Book Review: Warheart

The final book of Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series.

As you would know from my previous posts, I have not enjoyed the later books of this series, for many reasons.

Firstly, I’ve grown out of the zombie fad, so having my favorite story suddenly join it was highly upsetting.

Secondly, I felt like the entire story was fabricated out of nowhere, when Terry Goodkind had already set himself up with a juicy story that would have been far more interesting.  Instead of bring back the dead Emperor Sulachan, he could have had Richard and Kahlan give birth to the most powerful child ever born, starting a war with a witch woman, and all the struggles that the two of them would need to go through in order to raise the little powerhouse.  That was the story that I wanted and expected, and instead I got some four-book crap about the undead and soulless.

Thirdly, while I generally like tragedies, he has taken this opportunity to kill off several of my favorite characters from the older books.  Losing so many awesome characters in such a pointless way hurt more than I could explain, and nearly had me stop reading because of it.

Fourth, in order to write this story, he had to adjust his own rules about magic within his world.  Some things he had to bend, some he just broke without really explaining why, just so that he could write what he wanted.  I thought all of it was unnecessary.

However, ignoring the discontinuity issues that existed in the story, the ending wrapped things up pretty nicely.  Not just all of the zombie problems (though sucking up a whole crap-ton of souls into the sword of truth was totally ridiculous, in my opinion), but also all of the prophecy crap.  It ended with a good explanation for why Richard was so anti-prophecy, which was cool.  It also continued and ended with the emphasis of the Boxes of Ordin, the one magic that has had the most impact on the story.  So, all-in-all, it was a pretty rounded ending (though still not in the direction that I had wanted it to go in).

Now, Terry Goodkind called Warheart the conclusion.  However, it had that happy ending thing, so I would say that it’s still entirely possible to give Richard and Kahlan that super-powered kid that would start a whole new war.  If he decides to do that, I would be anticipating that one as much as I am currently anticipating the next Game of Thrones book, most definitely.

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