If you thought the first book in The Sword of Truth series from Terry
Goodkind, (Wizardís First Rule) was a masterpiece, hold that thought.
This one beats that one hands down. This book is the sequel to Mr. Goodkindís
first, set only a few hours after Book 1. The same good guys and new bad guys
make this book a thrilling adventure for any fantasy reader, young or old.
After following Richard and his adventures against Darken Rahl in Book 1, our
much loved hero returns again, with Kahlan, the Mother Confessor, who all men
want to marry, and Zedd, the very strange old man we just can't help but smile
d must now seek
and repair the veil to the underworld that has been torn. Little does Richard
know he will be meeting an old enemy with a sinister plan more evil and dreaded
then the last.
Having saved the world of magic in the previous book, Richar
Wizards First Rule (WFR) is a set stepping stone for this book
(an introduction if you will), a chance for us to get to know the characters
better. By the time you read Stone of Tears you're familiar with the
characters and are ready to getting to know them on a more personal scale. In
this book Richard and Kahlan's role in the world is more realistic. The bad
guys are ten times more frightening. The good guys seem to be going from pillar
to post, fighting each other, making you wonder if they really are good guys.
This book does a superb job of keeping your interest as well as making your
finger ache with wanting to turn the page.
In my experience with this book, I couldn't read it quickly enough. Terry Goodkind
delivers us a rollercoaster of suspense within minutes of turning the first
page. I also found with this book, I had to hang on to every last piece of hope
that was available to me. When I say this book delivers, I mean just that! It
is truly amazing. Even the scenes are just that little bit more realistic for
your liking, sucking you once more into this fantasy world you left behind not
so long ago with Book 1.
No book, however, is complete without a well thought out ending, and Goodkind
provides just that by, once more, giving a high speed, action packed ending,
full of emotions and twists.
But always bear in mind while reading that your eyes can deceive you, as things
are not quite what they seem...
(Ed. note: Also check out Coinneach's review of Wizard's First Rule, the first book in Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth fantasy series.