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Heart of Black Ice

(Sister of Darkness: The Nicci Chronicles #4)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  485 ratings  ·  61 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
Kindle Edition, 528 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Tor Books (first published 2019)
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Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Its hard to believe it was only 3 years (and 4 books) ago that we were introduced to the witch womans 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 Nathans part of the prophecy realized last year in Siege of Stone,
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 Wizards First Rule, I had no idea just how prolific this world and its 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 reads ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
David Staniforth
Classic Goodkind. Best of this spin-off series.
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.
Vagabond of Letters, DLitt

Climax is a textbook deus ex machina and thus a letdown.
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 ...more
Ceasar Lourenco
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent conclusion to an absolutely enjoyable series
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.
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Heart of Black Ice is the fourth book in the Sister of Darkness cycle by Terry Goodkind. Released 21st Jan 2020 from Macmillan on their Tor imprint, it's 528 pages and available in hardcover, paperback, audio, and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately.

One of several series in the Sword of
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
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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
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
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Without any doubt, the weakest of the series so far.
At times, down right boring. Which is a first for me with T. GOODKIND work.
I feel like it was a deep error to manage so many narration threads at a time.
Plus, so far, the tandem Nicci/Nathan was the charm of this spinoff.
Making them spend so much time appart, diminishing Niccis presence, multiplying action of tertiary characters didnt pay off at all.
And at last, the villains, the umpteenth villains of the saga are weak sauce. The previous
Steven Wendell
Amazing book. I could hardly put my Kindle down

I've said it for years and years, I absolutely love Goodkind's books. So much depth and layering of people and places, interconnected events epic and small. The characters are brilliant and distinctive and very easy to get attached to. Losing one can be literally emotional. This 3 part tale was awesome and epic. Nathan Rahl's 2nd life book will be one for the historians of this world for sure. My heart started racing the last few pages when I
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 wasnt 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,
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. Lets see! ...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
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
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 doesnt. Other than that it was an entertaining book and ended ...more
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.
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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Robb Coulter
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book 4 of Terry Goodkinds, "Sister of Darkness: The Nicci Chronicles". This is the epic conclusion of this 4 book series based in the Old World and is resplendent with epic battles and a full compliment of scary bad guys. Probably way to much bloody warfare, mayhem and death but it keeps you on the edge of your chair for all 525 pages. A suiting end to a great series. On the bad side I do kind of miss Richard and Kahlan.
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.'
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual, Terry Goodkind provides just the right amount of details, yet a good long read to sink one's teeth into.
This was a great read, it sweeps you along. The only thing that was a little irksome was the many different perspectives that this jumped around in, but the story swept along so fast this was not as noticeable as with most books.
Definitely a book I would recommend
Mar 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good sequel and a partial conclusion to the story, but there were a number of threads hanging by the end, so I suspect that another followup is in the offing. However, something bothered me while reading and I'm not sure what it is - pacing maybe? Or the final battle being a little too predictable?
T'is a mystery at the moment.
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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 ...more

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