This novel is about a struggle to overcome oppression and to strive for human excellence and life. Richard, the main character, is extorted into coming to the enemy's capitol. There, an even more degraded form of communism holds sway. The inhabitants have no reason to live and many are corrupted by the system, outwardly claiming its ideals but inwardly completely twisting them. It is his captors intent to distill Richard's goodness into apathy which she believes is a way of life. Richard, Seeker of Truth, Lord of the extended D'Hara, War Wizard and mate to the Mother Confessor has a problem on his hands.
The review of this Book prepared by David Jace
Kahlan is badly wounded and taken by Richard to the mountains to recover when Nikki comes to take Richard away from Kahlan to the land where the Imperial Order started, their sworn enemies. Nikki binds Kahlan to herself to force Richard to do her bidding by a spell, where Kahlan can feel what Nikki feels. Richard goes to stop Kahlan from getting hurt. Kahlan then takes up the fight against Emperor Jagang's army which is trying to take over the world and rid it of magic. Richard lives in a communist style society where freedom isn't freedom and the poor get poorer and there is no justice for anyone except those with power. Richard starts to change the lives of those around him and eventually by producing a stunning piece of art changes the opinions of those around him.
The review of this Book prepared by Frances Atkinson
Richard is captured and enslaved by a former agent of the Imperial Order, and his wife Kahlan goes to war against the Order. She leaves the war to find him, he wins over his captor, and they meet up in the capital city of the Order.
The review of this Book prepared by Andy kippenhan
A brilliant book about moral values where Richard has to make a choice between the life of Kahlan, his loved one, or his duty of leading his people in a time of war.
The review of this Book prepared by A Johnson & D Smith
Richard is disllusioned with ruling his vast empire and decides to abandon it and his fight against evil imperial order and take ailing Kahlan into the wilderness. Our favorite fantasy couple's happiness is short-lived when Nicci, a young woman from Richard's part and now a sorceress in league with evil emperor Jajang puts a spell upon Kahlan linking their lives together and threatening to kill Kahlan unless Richard leaves his wife and comes with her! She takes Richard deep into the territory of the imperial order seeking to bend his will toward her see the error of his ways in fighting Jajang's righteous cause! Kahlan's bitter toward losing Richard takes up the cause of the Dharan empire in the battle against the Imperial order.
What makes this novel so compelling is Goodkind's world-building skills as he takes us and Richard deep into the Imperial Order, a brutal communist-style regime where freedom and indivuality are crushed.Before We only saw the armies of the imperial order now we see the people who suffer under the tyranny.Richard becomes a symbol for the people to gain their freedom against their oppressors in creating a stature that symbolizes the nobility of the human spirit in face of tyranny. This novel also has sweeping battle scenes as Kahlan with the help of Cara rallies the outnumbered Dharan soldiers face millions of imperial order warriors. You watch as Kahlan commit shocking actions in defense of her homeland and her rage against imperial order! Kahlan is the most compelling heroine to ever grace a fantasy series and you do not want her as an enemy! One of the things I love about this series is the love affair between Richard and Kahlan. You almost can feel the heartbreak as Richard must leave his wife that he loves to save her life from Nicci's terrible spell.They are the most romantic couple in fantasy genre. Once again my faith in Goodkind hasn't fallen but soared as he takes us into Richard and Kahlan's unforgettable world of magic,romance,conflict and sorrow!
The review of this Book prepared by Rodney Powell
Kahlan and Richard are finally together, when a sister of the dark takes him away. Kahlan and Cara help the army while Richard works on a way to defeat the Imperial Order from within it.
The review of this Book prepared by Mimi
Two lovers are separated and each must face and survive their present situations. The main character changes people's beliefs while rediscovering his own purpose.
The review of this Book prepared by Jan Skritek
If you are a fan of Goodkind, and the Sword Of Truth. This is a wonderful addition! This survey really doesn't let me go into the right amount of detail. Quite possibly THE BEST fantasy book I've ever read
The review of this Book prepared by Joseph Ward