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Confessor by: Terry Goodkind (A Violent Reactory Review)

November 20, 2007

Confessor
SPOILERS. BEWARE!
Some books are not meant to be listened to. Confessor by Terry Goodkind is one such book. If you have any mercy left for your ears and your mind, then please don’t listen to its audio book.
Spare yourself from endless justifications and explanations. What could be glossed over in a few minutes with a real book could literally extend to an hour when spoken out loud. On one part of the book I wished the former Prelate dead for her endless tirade on why Nicci should whore herself to Richard Rahl. Nicci would not allow it, and it took about an hour for Anne to get her point. The revelation was, however, irrelevant for Ann. She died almost as soon as she realized Nicci’s point. The Sisters of the Dark would have to be profoundly dumb for them not to notice such a long conversation. They mercifully spared Nicci and me another hour of Ann’s talk.
If you still want to listen to it, then prepare yourself for total unrealism that even minds possessing the greatest potential for the suspension of disbelief could not justify. People screaming for their lives would stop whatever they’re doing and listen to Richard’s endless tirades on the validity of his cause and the futility of theirs. To their credit, at the least they resumed screaming when Richard was over. Deus ex machina pervaded almost every scene. I was left with no element of suspense to hold onto. I knew everything would turn out right.
And for the love of everything short, simple, and crisp; don’t listen to endless repetitions in it. Almost everyone who has a speaking voice in the book couldn’t resist doling out his or her opinions in explained, expounded, and dissected formats. If I were the book’s editor, I would have reduced its size by half and the story would have proceeded just as fine if not better.It came to a point that I was so fed up with it that I almost vowed never to read any book of the Sword of Truth saga ever.
Unfortunately, Confessor is the last book of the saga, and I was in the third to the last chapter. I had to finish it. In one scene, Richard was telling some people that they can never return to where they came from. If I were one of them and was told, “you can never return here,” in no less than ten repetitions in more than ten different variations, then I wouldn’t ever want to return to the place where the tireless, whining voice resides.
Now if you love yourself, please don’t listen to the book. Read it, and skim through the boring, repetitive, and unbelievable parts. You would have spared yourself torture from listening to the droning voice for endless hours. If you’re lucky, perhaps, you would even find the book a great read.

46 comments

  1. Do you think Mr. Goodkind might have wanted us to hate Ann so that we wouldn’t be so upset that she was so randomly killed? But if that is true, why build up the fact that Nicci might replace Kahlan and then leave Nicci with NO ONE?! I mean, Cara gets married… I didn’t see that coming.


  2. If Terry had wanted us to hate Ann, then he did a pretty good job doing it. Ann was awesome at the Stone of Tears book and for a few more books afterwards. Her character disintegrated gradually until she was plain annoying during the Chainfire saga. It seemed she was reduced to a whiny old hag who opposed everything she didn’t like, like Richard’s and Nicci’s opinions.
    I kind of foresaw Cara’s marriage. I thought Terry would somehow show a scene where the Mord Sith would finally be integrated into normal society. Besides, Meiffert and Cara did have something going on between them in the previous books.
    I kind of felt sorry for Nicci. She sacrificed a lot for Richard’s cause and ended up with no one. I guess Terry wanted to show us that her freedom is her greatest reward, perhaps even more valuable than being with Richard.


  3. *Warning: Possible Spoilers*

    I loved the series until Naked Empire. The speeches…they just don’t stop. It ceased being about a story and its characters and turned into books on Terry’s Objectivist Philosophy from that point onward to the very end. (mention of “God” and “church”).

    If I recommended the series to anyone, I’d just say read the first 3 books. Don’t bother with the rest.


  4. I agree with you regarding the first three books but I take Faith of the Fallen as an exception. The speeches started there, but they didn’t sound whiny and repetitive yet.
    I was also kind of surprised when he finally blatantly revealed his anti-religion stance when he mentioned God and church in a negative light. I rationalized that he must be referring to those who actively preach what they believe is a peaceful religion by declaring war on unbelievers, and then go to great lengths justifying their actions. e.g. jihadists. HAHAHA.


  5. hmm… does one use the words ‘God’ and ‘church’ when referring to religions that did not branch out from Christianity?

    i’ll be posting my own review. hehe.


  6. You have a point, but for the benefit of the doubt I prefer to think that Terry was referring to religion in general.


  7. I agree with most of the above. This was definitely the worst of Goodkind’s books. I found myself hating most of the book for the preachy speeches that lasted hundreds of pages–all the nonsense about how right Richard’s cause is and how wrong the Order is. Man, I already know this! Everyone who has read the series knows this. I really don’t appreciate having it shoved at me over and over from every character.

    Plus, what is the deal with everybody disagreeing about every tiny step they need to take? Zedd used to be a great character, but now he just sits by and argues about courses of action, saying how he is the First Wizard for a reason . . . then he just suddenly gives in. The “debate” between Zedd and Nicci over her putting Orden into play in Richard’s name should have only been about a page (maybe half).

    When the Sisters of the Dark capture Nicci, it takes almost 50 pages to get her through the tunnels and into the Order camp. How many descriptive scenes do we need to understand how crappy conditions are? One page.

    I also could not believe Ann’s attempt to get Nicci to whore herself to Richard. Ridiculous and boring and for the first time in years, I found myself skimming through the book. For me that really indicates how far Goodkind has fallen. I just could not read any more about Nicci the ‘Slave Queen’ and why she used to be that way. I already know this stuff.

    I have to say that I finished the book only because there were some great scenes in the book, and I wanted to see how the whole series ended.

    I think Terry Goodkind has lost it. He is a fantasy writer, not a philosophy teacher, or at least he used to be. He must not have anyone editing his work anymore–any novice editor would have listened to the Wizard’s Rule (I forget which one) and cut. Cut. Cut. Cut.


  8. Yeah. I agree with those final words. Cut. Cut. Cut.
    I think I know what Wizard’s Rule Terry should have followed, and that would be the 11th Rule.
    It is the rule unwritten, unspoken, and all synonyms of unspeakable and unknowable. He should not have even mentioned more than half of what he wrote.


  9. I have to say that i was looking foward to a good finish to the whole series with this book, but I feel that he let himself down by finishing it poorly, in parts it was a very good read, but i find my self agreeing with the previous comments that the speeches were drawn out and in parts boring. I think that near the end he got caught up in trying to end it like tolkien when middle earth was made round and all magic was gone etc etc except in his, the bad guys were banished there. in short it was a crappy ending.
    I also think he was caught up in modern politics which should never enter the realm of fantasy writing. by the way any1 notice that wheel of time and this series are remarkably similar? i hope jordans books dont finish so lamely.


  10. Yeah. The Stone of Tear in WOT becomes the Stone of Tears in SOT. Then there’s the Sisters vs. Aes Sedai. Sisters of Dark vs. Black Ajah, etc. etc. etc. And Terry still says he was not influenced by WOT.
    I also hope the WOT finishes well, but we have to keep our fingers crossed on that one considering what happened to the author and all .


  11. Goodkind has written A LOT since his first book in 1994 (which I think was when Wizard’s First Rule came out). I’ve written simple books, nothing for anyone to care about, but after writing so much on my characters, I became burned out and just said, “let’s get this over with.” I think Terry wanted to get his message out and leave it at that. But, I will agree with everyone: he was too preachy! I understand why Jagang died the way he did, but I wanted something truly terrible for such a man that raped Nicci countless times and tortured Kahlan and not to mention all the helpless souls under his rule. Goodkind, I think, is just burned out. So many books will do that to you.


  12. i loved the first six books of this series, then they began to fade, but i hung in there because there was some value to each. Even ‘Pillars’ ended with richard kicking serious arse! Confessor, on the other hand, was absolutely terrible! blah, blah, blah, alright already Terry….enough man. The plot was weak, and the book would have had no length without the boring speeches. If i want to read about how evil the church is i’ll pick up some Nietzsche on the way home. All these characters used to rock, now they’re just a glimmer of who they once were. And i know it would have been cliche to have a battle royal with jagang and richard at the end, but that would have been better than jagang just dropping dead. It was building–then nothing.
    I know it’s on a different maturity level, but Harry Potter ended splendidly, and i got my hopes up for this one.


  13. I definately agree with what is stated above and above and above and so on. This was terrible. When the two worlds were seperated I was like, ok saw this coming happy with it, but when he randomly threw in all of the anti-church comments I was just over it, not because Im religous or anything of the sort, it was just completely random and you could tell he was just trying to impose his philosophical views (which at times he does well and are interesting to consider) but it is extremely obvious that he is not very knowledgable on a few of the things he writes about. (i.e. religion, the ability to just STOP repeating yourself, how he destroyed who characters were throughout Confessor by contradicting who he made them out to be in previous books) By this point in the series I was just finishing to finish and hardly cared for the characters becuase it was so obvious he was trying to impose his views, mind you, in a verry non-subtle way that made you irritated with it rather than consider what he is saying. All of the rambling and the anti-climatic ending made me wish I stopped reading at book 4 or 5. Oh, question, since I could only make myself read the ending once, did he say that in the other world (“our world”) that there is no underworld?


  14. Yeah. He did say that the other world was not connected to the Underworld and thus can never be connected to the original world.
    Btw, I had this insight earlier today. On Confessor, it seemed Goodkind was trying to imitate Richard’s prank with Darken Rahl on Book 1 where he doesn’t get affected by Confessor power because he had already loved Kahlan completely. It didn’t work as expected. I felt nothing when it was revealed that Kahlan regained her memories because she already knew that she loved Richard even before she knew they were married. The book really ended badly.


  15. …and what was with the way all the sisters of the dark died at the end? swirling around and getting sucked into the underworld–lame! Jagang dropping dead–lame! The sword being the key the whole time and richard realizing it because the pages of the book were blank–lame!

    What a cop out. instead of writing some creative senarios, he just got everything over with. he spent 200 pages on speeches and back story, and on the climax of the entire 11 book series he spent 20 pages. Also, did anyone else notice that when you got to page 300 nothing had happened yet? I mean absolutley nothing had happen but back story and speeches… That’s when i knew the ending wouldn’t be up to par.


  16. Well, to start off with, I haven’t read the book yet. Pretty sure I’m getting it for Christmas…can’t hardly wait.

    As for the story, the characters (zed and Ann for starters) were not the same as they were in the previous books because of their memory loss of Kahlan. I don’t know how many times he brought that up…figured it would’ve been obvious. Could be part of the story or an attempt to add worth to lives when there is nothing waiting for us when our lives end (his beliefs I believe).

    Kind’ve leary about the book since I’ve been reading in reviews that he makes anti-religion comments. I, like most, believe the people who caused the terrible events on 9/11 were evil, but this does not necessarily mean that religion (theirs in this case) is intrisically evil (although I do believe it is mistaken); rather, it ‘could’ mean that they simply are twisting beliefs in order to validate their hate. Similar to many of the Catholic and protestant atrocities through the years (crusades and forcing Indians to convert or be tortured).

    I can’t condemn him for writing his beliefs, just wished he hadn’t turned out to be so alienating.


  17. I thought the book was good but could have been cut in half. i enjoyed the parts with Richard and thought he was not in the book enough. Zed should have had a larger part as well. It was week ending to an otherwise good series.


  18. I got a real sense that he rushed through the last quarter of the book. Everything up until then takes for-bloody-ever, then all of a sudden – WHAM – story’s done and I’m left feeling ripped off.

    This series used to be one of my favourites, I’ve read and re-read the majority of it’s books many times. Now, it’s over and I’m glad it’s over.

    Way to fail your readers Goodkind, and your characters.


  19. so, I have a question. At the end when the chainfir spell is dispelled, kahlan gets her memory back, but it’s not really clear whether all the other characters get their memories back or not. I assume they didnt because of all the talk about how their memories were gone and nothing could bring them back but it was never explicitly stated either way at the end.

    Also, did I miss something or did anyone else wonder why Nicci could see Kahlan when she was in Jagang’s tent? Wasn’t she still affected by Chainfire? Shouldn’t Kahlan have been invisible to her? When Nicci put the boxes of Orden in play it was implied tha she gained some knowledge of Kahlan at that point, so I assume that the boxes disrupted the effects of the spell similar to the way the Sword of Truth did wen people touched the hilt.


  20. Richard explained why everyone got their memories back, but it was too short that it could be unconsciously ignored.
    All the memories of Kahlan were destroyed in the World of Life, and went into the Underworld. Richard journeyed there and retrieved them. He then suffused the second Spirit statue with them. Kahlan’s act of receiving the statue meant that she accepted all the memories that were lost, and in typical Sword of Truth logic this means that Orden would then restore everything, including memories provided the right box was opened.
    Nicci became aware of Kahlan’s existence when she put the boxes in play. Now that she was aware, she could no longer forget Kahlan when she saw her, unlike what happened to ordinary people.
    IMO, the Sword of Truth was part of the Orden spell, so that meant that it can render ordinary people aware of the Chainfire spell.


  21. I am in complete agreement with most of whats said above. I also have a couple of questions though:

    1. Shota told Richard that his mother wasn’t the only person in the fire (george cypher’s house). Who was the other person?

    2. Please, please, please explain to me the rule unwritten. Apparently, while skimming through the repititions, I missed it.


  22. About question number 1:
    It was another night wisp. That wisp would have guided Richard but it did not survive the fire. Btw, the details are in Phantom.
    About question 2:
    Terry intentionally made that rule vague so as to leave it open for interpretation. My interpretation would go something like this:
    The rule of rules lies inside all of us, and must be followed. It is also called wisdom, that which is above reason or passion. From this rule all rules were derived from, and must be subject to.


  23. I wanted nothing more than for Richard to get with Nicci. That’s all I was waiting for ever since faith of the fallen. I really thought it was going to happen when ann was talking nicci into it. Goodkind let me down. He let us all down. I truly thought while reading confessor that there would be another book. I mean the way he was just plodding along it didn’t seem like anything worthwhile would happen. and then it just ended, and i didn’t even know what the hell happened.


  24. For years Goodkind has been sabotaging the SoT series by replacing character and plot with some crass and unsubtle life philosophy. ‘Confessor’ is a terrible book. The writing is crude and given to endlessly repetitive rants. Static, two-dimensional characters and woven together so loosely, that Goodkind has to tie the threads off in increasingly erratic ways as the story thrashes around in its death throes. ‘The beast’ – made much off in previous books – is destroyed so quickly and easily, I had to reread the paragraph to grasp its significance. Six is similarly dispatched and the biggest villain of the lot dies in a way that brings new meaning to the word ‘anticlimax’. Goodkind has a very bad habit of using magic mumbo-jumbo to qualify implausible and unreasonably favourable events and doesn’t hesitate to warp the reality of the story in his self-interest. After hundreds of pages of rambling conversation with the author, endlessly and obviously repeated over and over again, the last threads are cut and the reader is presented with an ugly tapestry so full of knots and holes it looks like it was woven by a monkey with no thumbs. It should never have been published and probably wouldn’t have been, if it were not the last book in the unfathomably popular Sword of Truth Series.


  25. well put, C.H.

    so can anyone suggest another fantasy novel, one that will grip me like the first few in the SoT series? I’m finishing my fourth John Irving novel, and am ready to dig into something strange and creative.


  26. I’d definitely recommend George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. It’s really gripping, and it does away with predictability. Read it and know pain! hehehe.
    Btw, have you tried the Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan?


  27. I second the recommendation for A Song of Fire and Ice series.

    An awesome series. I can’t wait for the next release.


  28. I became attached to the main characters in WFR and wanted to know what happened to them; so I toughed out the last few books. In my view, the last 5 books were twice as long as they needed to be, due to meandering plot lines(some that didn’t add substance), supernaturally dull speeches masquerading as dialogue, and often-repeated ideas. The twisted violence–usually against women–and the lack of depth in the “bad guys” (Only Jagang wasn’t singing, “If I only had a brain…”)were problems throughout the series for me. I know it’s easier to be a critic than an author. Still, I had hoped that previous reader critiques of Mr. Goodkind’s books might lead to a better final volume. They didn’t. But, at least it’s all over now. So, for humor, intrique, suspense, action, and excellent writing and character-building, try Jennifer Fallon, an Australian fantasy writer I just discovered. Happy reading.


  29. I just finished reading this book, and I also have to say that I was rather disappointed. As Goodkind is the author, it is kind of hard to be too upset at him using his book to spout whatever philosophy he wants…this is his media after all…that doesn’t mean I’m going to like it though. What really annoyed me though is that I constantly felt like I was reading a mini-series that had been pieced together. Constantly rehashing the plot–not from previous books, but from previous chapters or even paragraphs–is kind of…I don’t even know what to call it. I felt as if I wasn’t being trusted to remember what was said in the previous chapter, let alone the ability to re-read said chapter if I missed something…and then to further baffle things he would reference another book (such as the fire that killed the wisp that was explained in phantom as stated above) and not give any indication as to what was being talked about.

    Did anyone else notice the ‘subtle’ hint from Nathan about a sequel (Paraphrase: Nathan: “Oh now that obscure prophesy makes sense about a savior from another world!” Zedd: “Whatchutalkin bout, Nate?” Nathan: “Don’t worry buddy, we’ll talk about it off-camera, and it will make sense if ‘the Creator’ needs to milk this world again in the future”)?

    There were a lot of plot elements I didn’t like, but I guess I could understand…(Jagang dying like he did was not very satisfying, but had ‘Goodkind Logic’ to it…he wanted to be a martyr, so give him a mental shiv and toss him in the dumpster; Six and ‘the beast’ dying rather anti-climatically; Everyone getting seeming to get systematically more annoying and stupid due to the chainfire and chime mental pincher attack; among others) but why oh why did Nicci get left out in the cold? Why write Faith of the Fallen, make us fall in love with the character, and then leave her to ‘be happy’ *ahem – slowly-driven-insane-by-unrequited-love – ahem* for Richard and Kahlan? Again, he’s the author and can do whatever he wants, but f*** that…it’s hard when I didn’t even really like Kahlan that much at the end of the series.

    One last note, even with ‘Goodkind Logic’ …how does one separate a world from not only the underworld (which is supposedly the barrier between the two worlds…the space between the two ink-stains on the hankie…if you will) but from ‘The Creator’ himself? Supposedly the creator…um…created everything, right? So something ‘created’ by something he created would kind of still be under his domain…wouldn’t it? I mean, if you have a gold watch, and I steal it, melt it down, and make a pair of earrings out of it…even though it’s not a watch anymore, they still technically belong to you, right?

    Anyways…It’s good to have a ‘conclusion’ …but it’s hard when you’re left feeling a bit empty.


  30. Oh, and for recommendations, I third “Song of Ice and Fire” by Martin, as well as put forth the Axis Trilogy by Sara Douglass and the Amber series by Roger Zelasny, among others.


  31. It’s true that Goodkind’s the boss, but a novel should be about the writing and the reader. Goodkind could repeat the phrase: “you’re a sucker for buying this book.” 30,000 times – it’s his right, but it wouldn’t BE right. If he wants to talk about humanity and wisdom and making the most of our time on earth, he should write a newsletter and give me back the 8 hours of my life I wasted with ‘Chainfire’. Although, as I understand it that would be a violation of Wizard’s Rule #648: ‘No refunds, chumps.’


  32. C.H. – In some ways…that’s kind of what he did, isn’t it? I mean, he did conclude the series; but as has been stated before, that could have been done in probably a quarter of the time spent with filler/redundant text…most of which could probably be considered a translation of “You’re a sucker for buying this book”

    …and then Richard spending all that time and effort to get a book that’s empty and practically useless to him…isn’t that a haunting bit of parallelism? It’s kind of close to how I was left feeling anyways… Maybe the Wizard’s last rule WAS “No refunds, Chump”


  33. LOL – Thom – after reading all of the great points above you summed it up best – I love your take on the last rule – thanks for the hearty chuckle!

    Does anyone know who is talomg over for Robert Jordan now that I have one last excruciatingly long series to end…


  34. Check out this post from RJ’s blog:
    http://www.dragonmount.com/Books/Memory_of_Light/

    RJ had the story recorded into tape. Harriet, his wife, made the comprehensive outline; and she chose Brandon Sanderson to write the book. This book will also be edited by Harriet, who was the editor of all the other Wheel of Time books.


  35. I’ve read all of the previous books in the Sword of Truth series and I’ll say that every since Stone of Tears the quality of the saga has dropped dramatically. I mean how many times can the world be swallowed by ultimate evil in whatever form it takes? Goodkind’s last few books were just irritating. Come on Chainfire ? It wasn’t grand or heartbreaking it was utter dreck. After reading just the first few chapters of his latest overblown piece of crap ‘Confessor’ I’ll say that I’ happy this is the last book.


  36. Unfortunately, I agree with almost every post in this forum.
    I bought the book at the airport and even read it during my honeymoon, I was looking forward to the “Epic conclusion to the ultimate saga of our time” and it left me totally disappointed. With about 200 pages to go I figured, “he has to stop preaching, yeah?” I mean…. there was only 200 pages left and that meant maybe 30 pages of events after filtering… I skimmed about 300 pages of the book when I used to hang off every word. What happened!?!? Terry used to paint pictures using a single sentence, now he needs to dedicated half a chapter and then summarise what he just said so that you can recall the last 10 pages!?!?
    I knew he was going to cop out halfway through, I didn’t even bother spending the time to concentrate on what Richard was doing at the end with the power of Orden since I didn’t really give a toss at that point to be honest. I just wanted to finish the book and get on with my life. A life I suspended willingly on several occassions for him, I guess I expected him to suspend his a bit so that I had an ending I could be happy with.
    Truth be told, I really just wanted Richard “Bringer of Death” to kick a bit of arse and get some smackdown on those chumps but noooo.. nada, nothing, zip. Instead, I got Death’s evangelist.
    Bitter.


  37. Agreed on all counts. What a letdown. If you guys want to read a good series, try Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen. Brilliant!


  38. I agree with practically everyone else.. the ending was weak and disappointing for such a long series.. Another series i recommend though is the Sword of Shannara series by Terry Brooks (and yes i thought the similarities in author and title were unusual, hence why i picked up Terry Goodkind in the first place). But read it, you won’t be disappointed!


  39. Nic,
    I also find the Malazan series interesting, but I think it lacked character development. I just couldn’t identify with any of them. The storyline, however, is amazing! The way SE weaves magic, intrigue, and the meddling of the gods is awesome.
    Btw, have you read GRRM’s A Song of Ice and Fire? Now that’s one series nobody should miss. Magic there is relegated to the most of extreme of sidelines, but it made the series all the more interesting.

    Jeremiah,
    TB is a great author. It takes great willpower for my part to put any of the books down once I get into their story. Nevertheless, I think there’s a “Dragonballish” tone to it. Newer, more menacing monsters seem to crop up every time a new book is published. Strangely, it seems like many of the “newer” monsters are actually older than the monsters shown in the book previous to where they appear.


  40. Richard spent the entire chainfire series searching for Kahaln and as soon as he finds nothing comes it he makes his incediblely drawn out speech to “banish the evil-doers” and the book ends, Goodkind really droped the ball on this one.


  41. I have only one (serious) criticism of this book.
    So, the Book of Counted Shadows was fake? It didn’t matter what box Darken Rahl opened (or am I wrong here)? If this is true, it means THE ENTIRE FIRST BOOK WAS POINTLESS! How can I reread it now knowing that the Book doesn’t really hold the key? I feel like Terry has completely betrayed the plot of his most important and touching novel by this cheap cop-out.


  42. For most of the posts here, I agree with the points being made, if not to the depths of irritation at feeling it. I absolutely loved most of the books, and the final three were my favorite, hands down.
    To the earlier posts, I agree with Calvin. The reason that Terry made the characters so different was because they lost their memory of Kahlan. It was part of the story, not Terry screwing up.
    However, it was the most long-winded book I’ve ever read. Whoever said that they felt like he kept reminding them about the last chapter and then made references to previous books without explanations, I completely agree. The explanations were not necessary. And the ending definitely needed to be longer, and the rest of the book shorter. However, I still loved it. The story, the plot, everything.
    And as for Nicci, if she and Richard had gotten together, it would have ruined the theme of the books altogether.
    All in all, I loved the books, but I too am glad it’s over.


  43. Okay..I haven’t read the last three books yet..i kinda lost interest after that and i’m thinking of buying them and finishing the series..but judging from all these comments, I’m kinda thinking twice..so i just need to know what happened in the end..did kahlan and richard actually got back together again..?..coz if not, then i’m not buying the book..hehe..=)..thanks


  44. Yes, Richard and Kahlan did get back together.
    Btw, if you do buy that book, be prepared to shove it somewhere dark and forgotten after you read it. Nobody deserves to read that book twice!


  45. Really now, people? I just came upon this review, whilst looking around online for people’s opinion’s of Terry Goodkind, and I was absolutely shocked by what I found. I thought Confessor was a great book. I was only MORE interested in the series after Naked Empire, and I sincerely refuse to believe that Goodkind made any mistakes here. You were expecting a super duper duel at the end, honestly? Why? That doesn’t even make sense. I laughed my ass of when Jagang got what he deserved. And if nobody noticed earlier in the series, “Stone of Tears”, for example, Goodkind was already showing his “God is a stupid ass myth” tendencies.

    If someone can write a better ending for that book the ties everything together as well as it was “lolmonkeythumbs”, let’s see your brilliance. I was not let down at all.


  46. Jeremy, while this was a let down ending, if you look at it on a more insightful manner, you will understand that book one wasn’t pointless. Wizards first rule; people are stupid and will believe what they want to. As Zedd said early in the series, its the fundamental law. The series was brought in full circle, leading everything back to to the first rule. If you don’t take time to appreciate his cleverness in this, then yeah, you can go with everyone elses post and pretty much sum it up as “no refund chump”



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