Chainfire (Sword of Truth Series #9)

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"On the day that she awoke remembering nothing but her name, Kahlan Amnell became the most dangerous woman alive. For everyone else, that was the day when the world began to end." "As her husband, Richard, desperately searches for his beloved, whom only he remembers, he knows that if she doesn't soon discover who she really is, she will unwittingly become the instrument that will unleash annihilation. But Kahlan learns that if she ever were to unlock the truth of her lost identity, then evil itself would finally possess her, body and soul." If ...
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"On the day that she awoke remembering nothing but her name, Kahlan Amnell became the most dangerous woman alive. For everyone else, that was the day when the world began to end." "As her husband, Richard, desperately searches for his beloved, whom only he remembers, he knows that if she doesn't soon discover who she really is, she will unwittingly become the instrument that will unleash annihilation. But Kahlan learns that if she ever were to unlock the truth of her lost identity, then evil itself would finally possess her, body and soul." If she is to survive in a murky world of deception and betrayal, where life is not only cheap but fleeting, Kahlan must find out why she is such a central figure in the war-torn world swirling around her. What she uncovers are secrets darker than she could ever have imagined.
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With only one installment left until Terry Goodkind's mammoth Sword of Truth series concludes, the jaw-dropping revelations in Phantom -- the tenth novel in the epic fantasy and the second volume in the Chainfire trilogy -- sets the stage for an equally thrilling and bittersweet finale that readers have been anticipating for more than a decade. (The first volume of the Sword of Truth, Wizard's First Rule, was released in 1994.)

As the Seeker of Truth Richard Rahl continues to look for his wife, Kahlan, and somehow free her from the Chainfire spell -- which, in essence, has made her invisible to those around her and has erased her from the memories of everyone who knew her -- she is unwillingly traveling with three malevolent Sisters of the Dark en route to a destiny that has the potential "to unravel the world itself." On his quest, however, Richard is forced to accept some grim realizations: As he is chasing a phantom and trying to save one person, the rest of the world is descending into unimaginable horror. Emperor Jagang and the sadistic Imperial Order forces are on the verge of subjugating the entire New World and the powerful magic that once flowed across the realm has been tainted and is corrupting everything it comes in contact with. "It's as if all that was this world is passing into a realm of mere legend…"

One of the most ambitious fantasy sagas ever undertaken, Phantom includes bombshells that will have Sword of Truth fans practically climbing the walls in anticipation for the 11th and final volume. You want the Truth? You can't handle the Truth! Paul Goat Allen
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The ninth book in the New York Times best-selling "Sword of Truth" series. Simultaneous release with Tor hardcover. Exclusive English-language world rights. One-day laydown: 1/4/05. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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"Wonderfully creative, seamless, and stirring."

Kirkus on Wizard's First Rule

"Wonderful."

Kliatt on Stone of Tears

"Each volume of the Sword of Truth...proves more difficult to review than the last. There are only so many was of heaping praise on a series that gets better and better."

SFX on Blood of the Fold

"...outstanding work...adrenaline and characters who actually behave like adults. Highly recommended."

San Diego Union Tribune on Temple of the Winds

"...thoroughly enjoyable."

VOYA on Soul of the Fire

"Mr. Goodkind's compelling prose weaves a magic spell over readers."

Romantic Times on Faith of the Fallen

"Near-perfect pacing, well-realized settings, and superior descriptive narrative."

VOYA on The Pillars of Creation

"Everything one could ask for in an epic fantasy."

Publishers Weekly on Stone of Tears

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455825738
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 7/19/2011
  • Series: Sword of Truth Series , #9
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 22
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 1.90 (d)

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Chapter 1Kahlan stood quietly in the shadows, watching, as evil knocked softly on the door. Huddled under the small overhang, off to the side, she hoped that no one would answer that knock. As much as she would like to spend the night in out of the rain, she didn't want trouble to visit innocent people. She knew, though, that she had no say in the matter.The light of a single lantern flickered weakly through the slender windows to either side of the door, reflecting a pale, shimmering glow off the wet floor of the portico. The sign overhead, hung by two iron rings, grated and squealed each time it swung back and forth in the wind-borne rain. Kahlan was able to make out the spectral white shape of a horse painted on the dark, wet sign. The light from the windows wasn't enough to enable her to read the name, but because the other three women with her had talked of little else for days, Kahlan knew that the name would be the White Horse Inn.By the smell of manure and wet hay, she judged that one of the dark buildings nearby had to be a stable. In the sporadic displays of distant lightning, she could just make out the hulking shoulders of dark structures standing like ghosts beyond the billowing sheets of rain. Despite the steady roar of the deluge and the rumble of thunder, it appeared that the village was sound asleep. Kahlan could think of no better place to be on such a dark and wretched night than bundled up under bed covers, safe and warm. A horse in the nearby stable whinnied when Sister Ulicia knocked a second time, louder, more insistently, evidently intending herself to be heard over the riot of rain, yet not so loud as to sound hostile. Sister Ulicia, a woman given to reckless impulse, seemed to be taking a deliberately restrained approach. Kahlan didn't know why, but imagined that it had to do with the reason they were there. It also might have been nothing more than the random nature of her moods. Like lightning, the woman's smoldering bad temper was not only dangerous but unpredictable. Kahlan couldn't always tell exactly when Sister Ulicia would lash out, and just because she so far hadn't didn't mean that she wouldn't. Neither of the other two Sisters was in any better mood or any less inclined toward losing their temper. Kahlan supposed that soon enough the three of them would be happy and quietly celebrating the reunion. Lightning flashed close enough that the blinding but halting incandescence briefly revealed a whole street of buildings crowded close around the muddy, rutted road. Thunder boomed through the mountainous countryside and shook the ground beneath their feet.

Kahlan wished that there was something -- like the way lightning revealed things otherwise hidden in the obscurity of night -- that could help illuminate the hidden memories of her past and bring to light what was concealed by the murky mystery of who she was. She had a fierce longing to be free of the Sisters, a burning desire to live her own life -- to know what her life really was. That much she knew about herself. She knew, too, that her convictions had to be founded in experience. It was obvious to her that there had to be something there -- people and events -- that had helped make her the woman she was, but try as she might to recall them, they were lost to her.

That terrible day she stole the boxes for the Sisters, she had promised herself that someday she would find the truth of who she was, and she would be free.When Sister Ulicia knocked a third time, a muffled voice came from inside."I heard you!" It was a man's voice. His bare feet thumped down wooden stairs. "I'll be right there! A moment, please!"His annoyance at having been awakened in the middle of the night was layered over with forced deference to potential customers. Sister Ulicia turned a sullen look on Kahlan. "You know that we have business here." She lifted a cautionary finger before Kahlan's face. "Don't you even think of giving us any trouble, or you'll get what you got the last time."Kahlan swallowed at the reminder. "Yes, Sister Ulicia.""Tovi had better have gotten us a room," Sister Cecilia complained. "I'm in no mood to be told the place is full.""There will be room," Sister Armina said with soothing assurance, cutting off Sister Cecilia's habit of always assuming the worst. Sister Armina wasn't older, like Sister Cecilia, but nearly as young and attractive as Sister Ulicia. To Kahlan, though, their looks were insignificant in light of their inner nature. To Kahlan, they were vipers. "One way or another," Sister Ulicia added under her breath as she glared at the door, "there will be room." Lightning arced through the greenish, roiling clouds, releasing an earsplitting boom of thunder. The door opened a crack. The shadowed face of a man peered out at them as he worked to button up his trousers under his nightshirt. He moved his head a little to each side so that he could take in the strangers. Judging them to be less than dangerous, he pulled open the door and with a sweeping gesture ushered them inside. "Come on in, then," he said. "All of you." "Who is it?" A woman called out as she descended the stairs to the rear. She carried a lantern in one hand and held the hem of her nightdress up with the other so that she wouldn't trip on it as she hurried down the steps. "Four women traveling in the middle of a rainy night," the man told her, his gruff tone alluding to what he thought of such a practice. Kahlan froze in midstride. He'd said "four women." He had seen all four of them and had remembered as much long enough to say so. As far as she could recall, such a thing had never happened before. No one but her masters, the four Sisters -- the three with her and the one they had come to meet -- ever remembered seeing her.Sister Cecilia shoved Kahlan in ahead of her, apparently not catching the significance of the remark. "Well for goodness' sake," the woman said as she hurried between the two plank tables. She tsked at the foul weather as the wind drove a rattle of rain against the windows. "Do get them in out of that awful weather, Orlan." Streamers of fat raindrops chased them in the door, wetting a patch of pine floor. The man's mouth twisted with displeasure as he pushed the door closed against a wet gust and then dropped the heavy iron bar back in the brackets to bolt the door.

The woman, her hair gathered up in a loose bun, lifted her lantern a little as she peered at the late-night guests. Puzzled, she squinted as her gaze swept over the drenched visitors and then back again. Her mouth opened but then she seemed to forget what she had been about to say.

Kahlan had seen that blank look a thousand times and knew that the woman only remembered seeing three callers. No one could ever remember seeing Kahlan long enough to say so. She was as good as invisible. Kahlan thought that maybe because of the darkness and rain the man, Orlan, had merely made a mistake when he'd said to his wife that there were four visitors."Come in and get yourselves dry," the woman said as she smiled in earnest warmth. She hooked a hand under Sister Ulicia's arm, drawing her into the small gathering room. "Welcome to the White Horse Inn."The other two Sisters, openly scrutinizing the room, took off their cloaks and gave them a quick shake before tossing them over a bench at one of the two tables. Kahlan noticed a single dark doorway at the back, beside the stairs. A fireplace made of stacked, flat stones took up most of the wall to the right. The air in the dimly lit room was warm and carried the distractingly enticing aroma of a stew in the iron pot hung from a crane pushed to the side of the hearth. Hot coals glowed out from under a thick layer of feathery ashes. "You three ladies look like drowned cats. You must be miserable." The woman turned to the man and gestured. "Orlan, get the fire going." Kahlan saw a young girl of maybe eleven or twelve years slip down the stairs just far enough so she could see into the room from under the low ceiling. Her long white nightdress with ruffled cuffs had a pony stitched in coarse brown thread on the front, with a row of loose strands of dark yarn making up the mane and tail. The girl sat on the steps to watch, tenting her nightdress over her bony knees. Her grin revealed big teeth that she had yet to grow into. Strangers arriving in the middle of the night apparently was an adventure at the White Horse Inn. Kahlan dearly hoped that that was all there would be to the adventure.Orlan, a big bear of a man, knelt at the hearth, stacking on a few sticks of wood. His thick, stubby fingers made the wedges of oak look to be little more than kindling. "What would possess you ladies to travel in the rain -- at night?" he asked as he cast them a look over his shoulder. "We're in a hurry to catch up with a friend of ours," Sister Ulicia said, offering a meaningless smile. She kept her tone businesslike. "She was to meet us here. Her name is Tovi. She will be expecting us." The man put a hand on his knee to help himself up. "Those guests who stay with us -- especially in such troubled times -- are pretty discreet. Most don't give their names." He lifted an eyebrow at Sister Ulicia. "Much like you ladies -- not giving your names, that is." "Orlan, they're guests," the woman scolded. "Wet, and no doubt tired and hungry, guests." She flashed a smile. "Folks call me Emmy. My husband, Orlan, and I have run the White Horse since his parents passed away, years back." Emmy gathered up three wooden bowls from a shelf. "You ladies must be famished. Let me get you some stew. Orlan, get some mugs and fetch these ladies some hot tea." Orlan lifted a meaty hand on his way past, indicating the bowls his wife cradled in an arm. "You're one short." She twitched a frown at him. "No I'm not; I have three bowls." Orlan pulled four mugs down from the top shelf of the hutch. "Right. Like I said, you're one short." Kahlan could hardly breathe. Something was very wrong. Sisters Cecilia and Armina had frozen dead still, their wide eyes fixed on the man. The significance of the couple's chitchat had not escaped them. Kahlan glanced to the stairwell and saw the girl on the steps leaning toward them, gripping the rails, peering out, trying to fathom what her parents were talking about. Sister Armina snatched Sister Ulicia's sleeve. "Ulicia," she said in an urgent whisper through gritted teeth, "he sees -- " Sister Ulicia shushed her. Her brow drew down in a dark glare as she turned her attention back to the man."You are mistaken," she said. "There are only three of us." At the same time she was talking she prodded Kahlan with the stout oak rod she carried, shoving her farther back into the shadows behind, as if shadows alone would make Kahlan invisible to the man. Kahlan didn't want to be in the shadows. She wanted to stand in the light and be seen -- really seen. Such a thing had always seemed an impossible dream, but it had suddenly become a real possibility. That possibility had shaken the three Sisters. Orlan frowned at Sister Ulicia. Holding all four mugs in the grip of one meaty hand, he used his other to point out each visitor standing in his gathering room. "One, two, three" -- he leaned to the side, looking around Sister Ulicia, to point at Kahlan -- "four. Do you all want tea?" Kahlan blinked in astonishment. Her heart felt as if it had come up in her throat. He saw her . . . and remembered what he saw.Copyright © 2006 by Terry Goodkind
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2011

    Chainfire killed it for me

    Started reading the sword of truth series shortly after it came out and really enjoyed the series as a whole until faith of the fallen. Naked empire and now the trilogy following it seem to lack the coherience of his ealier works. Not to mention I find myself waiting for the predictable plot turns and seemingly regergitated devices. If you are a big fan and must know how it goes I recomend just catching up on a wiki until this author renews his passion in the field.

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  • Posted December 7, 2011

    Consistent

    Having read the series from first book through the ninth book within the past 2 months, I found Goodkind's presentation in Chainfire extremely consistent within the context of the series and, as importantly, within the scope of the Wizard's Rules. Since each book reveals the next Rule, Goodkind has, in a wizard-like way, actually written the content of each book with the Rule in mind in regards to content and structure (e.g., Chainfire involves seeming contradictions when there can be no contradiction according to Rule 9). The brilliance of Goodkind will by-pass readers caught simply reading a good work.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

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    A Great Read

    From start to finish, Chainfire took me through an action thriller to which I had to keep reading to find out the clues to what happened and what will happen. Chainfire made me want to put this book at my highest priority just to get to the next chapter, and then the next, and then the next. The suspense was relieved at the exciting climax. I was literally that guy that was yelling at the book, trying to shout to the characters about whats going on. If you've read his other works, Terry Goodkind offers an excellent next chapter in his Sword of Truth series.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2008

    a reviewer

    well i'm fourteen and amazingly enough i absolutely love the sword of truth series. people call me a book worm but w/e this book was grrrreat! most of mr. gookind's books really had be flying through the pages, but this one not so much...i'm not going o go on about the bad points of it because there aren't many, i love the series and i highly recommend these books =] mr. goodkind also like big words which if you don't a an extensive vocabulary i think you might get lost in this series haha

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    terrific entry in the Sword of Truth series

    Hit by an Imperial Order soldier¿s arrow, Richard Lord Rahl nears death until Sorceress Nikki uses a ¿Subtractive Magic¿ spell to save his life. When Richard recovers he learns that his wife Kahlan is missing, but in spite of his insistence and need to find her, his companions insists that he has no spouse. The Subtractive Magic eliminated Kahlan from the minds of everyone except Richard. --- While Richard struggles with his personal dilemma, his enemy Emperor Jagjang has sent his armies to destroy cities previously liberated by Richard's forces. At the same time that the prophecy books that predict a Last Battle where only Richard might save the world, it now contains blank pages as if the future reality shifted because of the erasure of a pivotal item. Finally the Emperor has conjured up an invincible blood beast to destroy Richard. Using magic to try to locate Kahlan enables the beast to find him. Desperate for information, Richard visits a Witch Woman who gives him little information and after seeing his grandfather, he worries whether he has lost mind and consequently his way. --- CHAINFIRE is a terrific entry in the Sword of Truth series as Richard struggles with personal doubts and difficult selections involving Kahlan vs. saving lives that probably will die once he leaves them anyway. The story line is action-packed and filled with strong female warriors and a fabulous killing monster, but Richard and to a lesser degree the Emperor remains the center of the tale as their decisions impact often fatal others. Though some fans will balk at loose threads, epic fantasy readers especially of the long running saga will appreciate this fine entry that showcases how multifarious ethical principles truly are.--- Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 15, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Too long!

    And too much of the same old, same old. This story didn't get interesting until the last 100 pages and could have been written in about 250 pages total.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

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    If Fuer Grissa Oust Drake Doesn't Lead This Final Battle, Then The World Already Standing at the Brink of Darkness Will Fall Under that Terrible Shadow. Goodkind's "Chainfire," Once Again, Defines the Strength of the Sword of Truth. These

    In "Naked Empire", The sisters of the dark used their ability to begin creating weapons out of people, as it had been done in the time of the great war. Unfortunately for Lord Rahl, that was only the beginning. Only Terry Goodkind knows how to start a book, The ninth installment of The Sword of Truth is no exception. In "Chainfire" Goodkind defies all odds against survival, Richard Rahl faces to lose the one thing he values the most. Life itself. With superb writing, Terry Goodkind presents a book where Lord Rahl, the true seeker must find the answers he seeks for, the books starts with Richard struggling to survive after he had been almost killed in battle, and progresses to the shocking plot of this trilogy and full circle of the series. A plot only Terry Goodkind could have written. "Prophecy has been awakened, all forks regarding "The Pebble in the Pond" are tangled in this mantic root. Goodkind takes and gives what readers have been wanting to read for a long time. If you are a true fan, read this installment at your own peril. Goodkind's portrait of magic and prophecy is disturbing, eloquent, and magnificent. " 'In the year of the cicadas, when the champion of Sacrifice and suffering, under the banner of both mankind and the Light, finally splits his swarm, thus shall be the sign that prophecy has been awakened and the final and deciding battle is upon us.'" Goodkind's Chainfire marks the return of Richard Rahl as the true seeker, the author takes the foundation from the first three installments to come full circle. A rich cast of characters along with Richard Rahl in an enchanting journey through the cities of Aydindril, The Old World, The People's Palace and a place in D'hara long forgotten known as the Deep Nothing. Terry Goodkind comes back full circle with "Chainfire", the beginning of the final battle, Prophecy, and destiny. Books of prophecy are discovered in catacombs known as central sites with knowledge of no existence to anybody. However; underneath those catacombs lies a hidden secret, something evil with the ability of the total destruction of life. In the " Pillars of Creation" Goodkind gave us a book without Richard and Kahlan, there was a reason for that. Chainfire starts the trilogy that would lead Richard Rahl to the final battle . Extremely disturbing in the sense that Goodkind doesn't hold anything back. I like the way he manages to bring old characters back from previous books. Shota's comeback is everything we should ask for. All those character readers wondered about, are coming back as the final trilogy starts. I like the fact that the author is very eloquent in writing Richard's journey, in creating the world of the sword of truth. With nine reviews written for this series, I will say that I have witnessed the enchanting world of the fantasy genre. The Sword of thruth has not had a slowdown since First Wizard's Rule. Goodkind creates great characters such as the Sisters of the Dark, Shota, Nicci, but most of all, he has given readers, Richard and Kahlan. Their lives have become part of all those of us, who enjoy reading, the ones that remember every rule and every book written before this one. Chainfire is simply irresistible, superb.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2009

    Sword of Truth Series Review

    I am nearly completed reading the last book in the series (i.e., Confessor) and have enjoyed Terry's writing style, creativity and overall saga throughout. The plot is often complex, based on values of integrity, empathy, honesty, good versus evil, etc. The characters and their association with the plot are well developed. However, the author sometimes spends too much time rehashing philosophical differences, between the two factions, albeit key to the plot, which is sometimes frustrating. Additionally, past events are sometimes regurgitated in subsequent volumes in a seeming effort to educate new readers who omitted previous books. Lastly, in several volumes, the author seemed to rush the conflict resolution after spending a great deal of time developing the contention and situation.

    Overall, when compared to other works in this genre, this series is a great read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2009

    The Chain is on fire

    As with the maority rule of the viewers, I would agree that this particular book in the SOT series is not as vastly enthralling as the previous novels. After reviewing a couple other posts, I noticed a brief review from a child. One can not help but question as to why a fourteen year old child would be reading a series such as this which contains violence & graphic content that is meant for only the eyes & minds of grown ups. If Mr.Terry Goodkind's book were meant to be read by kids, then his books would be found in the children's dept. Regardless, the second book (1000+ pages) was substantially better. Within a day, I finished reading it. However, Chainfire is not as full of ideas & the plot itself is vague. The info is rather redundant as well. Overall, I'm not satisfied because of it inconsistent theme. Even the ending, the last remaining chapters are a drag. Definitely, not impressed.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2006

    Three duds in a row and four out of five

    Five of the first six books (except book 5, Soul of the Fire I think it was called) were between good and excellent. Book 6, Faith of the Fallen was TG's last hurrah- a very good work. But after that.. and especially Chainfire.. don't waste time or money. Just garbage.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2013

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    Made me sad but I Loved it, Love Richard and Kahlan

    Made me sad but I Loved it, Love Richard and Kahlan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    Much improved over the two previous books in the series

    Back to what works

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Great book

    Great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    And so it goes

    OK, I'm about to start the ninth, but have to admit to some trepidation. Each book in the series is filled with more and more repetative, regurgitated explanations and far less original plot ideas. I am tempted to answer, I GET IT! ... often. I do want to finish the series, but I compulsively finish almost anything I start - but the series has a taint of "boiler maker fiction" now - not as inventive or surprising as it could be. In the beginning I read every word. Now I skim a lot, just wanting to place all the characters and see how it all ends. A must only for the die hard reader now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Excdkk Excellent series

    Terrufic novels

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2012

    Fantastic Series!

    This series is great and I can't help but feel a little sad that the end is in sight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Chainfire

    Pretty good.

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  • Posted January 19, 2012

    its TG's book:)

    Hi
    like i said, its TG's book so it has all the intrigue you've come to expect and love. it ends in a cliff hanger and you must read the next two to finish off this series, but i promise its worth it.
    Enjoy!

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  • Posted May 24, 2011

    Great twist

    Little confusing to start but quick to inform and hits right into action

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