BLOOD OF THE FOLD – A Sword of Truth Novel by Terry Goodkind.

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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THE CAVE OF STARS by George Zebrowski

The cave of stars is an unusual science fiction novel. It combines political comments with the author’s fascination for space habitats.

The earth has been destroyed a long time ago and humanity scattered accross the universe. Some, like the Cetians, have established new lives on planets and brought with them their traditions. The Cetians have an old tradition of Catholicism and their latest Pope Peter III is no more open minded that the previous ones. So when a gigantic space ship containing millions of humans living the life of their choices comes into orbit, Peter III is « skeptical » as to the « faith » of their far away brothers.

A representant of the space module visits with the Pope in order to secure an area of the planet for colonisation by some of the space voyagers. But it leads to disaster as the Pope has a hidden agenda… and a hidden daughter.

This is such a critical book that I was glad not to be a strong religious person and especially not a practicing catholic. This book makes the Papacy look backward and openly criticizes the way it keeps the people in fear of technology and progress. I loved the way the author depicted the contrast between the two civilizations. On one side, the Cetians who are engulfed in dogmas and reject progress of any kind, with a papacy that keeps them in ignorance. On the other side, the people from the space module, so highly technologically advanced. They don’t age, don’t reproduce (or at least very rarely and not in the old-fashioned way) and have total liberty with their choices in life. They can even be « birds » if they want to!

I did enjoy this novel tremendously as it was full of good ideas and the author gave depth to each important character whether it be Cetians or visitor.

I recommend this book if you really want to escape and think at the same time.

 

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