By: Terry Goodkind
Synopsis: All is lost. Evil will soon consume the D’Haran Empire. Richard Rahl lies on his funeral bier. It is the end of everything.
Except what isn’t lost is Kahlan Amnell. Following an inner prompting beyond all reason, the last Confessor will wager everything on a final desperate gambit, and in so doing, she will change the world forever.
Format: Warheart follows Kahlan’s desperate journey to save Richard, and is the conclusion to the Sword of Truth series as well as the final Richard and Kahlan novel. My copy is 463 pages long and was published in 2015 by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC. (Tor books is a registered trademark of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC.).
My Thoughts: It is truly hard to order my thoughts after reading the conclusion to a series I have been reading for a very long time. I have re-read these books over and over, and now they are done. Yet, what a fantastic conclusion to an amazing series.
This book contains the amazing characterization you come to expect from Terry Goodkind. His characters feel so real, and experience such raw emotions that you easily form connections with them. You can relate to them, cheer for them, or even hate them depending on the character. Creating such a strong emotional response to words on a paper is the mark of a true master of writing.
It is all good to have great characters, but what do they do? Well, the author certainly doesn’t leave you high and dry on the plot. You get a fantastic time of learning what you expect, and then how the characters actually solve a problem is usually something different. There is always a change in the solution that requires logical thinking, yet is outside of what you would expect. This keeps you on the edge of your seat, and leaves you with a feeling of satisfaction as the problem is solved.
One of the things I like most of this book is the Wizard’s Rules. They seem to make so much sense to life, and are designed in a way that works together in complex and wondrous manners (The first wizard’s rule appears quite simple but has impacts throughout everything the characters do). These rules, on top of the magic in this world, make for an entrancing read.
The magic in this series is very well crafted. Everything has to be in balance, so there are generally two sides to magic (additive and subtractive). As the series goes on further layers are revealed to magic and how it intertwines with life. It is truly marvelous. The magic entwines with the world so well that it is a true part of the plot by just existing.
Truly a fantastic read, you can’t go wrong with anything in this series. So go check it out and let me know what you think!!