This book is volume 3 of the Sword of Truth Series. If you haven’t read the previous volumes. skip this review as it contains spoilers.
Richard has survived the legacy of his evil father Darken Rahl and became the new Lord Rahl. He survived Kahlan’s Confessor Magic and is now able to love her. He survived the « collar » put on him by the Sisters of the Light and the separation from his beloved Kahlan. You would think Richard can’t top that.
Wait until you read « Blood of the Fold ». Richard must face the madness of the Sisters of the Dark while Sister Verna, now loyal to him, is selected as new Prelate and has to face new demons. A new danger, in the person of a fanatic Captain Brogan, leader of the Blood, is also arising and threatens to destroy Richard’s new authority as Lord Rahl. With this new responsibility, he now tries to unite the midlands by forcing all the lands to unite under D’haran rule, his rule. At the same time, Kahlan, who is using Zedd’s spell to make people believe she is dead, is trying to join Richard. The two of them will have to face a lot of dangers before being reunited.
This is a very good Volume 3 in the series. Terry Goodkind continues in the same vain as with the first 2 volumes. My only regret is that Kahlan doesn’t « enter » the story physically until halfway through the book. Richard really has to hang on to his love to her in order to resist others’ charms during the story. The plot develops pleasantly where the book took off with the Sisters of the Dark. The new element of the Blood of the Fold is only here to make Richard’s life tougher. Sister Verna, now Prelate Verna, is getting an even more important role in helping Richard and being loyal to him.
Read this book. It makes for a very nice follow-up on our heroes. One questions: will Richard and Kahlan finally be able to get married? I’ll find out in Volume 4 « Temple of the Winds ».
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