|Submitted by odin |
(May 15, 2007)
Terry Goodkind's Chainfire is a masterpiece. All the whining about philosophy and lack of Richard's character developement is ridiculous. The deep, Ayn Rand-esque objectivism philosophy is what gives this classic series the power that it has. Without a complete understanding of Richard's view of life and moral values, this book is nothing but another sappy sword and sorcery phantasy offering, on par with the mindless drivel of piers anthony and l.e modessitt.
In Chainfire, Kahlan has gone missing, and only Richard remembers her. The entier time, even in the back of your mind, you know he'll find her, Goodkind manages to keep your worry elevated. Masterful writing brings us scenes such as the graveyard exhumtion of the mother confessor, and Richard's confrontation with Shota.
Goodkind's Intelligent handling of the mystery's explanation is well done, and is perfected by it's correlation with this book's wizard rule : contradictions cannot exist. Once again, Goodkind's artful use of Philosophy in Fantasy setting gives an already powerful book the extra punch we have come to expect from the Sword of Truth series.
One common complaint regarding this book is it's length. This is untrue. This book is not long enough. This is a serious book. A serious writer writing a serious book cannot be expected to compress his ideas into 150-200 oages merely to cater to the ever shortening attention spans of his loudmouthed minority audience.
To conclude, i say again, This book of a gem. Read this at all costs.