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Chainfire by Terry Goodkind

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AuthorTerry Goodkind
SeriesSword of Truth
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Submitted by Dan 
(Dec 15, 2009)

These books have just gotten worse and worse. I loved the first two... but now I am convinced the publisher pays by the word.

Not only has it become overly preachy, but just silly. The books have gone over the edge and take themselves to seriously, as if TG thinks he is actually putting forth some kind of insightful comments, the Wizard's Rules have become a joke and a cheesy plot gimmick.

I highly recommend this book if you can't sleep, or if you have trouble grasping simple concepts, as things are repeated needlessly.

All in all terrible, and an unfortunate spiral down the tubes for the series of books.

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.

Submitted by Rhea 
(Sep 12, 2006)

Goodkind continues in his downward spiral of butchering what started out as an amazing fantasy series. He DOES remember that he's writing fantasy, doesn't he? The first two books contained magical creatures, far off places, exotic peoples, and a legendary romance of adventurous and endearing love. Then Goodkind became a political commentator, and in Chainfire he seems to forget what the story is all about. He has drawn out this Jagang business for seven books already; enough is enough! Goodkind enjoys having only women surround Richard, as if there is only room in their universe for one male protagonist. He killed off Warren early on, and since then there have only been women worshipping him everywhere he goes. He's smelling Cara's hair and feeling her sweaty neck? Chainfire is all about Nicci? If he wanted to write about her then he should have written a mini novel, such as the one he wrote with a young Zedd and the making of the boundaries. Goodkind is stalling! This book is an agonzingly slow dying breath of the series because Goodkind just can't let it go.

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