Well well well. Finally on the 11th and last book of the Sword of Truth series, Confessor. Right away even before reading a single word I am annoyed. Thickness wise, it’s the same as all previous books in the series – approximately 650-800 pages. However, the book itself is approximately 15% longer but the width remained the same. This makes the book extremely awkward to hold and my entire “reading rhythm” (whatever that means) is off. It’s surprisingly a very big deal when reading page after page. However, my biggest gripe about having such a long book is now it does not fit properly on my bookshelf. All the books from book 1 to book 10 all line up perfectly and then we have book 11 which bulges out and just looks stupid. Here’s the strange (stupid?) part of it though, the page, despite being longer, doesn’t actually hold more words. In fact, it holds less words!! (yes I counted) The difference is in the new book the font is a smidgen bigger and the line spacing is a little farther apart. Evidently that’s the reason for the extra $2 in price…….. I can’t even remember them having a “normal size” copy of this book because I definitely would have picked it up just to be consistent. Arggggh (you can’t see it right now but both my fists are in the air shaking.
As you may recall, Richard lost his gift in the previous book, Phantom. With it, he lost his ability to remember ‘The Book of Counted Shadows’. And yet early in Confessor, he somehow remembered the first line in the book that told him Khalan was needed to verify if the book was true or not. Oh Goodkind…..
In Confessor, Goodkind plants another wrinkle in the already philosophical book – emotion without cause. How exactly can you have an emotion without cause? If you, for example, hate someone because your friend told you to hate them, you still have a cause – your friend told you. Maybe it’s not a very good one, but it’s there.
In this book Richard is in a race he doesn’t even know about. As you may remember, Nicci put the Boxes of Orden in play under Richard’s name. Richard doesn’t yet realize it, but he has exactly 1 year to find all 3 boxes or Orden just as his father, Darken, had. Later we find out that there is another condition – he must find the boxes before he finds Khalan. Well more accurately, he must find them before Khalan finds out anything about her past. If he is unable to do this though, releasing the power of Orden to counter the Chainfire spell could either kill Khalan or have her lose her memories forever. In both cases, Richard basically loses Khalan. The big question then becomes, what motivation does Richard have to release the power of Orden? Perhaps not physically (unless he kills himself), but emotionally he will have died with Khalan. What difference does it make what happens to the rest of the world? He could either spend the rest of his living days with a Khalan who doesn’t remember anything and then have the world come to an end, or he could potentially kill her instantly but save the world. A world that he himself would not be a part of. Interesting dilemma. I actually considered the question ‘Why should we care what happens after we die?’ after I read about what Baraccus did in the previous book to try and save the world 3000 years after his death.
Jennsen returns here in the last book. You may remember she was the red headed, pristinely ungifted, half sister of Richard. We last left her off with her distant relatives – the Bandakar. What will we see from her now? RTFO (read to find out).
Oh and I know I said this before in a previous review, but I do very much love Nicci. Cara in a previous book and Ann in this book claim to love Richard (which I don’t doubt) and so are trying to set Nicci up with him. Nicci is the only person who recognizes that if they did truly love him, they’d let him love whoever he wants.
You may remember way back in the beginning Rachel was identified as being special, but it was never explain how. In this book we find out how.
OH MY GOSH, I just finished (had been writing this review as I read). I know I’ve been bashing Goodkind quite a bit lately, but this last book, Confessor, was quite simply amazing. I dare say this final book was even better than book 1. On the strength of this book, I WILL be reading the entire series again from start to finish one day, which is saying a lot since I read so slow it makes this series seem even longer than it is. Based on this last book alone I can sum up the entire series with one word………EPIC.