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Soul of the Fire by Terry Goodkind

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Submitted by Edward Clarke
(May 28, 2001)

I think that this book was written with good intentions but suffered from lack of any real depth. This is a major change of pace from the previous books and has no big wars or one-on-one, to-the-death duels but instead concentrates on introducing new characters and cultures. This would have been welcome if not for the fact that after finishing the book I was left thinking "yes....and?". The ending is weak and after reading 300 pages waiting for anything to grab my attention, this was a disappointment. A lot of the major parts of the book were not explained in anywhere near enough detail, ie. Richards discovery and encounter with the chimes in the mountains. And also, how was it that a teenager was able to break in and steal the Sword of Truth? Not D'Haran security at it's best presumably. That said though, I love the rest of the series and am eagerly waiting to read Faith if the Fallen. I'm not saying that writing a book that dealt with the political side was a bad idea but at least when I finished the books with large battles I was left with a clear and vivid picture in my mind about what had happened.

Submitted by Christopher Ware
(May 15, 2001)

If not for the last 200 pages of this book, I would have given it only 3 stars. Goodkind took the first 500 pages of the book to set up the last 200, which I couldn't put down. This seems a little excessive. It probably could have been done in half of that and still been as effective. As usual, however, Mr. Goodkind's writing is very compelling. Even though most of the book was spent on introducing new characters and a new country in the Midlands, it was still a book that was difficult to put down. I just wish more time had been spent with Richard and Kahlan. One other letdown was that the resolution was pretty quick and not explained very well. I just finished it last night...I may have to go back and re-read that part, just so I can understand it better. Goodkind usually does a better job than that. I am just hoping that the next book is back up to his usual level of excellence.

Submitted by SH
(Feb 09, 2001)

Well, well. First of all - may be that was all due to the bad translation (English - Russian). It can be very possible 'cos the situation with the Temple of the winds was awful. For example: sometime the Keeper was translated like a "person who have/rule"- "vladetel", sometime like a "person who keep/like a housekeeper" -"hranitel". Chimes were translated like "bells". That's only a small picture. The thing I want to tell is that Terry Goodkind was and is now, IMHO, looking for his style of writing and mixing the styles. The 1, 2 Rules were 100% fantasy, now he is looking for some political and philosophical ways of telling the story. Not his, for my mind. Secondly - and mainly, it is VERY boring to read a book being sure that it is not for you. I mean that it is a good marketing to tell on every page in the beginning the meaning of the words and names which are absolutely clear for those, who took there time and money to read the previous books of the series. Goodkind is a talented author but not talented enough to, without any losses for the style, tell the reminders from previous 4 foliants in the fifth. It now takes about 1/10 of the book and is spoiling the reading. Still First and Second Wizards Rules are examples of a very talented light fantasy. I'll wait for the Faith of the Fallen :-))

Submitted by Michelle
(Dec 08, 2000)

I laughed, I laughed, I cried maybe a little. It was hilarious. Killer demonic chicken-that-is-not-a-chicken? For a moment, I had to re-read the paragraph introducing the Chimes to make sure I wasn't making something up. It was great, something completely unexpected. Not only is Terry a good writer but he has a sense of humor. (not that it hasn't shown in other books, but it seemed to be more pronounced, like he just decided to have a good time with this book) He still kept the realness in the book, making me gasp when Kahlan became pregnant. I hadn't even seen it coming, I was so distracted by the whole chicken-demon thing :) A great book, as all his others.

Submitted by Shinzo Komichi
(Oct 19, 2000)

Um...What's going on here? I don't understand where people get the idea that Terry Goodkind wrote too much about Fitch and Beata. True, he spent a lot of time on secondary characters; but I'm sure you'll say otherwise if you had thouroughly read the book. I don't know why readers try to rationalize through it. I know, everbody's entitled to their own opinions. I see it like this: This book's is after all in the Science Fiction genre(Yes!Science Fiction!);think of yourself as one who is able to accept anything possible coming his/her way and read the book as a reader.Relax, let yourself go and read...

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