The Sword of Truth series follows Richard Cypher, a young woodsman intent on tracking down his father’s murderer. His quest will take him far from home, embroiling him in an ancient war, three-millennia past, that is about to re-ignite with world-shattering violence.
Richard has travelled far from his roots as a simple woods guide. Emperor of the D’Haran Empire, war wizard, the Seeker of Truth – but none of these roles mean as much to him as his newest: husband to his beloved Kahlan Amnell, Mother Confessor of the Midlands.
But their wedding day is the key that unlocks a spell sealed away long ago in a faraway country. Now a deadly power pours forth that threatens to turn the world into a lifeless waste.
Separated from the Sword of Truth and stripped of their magic, Richard and Kahlan must journey across the Midlands to discover a dark secret from the past and a trap that could tear them apart forever. For their fate has become inextricably entwined with that of the Midlands – and there’s no place so dangerous as a world without magic…
After reading the first four books in quick succession, this time last year, it took me a long time to get around to the fifth. They were all good books but each one had the exact same formula as the last and it became a bit predictable. The other books followed the route of get prophecy, character’s don’t realise they’re meeting the requirements, prophecy comes true, thwart the consequences and so within the first few chapters you knew everything you were going to get in the book. This one was different.
Whether that was the case because it had been a long time between books, or whether it really was different, is hard to say but I can tell you that this book had elements that I don’t recall from any other book. I finished reading it one night and when I picked it up the next day the next chapter was starting with completely new characters; it threw me so much I had to check I still had the right book open on my kindle. I really enjoyed seeing the story through the eyes of someone other than Richard and Kahlan as it was good to get an idea of how another section of the world saw the fight between the Order and the D’Harans.
Without spoiling too much, Richard finds his ruthlessness a bit in this book and I’m not sure quite how much I welcome it. He still had the mindset of “I’m the seeker, just trust me” that I recall from the others but he seemed to change almost suddenly within a few chapters. Only the next book will tell how much he’s actually changed and whether this is a good thing for the series or not.
Overall, I do recommend it if you liked any of the others in this series and it seemed better than the fourth was. The lack of predictable formula definitely helped and kept me gripped for the duration of the book.