|The Pillars of Creation
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Seven books into his Sword of Truth series, author Terry Goodkind continues to expand and enlarge the fantasy realm D'Hara. But with the Pillars of Creation he takes a detour from his usual approach, leaving his primary protagonists in the background to spin a story of one woman's battle to discover the truth of her heritage.
Told in vivid and often gruesome detail, Goodkind's fable grabs the reader with a familiar archetypal theme: a young woman, Darken Rahl's illegitimate daughter Jennsen, flees her home in the wake of murderous forces rising from her lineage. She runs in the shadows of Lord Richard Rahl's domain with a spy sent by Emperor Jagang, the enemy of D'Hara. With his help, she journeys across the entire realm, chasing rumor and misinformation to ultimately discover the truth of her heritage.
Loyal readers, who know the truth that Jennsen seeks, may find this book tedious as they wonder when Lord Richard Rahl and Mother Confessor Kahlan are going to swoop in and save the day. But Goodkind appears to be challenging readers, and perhaps himself, to see the benevolent administration of Richard Rahl from its underside and from an opposition perspective. The change in perspective works up to a point. Goodkind has created a fast-paced adventure story that might be appreciated by diehard fans if they can leave their longing for the status quo at the door. --Jeremy Pugh
FAITH OF THE FALLEN took The Sword of Truth into a new decade and to new heights of intense, thoughtful and meaningful fantasy, while never losing sight of the need to tell a compelling and sweeping story. THE PILLARS OF CREATION continues that progression and will allow Terry Goodkind to investigate new depths in his characters, to change fantasy and to make The Sword of Truth the dominant fantasy series of the first decade of the new millennium. The new novel takes Richard and Kahlan to the ends of the earth as they attempts to track down an unstoppable demon before it kills them and lays waste to the world.
- Break down to the 8th
Lets be honest about the book. Goodkind did two things in this book.
1: different perspective instead of Kahlan and Richard, you have Richards sister taking the lead. This made a little twist from the first 6 books which focused on them.
2: Set the foundation for the next book Faith of the Fallen. I am not going to ruin the plot but I will say that Richard sister is not as unique as everyone thought.
Goodkind was brilliant for doing this but lets hope he does not make the mistake of too many characters. Ada, Kahlan, Richard, Zedd, Cara now Jennsen are all major characters to follow. If Goodkind is not careful he may fall into the same cycle that Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series is doing. Too many characters doing too many things and there are either gaps or blatant dismissal of minor plots that make the storie seem less then what the series started with....more info
- Goodkind is the Condaleeza Rice of Fantasy
If you love Condaleeza Rice and everything she stands for, you will love this book....more info
Well its a great book...but it went off the beaten path of Richard and Kahlan...which kinda is disorienting....although its a great book the character Jennsen isn't that important over all...buy it to get a grasp on the story...and for the quality writing...although it was what got me into Terry Goodkind to begin with...if you get this book be sure you read all the ones that come before it...or you'll be lost...more info
- Waste of time
I didn't know this book was some sort of sequel. Truth is I grabbed it from the shelf because the title got me confused... I was looking for "The Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett, which is supposed to be real literature. Only when it was too late would I realize the awful mistake. I mean, I like fantasy stories, but this piece by Mr. Goodkind is a complete waste of a reader's time. BEWARE: This is just a cheap pseudo-romantic tale with some blood spilled here and there. Even his followers are disappointed.
The author was smart in choosing the title: I would guess many an unsuspecting buyer has fallen to his little trick. If I was Ken Follett I would sue! Imagine the damage to his reputation. A real writer getting confused with this creepy Goodkind guy.
And something else, he is obviously not interested in writing fiction, the 700 tedious pages seem to be an excuse to expose his twisted opinions on moral and religion, only to go on and insult the readers' intelligence with stupid sexual descriptions like "he licked her from her naked crotch all the way up to her breasts" (no kidding, that came from the book). It's pathetic. It's embarrassing. Save your money.
If you want a fantasy series written by someone with talent, try The Lord of the Rings or The Chronicles of Narnia....more info
- Worst of the series so far.
I've been thoroughly enjoying the Sword of Truth Series - I even routinely re-read them, which is something I don't do often with other books. But this entry ... well, I certainly have no reason to re-read it, that's for sure. (And I wanted to give it just one star, but I can't seem to change it from two - not sure what's up with that - it doesn't deserve two)
If you're not familiar with the series, DON'T read this one first! Wizard's First Rule is the first and best of the series. And if you haven't read any of the other books, don't bother reading this review further because none of this will make sense to you.
This one is about Jennson, Richard's half sister, who is ungifted (non magical) and who has been hunted by her evil father since her birth. Now that her father is dead, she believes Richard is hunting her and is determined to kill him so she can be free. The whole thing is about her wandering hunt for Richard.
Now, I'm interested in Jennson's plight, but I read this series because I want to know what will happen next with Richard, his wife Kahlan and their bodyguard Cara. This book is 725 pages long and Richard doesn't enter the picture till page 649! About half way through, I had to flip ahead to be sure Richard was actually in it or I would not have bothered to read the rest at all.
It was nice to see Nathan again, but he didn't appear until chapter 40 and that was it - a few pages. On top of the scarcity of main characters, when they do show up, they start a story line that not only is not resolved in the few pages left, but which isn't even explained! Something about Cara touching something she shouldn't have - sheesh, there could have been a small chapter a few hundred pages sooner showing Cara touching this mysterious thing. Or one showing us the battle that is mentioned that took place in the badlands ... Would it have been too much to ask to have a glimpse of our heroes every 2 or 3 hundred pages? Obviously, this new story line is where the next book starts up, but I don't recall any of the other books ending with such an obscure, cryptic and irritating cliff hanger.
I was just very disappointed with this entry in the series and I'm hoping the next one gets back to basics....more info
- The worst so far...Pretty Awful actually...
I loved this series- I could not stop reading each and every one of them cover to cover up until this piece of garbage. Its almost like TG handed over his writing to an author of much much lessor quality - like one of those cheesy books based off of a video game like "Starcraft" or something. It is sad.
I still finished this book, but man I could not wait for it to end!!! Boring, with a plot that made you hate every character introduced. This reminds me of the new Eddings books- I loved all his old work, but really really hate his new stuff... its almost like they stopped thinking when writing and play to a 'dumber' audience!
I will get the next one in the series- just in case he can pick up the pieces...sigh....more info
- Don't skip this book in the series; worth the read!
I don't see how other readers can complain about this book, and even sometimes skip books in the series for fear of the story lines not being good enough.
I just finished this book 3 minutes ago. I started reading this series a few months ago. This book was worth the read. My favorite so far being Soul of the Fire.
After the first six books this adding of new characters, and now a view from the Imperial Order side of the war was necessary to prevent boredom. Goodkind ties in all aspects of the storyline well. He ties in parts from Debt of Bones, and Stone of Tears with more mentions of the Grace.
It was good to read and imagine what the world, and see what the war is like from Jagag's point of view; especially when the Imperial Army made its way into Aydindril....more info
- Summed up in one word 'Ridiculous'
What on earth was Terry thinking when he wrote this embarrassing entry into the Sword of Truth series. First off you won't be reading about the characters you've grown to enjoy over the course of the series (until Richard and Kahlan appear in the end, oh and guess what? yep they are separated once again as this time Kahlan is kidnapped
no no no instead we are forced to read about Richard's half sister and her stupid goat. Yes a goat. Apparently this stupid goat grew up with Jennsen and is her closest friend. Throughout the book we are constantly reading about how Jennsen misses her precious little goat named Betty, it's all she can think about even after her mother is brutally murdered at the beginning of the book and poor Betty is left with a sausage vendor. All this thing does is Bleat...I hate that word now and I can't talk to anyone named Betty ever again Then there is Oba, Richards half brother. Lets not go there.
Anyhow if you can get up to the point where Kahlan & Richard appear (last two chapters) you'll get to read how it all comes together. Every main character in the book seems to arrive at the pillars of creation at the exact same time. No one knows yet what these Pillars are actually for. Oba shows up after kidnapping Kahlan, Jennsen show up to Kill Richard with her stupid knife....ok yeah that makes sense a 110 lb 20 year old girl is going to kill the most powerful man in the world with a knife. The Emperor himself even recruits her to do this because she is immune to magic. Her character will irritate you to no end with her dumb questions and naivety. Oh and a sister of the dark shows up and guess who else does??? YES that stupid goat shows up bleating from her perch on a wagon. Apparently some friend of Richards travels all the way from D'Hara to the old world to return the goat. Richard somehow manages to conjure magic without the sword of truth and kill 200 soldiers. Its ridiculous, trust me just move on to the next book, which from the sounds of it isn't much better.
Terry this was awful and you have lost any credibilty I gave you...more info
This book was one awsome book!...more info
- Decent Read
Having read the series up to now and waiting to buy #8, I was very happy with this book. We see new characters that, to me, add more to the story. The story line was a great break to main story plot. Was this book as in depth as the previous six? No, yet still a decent read. I can see where avid readers of Mr. Goodkind's can feel disappointed, but I still loved the story and will continue to read the series till the end....more info
- Better than Faith of the Fallen, actually
While the general opinion in these reviews seems to be that this book is terrible, I actually found it pretty good by Sword of Truth standards. Sure, it's no Wizard's First Rule, but it's definitely better than the preach-fest known as Faith of the Fallen.
Goodkind starts by taking his story in an entirely new direction. Instead of following Richard and Kahlan, he jumps away and focuses on a new protagonist for this book: Jennsen. As such, the plot becomes somewhat more original compared to the other books. Of course, since Goodkind doesn't consider a book complete unless Kahlan gets kidnapped at least once during it, that old setup has to happen.
The reason why I liked this book is probably because Goodkind managed to find his greatest strength, creating likeable characters, and then capitalizing on it. I found Jennsen, who was more of an anti-heroine than a pure white or pure black character, to be a refreshing change. Especially considering that basically, we're seeing the world we've so far seen only through the eyes of Richard/Kahland/Zedd through the eyes of a new party, with many things flipped on their head. I was a bit reluctant to focus on a new character, and I got a little bored at times waiting for the heroes to show up, I enjoyed Jennsen's story.
The other new POV, that of Oba, was less awesome. He's another sadist, with a very low I.Q. He likes to kill things and watch their eyes as they die, imagining what they're thinking. As dumb and strong as a drunk gorilla, he murders his abusive mother and a sorceress who caused him grief over the years, joins forces with the Keeper of the Underworld, and goes off to try to become the leader of D'Hara. While he is just another pervert, what makes him interesting is his bizarre way of thinking, and his odd sense of self-justification.
The plotline was an interesting take on things. Richard, the Hero of the Journey, has now become the villain. The rest of the plotline was throughly enjoyable, especially the attack on the Confessor's Palace. Jagang's face, when he found Brother Narev's severed head, was priceless. If only there had been a picture in that chapter . . .
There are a couple of problems, though. Despite that we're journeying deeper into the Old World, seeing more of it, there are still no improvements to the map whatsoever. Sad, isn't it?
Also, there is a little too much preching in this book, though not quite as much as Faith of the Fallen. In seems that every single character, except those on the "evil" side, takes at least one opportunity to tell us what Goodkind believes. Even minor characters, like a certain Raug'moss healer, mentioned offhandedly something along the lines of "charity, when expected, is simply another word for slavery" which was basically the whole point of Faith of the Fallen. Even Jennsen, the anti-heroine who is not really alligned with the good side, pauses at the end of the book to rant Goodkind's philosophy to Mr. Sebastard. (Oops, I meant Sebastian.)This is a horrible flaw because the characters do not sound like they are actually speaking the way normal humans would, but rather pausing to dutifully preach whatever point Goodkind wants to get across in this novel.
Finally, the ending left much to be desired. It was not quite as anti-climactic as Temple of the Winds or Soul of the Fire, but I still felt that it was resolved far too quickly. The confrontation between Jennsen and Richard was handled too quickly and casually. If she's been waiting her whole life to get a shot at the Lord Rahl, wouldn't she have a little more conviction when confronted him in the final showdown other than to timidly mutter about all the wrongs he'd did her?
This is not the best Sword of Truth book by any standard, but it is far from the worst. If you want the worst, allow me to recommend to you the sequel, Naked Empire....more info
- Amazing Series
I would give it a 10 out of 5 if I could. And any other book in the series...more info
- I'm done with the Sword of Truth series
This book was interesting until the end. The way Richard revealed the seventh rule on page 716 was so out of context. In the first book, When Richard discovered the first wizards rule it was an important part of the story. In this book it was sort of like, "oh yeah by the way,.. I learned that this is the seventh rule."
I found it refreshing that it wasn't about the same people it had been all along. And when the "regulars" of the series popped up, I was kind of disappointed.
Over all I think the Sword of Truth series could have easily ended at the end of Soul of Fire. It seems like there's a lot of "filler" and a lot of repetition of explaining who people are what their abilities are and blah blah blah. He doesn't go into great detail about it, but, still it's annoying to me. As if I couldn't remember an important character and their ability from the last book.
I read the Faith of the Fallen and Pillars of creation because I really want to know how it all ends. But honestly,.. I am really tired of it. This how it's going to end, good guys win, magic is saved,and bad guys loose because people learn to think for them selves. ...more info
- one of the worst books ever professionally published
All of the books in the SOT series leading up to this one are pretty bad, but this one took the cake. I am someone cursed with not giving up on a series once I have started it, but this book was so bad I have dropped the series like a steaming hot squishy dog turd that somehow made it into my hand. From an evil character blowing up a poor living chicken like a balloon to kill it for kicks (what is it with Goodkind and fowl anyway?) to the nobility of goats, and the adventures of a sociopathic rapist/murderer, I just could not take it anymore.
- Also disappointed...
While I understand the value of looking at this world from a completely different perspective, this story is flat. Seeing others struggle through the world that Richard, Kahlan, Zedd and the others are stuggling to uplift lends a new angle, but I agree with many others that Jennsen and Oba are flat, one dimensional characters, and the pace of the story has peaks and valleys like a bunny hill. Still, I do look forward to the following books in the series. This installment, however, can be summed up in one word: FLAT....more info
- Grinding to a halt
Ugh. I stumbled upon the Sword of Truth series by picking up a copy of Wizard's First Rule at an Irish hostel while traveling (they were kind enough to let me keep it). I quickly became engrossed with the books, with one of the key hooks being Goodkind's willingness to start each new book precisely where the last one left off. Yes, I found parts of the middle books dragged a bit, and it took me longer to get through 5 & 6 after breezing through the engaging first four.
I finished Faith of the Fallen at lunch yesterday and couldn't wait to start Pillars of Creation, I was so caught up in the story. So imagine my chagrin when not only does Goodkind NOT start where he left off as I revel in, or even flip flop back and forth between the Richard/Kahlan/Cara (or hell, even the Verna/D'Hara army story) and these new paltry, bland characters. I can't be enamored with either of them. 200 pages in already and I keep waiting for the next chapter to go back to Richard/Kahlan. I find myself skimming more than I'm actually reading with furious interest. "Come on, come on, get back to the story."
I've never once wanted to skip a book in a series as badly as I do now. ...more info
- Good book if you give it a chance
I was under the impression that this book wasn't good because of all the reviews here. I'm glad I went ahead and read it anyway, because the story is significantly advanced in Pillars of Creation, even though Richard is absent. If there are problems with the story, then I just overlook them. Why am I reading fantasy to begin with? Not to analyze it, but to enjoy it. I suspend my disbelief, but at the same time want events to be plausible. In PoC everything is plausible, so why would I object?...more info
- Calling it quits...
Well, I'm done. I made it a little ways into Pillars, and decided my time with Terry Goodkind is at an end. I was very taken with Wizard's First Rule; it was a great fantasy work, and I was thrilled with having added it to my collection. But from there, the story just became dull, pointless, and frankly, just too predictable.
Referring to the series as a story can only be done loosely, though. The series has actually struck me more as a series of short story novels, sharing main characters and some themes. Up to this point, the stories have followed a very basic, repetitive outline:
Richard and Kahlan are happy together.
Richard and Kahlan get separated, seemingly forever.
Richard must endure trials and hardship to hope to return to Kahlan.
Kahlan must endure trials and hardship to hope to return to Richard.
They both learn important lessons about themselves and humanity.
They are reunited, with much rejoicing.
But now Pillars of Creation comes along... and while I was never overly-taken with the template Goodkind was using (refer to the above story skeleton and fill in the details with whatever philosophic point Goodkind is trying to make this go around), at least the plotlines revolved around characters I had somewhat gotten to know.
No longer the case, unfortunately. About 100 pages in, I closed the book, put the dust jacket back on, and put it back on the shelf. I may pick it up again somewhere down the road, or I may just offload that shelf of books to the local used book shop.
Or I may re-read the first six books with a highlighter and note all the Robert Jordan similarities. I may need two highlighters...
I think it's time to re-read Martin and get back to what I enjoy about Fantasy....more info
- Better than the last 2.
This book is much better than the last couple in the series. It might be a 3 star book by itself, but with the last two turds in the series, it is 4 star in comparison. Richard and Khalan and the same old cast of characters were getting some what boring and repetitive to me. In this book, the whole story is centered around new characters that were a welcome edition the storyline. Richard and company dont show up until the last 100 pages wich is fine with me. The new characters are interesting and likeable for the most part, and brought a new life to the story. The ending seems to be a bit rushed, but that has been the case in all the other books as well. I was about to give up on the series, but the interjection of new people and plots gave me new hope. Unfortunately A couple hundred pages into the next book 'Naked Empire' and its right back to the same tired old Richard and Khalan drama. If the rest of the series is more like this one, I might be able to keep my eyes open. If you are already into the series, this one is worth reading. ...more info
- Quite possibly the worst fantasy novel ever written.
In a confounding narrative decision, Goodkind abandons the established characters of the previous Sword of Truth novels in favor of a completely uncompelling pair of unlikely heroes on a quest to do something which doesn't make any sense eve to them. Richard and Kahlan don't appear until the last fifty pages of this 700+ page book.
Instead, we're given Jennsen, an intolerable set of cliches piled one on top of the other. For one thing, she's the bastard child of a villain from an earlier book. Early on in the book, she sorta-kindaa witnesses her mother's brutal murder at the hands of soldiers. Fleeing her homestead with a complete stranger and, oddly enough, her goat, she embarks on a journey across most of the established world for no real reason at all.
The goat is perhaps the best example of something obviously, painfully wrong with this mass of tortured prose. Jennsen spends a long time early on in the book lamenting the death of her mother. This changes when she visits D'Hara and leaves the goat *with a sausage vender*, planning to return. When she returns, the goat and the vender are obviously long gone. She then reminds us at least once in every chapter how much she misses her precious, precious GOAT, apparently forgetting all about her mother's death to pine instead over livestock.
Well, some bajillion miles of desert and five hundred pages later, she's stumbling through the desert somewhere around the Pillars of Creation (which, oddly enough, play no role whatsoever in the book except as a setting), and who should show up? Why, the sausage vender! And he's got the goat!
Yes, that's right. A complete stranger she paid to watch her goat followed her trail from one end of Goodkind's world all the way to the other just to return the goat. It's worse than that, though. All the other characters cheap and teleport part of the way. The sausage vender has apparently been walking for months just to return the damned goat.
And, trust me on this one, the rest of the plot isn't much of an improvement. Let's just say that everything that happens is blindingly obvious from inept foreshadowing and long-established fantasy cliches....more info
- A good read
Don't know what all the complaining was about in other reviews...this was better than the last one! I like the story and it develops well adding new facets to the story. Terry did a good job of developing these new characters quickly....more info
- Stop while you can
I was very disappointed with this book when I first started reading it. I think this was because I was expecting another on the main characters. So it took a while for the shock to where off. Once the shock wore off there was some okay writing, but for the most part the book was horrible. Who stops, six books in, and writes about something that plays no bearing on the main storyline? Two brand new characters are introduced and written upon, only to add nothing to the story.
Goodkind truly has fallen off his rocker, leaving us with a series that we regret having started. The first four books were amazing, but after that I can barely stand reading him, only hoping that he stops writing and does us all a favor. If Goodkind can find the way he wrote in the first four books, then perhaps there is a reason to rejoin the series, skipping all the unnecessary books. But even at that I would be hard pressed to look forward to Goodkind. Do yourself a favor and stop reading here, because the rest of the series only gets worse....more info
- As Good As The Rest
I have read many reviews on this book in the Sword of Truth Series and I have found that I disagree with a great many of those reviews. Many perceptions of this book seem to relate to personal expectations, and I think the reason I enjoyed this book so much is because I went into it with no expectations. Actually I found it refreshing, and while it lacked the standard Richard Kahlan touch, it was entertaining, unpredictable and enjoyable. ...more info
- my favorite of the first 7
Personally this was my favorite book of the series. It didn't really focus on Richard and by that I mean he was in like the last two chapters or so. I found this to be a refreshing way to explore more of the world that Mr. Goodkind has created without having to put Richard into yet more danger that he can either evaporate with he's war wizardness or use his infallible reflexes and swordsmanship to destroy. Not to say that this one wasn't as gruesome as the others in fact it was probably the most vulgar book I've ever read. But hey that's part of the appeal of the series even if it is more than slightly scaring. I think that while the series also becomes more... well to be honest preachy it also builds up the excitement of the series. I for one can't wait to read the final book in this series if there is ever one....more info
- Worst of the lot so far
I have a love hate relationship with Goodkind. On the one hand, he is incredibly imaginative and original. On the other hand, he can't write dialog to save his life, and often, he just repeat himself over and over and over and over and over again.
I suspect if I deleted all the repetition, particularly about the stupid knife (Yes, we get it early on Terry) you could cut about two thirds of the book out and not change it at all.
The previous book, Faith of the Fallen (book six), was very good. Another brilliant original twist placing the main character Richard deep in enemy territory, stripped of his magic and his sword, with only his mind to fight back. Excellent. So what happened Terry? How did you go from such brilliance to the pedantic, plodding, mind-numbing pap of book seven?
I found myself skimming through this book. In truth, you can read the first few chapters and probably the last two and get the entirety of the book.
- good book- though a side story
this book was a sort of side story used to intruduce the new charater of richard's sister. people gave it bad reviews because of this but it was worth reading and i liked this side story different from the others. Don't be turned off by other reviews it is a good book, not the best, but good...more info
- You can skip this book... I recommend you do so.
Basically 50 chapters of all new characters. Richard and everyone from previous books do not even enter the book for 50 chapters and are only is a few of that last 10 chapters.
I've started the next book and have decided that this book can be skipped because the only thing you need to know from it is
... SPOILER COMING...
He finds his ungifted sister, Jenson. And she was duped by the order for 50 chapters.
Terry... get on with the story... I was SOOO frustrated by this book. I am starting to think we will never see Richard be a true Wizard... or the Order squashed. Get on with it please.
- If you can't put this book down, check your fingers for glue
This book was a real yawn for me. I was disappointed with it. I'd actually say it deserves about 2.5 stars, so I gave it 2. I'm not going to dignify it with 3 because in my mind it was slightly below OK.
The book was simply boring to me. It took me a very long time to read it because I'd read a bit and then get bored and put it down. It was not a page-turner by any means. I didn't care about the characters at all. The story was predictable. I only got to see a tiny bit of my favorite characters from past books. At first I thought Jennsen and Oba were simply side characters that would tie into the main story "any time now". Eventually I came to realize that they WERE the main story.
I haven't read the next book yet (Naked Empire) but I'm going to go out on a limb here and say you can just skip "The Pillars of Creation" and read the next one ("Naked Empire"). You most likely won't miss anything important. Unless you're up for a rather ho-hum read about new unlikable characters, that's what I suggest you do....more info
- Obviously misunderstood
Though this is not the best in the sword of truth series, it is far from being the horrible flop that seems to be the consensus between the readers who have little vision to look beyond the scope of this book as not being all about richard or not about being able to stand on its own - this is why it is part of a SERIES! Do you think that terry goodkind was going to wrap everything up nice and neat? no! He wants you to read his other books and delve into the lives of all of his characters! (And do it by the way, you won't regret it!) This book provides a nice contrast - and if you acutally take the time to READ this book (rather than be dissatisfied at the beginning and continue to be close minded till the end of the book because their is no Richard/Kahlan) the charcters will begin to grow on you as will
Goodkind's reasoning for taking a break from his Kahlan/Richard emphasis. The best thing about Goodkind's works is the message behind it - and I suspect most of the poor reviews for these books are not because the story is not satisfactory but rather because of his display of his beliefs through out his writing that may be contridictory to some. To me, that is what makes this series (and this book) stick out against some of the others series....more info
- Hoping for more, but not giving up.
I just finished reading this book, and frankly I wasn't overwhelmed. I had never read anything from this author, but I was browsing my local library had heard great things about his work so I was eager to give it a try.
Now that I know some of the background of the series, this story might help those readers that have finished the first six books, but for me it was a tough book to read.
Characters who were well 'fleshed out' suddenly acted totally out of character. The main characters also seemed to be written a little towards a sterotype, one a shelter woman hiding from the world most of her life, and the other a mentally unbalanced man who has given himself over to 'the darkside'.
When the sheltered woman who has never been alone in her life, suddenly bluffs, cons, and tricks the captain of the guard and an elite body guard into releasing a prisioner and avoiding a major person of authority, this is stretching things a little far.
The end felt a little contrived as well. I don't mind a happy ending, but this seemed a little too easy. A burst here, a lightining bolt here, a passionate speach, and suddenly all the threats are gone. The good guys have won, the bad guys are dead or trapped and now it's time to go home.
I really wanted to like this book, but it just rubbed me the wrong way so many times, I couldn't enjoy it. I'm very glad to hear that this is part of a series, and that many who are familar to this series don't see this as one of the better books in the series.
I think I may have to go back to my library and see if I can find the first book and give this author another chance.