Forgive me this isn’t my best work. I’m still a bit exhausted from the read-a-thon and while I was able to finish the book and take it all in, I’m having a hard time with my words today. But you’ll get the gist.
Description: Everything Richard Rahl has learned will be for naught as the ruthless Emperor Jagang returns with his vast legions…heralded by a mystical plague that kills innocents in the thousands.
Richard must now challenge the undefeatable: the magic that thwarts magic, sealed away for three thousand years in the Temple of Winds.
Prodded by prophecy, shadowed by betrayal, to complete his mission Richard must accept the Truth and find a way to pay the price the winds demand…before he and the world both perish.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
My Review: Okay, what to say without spoiling?
This was a great story. I was never really sure what was going to happen next and whose side some characters were on, which is not easy to do. I can usually figure out characters’ motivations and where the loyalties will eventually lie. This time I was flip-flopping. I love the journey and growth in Cara, Raina, and Berdine. They learned that they could love and be loved and yet maintained all of their power and confidence. Cara is by far my favorite Mord-Sith and I think she is the perfect protector for not only Richard, but Kahlan as well. And even though a lot of the story revolved around Richard and Kahlan’s relationship, it wasn’t all about the romance. Their romance didn’t overtake the whole story, which can happen in a lot of books that feature romance between the main characters.
I also liked that Lord Rahl and the Mother Confessor didn’t take over the whole book, there were other subplots led by other characters that were important to the overall story and very interesting to read. I enjoyed how all of the other stories connected and were important to the main plot.
This was full of surprises as we lost some characters and some that we thought were lost returned to the story. And while I feel like there was a clear ending, at the same time there wasn’t. Kahlan and Richard are finally together and reunited with the people most important to them, and Jagang’s plan was thwarted. But Jagang himself hasn’t been stopped. He’s still out there and he’s been made aware of some prophecies and we have no idea what he knows or what he plans to do with the knowledge. My guess is, he’s still coming for Richard and the New World, but how and when?