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Chainfire
Terry Goodkind
Adult Fiction GOODKIN

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From Publishers' Weekly:

A weak, repetitive plot mars the ninth novel in bestseller Goodkind?s Sword of Truth fantasy series (after 2003?s Naked Empire). The story opens promisingly enough. Richard, Lord Rahl, ruler of D?Hara, seeker and bearer of the Sword of Truth, is sorely wounded in battle. Healed by the sorceress Nicci, he regains consciousness only to discover his wife, Kahlan, is missing?and no one believes she exists. Meanwhile, the armies of Emperor Jagang, leader of the brutal Imperial Order, threaten D?Hara. Distracted by Kahlan?s disappearance, Richard refuses to lead troops against Jagang?s forces, insisting his people must stand up for themselves. Bargaining with the witch woman Shota, he trades the Sword of Truth for information on Kahlan and learns of ?chainfire,? hidden in ?the place of the bones in the Deep Nothing.? Journeying there, Richard discovers chainfire is a spell capable of unraveling existence. Meanwhile, the Sisters of the Dark have stolen two of the three boxes of Orden, seeking to call the Keeper of the Dead to life. Even fans will be disappointed by the minimal action and lengthy speeches that slow this juggernaut of a novel to a tedious crawl. Hopefully, Goodkind has positioned all his pieces and the pace will pick up in the next installment. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

From Library Journal:

The ninth book in the New York Times best-selling "Sword of Truth" series. Simultaneous release with Tor hardcover. Exclusive English-language world rights. One-day laydown: 1/4/05. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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