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The Pillars of Creation

(Sword of Truth #7)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  52,194 ratings  ·  864 reviews
Sequel to the New York Times bestselling Faith of the Fallen

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 Jennsen 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.

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Mass Market Paperback, 725 pages
Published November 2002 by Tor Books
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Mar 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
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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
Eric Allen
Sep 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
I don't think I'm going to write out a full review for this one, sorry. Every time I sit down to go over my notes and figure out what to say, I just find myself looking for something else to do. So, rather than write out my semi-professional-ish review format, I just posted my notes that I took while reading below. I tend to use more profanity in my notes, and much less professional ways of saying things, than I do in my actual reviews, so be warned about that. I may also repeat things multiple ...more
Igor Ljubuncic
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book is the perfect example that once you become really popular and wealthy, your editor actually stops reading your stuff because he's too busy sniffing powders off surgically enhanced anatomy of certain people of questionable employment on a yacht somewhere, enjoying the handsome percentage cut your works brings in. All that money means your writing must be good, right?

Terry Goodkind pushes the limits of this statement to a special new high. He takes it to such an extreme that even Robert
Lara Amber
Apr 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Oct 17, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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."
Rodney Wilder
Nov 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Ren the Unclean
Aug 16, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Sword of Truth fans
Shelves: fantasy
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For those of you who started following me because of my reviews of this series, I apologize in advance. I finished this book over three months ago now, so my initial impression of the book has faded. Also, despite this being overall not great, I have very little ire for it. These two stars aren't a result of outrage or ickiness like usual; they're more the result of this book seemingly have very little relevance to the main plot of the series.

But, good news for you if this review disappoints,
Alan Gallagher
Apr 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Jamie (LadyJai) Dement
Oct 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Brian Nonyabizness
Jun 27, 2007 rated it did not like it
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.
Sep 12, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jun 27, 2011 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
Nadia Scrieva
Mar 29, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Apr 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
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Eddie Novak
Jul 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Ms. Nikki
Jul 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, audible
Jennsen was easily manipulated and Oba was just creepy. However, it introduces us to other characters that are affected by the previous ruler and this new army. It was a good thing to branch away from Kahlan and Richard.
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
mostly not even about The main character, but, its nice, and its a preparation for book 8 ...more
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 12, 2009 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Darcy Stewart
Jan 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 08, 2009 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Mar 04, 2010 rated it did not like it
The book became acceptable around page 532. Yes, its viewing the events in the other sides through the propaganda of the Imperial Order. But did it have to do so with a sledgehammer, over and over again, with no real movement other than 'oh, she has to figure it out *this* time' or 'wait, she's having a twinge that something isn't right' but then those twinges never develop, nor does the character. Until the very end when magic happens and all is right.

As a way to introduce a new character or
Oct 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
This book was a little out of the ordinary. The entire book temporarily forgets about the main characters and their situation, and instead focuses on a new character. At the very end of the book, this new character meets up with the ones we've followed for the previous six books. Though it provides some insight into this new characters life, it wasn't completely necessary to do it in this way and was more than a little odd. The book itself was alright, but you find yourself wishing the other ...more
David Robins
May 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Differs from the rest in that Richard Rahl is a decidedly secondary (and background) character, with Jennsen as main (and Oba as a dark parallel of what she might have been had she succumbed). In some ways it's the reverse of Richard's journey to the Old World as Sebastian seeks to infiltrate and fails to turn Jennsen to the Order's destructive collectivism. The war also advances, leaving a number of questions unanswered and readers wanting more; may the next book deliver like the rest.
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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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Sword of Truth (1 - 10 of 15 books)
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  • Blood of the Fold (Sword of Truth, #3)
  • Temple of the Winds (Sword of Truth, #4)
  • Soul of the Fire (Sword of Truth, #5)
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