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THE THIRD KINGDOM
Reviewed by
Andrew Bistak
on
THE THIRD KINGDOM Review. Goodkind is back in form and if you're a fan of the Sword of Truth series than I would happily recommend this novel to you.
Rating:
4.5
THE THIRD KINGDOM
Terry Goodkind
 

Review Information

Reviewer: Andrew Bistak
Review Date: Sep 2013

Book Information

Publisher: Harper Collins
RRP: $29.95

8.9

out of 10

THE THIRD KINGDOM is the latest Richard and Kahlan novel by author Terry Goodkind who returns readers to the wondrous and dangerous lives of the Seeker and the Mother Confessor as they are drawn back into a darkness that threatens their world. The novel also continues from the previous book, THE OMEN MACHINE and begins with a devastating attack on Richard and his consorts by a group of soulless men after they were tainted by death during the defeat of the Hedge Maid Jit. Weakened and almost dead, Richard awakes to find these men talking about cannibalism that forces him to draw upon the powers of the Sword of Truth.

Fortunately for Richard and the comatosed Kahlan, they are rescued by a group of local villagers who take them back to their secluded city in The Dark Lands. As the Seeker, it is here that Richard pieces together the events of the attack and that with the help of a young sorcereress named Samantha, he learns that he has been tainted by the Hedge Maid and he now walks between two worlds of life and death. It is here where Richard discovers a message left by Merritt and Magda Searus, the First Confessor (See The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus 2012) that he has been given the task of ending prophecy and must venture into the Third Kingdom to not only face an ancient evil but also that of Lord Arc, a powerful necromancer who threatens the very foundations of their world.

Terry Goodkind returns to the world of Richard and Kahlan in a very powerful way in THE THIRD KINGDOM and unfortunately for our two protagonists, the journey ahead of them is riddled with uncertainty and death. Initially the story is a little slow to start but Goodkind is building the momentum of the story and linking it back to his e-book and audio book, The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus. In actual fact, this novel could be considered a sequel to that book which took place thousands of years before the current story. However even if you missed his previous book due to the format, you will not be disadvantaged whatsoever and Goodkind ensures enough information is given to the reader.

My one negativity about THE THIRD KINGDOM was the pacing of the story which did suffer some issues at the start, including lengthy and sometimes repetitive dialogue and the conclusion which I enjoyed, seemed a little rushed. Nonetheless Terry Goodkind is back in form and if you're a fan of the Sword of Truth series than I would happily recommend this novel to you.






 
 



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