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Post by David Tails on Fri 28 Jan 2011, 10:42 am

I've been reading The Sword Of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind for a few months now.

Anyone else read them? It's a fairly lengthy series, there are 11 books and a prequil short story. I'm half way through book 11.

Depending on what genre of books you like, I would recommend it.

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Post by LondonJonnyO on Fri 28 Jan 2011, 3:41 pm

I've read them.

In the same way as the books of robert jordan these start very strong and then get a little dull towards the middle of the series. The Pillars of Creation is a very weak point in the series in my opinion. Mainly due to the movement away from the primary characters.

In the final 3 books in the series, also known as the Chainfire trilogy, this is rectified with more emphasis on the protagonists.

They are good and you need to read them all to get the true value of them... but overall I think there are slightly better ones out there.
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Post by David Tails on Fri 28 Jan 2011, 3:53 pm

I have to agree. The series definitely goes flat in the middle. I'm enjoying the final book...it's picking up a bit of speed now.

I would say my favourite was probably The Stone of Tears. It brought a lot of things in to play and developed on some pre-existing characters.

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Post by LondonJonnyO on Fri 28 Jan 2011, 4:12 pm

It's been a while since I read that one... 2nd in the series wasn't it?

I actually think that the temple of the winds was a better read. It was a climax of various plotlilnes and things then went a bit astray with the books from there.
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Post by David Tails on Fri 28 Jan 2011, 4:20 pm

Yeah Stone Of Tears was book 2. I'm trying to remember if it was 4 or 5 that was a close second. Temple Of The Winds was the 4th book? I think it was that as a close second.

Oh and because of Legend Of The Seeker I now love Bridget Regan thumbsup

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Post by LondonJonnyO on Fri 28 Jan 2011, 4:25 pm

I watched a couple of episodes and gave it up as a bad job.

I'm looking forward to the Game of Thrones adaptation. I like Sean Bean so that should be impressive.

I also liked to adaption of the Earthsea Quartet.
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Post by Mad for Chelsea on Mon 14 Feb 2011, 3:50 pm

Hello!

I read the whole series, and agree with what you are saying. It starts well, the first four books are all good reads. Temple of the Winds was indeed excellent. The next few I didn't enjoy so much, I remember wondering whether Pillars of Creation was part of the same series at some point, just drifted away from the main theme a little too much.

The last three I really enjoyed though (Chainfire, Phantom and Confessor I think), and I thought the prequel was a good read too (I enjoy prequels as a rule...). Anyone got some good fantasy epics to recommend? At the moment I'm halfway through Chronicles of the Necromancer by Gail Martin...

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Post by LondonJonnyO on Mon 14 Feb 2011, 4:04 pm

Mad for Chelsea wrote:Anyone got some good fantasy epics to recommend? At the moment I'm halfway through Chronicles of the Necromancer by Gail Martin...

Read the Black Magician trilogy from Trudi Canavan. I thought those were refreshing. The Age of Five (which is also by Canavan) is also a good trilogy although I do prefer the Black Magician books. I'm looking forward to reading her Traitor Spy series.Also the Raymond Feist books are excellent. There are a huge number of those available starting with Magician and the riftwar series. Those are massive in scope and get more and more complex as time goes by... but you are never lost with them. Excellent reading. Particularly the Demonwar saga.
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Post by Mad for Chelsea on Mon 14 Feb 2011, 4:23 pm

I've read the Black Magician trilogy and the Magician's apprentice. Enjoyed them very much. Started reading the Age of Five but didn't really get into it so well, lost interest a little in the second book. Looking forward to her new ones (the Ambassador's mission?). I'll have a look at Feist, thanks.

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Post by LondonJonnyO on Mon 14 Feb 2011, 4:28 pm

Mad for Chelsea wrote:I've read the Black Magician trilogy and the Magician's apprentice. Enjoyed them very much. Started reading the Age of Five but didn't really get into it so well, lost interest a little in the second book. Looking forward to her new ones (the Ambassador's mission?). I'll have a look at Feist, thanks.

Age of Five is a little slow in places. The last book is better by far however.

As for Feist... he is very very good. There are a couple of dodgy ones out there that do not a lot more than set the scene going forwards. Notably the Kings Buccaneer and Prince of the Blood.... but those do introduce very important characters for the rest of the series. Also... the Serpentwar saga is also exceptionally good. And very fast paced.
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Post by Mad for Chelsea on Mon 14 Feb 2011, 4:42 pm

OK

Can I start with the Serpentwar saga or do I need some background?

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Post by Luke on Thu 31 Mar 2011, 2:02 pm

Agree with everything that was said about the sword of truth seris,
though my favorite 2 were Blood of the Fold & Phantom. Also was
i the only one who thought that the ending was abit week.

I also would recommend the Black Magician triology by Trudi Canavan,
they are very good entertaining books. Also would recommend
' The night angel ' triology by Brent weeks, and ' memory, sorrow &
thorn ' by Tad williams, which is 4 books.

If you like epic Lord of the rings type books. Then you could try
' The malazan book of the fallen ' by Steven Erikson. There are 8
books in this seris so far, and i like them. But be warned, there are
a hell of alot of characters in them, and all the books seem to contain
at least 3 story's,and have some side plots, they can be quite hard work
and the books don't seem to follow in order (because only a few of
the characters appear in them all, so certain cahracters appear in book 3
then 6 then 8 etc). But i do like them.
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Post by Luke on Fri 18 Nov 2011, 11:12 pm

I was in Waterstones today, and noticed that there is a new book in the sword of truth series (it's in hardback, which is why i didn't buy it as prefer paperbacks). But after the ending, which tough abit weak did tie everything together i couldn't help but wonder why. what else is there for Richard and Kalahan to do/face.
Any help on this book would be gratefully appreciated.
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Post by Celtic Warrior on Sat 19 Nov 2011, 12:15 am

I have it...but it's nearer the bottom of my "To Read" pile...

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Post by Mad for Chelsea on Sat 19 Nov 2011, 1:08 am

what's it called?

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Post by Celtic Warrior on Sat 19 Nov 2011, 10:07 am

I think it's The Omen Machine

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