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10 thoughts on “Confessor (Sword of Truth, #11)

  1. says:

    Dear Mr. Goodkind:

    Thank you for putting this series out of its misery. Your desire to expound on black and white morality was okay for a while, got old in Pillars of Creation, and probably earned you death threats after Naked Empire. So, by comparison, the fact that entire pages of dialogue in every scene were dedicated to the same insulting diatribe that we've been subjected to for way too many books shows restraint on your part. One sign that you spent far too much time envisioning yourself as a moral philosopher and not enough as, you know, a writer, was the way you crammed eleven books worth of answers into two hundred pages. And, for answering those questions and leaving very little left undone, you get two stars. I'm happy, I know how it ends. The fact that the end of this series - which started off so promisingly and got so sidetracked by your holier-than-thou stapled on moral statement - was ended in such a hackneyed, deux-ex-machina riddled fashion just means I won't be picking up anything else you write.

    No love,

    me


  2. says:

    At last! We've tied it up! (unless you want to go get the prequel Debt of Bones, I didn't)(Well and unless more books are released later and stumble out into the world like the results of Victor Frankenstein opening up an assembly line). We made it, Kahlan is saved (again) and Mr. Goodkind gets to pontificate seemingly endlessly about his views, beliefs, and the weaknesses and foolishness of anyone who disagrees with him. More of the book is dedicated to his dogma than the story.

    But, I survived, with the help of library audio copies.

    I liked the first few books in this series. When I picked up the first one back around '94 I hadn't read an epic fantasy I liked for a while and was glad to find it. there was a bit of humor and action. We got the "heroic" love story...the young hero hidden away by the old wizard and reared in secret by a foster parent...a magic sword (haven't I read those story elements elsewhere? Oh well). Anyway....

    As the books progressed they began to, fade. First we hit a sort of formula. Richard loves Kahlan, Richard looses Kahlan, Richard and Kahlan will (for some insurmountable magic reason) never be able to be together again, "amazingly" Richard surmounts the insurmountable problem. You can only do this so many times thus the story began to branch out a bit.

    Over time more and more however Mr. Goodkind gave more and more book space to his own ideas and beliefs. More and more his diatribes became a bit, vitriolic. Do you disagree with Mr. Goodkind's view of life and reality? Well, apparently you're an idiot, possibly a malevolent idiot.

    The story here really takes a backseat to the lectures and by the time we get to the end, the climax, the answer to it all Mr. Goodkind is well wound up.

    So, if you agree and so forth, why enjoy.

    Why did I finish the series? I was trapped. I got started with my son and some friends. They were still plowing through them, so with the help of the library I finished, got closure and can now call my life my own again. Well it will be as soon as Brandon Sanderson ties up the Wheel of Time saga...I got trapped in that series to. (Since I wrote this that series to has been tied up...Free at last!) Another one that started out well and sucked me in!

    As you read this if you can stay with the story as Mr. Goodkind ties the threads together (and you almost need a program for that as all the players from the other ten books get called into the action) you'll at least get an end to the story. (view spoiler)


  3. says:

    Not a lot to say about this book. I began reading Terry Goodkind's 'Sword of Truth' epic fantasy a long time ago with the first in the series. I loved it and continued to buy each following one he wrote with great enthusiasm. I read to book six and then moved on to other fantasy books. I was given this one from a friend as I was told it is the last in the series. I found it a disappointing end to a set of books which for me began so well.. Perhaps there are just too many in the series to maintain the same level of interest. The book is almost 700 pages too. I persevered but to be honest I'm glad I am finished.


  4. says:

    So if there was ever any doubt in my mind that Goodkind was using this series as a thin veneer for preaching his personal philosophies on morality and faith vs reason it was instantly expelled on reading this book. I stuck with this series the whole way through and the last few books in particular made me feel betrayed. This series could have been so much more in the hands of an author that could get over his own ideals long enough to write an actual plot there towards the end. Even the ending of the book and the series just seemed like another way to have his characters beat the same freaking ideas into the heads of his readers... again.

    It's one thing for an author to slip his beliefs and ideas into the moral fiber of his characters and introduce it as an element in a story. That's fine, but when entire books in a series are basically dedicated to the characters rambling on and on and on about that moral structure which has been well defined repeatedly it rips you out of the world you're supposed to be experiencing and leaves you wanting to stick your head in a blender. It's not even that I disagree with his philosophies, I actually kind of agree in some ways, I'm just tired of freaking hearing it. I'm so disgusted after the ending of this book that all of the good scenes have faded away and all I can think of now is "Hello God. Please send Jordan back from the dead. I'll trade you Goodkind for him. P.S. I would like to apologize to all of the trees killed to manufacture the last few books in The Sword of Truth series. Thanks."


  5. says:

    It feels weird to have finally finished the original Sword of Truth series. It took me three attempts over the years but I'm delighted I've finally concluded the series and think that on the whole I've had a decent time reading it. It had its flaws but despite them it was still an engaging read most of the time. I think this final SoT instalment was a decent one that ended the series on a high note!

    The SoT series was an early favourite of my teen years and likely one of the fantasy series that helped me fall in love with the genre as a whole. I never did finish SoT back in the day as life got more hectic and I lost track of the series while waiting for the last batch of books to get written and published. I always meant to finish the series though and had an aborted attempt to do so around 2007 or 2008 that ended poorly. I ditched the series after the second or third book as it was not holding my interest and was definitely not living up to the hype of my teen memories. I think that looking back I blame Brilliance Audio for my failed second attempt at SoT. I'd just made the switch to audio and SoT is one of the most abysmally treated series in that medium. The series gets lumbered with multiple different narrators which kills consistency of character interpretation and to make matters worse every single narrator chosen by Brilliance Audio absolutely sucked. It was a disgrace! My second experience with the series was so negative that I was convinced I was done with the series for good. What convinced me to give SoT a third and final go was reading Law of Nines a few years back. I'm not suggesting it was anything special but it was readable and fairly entertaining so that convinced me I should give my old fave a final shot! I'm glad I did as over the course of the last 12 months I've really enjoyed making my way through the whole SoT series. The flaws have been more apparent to me now than they were when I was a teen but, for the most part, they did not hurt my ability to enjoy the series! I rate this as a pretty solid 90s style epic fantasy series. A pity the truly epic in size fantasy series seems to have gone out of fashion a bit as I did love these giant fantasy series.

    This final SoT instalment was a fun one. The penultimate volume of the series, Phantom, was one of the series weaker instalments but this final book avoided (or limited) most of the things that I did not enjoy while reading Phantom and that meant we got a lot more of the stuff that makes SoT a fun read and a lot less of the stuff that annoys me! It had a few repetitive story arcs (pretty much every main character got abducted at one point in this final book in true SoT fashion lol) but avoided the worst of the flaws that killed Phantom a bit. This had a lot less of Richard's preaching and our heroes were mostly fitting against the villains in smaller scale battles so it was easier to root for them since they were not doing anything particularly awful. It is SoT though so some of Goodkind's nonsensical prattling made it into the story. It was the cause of some eye-rolling moments for sure but I honestly believe that we got less of it in this one than we did in the last bunch of SoT books. The stuff we did get mostly came at the end and did not last overly long by SoT standards.

    Richard and Kahlan got most of the focus of the story as one might expect but I felt like the rest of the characters got a decent amount of screen time as well. Nicci was probably the pick of the bunch as she got plenty of POV time. I've quite enjoyed her story arc over the course of the series. Outside of that Goodkind did a decent job of including most of the other characters we have met over the course of the story so everyone got a conclusion of some sort. Even the evil Princess Violet popped up again! I was happy with the way the story wrapped things up for most of the characters.

    This final book did have a few flaws. The first 75%-80% was good but the last part of the book definitely felt a little rushed. The various final conflicts were also a little anticlimactic. Not that one should expect any different as this was a trait that was true about all the SoT books right from the start. Goodkind is great with the set-up and has the ability to tell and engaging tale but he never quite nails the big finale scenes. They always feel very rushed and a tad anticlimactic given all the build up. It is not the outcome of the wrap-up that is at fault, as that is usually quite satisfying, but more the manner of how the big final battles themselves play out. I liked how this story wrapped up the SoT series and thought the end happenings were fairly satisfying but will admit that the final battle against Jagang and the stuff with the Boxes of Orden felt like they just sort of fizzled out rather than being anything that was truly exciting and epic. I cannot complain too much though as I feel like the post-final battle conclusion we did get was a good one and I'm happy with the way the series as a whole has ended. I've had a lot of authors botch the endings to their series over the years so I'm glad this series went out in a satisfying fashion!

    All in all I was happy with this final SoT story! I might pick up the sequel series at some point if I can rustle up the enthusiasm to suffer through a return to the Brilliance Audio version of the audio's but I'll take a break for a bit for sure.

    Rating: 4.5 stars.

    Audio Note: I've went with the N.L.B versions of the SoT series for this whole reread and Nick Sullivan has been fantastic with them from start to finish. He really breathed life into the story and was fantastic with the character voices. A truly great performance.

    The commercial version of Confessor was narrated by Sam Tsoutsouvas. I did not even bother to give this one a go despite the fact that I do actually own it. Sam Tsoutsouvas is a monotonous bore and his lifeless performances of the story makes it all seem like such a chore to listen to. Brilliance Audio should be ashamed of themselves for their consistently shitty treatment of the SoT audio productions.


  6. says:

    Finally finished the Sword of Truth series!

    So was it good? Was it more of the same? Was it kinda heavy-handed with the philosophy? Yes! To all of the above!

    No, honestly, it was rather interesting, even with all the super-bloody-football games and the neverending chatterbox about life-affirming actions, trips to the underworld, tons of research and magical theory, and a war, another war, a siege, and a ginormous army getting ready to consume the last remnants of the logical and the reasonable.

    In other words, it's an epic fantasy with an agenda. And you know what? I still don't mind the agenda. Ayn Rand lives on. :) And despite all the long-winded stuff, there was so much action, tension, reveals, and massive successes and failures to fill a book twice as large. And this was a large book. :)

    I'm happy I finished. I don't care what anyone else says. :)


  7. says:

    A Review of Confessor by Terry Goodkind

    Rating: Five stars

    Edition: Hardcover

    Genre: Fantasy

    Wow! I don't believe it's all over! I finished this book in two days and lost a little sleep finishing it up last night, but it was well worth it. I'm a huge fan of Terry Goodkind and the Sword of Truth series. I've really enjoyed following Richard and Kahlan throughout the series.

    For the most part, everything tied together with the first book, although some parts could have been edited out. My husband didn't like most of the middle with Richard and the game. But I told him he's silly because I liked it. It was like in Final Fantasy X when you stop the whole game just to play some Blitzball...doesn't really move the plot, but it's just so darned cool. And the ending was nice. Yay! Richard and Kahlan are so cute. My husband can tell you, I get distressed when they are apart, which means I was distressed for the last two or so years. I had to go back to some of the earlier books to not flip out.

    Oh, and Gratch was back in the story, which made me smile. I actually stopped reading and jumped up and down. Okay, you can tell I'm a Goodkind geek.


  8. says:

    The culmination of years of mediocrity and bland repetition. TOR Fantasy has sunk to a low level indeed, in agreeing to bank on the latter half of this dismal series. I don't know what happened to Terry Goodkind over the years, but whatever afflictions lay at the heart of his deteriorating talent as a storyteller and wordsmith, I will never again pick up another book he writes. For the record... Wizard's First Rule was Brilliant - I'll never dispute that. But I am glad that this snake-oil roadshow has finally ground down to its anti-climactic end.


  9. says:

    Richard: Don't you see!!?? Reverse inversion of the psuedo-chainfire , while simultaneously transposing elementary quasi-tokens. Yes!!!!

    Cara: So its like, We give em money for omelettes?

    Richard : Yes cara, hah hah hah you silly mordsith, you seem to understand the principles involved, but your way of putting it really makes me chuckle.There is more to it, but no time, gotta trot.To the silph mobile!!!


    also

    Richard Travels to the underworld-------Trip was success
    Richard: By skipping the description of events I have got way more time to chat to you guys about this philosophy of which I heard.


    Goodkind keeps those plot twists coming, has you on your toes and it was a quite um spellbinding.

    It is humorous how he sets up a parallel world which could easily be the origin of our earth, while also getting in a quick one-two on christianity.

    At least I got closure, and it is good to see an author devote a bit of time to events after the final battle. Makes one feel more satisfied with the end of an 11 book saga.

    Torn between 2 or 3 stars, the book was bad but I enjoyed it...







  10. says:

    The journey has ended. The quest is over. The last page has been turned. Yes, that's right, 161 days and 8,432 pages later, I have completed Richard and Kahlan's legacy. Back in January, I wrote a book review for Wizard's First Rule and, now that the series is over, I thought it only fitting to write a review for the final installment: Confessor.

    Sword of Truth Series: Confessor

    Confessor is the end of a three-part finale (Chainfire, Phantom, Confessor), which is a mini story amid the gigantic series. In Chainfire, Richard wakes up from an injury with Kahlan gone and her existence erased from everyone's memory. Since then, Richard has been racing to get Kahlan back, reverse the spell, AND save the world. As the finale unfolds, Kahlan (without her memory), Richard (without his magic), and Nicci are all captured by Jagang in different parts of the enemy camp and Jagang with the Sisters of the Dark have the Boxes of Orden. Here, the characters' individual strength and nobility shine even amidst unimaginable defeat. The plot line provided the author a unique opportunity to show Richard and Kahlan falling in love all over again, without ever having the luxury of a proper conversation. It explored what it means for Kahlan to be an individual apart from her upbringing, memories, duties, or past. The reader reaffirms that her intelligence, reason, convictions and abilities are her own and that our faith in her and in her love for Richard is justified. Exploring this side of Kahlan was the perfect move. While it was always easy to love Kahlan, because we see her through Richard's eyes, these final installments gave us a glimpse of how truly remarkable she is. When getting to know her in Wizard's First Rule, Kahlan was constantly bound by duty, prophesy, and her responsibility as a Confessor. It becomes very difficult to separate what she is doing because of her own convictions and what she is doing for the sake of the quest (think of the moment she was giving Richard away to marry another at the Mud People's village). Also, she always had her title and authority to back her up. Now, she is stripped of everything, not responsible for anyone but herself, and yet she manages to successfully fight for the innocent (Jillian) and triumph over evil (even in just small ways). Most remarkably, the series came back to Kahlan as the central figure (I have said this from day one but feel free to argue this point, my sister adamantly disagrees). It seems fitting that, while is was she that came searching for Richard in Book 1, Richard needs to find her in the end in order to save the world.

    The eleven book series comes full circle in Confessor, paralleling the story from Wizard's First Rule and resolving all the conflicts we have encountered until now. It is truly a remarkable accomplishment considering that Richard was able to solve all the problems--the Imperial Order, the prestinely ungifted, the taint of the chimes, the sisters of the dark, and Kahlan's lost memory--all in one swoop. That is not to say that this resolution was too quick or underdeveloped. On the contrary, Goodkind has been setting us up for this finale since day one. Reflecting most on the first book of the series, the reader learns that the plot for Wizard's First Rule was a miniature mock up of the events concluding the series. The plot came down to the Boxes of Orden and the Sword of Truth, but now that Richard and the readers have matured, the plot is revealed anew.

    Ultimately, it is the growth that Richard and the readers have developed along the way that makes this finale epic and appropriate. Since Wizard's First Rule, the series has evolved exponentially, and what was once a simple struggle against a tyrant became a battle between worldviews and a complex lesson in magic. The final moments reveal that the story was always about the Boxes of Orden, a struggle that was introduced in Book 1 but was never fully resolved. In fact, it was this struggle that was falsely resolved but ended up spawning the rift in the veil, awakening Richard's powers, and eventually unraveling the entire world. It is appropriate that the battle come back to this moment because over the course of 11 books, Richard has taught us the value of life. The lessons learned created a rock-solid philosophy valuing life and the Boxes --the magic of life-- are the key to preserving that life and resolving the conflict. The final cherry on top was Sword of Truth being the key to the Boxes of Orden. Until Nicci discovers that Richard memorized a false copy of the Book of Counted Shadows in Phantom, the reader went 9 books thinking this was the key to opening the Boxes. But giving even more meaning to the series title, the Sword was the true key to the Boxes. A weapon of death was the key to the magic of life, emphasizing that life and death are always in balance.


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