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Faith of the Fallen by Terry Goodkind
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it was ok

Unfortunately, Goodkind's Sword of Truth series takes a serious nosedive in this book, and it never recovers. Goodkind gives up on writing a novel and instead writes a bunch of preachy Objectivist propaganda against political straw men that a child could see through.

Basically, this book can be summed up as "Richard Rahl teaches commies about capitalism." The plot deviates seriously from the previous books in that it doesn't really focus on Richard and Co trying to solve the magical problem of the week. Instead, you get to spend most of this book reading about Richard carving stuff (because carving is like swordplay so the Sword of Truth makes him an Awesome Artist) and starting his own small business in the heart of the Imperial Order. The book drags on as Richard upstages a bunch of political straw men to show why communism and religious fundamentalism are Bad Things. The book gets particularly painful because Goodkind can't seem to make any of his antagonists intelligent, so Richard is basically showing up a bunch of brainless morons who probably should have choked on their own tongues ages ago. If you aren't stuck in 1970s Soviet Russia, Richard isn't going to tell you anything you don't know.

The only reason I give this book 2 stars instead of 1 is that the chapters focusing on Kahlan's fight against the Imperial Order are still interesting and compelling. Goodkind drops most of the preachy BS in this sections and just focuses on Kahlan and her army kicking butt with guerrilla tactics.

If you really like Ayn Rand and want to see what would happen if someone put Atlas Shrugged in a fantasy world, then this book is for you. If you're not looking for preachy Objectivist propaganda, though, you could just skip to Chainfire and finish the series from there. You really won't miss anything.
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