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message 1: by [deleted user] (last edited May 06, 2014 06:14PM) (new)

Wonderful review, and thanks for sharing your story. If you don't mind my asking, were you already a fan of Goodkind's before you read this book?

Your passion for the characters and your thoughtful critique piqued my interest enough to consider reading these. What book would you recommend I start with - is there one that's not too dated?

message 2: by Eric (last edited May 06, 2014 08:49PM) (new)

Eric Allen Thank you. I was already a fan when the book came out. I started reading the series around when book 3 was released.

The best place to start is at the beginning, with Wizard's First Rule, which is an excellent book that I found to be highly entertaining with great characters, witty dialog, and a really well constructed world that it all takes place in. In my opinion the first six books of the series are pretty solid, but they begin to stray into a lot of the oppressive preachiness that many people dislike in the series after that. One thing to warn you about, though, is that many of the books in the Sword of Truth series are pretty "R rated". There's a lot of graphic gore, torture, sex, rape, and violence. If you have a problem with any of those, they may not be for you.

message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

Oh, okay. Thanks for the warning; I might skip 'em, then. I like the sex and violence in my fantasy nice and PG-rated.

message 4: by Michael (new)

Michael L. Faith of the Fallen is also my favorite from the series. I have probably read it three times, and I've not been bored. I will probably run through the series again in a few years, and look forward to reading this one the most.

~Dani~ LazyTurtle's Books Faith of thr Fallen is also, and always has been, my favorite of this series for pretty much exactly the reasons you give.
In regards to Ayn Rand, it does sometimes feel like Goodkind copy-pasted directly out of Atlas Shrugged, but as that is also a favorite book of mine I don't complain about it! I believe I read somewhere that a lot of Goodkind's original inspiration for Sword of Truth was the main female character from Atlas Shrugged, Dagny Taggart, whom Kahlan's character is based on.

message 6: by Vencislav (new)

Vencislav Popov This was also my favorite book of the series, for the same reasons you listed. I didn't mind his "preaching" in all of his books, maybe because I liked and already agreed with most of his ideas beforehand. But towards the end the quality did drop down suddenly. The law of nines was somewhat ok, but The Omen Machine was unbearable, it took me a year to read it, few pages here and there, twice started from the begining, all the time convincing myself to give him another chance, on part of his previous good work.

As for Ayn Rand, I really recommend her, if only for one reason (although there are many) - her works embody exactly the same ideals that you yourself here mentioned that drew you to this book - that "Your life is yours alone, rise up and live it.". The Fountainhead found me in an emotionally similar situation to the one you described, and brought me out of there with a hammer to the head. This is one of my favorite quotes, that represent this ideal:

“In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are at its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of people be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved integrity. Do not lose your knowledge that our proper estate is an upright posture,
an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it's yours.”

Her books are, obviously, not in the fantasy genre. There is no magic or fantastic beast, or wonderously different worlds. But at the same time it is made from exactly the same stuff from which classic epic fantasy is built - the battle between good and evil, the battle for the souls and minds of men. Being set in the real world with real implications makes it that much more important.

But back to Goodkind - I certainly don't fault him for borrowing ideas from her. It was all done in the open, and he has stated many times, that her work has inspired him and that he wanted to implement a lot of her ideas about morality in a work of fantasy. In fact, he's done that very well, at least on some occasions as in this and a few of the other books. I am glad that he was there to write this entertaining series. But I am very sad that he is gone.

message 7: by Monica (new)

Monica Great review! You found the heart of the story when you talk about Richard and Nicci. That is why this is my favorite book out of the series.

message 8: by T. S. (new)

T. S. Larsen I couldn't agree more, I loved Faith of the fallen for many of the same reasons. Even when i reread it last year I still loved it. On top of that you are so right about Naked empire and everything after Confessor. I have been reading a few of your Goodkind reviews, and you are able to pinpoint all the issues I have with the books, especially the later ones.

Faith of the fallen will forever be my favorite too.

It's nice to see I am not alone.

message 9: by Joanne G. (new)

Joanne G. Your review reminded me of the power words have to impact lives. Thank you for sharing that intimate experience. Your appreciation for a book that I two-starred makes me think I should give it a re-read. Your review reminded me of the words with which John C. Wright encouraged other writers:

"If you only write one book in your whole life, and only sell 600 copies or less, nonetheless, I assure you, I solemnly assure you, that this book will be someone’s absolutely favorite book of all time, and it will come to him on some dark day and give him sunlight, and open his eyes and fill his heart and make him see things in life even you never suspected, and will be his most precious tale, and it will live in his heart like the Book of Gold."

message 10: by Mel (new)

Mel Staten Naked Empire is the book that made me fall ouf of love with the series. I, too, am surprised that people turn their ire elsewhere.

message 11: by Vivienne (new)

Vivienne I have added this book to my "want to read" list. I know nothing about this series but I'll start at the beginning to see how it all goes.
I keep coming back to paragraphs 3-5 of your review because of the hope it contains and I have to thank you for sharing some of your personal life to inspire people who are in a similar dark place.

message 12: by Jackofalltrades (new)

Jackofalltrades This book is also near and dear because of that quote, whenever I'm in a slump I always go back to it.

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