Warheart by Terry Goodkind
“Soulmates, pawns of prophecy and inheritors of an ancient conflict, Richard and Kahlan’s destinies have been bound together since their first encounter in Wizard’s First Rule. But now Richard lies on a funeral bier – suspended between the worlds of life and death and Kahlan faces her greatest challenge.
She must fight for Richard’s very existence, and Richard, trapped in the underworld, must fight to keep the world of life from ending. Desperate sacrifices are required. This is the final battle in a war three-millennia old, a war that saw the Sword of Truth forged, a war that could mean the end, not only of their lives, but of their world.”
I shall be careful not to give away too much. If you do decide to read any of the ‘reviewed’ books I wouldn’t want to spoil the ending for you, or give away any other major plot twists, so I’ll try to be as vague as possible. However, these won’t be completely spoiler free so if that bugs you stop reading here.
What I thought:
There is so, so much I could say about this book, but since it’s the final novel in a rather long series I don’t want to spoil anything. Having the ending of one book spoiled is one thing. Having the ending of an entire series spoiled is even more annoying.
So, with that in mind, what can I say?
Terry Goodkind himself has said that, if you want a happy ending, you should stop reading after Confessor. I was prepared for just about everyone to die, including all main characters, but thankfully it wasn’t quite as devastating as that. But yes, people died. Favourite people. My favourite people.
I was suspicious of everything good happening. Every time someone lived, I waited for someone else to die instead. Warheart didn’t have the ending I expected- not speaking of my feared body count here -, and I love it for it. The final battle didn’t go as I’d thought, and again I love it for it.
I ache for everything they’ve lost – especially for Samantha, who really (and I mean REALLY) lost it in this book. Given the things that happened to her in the book before I’m not surprised, but it still hurts nonetheless.
The philosophy discussed was interesting, the answers to the omen machine I had wanted were so much more than I had hoped, and I’ve made a note of a couple of chapters I want to revisit. There’s something about a machine asking why it exists or if it’s going to die that makes me cry very easily. Everything was explained. All remaining questions answered. I didn’t expect to have the origins of prophecy explained but damn, was I ever not prepared for that!
The detail Goodkind has put into this world is incredible and inspiring, and it’s made me want to create a world just as detailed. He makes me want to be a better writer, and I think that alone gives credit to his remarkable talent.
The only other thing I’ll say is this: This was a fantastic series, and you should read it. Just be prepared for a long commitment, if you fall in love with it. This is the first book on Goodreads.
It feels a bit strange to be done with this series. 17 books is a lot, you guys, but totally worth it. I’m a little sad to be leaving my favourite characters behind (mind you, most of them are dead so it’s not entirely my choice) but more than that I’m excited to start something new. I have a lot of books on my Goodreads TBR list, several of those are waiting on my bookshelf at home, and I’m really excited to pick one and start.
I just need a moment first.
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