hint of a new big bad for the future. Let’s see!
Kim Thomas
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Final book in the NIcci Chronicles. I got hooked on Terry Goodkind about ten years ago when he wrote the Sword of Truth series and cannot pass up any of his books. Fantasy series, good vs evil with a bit of witchcraft thrown in the mix. I was relieved to see that some of the redundant phrases that the author fell back upon in several of his previous books were put to rest. If you like the adventures of Nathan Rahl and Nicci you won't be disappointed. I would not recommend as a stand alone book, ...more
Kyle Bell
Mar 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terry Goodkind should have stopped writing this series after “First Confessor”. In this final book he wrote himself into a corner so suddenly a sorceress was able to do magic that no one else could ever do but it was a one time thing and she could never do it again. In another instance the main character could have easily defeated the main antagonist by doing something she does multiple times throughout the book but for some reason doesn’t. Other than that it was an entertaining book and ended s ...more
Karla Schneider
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think Terry's torques may have gone stagnant. This book was epic and glorious as expected with all the battles and sacrifices you would expect, but with some oddities. Bannon and Nathan were non-essential to the story. They added the perspectives to make the plot setting feel wholesome, but much of their sides of the story was driven by stupidity, which is the worse kind of plot device. And the deaths and turns were too predictable. The Shaman's visions and who's going to die, and what Richard ...more
Jeffrey L
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great story that continues

A very good read with all the wonderful story description that drew me in to the sword of truth series. Though I have felt the author followed a formula to his writing in the past, and it is a good formula, this book is more open, free flowing and is not repetitive within itself as some books in the series struck me as. This is one of the better books in the series.
Ben Hickerson
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Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a lot to say. Terry Goodkind has become my favorite author over the past twelve years of reading all of his 'Sword of Truth' novels. The Nicci Chronicles was a welcome addition. All four books were amazing and I was very satisfied with the ending. Now I will wait patiently for 'Into Darkness.' ...more
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Terry Goodkind was 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 had over 20 million copies in print and has been translated into more t ...more

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Sister of Darkness: The Nicci Chronicles (4 books)
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