I think it's impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves.
-Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."
-Phillip K. Dick

Friday, January 20, 2012

Blood of the Fold by Terry Goodkind

Genre: Fantasy/Magic/Romance

This is the 3rd book in the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. It's about the Blood of the Fold, which basically wants to take over and be rid of magic. Richard, Kahlan, Zedd, Sisters of the Light, as well as Mordsiths and Gars fight against the Imperial Order and the Blood of the Fold so that everyone may remain free from the dreamwalker Jagang, who has taken over the Sisters of the Dark with his own mysterious Dreamwalking powers. The only safety from Jagang's dreamwalking powers is Richard Rahl himself.

Back Cover:
In a fantasy world as rich and real as our own, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell stand against the ancient forces which besiege the New World--forces so terrible that when last they threatened, they could only be withstood by sealing off the Old World from whence they came. Now the barrier has been breached, and the New World is again beset by their evil power.

War, monsters, and treachery plague the world, and only Richard and Kahlan can save it from an armageddon of unimaginable savagery and destruction.

Terry Goodkind, author of the brilliant fantasy bestseller's Wizard's First Rule and Stone of Tears, has created his most masterful epic yet, a sumptuous feast of magic and excitement replete with the wonders of his unique fantasy vision.

I felt this book was rather flat. Not quite as emotional as the first two books in this series were. I felt disappointed until almost the very end when Kahlan finally makes an appearance. Yeah, she's hardly in this book at all until the end. If you're a fan of Kahlan, you might find this book disappointing until near the end.

I did find myself laughing somewhere near the end because of things Kahlan, Cara and Berdine say. They were probably the best parts of the entire book.

We find out more about Gratch as he grows up. Richard himself is obviously growing and is no longer the same character he was originally; which, I guess isn't a bad thing, seeing as there's character development, but the more I get to know him the less I seem to like him. I definitely liked him more in the first 2 books.

I guess it wasn't a terrible book because I did finish it, and that was without to many breaks in between. The story was okay, but seemed to be lacking a certain something. I hope the 4th book in this series is better. If you enjoyed the first 2 books, you may or may not find this book disappointing. It's worth a read, if for nothing more than to lead you to book 4.

Shame on anyone who thinks evil of this.

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