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Review: Severed Souls by Terry Goodkind

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Severed Souls by Terry Goodkind

“From the far reaches of the D’Haran Empire, Bishop Hannis Arc and the ancient Emperor Sulachan lead a vast horde of Shun-Tuk and other depraved ‘half-people’ into the Empire’s heart, raising an army of the dead in order to threaten the world of the living.

Meanwhile, far from home, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell must defend themselves and their followers from a series of terrifying threats, despite a magical sickness that depletes their strength and which, if not cured, will take their lives…sooner rather than later.”

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:

You guys. This book! You guys!! I loved this book. I can’t tell you how much but I’ll try.

After the previous two I was a little apprehensive. I know Goodkind is an incredible writer, so I didn’t want to read another book riddled with repetitions and characters who had lost their brains, which would not give his skill credit.

Fortunately, I was worried over nothing. Severed Souls blew The Third Kingdom and The Omen Machine away! Gone are the needless repetitions on every other page, and the characters were finally themselves again! It flowed smoothly, just like the books before The Omen Machine. It read like one his books again, and it was hard to put it down.

But, let’s get on with the actual review!

Things looked pretty grim at the end of The Third Kingdom, and Severed Souls continued along those lines. Richard, his friends and his army kept being attacked by overwhelming numbers of the enemy forces (who, if you remember from The Third Kingdom, don’t go down easily). Their own numbers were reduced pretty quickly, so you can imagine, maybe, how hopeless things really looked. Never mind that Richard and Kahlan were still dying of the touch of death inside them anyway and they couldn’t really spare the time, but this wasn’t an army they could outrun and hope for the best.

I loved Zedd’s philosophy on good vs. evil in chapters 47 and 48. And then, on page 354, Zedd drops this on me: “We had a good life, didn’t we? Didn’t we have the best time?” You know things are about to go to hell when… And go to hell they did. I don’t want to spoil things, but people died in this book, while others lost their minds. Of sorts. I feel horrendous for Samantha, and I can’t blame her one bit for what she did. Given the circumstances I’d say it’s an understandable reaction. I’d try to hug her better but she’d probably kill me. That girl really came into her own in this book and it just made me love her more.

Severed Souls had me suspicious of everything good happening. Every time things were looking up, I braced myself for the …but.

Over the past few books characters have left the story – some died, some in other ways – who I never imagined wouldn’t be around until the final battle. I’m on the final book now, and am worried about the few favourites who are still alive. I’d be surprised if there was a happy ending waiting for everyone, and I’m okay with that. Things don’t always go to plan, and I love that Goodkind has put his characters through so much and that they very well might fail at the end of this, after everything they’ve done. I can’t wait to see how things end (I’m getting through Warheart quite quickly, so expect another review in two weeks time) and while I’m not expecting them to survive I’ll pray for them anyway. Can’t do any harm, right? Right.

Pick up this series if you haven’t already. I can’t say this often enough, but do.


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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  1. So this is part of a series hm? it sounds really good, so I’m thinking about adding it to my ever growing reading list.

    • It’s part of a rather long series, including prequels 🙂 The first book is Wizards First Rule, and there’s a recommended chronology list on wikipedia if the order gets confusing 🙂 Let me know if you read it, I’d love to know what you think!

      • oh hey, I already have this series on my reading list from one of your other reviews….jeeze, talk about blonde. I guess it’s getting a liiitle bit long, lol.

  2. Great review! I’m actually normally only inclined towards romance (with a little outside plot lol), but you sold it to me! I’m very intrigued.

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