I've just finished Phantom by Terry Goodkind, the tenth book in the Sword of Truth series. If you've been reading my blog, you may remember that I was not thrilled with the last book, Chainfire. This one made up for that.
I wasn't thrilled with the way it ended - it felt as if there was an awful lot left unfinished, but it's the second-last book in the series, so I guess it was intentional, so that the last book could wrap up all the loose ends. I'm glad that I didn't read this one as soon as it came out, because I would have been really pissed off at having to wait for the next one in the series!
One thing that I noticed in this book is that Goodkind's characters tend to deliver monologues. I'm pretty sure that he did that in previous installments in the series, too, but I really noticed it here. Richard will give two or three page speeches about how he figured things out. I understand that he needs to explain to his friends what's been going on, but the readers have already read all of these things, and it's, well, a bit redundant. I found myself skimming over most of those, and that's sad. I like to read a book, not skim it.
But overall, I enjoyed it. This book actually moved the plot forward, unlike the last book that left me feeling that I had been running around in circles. And I'm about to start the next one, because after more than ten years, I want to see how this ends!
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