Naked Empire by Terry Goodkind
I completely adored the whole Sword of Truth series and have read the first six books several times but Naked Empire is one that I doubt will spend much more time off my shelf.
The fabulous thing about Goodkind is his ability to combine excitement and story telling magic with the serious questions and theories of humanity and civilisation. However, this book swings totally to that one side, becoming almost religious, oppressive and do I dare say it, boring.
I found myself waiting, yearning for some of the thrills of Wizard's First Rule and the character interaction and drama of Temple of the Winds. In Naked Empire Goodkind lost that all important sense of balance that makes a good read. I am sad to say that I was glad when I had finally finished this book.
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I will have to admit that I was also loosing my faith in Mr. Goodkind with the last book, The Pillars of Creation, but I still went out and bought Naked Empire. I was totally amazed. If you like the Sword of Truth Series especially the first 2 books, than you will totally love this one. This one had all the key elements in it. I was happy, worried, cried, and excited in different parts of the book. This book was one of the best ones Mr. Goodkind has done, it has almost outdone the Wizard's First Rule and that to me is very hard to do. I don't want to give away any of the plot or any of the characters that are involved, but if you have kept up with the series, then I can say this, you will know everything that is going on. I just finished and now want to start reading the series over again just to get to the last book. My hat is off to Mr. Goodkind, and if I could talk to the man, I would tell him to keep it up. Keep up with what you did in this book. I really like it. Thank you.