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 Lauren 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.
With winter descending and the paralyzing dread of an army of annihilation occupying their homeland, Richard Rahl and his wife Kahlan must venture deep into a strange and desolate land. Their quest turns to terror when they find themselves the helpless prey of a tireless hunter.
Meanwhile, Lauren finds herself drawn into the center of a struggle for conquest and revenge. Worse yet, she finds her will seized by forces more abhorrent than anything she ever envisioned. Only then does she come to realize that the voices were real.
Staggered by loss and increasingly isolated, Richard and Kahlan must stop the relentless, unearthly threat which has come out of the darkest night of the human soul. To do so, Richard will be called upon to face the demons stalking among the Pillars of Creation.
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Fantasy bestseller Goodkind brings his usual strong sense of place and distinct characterization to his seventh sprawling novel in the popular Sword of Truth series, though the action, too often discussed rather than shown, takes a while to warm up. The struggle continues between the New World's Seeker of Truth, Lord Richard Rahl, and the Old World's totalitarian leader, Emperor Jagang "the Just," against the dry and barren beauty of the desert landscape. After deposing his father, old Lord Rahl, Richard lingers in the background at his immense fortress. Meanwhile, battling for power are the bastards that old Rahl has also sired, notably Richard's oafish lout of a half-brother, Oba, who tries to murder his way to the throne. Taking center stage is the vengeful Jennsen, who wants to kill Richard because she blames him for her mother's murder. Of course, Richard isn't the villain she takes him for, though Jennsen is slow to catch on. Amid the interminable sword-and-sorcery in the tradition of Robert E. Howard (Howard would have especially appreciated the huge serpent with which Oba and Jennsen contend), the author spouts his familiar political pieties. Lip service may be paid to public good, but passion arises only in scenes of violence. For all its clumsy exposition, unlikely coincidences and feeble attempts at humor, this latest installment, with its striking jacket art showing a beautiful desert landscape, is as certain to please Goodkind's legions of fans as previous books in the series.
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So far i love this story. The character are great the description of everything really paints a picture in your mind. Great story that really drags you with it.
Amazing story, well worth the read.
At first I was skeptical about this book knowing that Richard and Kahlan weren't in it until the very end, but Goodkind managed to make it work. I fell in love with Jennsen and her whole story. The whole book was intoxicating and the end of the book left me in tears and smiling like a mad woman for hours after.
Misguided Deviation into Unnecessary Character
I absolutely love the Sword of Truth series but the Pillars of Creation is the only book within the series that I did not enjoy. The storyline is based on Richard's sister, a supremely ungifted person that cannot be affected by magic. While Jensen ends up being an important character in later books, I cannot understand why an entire book was dedicated to her story. Everything we need to know about Jensen could have been introduced into other books in a chapter or two the way Rachel was in Book 1: Wizard's First Rule.
In this series we've come to love Richard, Kahlan, Zedd, and Cara and theirs is the story we wanted to read about—not Jensen. It’s as if Book 4 of the Harry Potter series has suddenly been about Madam Rosmerta and the Three Broomsticks instead of Harry and the Goblet of Fire. It just doesn’t make sense.