Terry Goodkind returns to the lives of Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell—in The Third Kingdom, the direct sequel to his #1 New York Times bestseller The Omen Machine.
Richard saw the point of a sword blade sticking out from between the man's shoulder blades. He spun back toward Richard after throwing the woman out the opening, ready to attack. It seemed impossible, but the man looked unaffected by the blade that had impaled him through the chest.
It was then, in the weak light from the fire pit off to the side, that Richard got his first good look at the killer.
Three knives were buried up to their brass cross-guards in the man's chest. Only the handles were showing. Richard saw, too, the broken end of a sword blade jutting out from the center of the man's chest. The point of that same blade stuck out from the man's back.
Richard recognized the knife handles. All three were the style carried by the men of the First File.
He looked from those blades that should have killed the big man, up into his face.
That was when he realized the true horror of the situation, and the reason for the unbearable stench of death.
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Let down again
Terry has such potential. His first few books were so amazing. This is more of the same crap he has been puking out since The Pillars of Creation. He should focus more on the story progression, and MUCH less on his life philosophy. We get it, we understand how you think. You don't need to spend 10 pages constantly reiterating 1 concept. We figured out how you thought many, many, many books ago. Stop wasting our time and money, and be the storyteller we know you can be. I don't want to have to skim though 35% of your books anymore. It makes me sick.
I should state right away that my review is bias in favor of the series. However, as a loyal reader, I do need to state the truth as I see it regardless of bias. The redundancy of the repeating of the redundantly repeating redundant way of conversing are bearable. The issue I have is that when Terry goes into his 'philosophical explanation mode' which a lot of characters seem to do, it ultimately sounds like the same person. Idk, perhaps he should take a few acting classes or something to help separate characters and to gain them a bit more diversity and depth. I'm rather unimpressed with the Shun-Tuk. If the hoard of the Old World couldn't breach the People's Palace with it's siege, then how are these simplistic rag-tag unarmed savages going to storm the castle. Undead catacombs from within? The only way is for the author to manifest a weak D'Haran defense and take these elite warriors in their capitol city off guard. Unlikely. I hope it's palatable, because I'm having a hard time fearing these savages. Nicci can cast subtractive lightning and Zed wizard's fire. It was never explained why they couldn't get their gift to work initially. Perhaps a temporary complication from healing those with the touch of death? How should I know? I'm forced to speculate. If you're going to take down battle hardened main characters I expect a little more insight and perhaps a better enemy. All that was needed to add was an occult gifted half person blocking Zed and Nicci somehow. What kept those two from using their gift under capture? I feel guilty now because I enjoy every scrap from these series and I don't like to complain or point faults. It's much better than my non-existent series. Richard and I actually think a lot alike and we have very similar characteristics. I am grateful for this series and it was an enjoyable read. I have a unique ability to overlook perceived flaws and focus on the rest.
The 3rd kingdom
I love these books, but the constant repetition of facts we already know was driving me crazy! I understand a summary at the beginning, but all throughout? It was like reading a book written for morons.