The story itself was solid without being amazing, and I thought it was a major improvement on Goodkind's previous few releases. The action scenes were well executed, and I enjoyed the long chase at the start of the book. The pacing of Severed Souls was up and down. At times the story flowed brilliantly and at other times it became bogged down as Goodkind recapped previous events from other books. The characters were also a mixed bag I've come to expect this of Goodkind , with some enthralling me and others boring me.
Characterisation has never been Goodkind's strongest point , but I really liked how Ludwig Dreier was depicted and positioned throughout the story. He was a strong villain with clear and understandable goals and motives that I could relate to. I especially enjoyed how he wasn't as one dimensional as some of Goodkind's other characters. Richard also had moments of brilliance, and the ending took me back to the golden age of Goodkind in the nineties, but overall Goodkind did struggle to get my emotional involvement throughout stages of the story until the end.
The magic, as always, was interesting and enjoyable, but I found myself getting frustrated with the author's explanation of 'occult powers' for every single thing that happened that didn't make sense.
I wanted more detail, hoping for some new amazing magical system that Richard and Kahlan would have to combat, but there was none coming. I can handle enemies breaking the laws Goodkind himself has established in previous books as long as it is explained. Sadly however 'occult power's' turned out to be about as far as Goodkind was willing to go in his detail most of the time.
What made this book for me was its ending. It almost felt like Goodkind was cruising at until the end. The finale of the story was gripping and incredibly tragic, and it took me back to how I felt when I first read Wizard's First Rule.
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The question for me then is why Goodkind couldn't replicate this throughout the rest of the book? The ending alone lifted this book from an average read to a solidly enjoyable one.
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Things fell into place, and I found myself wanting more. This was the Goodkind that I loved as a teenager, the writer who could blow my mind and tear out my heart. All in all I found Severed Souls to be an enjoyable read, albeit with many frustrating facets that could have been improved prior to release. If you are a Goodkind fan then you will love Severed Souls and be willing to ignore the weaknesses it has. If you aren't, then you will probably not be able to get past the flaws.
A major improvement over previous works, I hope Goodkind continues to write and get back to producing works similar to his early books. Aug 09, Benjamin Cummings rated it it was amazing.
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After finishing this novel I'm almost speechless. Goodkind does what no other storyteller can do. He reaches into the heart and mind to deliver spellbinding, deeply emotional tales about the triumph of the human will and spirit. His characters come not just figuratively, but literally off the page. They're not just names on a page. They become beloved friends and hated enemies. As far as this reader is concerned when it comes to great storytellers there's Terry Gookind and then there's every After finishing this novel I'm almost speechless. As far as this reader is concerned when it comes to great storytellers there's Terry Gookind and then there's everybody else.
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Aug 03, Skyla rated it it was amazing. I have to admit, I have been a lover of Goodkind's books since I picked the first one up several years ago, even of the not-so-great ones. I generally don't write reviews, but gosh. While this book started out pretty disappointing and tedious, and didn't really have any character development which has always been my favorite thing about the books, really feeling like you are getting to know who the characters are deep down it was still interesting enough to keep at it.
Heart-wrenching, breathtaking, dumbfounding plot-twists and cliffhangers. I still can't believe it.
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I had to set the book aside and compose myself when I got to the hard parts. There were times in the early books when I truly could not comprehend how those things could happen, but this Overall, this was definitely a great read, and I would recommend it. I know there are those who have been turned off from Goodkind's books for various reasons and have not read some of the later books and like to complain how "bad" they have gotten, but I believe if you truly loved his books as much as you can love books, anyway , you would have stuck with it even if you felt they weren't up to par.
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If you were turned away so easily, then you were never really a fan and were perhaps trying to get something from the books that was not being offered and are letting your perception of that cloud your judgment. Jul 31, Todd rated it did not like it Shelves: zzzzzzzzzzz. I stopped reading this drivel years ago when Goodkind was filling his pages with everyone loudly and repeatedly proclaiming their "love of Richard Rahl".
And the author's preoccupation with rape, attempted rape and insinuated rape made me wonder if there's a missing woman locked in Goodkind's basement. I realize there're unpleasantries that are necessary to a story but these books became a vehicle for sexually, repressed fantasy-readers who I surmise both resent and lust for the women who likely I stopped reading this drivel years ago when Goodkind was filling his pages with everyone loudly and repeatedly proclaiming their "love of Richard Rahl".
I realize there're unpleasantries that are necessary to a story but these books became a vehicle for sexually, repressed fantasy-readers who I surmise both resent and lust for the women who likely spurned them. I couldn't stand to read the series as it only got worse. Goodreads sent me an email informing me of the upcoming release and I should thank them for reminding me why I avoid Goodkind's work. View all 13 comments.
Aug 04, T. Stranger rated it it was ok.
Two stars, simply because it was better than "The Third Kingdom". However, the book itself remains completely flawed, and I'm still convinced that this new series is written by another author. Firstly, the writing is clunky as though Goodkind wrote the story once and never bothered with a second look. That's what the book feels like: a first draft.
There is such a "one step forward, two steps back" feel Two stars, simply because it was better than "The Third Kingdom". There is such a "one step forward, two steps back" feel to the storytelling, you swear you remember reading the very same words in his previous book. Secondly, Goodkind kills off characters like they were introduced two pages ago - I mean, we've been with these people through 14 books, and you kill them, and then practically forget them?
Thirdly, the story is just so basic and uninspiring. There is never anything surprising, never anything new. Basically, another substandard story that I was obliged to read because, fuck, I've come this far.
Take my money, Goodkind. Take it and run. Sep 21, I'm Booked rated it it was ok. Terry Goodkind sparked my love for Fantasy Fiction, so pretty much every time that I pick up one of his books I swoon from the building anticipation. I wanted to love this book as much as I loved his earlier work but I was unable to connect with the plot and the characters that I have come to know and love were portrayed as mere shadows of their former selves.
I am not a fickle fan. Here I am reading the 14th book in the series so I do not appreciate having to hear about how Richard and Kahlan fi Terry Goodkind sparked my love for Fantasy Fiction, so pretty much every time that I pick up one of his books I swoon from the building anticipation. Here I am reading the 14th book in the series so I do not appreciate having to hear about how Richard and Kahlan first met, how Zedd is the 1st wizard or that Nicci used to be a sister of the dark who kidnapped Richard and bla bla bla I've been there. I've read that.