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Review: The Third Kingdom by Terry Goodkind

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The Third Kingdom by Terry Goodkind

“The bloodthirsty Jit is dead, and against all odds Richard and Kahlan have survived. But a new menace has attacked them in the Dark Lands. Infected with the essence of death itself, robbed of his power as a war wizard, Richard must race against time to uncover and stop the infernal conspiracy assembling itself behind the wall far to the north. His friends and allies are already captives of this fell combination, and Kahlan, also touched by death’s power, will die completely if Richard fails.

Bereft of magic, Richard has only his sword, his wits, his capacity for insight – and an extraordinary companion, the young Samantha, a healer just coming into her powers.”

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:

I’ve decided to finish the series before starting anything new, but don’t worry, there are only two books left after this one 🙂 We can move on to different authors real soon! And I already know where to head next. But first-

One thing that bugged me in The Third Kingdom was this – I really wanted a map. I don’t know if other editions of this book come with one, but mine didn’t and I really could have done with one. There were all these new places Richard and Kahlan went to, and while it was described where these places are in relation to the old ones I would have preferred to see it. I kept wanting to go back to it to check locations but couldn’t, and it bugged me.

Things went to hell. Most of the things that could have gone wrong went wrong. Prepare yourself for death and someone taking their leave, the latter I did not expect! Again, I don’t want to spoil this because it was such an important moment, but given how highly this character values Richard I didn’t think they’d ever leave him for anything. In fact, I’m not sure if I’d have believed it had someone told me. Given the circumstances I can understand it, but I still wished they’d come back. Now.
A couple of new characters were introduced here, my favourite one being Samantha. She’s a young sorceress who is still being taught by her mother how her gift works but her mother was taken by the zombie army so she’s been left to her own devices. (yes, zombie army) And she’s sarcastic, people. Did I ever mention that I love sarcastic characters? I just can’t help but love her.
What’s scarier than being attacked by an army of overwhelming proportions? An army of overwhelming proportions you can’t kill. Easily, anyway. In a way it’s like Emperor Jagang’s forces all over again, but this time the enemies don’t die if you take their arms, legs and/or head off. They’ll still try to claw their way forward, as best as they can which makes them just about the most terrifying army Goodkind could have thrown at them. Did I mention they can run? Well…
One thing I loved above all else (yes, even above Samantha, but not above Cara. Never above Cara.) were the references to the prequel ‘The First Confessor’. I loved the prequel and reading The Third Kingdom has made me want to read it all over again, just to remind myself of everything that matters now. I also enjoyed all the other little history lessons. It’s always nice to see a book’s history so well thought through, and I can only recommend the prequels to shed some more light on things. They’re good books in their own right, too, so you could always just read them anyway 😉
I was also hoping for more info on the Omen Machine but since they were nowhere near the People’s Palace it wasn’t meant to be. Sadly, because of how things ended I don’t know if I’ll get any more answers in Severed Souls, either. It doesn’t seem very likely that they’ll ever get back home again, but I believe it was mentioned in the previous book that there’s stuff regarding the machine in the Temple of the Winds. Maybe they’ll go there. Here’s hoping.
After the way things went to hell for all of them there won’t be many places left they can go to. Things look dark for humanity at the end of this book, very dark, and I’m starting to understand why Goodkind himself advised to stop reading after Confessor if we want a happy ending. It’s hard to see how any of this can end happily, but I guess I’ll see! 🙂

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Have you read this book and would like to chat about it? Would you like to read it? Either way, drop me a comment and let’s get this book club going!

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