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Soul of the Fire (Sword of Truth Series #5)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Great escapism and touching story filled with adventure

Many believe that if your on the side of right that everyone will believe you and fight with you for those reasons. Richard soon finds out how wrong that is and that people would rather believe a lie than the truth, wizards first rule. Great story of the struggle Richar...
Many believe that if your on the side of right that everyone will believe you and fight with you for those reasons. Richard soon finds out how wrong that is and that people would rather believe a lie than the truth, wizards first rule. Great story of the struggle Richard and kahlan go thought to try and save a land which wont stand with him while at the same time Richard has to deal with the Chimes loose in the world and magic failing..

posted by Druza on June 20, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Repetative

I really enjoyed the first 3 of these books, the fourth 'Temple of the Winds' was starting to push it though. I just started reading Soul of the Fire and I can't get over how often Goodkind finds it necessary to repeat unnecessary things. All through this series we hear...
I really enjoyed the first 3 of these books, the fourth 'Temple of the Winds' was starting to push it though. I just started reading Soul of the Fire and I can't get over how often Goodkind finds it necessary to repeat unnecessary things. All through this series we hear over and over the meanings of things such as the Confessor's power or why Mord Sith carry Agiel's. I read 3 chapters through Soul of the Fire and I got to read explanations about Mord Sith and their Agiel's twice... After 3 chapters... Not to mention how ever many times they were repeated in the first 4 books. Give me a break, how many times must these things be explained? If I went through and highlighted all the repetitive junk in this book I'm betting I'd have 2/3 of the book I started with. It's almost as if he's running out of interesting material to write about so to make his book look as big and great as the others he just numbs us with what we already know about the series. Now I understand that it is sometimes a good thing to repeat things especially if a reader has put down the series for a while, but it is too much when you find yourself skipping every 3rd paragraph because you already know the value of what is being stated.

posted by Anonymous on June 2, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2013

    This is the worst book I have ever read, and yes I have read hun

    This is the worst book I have ever read, and yes I have read hundreds of books from boring presidential biographies to government manuals and those were entertaining compared to this. I really don't know why this guy went off the script and started basically an entire new story with almost nothing in common with the first four books. The first four books were okay although the editing was really awful really horrible. If I received a nickel for every mistake in the first four books I could retire and kick Bill Gates out of his house. I am sure he doesn’t go back and read his books over and still these books are how old and they haven’t been edited properly. Oh another thing about this idiot is he puts words in trying to make himself sound like a better writer then he is adding the word purchase and breach in just to make himself seem like a writer. These odd words are put in and are very disrupting with the flow of the story just kills it for me. When Richard got up it left a breach, really a breach LOL again I like the story but book five is killing me and I may stop reading this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

    Nails in the coffin.

    This book finally solidified my opinion of this series, a disappointing result. The world of this story continues to degrade to a poorly transposed vision of the contemporary. The plot is fragmented and actually builds toward one outcome then suddenly takes off for another, less desirable ending. There are interesting elements that are not explored to any satisfaction; there are extraneous characters and subplots that are irrelevant to the story and the continuing plot. Any suspension of disbelief is blown out of the water by several plot holes.

    I was really hoping the story would get better but the sense of adventure that was lost after the first book failed to resurface yet again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2001

    too much politics....

    books 1,2,3, 4 were all good, but in book 5, he spent too much on talking politics, and freedom, it gets boring, at the end, i just kept on skimming the paragraphs to get to the end.........MORE action!!! this is a fantasy series, not some political colummn!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2001

    The worst book in the series as of yet...

    This book was actually painful for me to finish. The characters and the mystical land of 'Anderith', making its first appearance in the series made me want to reach into the book and slap all the characters very hard. The new characters are poorly and infuriatingly developed, and nearly every main character seems to be constantly having a bad day, not able to perform the simplest tasks that they'd have no problem doing in any other book. Definitely a low point of Goodkind's career.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2000

    Shameless Rip-Off and Just Plain Bad

    I've tried to read each and every one of the 'Sword of Truth' series, but have simply been unable to do so. I truly tried, but I can't do it. They're sloppy, sloggy hackwork,clumsy and repetitious,with no discernable audience in view: from the cutesy banter of 'toasted toads' to some really grueling rape-and-torture scenarios, who exactly is Mr. Goodkind trying to reach with these bloated tomes? Not to mention his flat-out copying of many aspects of the vastly superior 'Wheel of Time' novels....please, give this series a pass. There are so many better things to read out there!

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