Line one of the book started off with the introduction of a new character – Jennsen – and continued on with her with no mention of the other characters or any reference to what happened in the previous books. I had to make like a quadruple take on the front cover just to make sure I was reading Terry Goodkind and The Sword of Truth. Once I was satisfied it was Terry Goodkind, I opened up to the front to make sure The Pillars of Creation was in fact in the series of The Sword of Truth and was book 7. I saw that it was, but I still went onto the internet just to make sure. And so it really was.
Being that Jennsen was in the first line of the book, I had a feeling she would be a vital part of the book. For my own curiosity purposes, I still flipped through many pages and saw her name on most of them. Truthfully, I wasn’t impressed by an introduction of a new central character. You may remember what I felt about a previous new character in the book, Fitch, in my Terry Goodkind – Soul of the Fire: book 5 review; Well no matter, I was going to read it anyways.
So as I alluded to, Richard Rahl is not the main character in this book but he does show up. The main characters in this book are Jennsen and Oba………………wait for it………wait for it…………..Jennsen and Oba Rahl. Yup, they are both “bastard” children of Darken Rahl. They are also known as Holes in the World and the Pillars of Creation. They are holes in the world because, from a magic stand point, they might as well not exist. They have absolutely no trace of the gift in them and magic cannot touch them. They are the Pillars of Creation because they are the balance to magic.
Basically in this book both ungifted offspring of Darken are trying to kill Richard. They don’t really know it, but it’s the Keeper who is guiding them. Well you can probably guess what happens afterwards.
In case Goodkind’s last book left you with any doubt to his anti communist views, surly this line “[Humans] are all evil, but some are more evil than others!” from “The Pillars of Creation” should tell you all you need to know about how Goodkind feels. It’s not so much the words themselves that give it away, more so where they are from. Doesn’t it sound awfully similar to this line, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”, from George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” ? I probably don’t need to tell you how anti communist “Animal Farm” is.
Good book overall and certainly does a good job of explaining why all ungifted Rahl offspring must die, but it just doesn’t feel right when Richard Rahl isn’t the focus of the book. One thing that left me curious after reading this book was why these ungifted offspring of any Lord Rahl had the same name as an area of the world where no one is able to go. From reading ahead in the next book, I know this question gets answered in book 8.