Soul of the Fire by Terry Goodkind

  (115 ratings)

A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z

Book Information  
AuthorTerry Goodkind
TitleSoul of the Fire
SeriesSword of Truth
Book Reviews / Comments (submitted by readers)
Submitted by Daniel 
(Oct 05, 2006)

'Soul of the fire' takes a very different path to that of Goodkind's other novels in the series. His ability to create such a diverse book is what makes them so hard to put down. After every chapter you wonder what story will he switch to next, will it be Kahlan and Richard cursing over the annoyance of Du chaillu and the D'Haran army not allowing them the space or freedom to express their love or will it be Dalton Campbell weaving more of his webs, no matter how slow moving the novel may be, it still leaves you wanting to know more.

Terry takes us to a new place in the midlands 'Anderith' an ancient city with history that can only be explained in the way Goodkind did it. He had to lay the foundations of the Ander/Haken history in order for us as readers to understand the reasoning behind things. Take Beata and Fitch for example. Terry is able to make us feel for both of the red headed Hakens and how they have been molded by the lies of the Anderith people. By delving deep into each character's feelings he brings the reader closer to the character and in Fitchís case when he steals the sword of truth we feel for his reasoning behind things because we know it to be stupid and dumb. The thing is if Goodkind did not explain in depth some of the characters we wouldn't become attached as you do.

I found it quite funny how Terry really annoyed me in this book and I bet he knew himself that it would annoy the readers as well. The characters of Bertrand Chanboor, Hildemara Chanboor, Stein and Dalton Campbell are truly and simply the most annoying characters in the book. Of course the whole way through you believe that they will get whatís coming to them, but terry makes sure that it is not until right at the end of the novel. It is sick and twisted the way that they deceive and try to control everything, as a reader you just wish Richard would walk in their and just tear them apart.

That brings me to the most frustrating factor within the novel. RICHARD NOT HAVING THE SWORD OF TRUTH!!!!!! AT ALL. Throughout each novel Richard was able to fall back on the sword of truth, he used it many times to thwart evil, but in this novel he did not even have it at all, so there was no comfort to the reader that Richard was going to be able to use the sword of truth to solve the problem.

I must admit that the beautiful Kahlan Amnell Rahl nearly brought a tear to my eye when she was absolutely destroyed by those dirty Hakens, Terry knew that this would really play with the emotions of the reader, but I believe he wasn't able to use this to great effect. Everything happened to fast, funny thought actually. why is it that when the novel is going slow you want it to go fast, but when the novel goes fast you want it to go slow, something I believe many people can relate to. Richard rushed off to stop the Chimes and then he was back again in an instant, so although it was great by Terry to introduce Kahlans baby and her brutal attack, it just lacked that extra bit of spice.

Although this book may not rate in the best of the 5 it didn't disappoint. People have said that it lacked action and that astounds me. Don't any of you readers recall.......JUNI being killed, the chicken that was not a chicken pecking his eyes out and Kahlan locked in the house of the dead with it. That was pretty scary. Former Prelate Anne being betrayed by the sisters of the light and then being saved by a sister of the dark. Very ironic. Beata being raped by Stein and Betrand, Franco Gowenlock having her scalp cut off and burned at the stake. Fitch having his brains splattered all over Beata, Morley being absolutely mauled by Cara. Dalton Campbell slaying stein and cutting off his scalp. The chimes murdering people left right and centre. The book did not lack action in much the same way as it did not lack belief, where it failed was with the banishing of the chimes. As a reader I failed to understand that, as the blurb had written "Beware the Chimes, and if need be great, draw for yourself thrice on the barren earth, in sand and salt and blood, a Fatal grace...." did that have any relevance to what Richard did? As a matter of fact that whole part was hard to contemplate, yes their was some understanding but the way it was portrayed I must admit struggled. And Iím still intrigued; did Dalton Campbell actually grow a conscience? I mean he was real evil and reeled in his webs by having people killed. He killed the sovereign tries to have Kahlan killed and then the next minute says hey Richard here's your sword of truth I just infected everyone with a disease and now Iím going off to die! I was really misunderstood with Daltonís persona and that frustrated me.

I have faith in Terry Goodkind and believe he can keep on producing great novels. I look forward to reading faith of the fallen and seeing what Kahlan and Richard have in store for themselves.

Submitted by Kyla 
(Apr 18, 2004)

*** SPOILERS ***
I recently finished reading 'Soul of the Fire', and I must say that this book was quite different in its fashion than any of the other 'Sword of Truth' books I've read. Not at all to say that I'm not pleased with the outcome of this book; the ending was resounding and left me hanging off the edge of my seat. I am thoroughly anticipating 'Faith of the Fallen', for many answers to the characters' predicaments remain unsolved.
I found the plot of this novel inextricably wound, there were many unseen twists and turns taken that I most definitely did not expect. Zedd taking the form of a raven after he offered his soul to the chimes, for instance, and dropping off Joseph Ander's journey book to Richard gave me a gleam of hope in a dismal situation. In the case of Fitch stealing the Sword of Truth from the Wizard's Keep, the whole plot within that incident itself absolutely astounded me. With Fitch being chased by Cara all the way to Anderith, then having the Sword eventually falling into the hands of Stein, and of course how Dalton subtly and unexpectedly returned it to Richard, just went to show how wonderfully thought out Goodkind is with his plots and sub-plots.
I also found in this book Goodkind spends more time introducing many new characters who play small parts out in the story. For example, of course, Fitch and Beata. You grow to love these two characters, and yet hate them for how they ignorantly stand against Richard and Kahlan and their cause. The same goes for the Anders and Hakens-and I did find the relationship between the two races quite intriguing. The arrogant, devious Anders, and the naive, submissive Hakens make up a society that this novel largely focusses on.
Of course, you can't talk about 'Soul of the Fire' without mentioning Dalton Campbell. I myself grew to love this character, yet at the same time was completely bewildered at some of the actions he carried out. He was a determined, clever, and devious character, but through and through, he did prove to be a good guy underneath it all.
Many people do say this book is very slow moving, although I have to say I do agree that in the middle of the book when Goodkind really starts to elaborate on the background of the Hakens and Anders, Beata and Fitch, Dalton and Bertrand Chanboor, it does move along progressively slower than most of Goodkind's books. Although this was needed, the background information was needed for the reader to fully understand why the Anders believed what they did-and of course, the opportunity to introduce vital new characters.
My favorite parts, of course, were incidents concerning Richard and Kahlan, and naturally, Zedd. Throughout the five books I have read, I find myself quite attached to these main characters, and Richard's and Kahlan's constant struggle to remain together despite all they've been through is what I find a very interesting element of this series.
I do hope that the next few books in the 'Sword of Truth' series prove to be as rewarding as the first five, although I'm sure they will be nonetheless. Richard's struggle against the Imperial Order and all other of the Keeper's minions will no doubt continue on, and the hopeful birth of a child for Kahlan someday should be interesting. Twists such as the demon chicken at the beginning of this book were also appealing to the aspect of humor in this series, and I hope to see that shown in Goodkind's other novels.
Lastly, I would like to say that I appreciate Mr. Goodkind's wondrous novels, and I can't wait to read his next books.

Submitted by James Rigby 
(Apr 05, 2004)

The book started pretty slow reintroducing the characters, as well as events which followed on from the last book. After a while though, you soon become immersed in the universe which is so familiar to readers of the series. New characters are introduced presenting mini storylines which run in conjunction with the main storyline, before joining up at the end, to create a grand finale.

The minor characters of the book have been described, with a much greater depth than the pervious novels of the series, which adds to the fluidity of the story, and enables you to come to know the characters on a more personal basis. This emphasizes the ability Goodkind has to build up the readers feelings towards characters. This story is unlike any Goodkind has written before, as it delves deep, into the social background of one of the many cultures from the world he has created. Racial prejudice, and inequalities, are all explored here, mimicking real-life issues that still remain in countries today.

Those who expect a truly action-packed book may be disappointed with the lack of intensity presented, but those who delve a little deeper, will find out a little more about the world in which they have been reading about, in the last 4 books.

The only downside to the book is in the ending. From the last couple of chapters to the end, the whole storyline is unraveled in a way which may make you feel a little cheated. Despite this, a swift ending is a common feature in all of his books, which gives the ending an adrenaline-pumped finish, and will no doubt leave you more than satisfied.

Dismiss any negative comments, if you're a fan of the series, and willing to expand on the world Goodkind has already created. Pick this up.

Next Page

Page - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7

Sponsor ads