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Soul of the Fire by Terry Goodkind

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Submitted by
(Apr 25, 2000)

I am another of Terry Goodkind's fans and a willing Science Fiction author myself (not a pro - just a hobby). A lot of people critise the work of this 5th book. I must say that there were no 'repeats' of the same type of story line in the book and the whole book is totally new and inventive.

There was only one low point in the book and that was the fact that Beata and Fitch were talked about in the book a little bit too much. Yes it is good that you get to see the culture of the people of Anderith and some of the characters - like how Fitch went on to steal the Sword of Truth but if he did not consistently talk about these mere small characters I would have given it 10/10 but with this inclusion it's down to about 8.

This book was not my favorite tho - Temple of the Winds and Wizards First rule really does have the best inventions but still this one is still a great quality book.

I can't wait for the 6th book - Faith of the Fallen!

Submitted by Lord Snarg
(Apr 14, 2000)

I like Terry Goodkind, much as a addict enjoys herion: just enough to keep making the same mistake.  Admittedly, Goodkind does alot of things right.  Unfortunatly, he has violated several of the writer's rules.  Rule one, just because people like a story, doesn't mean they like it published under 5 different titles and passed off as a series.  Rule 2, just because your publisher wants aomething on his desk "now", does not mean it doesn't have to be an actual book.  Rule 3, while writing is a writer's source of income it should not be treated as such, and rather, as art.  Rule 4(which is less self explainitory), minimize the amount of unnessary text.  (I would add a rule 5 but I am only doing a rule for every actual 'book' in the 'series'.)
Soul of the Fire, could have been completely cut from the "series."  It progresses the story in only 3 insignifigant ways.  One, Richard finally got some.  Two, the Imperial Order's main force is on the move.  And three, it reinforces Kahlan's naivity concerning the need for guards.  So what?  To tell the truth, I still would have shot up book five had I known this before.
The worst part of the book though, was Anderith, specifically Fitch.  Both Fitch and Beata could have been cut, as well.  Refer to rule 4.  I ask, did Fitch come to some understanding?  Was some moral offered?  Did he serve any purpose?  No, on all counts(and that goes for Beata too.)  The only reason I don't curse the time this book wasted me to a greated extent, is Dalton Campbell.  His twisted morals are the same kind that have attracted reader's to Gerald Tarrant and Rastilin.  Unfortunatly, his character was explored just as much as was neccassary and his was just a 'one book then throw away character' anyways.  Our esteemed Richard Rahl, or Cipher, or why not, Zul'ander's presence in this novel was limited to translating a few pages from a diary that was laid in his lap.  Solving to newest world ending threat that baffled mages of untold power was simply drawning a picture, that every Wizard knows, backwards.  So much for 'creating your own universe' and artistic magic or what not.  Give me a break.  He managed to empty a lake, and it wasn't even him who actually did it, what a hero. 
Finally, this series is getting repetitive.  Goodkind should take some advice from Jordan and have a hero that actually does something or at least progresses from book to book towards concluding the plot.  Goodkind fans beware: this 'series' could go on for a long time to come, as long as, Goodkind can come up with more over used conflicts and ways to end the world in every book.

Submitted by
(Apr 04, 2000)

This the fifth book of the "Sword of Truth"
series was a real good book after you get
through all the stuff about Dalton Cambell
and Bertrand Chamboor which was really a
boring part of the book and the first part
I have been bored at in the whole series.
Like I said if you get past the boring part
it gets interesting and thats when I was pulled
into it.  This book was in my opinion kind of
unpredictable every time I thought I had a way
to stop the chimes it was the complete opposite.

Submitted by Markus Tuppurainen
(Feb 21, 2000)

This book started as well as any other in the 'Sword of Truth' -series, but because of the slightly
strange structuring I soon had to "force feed" myself with the book. The main characters and all the
things that made them interesting were just set aside and a whole new lot of new uninteresting
characters were introduced. Coming to the end of the book Goodkind managed to build some sort of
excitement for future conflict, but all of that was quickly lost as it became evident that all the
long awaited sequences would be skipped with only a few lines, and the new characters end up
becoming useless cannon fodder in the crossfire of disappointment and frustration! I've heard
there is a sixth book on the way, and I hope that Richard and Kahlan finally get their act together
and start doing what they do best, kicking some butt!

Submitted by Matthew Everitt
(Feb 08, 2000)

I loved Wizard's First Rule. True, it had the same characters as about every other fantasy in the world--the handsome, humble hero, the strong but vulnerable heroine, the Merlinesque Wizard, the evil bad guy who turns out to be the hero's father, the hero's cool friend. Sounds like Star Wars and King Arthur and every other fantasy out there, and it borrowed heavily from Robert Jordan, no matter what Terry Goodkind claims. But I loved it anyway, because despite the wooden characters and the unpolished language you could feel the excitement as Goodkind told his story. It had some rather creepy S&M scenes, which I admit I skipped. But I loved it, and recommended it to people. I really liked STONE OF TEARS, the second book, too, though by then his use of dominant sex was making me a little ill.

Now, after being consistently disppointed since book 2, I find myself unwilling to read any more of these books. SOUL OF THE FIRE, book 5, has to be one of the dumbest, most pointless books I've ever read. I know Goodkind had to vent his spleen about Bill and Hillary Clinton, but did he have to make the rest of us suffer? The fact is, no matter what his fans say, Terry Goodkind is as bored with this story as I am, and he is making us read the same stuff over and over again.

I just got hold of the spring/summer fall catalog, in which FAITH OF THE FALLEN, book 6, is the big promotion. I read the synopsis of the plot, and was sure there was a mistake, and that they had accidentally used the one for STONE OF TEARS. Richard and Kahlan again are separated, struggling for "the freedom of the world." Richard is once again captured, this time by a Sister of the Dark, and Kahlan, for whom he sacrifices everything so that she will be free, betrays him and violates "her oath to Richard and a Prophecy" by raising an army. They will once again be "tested in their love."

Isn't anybody else sick of this? When will these characters ever get a clue? Will Richard ever get to kick some ass, since he is the Lord Rahl, Mighty War Wizard? Will Kahlan ever stop being the ultimate betraying, whining brat? Not as long as people keep worshipping this stuff. I for one will not pay another red cent to encourage Goodkind to repeat his worn out plots at the expense of a bunch of devoted fans. I will wait for Winter's Heart, and finish out with some of the better, newer writers who don't recycle the same crap over and over again.

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