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'The Sword of Truth series was my masterwork. Yet, life for these characters goes on after the conclusion of that series. For years readers have been asking about Richard and Kahlan's children. This is that story' TERRY GOODKIND. In 1994 Wizard's First Rule introduced Richard Cypher, a young woodsman seeking answers and vengeance in the aftermath of his father's murder, and 'The Sword of Truth series was my masterwork. Yet, life for these characters goes on after the conclusion of that series. For years readers have been asking about Richard and Kahlan's children. This is that story' TERRY GOODKIND. In 1994 Wizard's First Rule introduced Richard Cypher, a young woodsman seeking answers and vengeance in the aftermath of his father's murder, and Kahlan Amnell, a mysterious young woman pursued by a bloodthirsty tyrant's assassins. The Sword of Truth is one of the most ambitious fantasy series ever written. It was a decades-long masterwork that has been translated into 20 languages and sold 26 million copies. After 16 volumes and one novella, it concluded in 2016 with Warheart. The Children of D'Hara picks up immediately after the conclusion of the Sword of Truth series. The story will be told in instalments, as novella-length episodes published every three months. Into Darkness is the fifth novella.


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'The Sword of Truth series was my masterwork. Yet, life for these characters goes on after the conclusion of that series. For years readers have been asking about Richard and Kahlan's children. This is that story' TERRY GOODKIND. In 1994 Wizard's First Rule introduced Richard Cypher, a young woodsman seeking answers and vengeance in the aftermath of his father's murder, and 'The Sword of Truth series was my masterwork. Yet, life for these characters goes on after the conclusion of that series. For years readers have been asking about Richard and Kahlan's children. This is that story' TERRY GOODKIND. In 1994 Wizard's First Rule introduced Richard Cypher, a young woodsman seeking answers and vengeance in the aftermath of his father's murder, and Kahlan Amnell, a mysterious young woman pursued by a bloodthirsty tyrant's assassins. The Sword of Truth is one of the most ambitious fantasy series ever written. It was a decades-long masterwork that has been translated into 20 languages and sold 26 million copies. After 16 volumes and one novella, it concluded in 2016 with Warheart. The Children of D'Hara picks up immediately after the conclusion of the Sword of Truth series. The story will be told in instalments, as novella-length episodes published every three months. Into Darkness is the fifth novella.

30 review for Into Darkness

  1. 5 out of 5

    Christien

    Ugh With each book in this series, the writing devolves more and more. This installment was basically fan fiction in desperate need of an editor. The story drawn out where it didn't need to be, compressed where it should have been expanded, and padded throughout with useless dialogue and pointless exposition. The story of Kahlan and Richard is done. Wish he'd just move on to other works. Ugh With each book in this series, the writing devolves more and more. This installment was basically fan fiction in desperate need of an editor. The story drawn out where it didn't need to be, compressed where it should have been expanded, and padded throughout with useless dialogue and pointless exposition. The story of Kahlan and Richard is done. Wish he'd just move on to other works.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    While this book satisfied my need to know what happened next, I also found it as frustrating as the other 4 in this series. Yes, the ending was good, in that everyone survived who we wanted to survive, but there were so many glaring holes in the plot, it made it frustrating to read for me. There were so many issues, especially where magic is concerned, that seem to have been mentioned as intrinsic to the plot, but any explanation is then totally skimmed over or, in some places, contradicted by dif While this book satisfied my need to know what happened next, I also found it as frustrating as the other 4 in this series. Yes, the ending was good, in that everyone survived who we wanted to survive, but there were so many glaring holes in the plot, it made it frustrating to read for me. There were so many issues, especially where magic is concerned, that seem to have been mentioned as intrinsic to the plot, but any explanation is then totally skimmed over or, in some places, contradicted by different explanations further into the book - to the point that it would jar me out of the story, and then I couldn't concentrate on it from then on. But one of the most disappointing aspects, for me, was that this whole series was called Children of D'hara, which had me all excited, and thinking about all the kinds of adventures any children of Kahlan and Richard could get into - but then I find that the twins themselves took all 5 books to actually be born! The series might as well have been called Kahlan's pregnancy! But there was also a problem for me, as to how the Golden Queen's death was accomplished - considering the death and destruction caused by the Glee, on her behalf, it felt that Richard's solution to the problem was far, far, too easily accomplished, and that her followers seemed to revert back to their original nature, with an ease that was almost insulting, considering how much grief Richard and Kahlan had been put through. Even the solution to Shota felt insultingly brief and unplanned, and every argument or solution seemed far too simplistic, considering the length of the books - to the point where I felt that Goodkind looked at his readers as if we were children, needing to be guided along the story. But, even though this book was actually novel sized - as if, once again, Goodkind had realised too many things needed an explanation, so he hurriedly tried to fill us all in on the plot - I also felt that, if you took away all the repetition of conversation and description, it would probably have been half the size that it is, which is consumit with almost every book I've read of Goodkind's, so far, unfortunately. What kept me going back to his books, despite all of this, was that the basic premise of the story was great, with the 2 main characters being so likeable, that I couldn't help rooting for them, even though I had to endure far too much padding, in order to get to the meat of the story. I've read 26 of his books, so far but, if a good editor was allowed to really edit them the way they deserved to be - and making money wasn't the object - I can imagine they could all have been whittled down to around 10 books, and still be as entertaining for the fans of SoT. As it is, the way in which the story ends, makes me think it was done this way, to leave a door open for yet more books in the future. I don't think that I'll be buying any more though, as I've a finite amount of space for books on my shelves, and there are far better authors out there, that don't insult their readers by excessively padding out their stories with extraneous stuff, to the point where contradictions and plot holes abound!

  3. 5 out of 5

    itchy

    titular sentence: p120: And then, he could feel his mind slipping into darkness deeper than the darkness of where he lay. eh?: p57: The portcullis had spikes along the bottom to crush anyone if the heavy gateway were to suddenly dropped on them. Things have taken a turn for the weird. And Richard has become foul-mouthed all of a sudden.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Apollo

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Extremely frustrating. Trivial items are decribed in excruciating detail. At this point we are all aware of how a confessor's powers work. No point in taking a whole page to decribe it. While areas that should have been focused on more were almost glossed over. I mean the whole series was based on the golden godess and she was dealt with in the most anti-climatic way. Extremely frustrating. Trivial items are decribed in excruciating detail. At this point we are all aware of how a confessor's powers work. No point in taking a whole page to decribe it. While areas that should have been focused on more were almost glossed over. I mean the whole series was based on the golden godess and she was dealt with in the most anti-climatic way.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michael Otto

    Welcome to the concluding book Children of D'Hara 5 : Into Darkness. In the previous book Kahlan is pregnant and it turns out twins will eventually be born. Though not a smooth pregnancy which sends Richard off in a search of a rare flower to help out his ailing wife. That's a task and a half. Add to that they still have to deal with these Glee popping in from another dimension. So Richard decides to end this fight with the Glee he will have the find their leader, this Golden Goddess. Defeat her Welcome to the concluding book Children of D'Hara 5 : Into Darkness. In the previous book Kahlan is pregnant and it turns out twins will eventually be born. Though not a smooth pregnancy which sends Richard off in a search of a rare flower to help out his ailing wife. That's a task and a half. Add to that they still have to deal with these Glee popping in from another dimension. So Richard decides to end this fight with the Glee he will have the find their leader, this Golden Goddess. Defeat her and the Glee should lose the will to fight. As Shota the witch woman was alluded to in the previous book she makes a physical appearance in this book where Richard & her confront each other. The results of that have bring on apologies from others involved. Why? Find out by reading. The revalence of Into Darkness doesn't show up until more than 1/2 way through the book though won't spoil what it is though for those who hate spoilers. You have to read to find out like I did. One observation this 4book is thicker than previous books.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Hart

    This latest book encompasses one of Goodkind’s worst trademarks: repetition. I enjoyed the shorter stories that came before this, but then Goodkind had to start repeating sentences and ideas to make this one longer. And he goes into way too much detail about what the surroundings look like in each scene, sometimes several pages to describe one area!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dale Russell

    ***Note Minor Spoilers ahead*** In this, the final chapter of the CHILDREN OF D'HARA saga, Richard, Khalan, and the rest of his party that make up the Law of Nine have found their way to the safety of Aydindril and the Wizard's Keep completely blocked with only one hope to find their way through. And, that way is most assuredly a trap. Yet, Richard WILL find a way, as he always does, but that way may destroy the entire world. Book 5...Goodkind wraps this story arc in this, the last book in 677 pag ***Note Minor Spoilers ahead*** In this, the final chapter of the CHILDREN OF D'HARA saga, Richard, Khalan, and the rest of his party that make up the Law of Nine have found their way to the safety of Aydindril and the Wizard's Keep completely blocked with only one hope to find their way through. And, that way is most assuredly a trap. Yet, Richard WILL find a way, as he always does, but that way may destroy the entire world. Book 5...Goodkind wraps this story arc in this, the last book in 677 pages, effectively twice as long as any of the other four chapters in the story. This has all the Sword of Truth flavors and feels and the author stays true to his characters development and ongoing story. The only drawback I find is that the threat that has been looming throughout four and a half books is effectively eliminated in less than a moment's time leaving the reader (well...at least ME) feeling a little like...'Wait...is that it?' I will say that there is still some ends to tie up and a few pending story lines that come to a close, but that was a little anti-climatic for me. Even so, this is a fairly typical Terry Goodkind adventure and concludes this chapter in the on going SWORD OF TRUTH epic saga.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jana

    This was the stupidest last chapter and ending to a series I have ever read. I'm glad I'm finally done with Terry Goodkind This was the stupidest last chapter and ending to a series I have ever read. I'm glad I'm finally done with Terry Goodkind

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bode Hoover

    I'm hoping this is the last book Terry Goodkind writes so I can stop reading them. I am over 20 books in so I can't stop now. I need to know what happens to everyone but wow these books just keep getting worse and worse. I honestly think some descriptions and dialogue were copy and pasted verbatim. It was so repetitive that it became annoying after awhile and every character fell flat. The personalities that have been built up for over 20 books simply vanished. I reserve 1 star for books I can't I'm hoping this is the last book Terry Goodkind writes so I can stop reading them. I am over 20 books in so I can't stop now. I need to know what happens to everyone but wow these books just keep getting worse and worse. I honestly think some descriptions and dialogue were copy and pasted verbatim. It was so repetitive that it became annoying after awhile and every character fell flat. The personalities that have been built up for over 20 books simply vanished. I reserve 1 star for books I can't even finish and this one came close.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Danita White

    Would have been 5 stars, but (spoiler alert) when Sang entered the picture and we were taken away from what was happening with Kahlan and the others I really didn’t like that. Hope there is a next one in the series!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

    I was disappointed in the way this series was ended - the writing was incredibly repetitive; the characters conversations were entirely centered around repeating thoughts back and forth. The concepts were spoon fed through short useless chapters and repetition rather than trusting the reader to come to the proper conclusions based on the context. The overall ending was anticlimactic and there is an overwhelming sense that no matter what hopeless odds the characters are faced with - they will com I was disappointed in the way this series was ended - the writing was incredibly repetitive; the characters conversations were entirely centered around repeating thoughts back and forth. The concepts were spoon fed through short useless chapters and repetition rather than trusting the reader to come to the proper conclusions based on the context. The overall ending was anticlimactic and there is an overwhelming sense that no matter what hopeless odds the characters are faced with - they will come out unscathed. It's not really worth the read overall, too bad because the environment and concepts could have been really great.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    I loved this series of books and story they told. I find I am having mixed feelings about finally finishing this book and the series. The book was very well written and the story told and finished well but my issue seems to center around how I was expecting this tale to end with these books and have a finality to the story but without spoiling anything, I find myself both excited and also sad to know that this is not the end of their story.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mark Chapin

    This was one bittersweet read, knowing it is the final Terry Goodkind book we will ever see. Despite his being one of my favorite authors, I didn't realize until a month or so ago that Terry had passed away last September. Since I discovered him for myself in 1999 while taking advantage of my Waldenbooks employee discount (purchasing Wizards First Rule) there has always been an upcoming Terry Goodkind book to look forward to. While the books became, at times, preachy, Terry was so endlessly crea This was one bittersweet read, knowing it is the final Terry Goodkind book we will ever see. Despite his being one of my favorite authors, I didn't realize until a month or so ago that Terry had passed away last September. Since I discovered him for myself in 1999 while taking advantage of my Waldenbooks employee discount (purchasing Wizards First Rule) there has always been an upcoming Terry Goodkind book to look forward to. While the books became, at times, preachy, Terry was so endlessly creative I could overlook it. This was a fitting ending to the Children of D'Hara series but it's easy to see that the door was left open for more such stories. While some of it seemed hurried, especially Richard's decision to follow Sang to the world of the Glee, it was pretty much what one would expect from a Sword of Truth book, and I mean this in a positive way. Rest well, Terry and thank you for the joy you have given so many of us.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was an enjoyable end to the series. The first two thirds were great and kept me engaged with the book. It seemed like the resolution of the main conflict of the series (the Glee) was rushed. I was a little disappointed that the main villain, the Golden Goddess, didn't get much attention. Although, the "novella" this was supposed to be is novel length. I'm guessing the series could have been dragged out for any number of additional episodes if Goodkind had been so inclined. This was an enjoyable end to the series. The first two thirds were great and kept me engaged with the book. It seemed like the resolution of the main conflict of the series (the Glee) was rushed. I was a little disappointed that the main villain, the Golden Goddess, didn't get much attention. Although, the "novella" this was supposed to be is novel length. I'm guessing the series could have been dragged out for any number of additional episodes if Goodkind had been so inclined.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Manoj Mahalingam

    Why did the books in the series get longer and longer. First book was 150 pages and this one is 400 pages long. Worse, it didn't need to be 400 pages long if the book had proper editing and writing. The important parts of the book including the showdowns with the witch and then the goddess were done away with swiftly and the rest of the story was just rambling with awful dialogues between the characters (why do they always not explain what they have in mind. ) Overall, the storyline of the series Why did the books in the series get longer and longer. First book was 150 pages and this one is 400 pages long. Worse, it didn't need to be 400 pages long if the book had proper editing and writing. The important parts of the book including the showdowns with the witch and then the goddess were done away with swiftly and the rest of the story was just rambling with awful dialogues between the characters (why do they always not explain what they have in mind. ) Overall, the storyline of the series was a decent premise, and could have all been done in a single 300-400 page novel.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    Loved the whole series

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bob

    This series is not up to the same quality. The dialog is weak, and the story flow of these “novellas “ belongs in one single book. I have been very disappointed with the series. Nice idea for a story line, but disappointing delivery.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shaun Jackson

    So we draw to the close of the Children of D'hara, and I am full of feelings to feel about it. The good: This a chonkin' book, almost 700 pages, and the title page quite clearly calls itself a novel instead of a novella, so for all the people that say, how are they calling this a novella? Terry Goodkind didn't nor did the publisher. The Shota storyline is cleared up around halfway into the book. It's mildly anti-climactic but overall not terrible. We get to see Chase again. Richard, as usual, saves So we draw to the close of the Children of D'hara, and I am full of feelings to feel about it. The good: This a chonkin' book, almost 700 pages, and the title page quite clearly calls itself a novel instead of a novella, so for all the people that say, how are they calling this a novella? Terry Goodkind didn't nor did the publisher. The Shota storyline is cleared up around halfway into the book. It's mildly anti-climactic but overall not terrible. We get to see Chase again. Richard, as usual, saves the day and all is well. Try not to be shocked. The Bad: The resolution of the Golden Goddess is extremely anti-climactic. Extremely. And some of our questions about her never get addressed, really. This book is almost 350 pages longer than the next longest book in the series. It honestly could have been trimmed down to a similar length and not lost much. The Shota stuff lasted a lot longer than it needed to. The stuff with Sang and the Into Darkness section itself could have been a lot shorter. And my god does Goodkind return to being incredibly repetitious in this one. That extra page count came from somewhere, after all. One chapter near the end was literally the same paragraph reworded a dozen times. I wouldn't have even been mad if the book ended after the Shota portion, or after Sang introduced himself and they went Into Darkness, and the story concluded in a 6th novella. As it is, this book is thick and the binding can barely contain it. The end of the book was clearly setting up future adventures with Richard and Kahlan's kids, and I am saddened that we will never get to see those stories with Goodkind's passing back in September of 2020. Overall, this series started off strong but began to ran out of steam near the end. I think if we had ended up with five 200ish page novellas, this story would have been a lot tighter, more digestible and more entertaining. As it is, it's a fine send off for Richard and Kahlan and our Mord-Sith friends. Whatever your opinions of Goodkind himself (mine are overall mixed as he was not a particularly nice person to his fans, coworkers, other authors, etc. among other things), it is unfortunate that no more works will be done in this world. It's never a good thing to lose an artist to death. Nonetheless, Richard and crew have over 20 books to call home, and I have no doubt fans new and old alike will be reading and rereading their adventures for years to come.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have read somewhere that Goodkind self-edits his books. This explains why in the last few years the quality of his work has dropped to being unreadable. The concept of releasing this latest story in novellas is an interesting approach in presentation until you realize each installment is in hardback costing $20. The first couple were a hundred or so pages, with the third being larger and the fifth being over 700 pages. Spoilers follow: I've made it through 200 pages and cannot ....take...anymor I have read somewhere that Goodkind self-edits his books. This explains why in the last few years the quality of his work has dropped to being unreadable. The concept of releasing this latest story in novellas is an interesting approach in presentation until you realize each installment is in hardback costing $20. The first couple were a hundred or so pages, with the third being larger and the fifth being over 700 pages. Spoilers follow: I've made it through 200 pages and cannot ....take...anymore. It is excruciatingly dry, following a motif that Goodkind has milked for years; new evil, meets Richard who instinctively knows what to do while Kahlann is relegated to worrying about her children. A villain introduced and supposedly is more powerful that Richard, but then he isn't Richard just wanted him to think he was. Someone tries to seduce Richard, and Kahlann is upset. This goes on. There is no semblance of time, they leave to go to the Wizard's Keep when Kahlann realizes she is about to have the twins. Really? They have been walking for almost 9 months? Or maybe 6 depending on when she found out she was expecting. All long time readers will be excited to know that Richard once again; checks his sword to make sure it is clear, cuts himself with the sword to let the sword taste his blood, Mord Sith twirl their Agiels, and I am sure, although I am not reading it anymore, all the women inexplicably end up naked and hung like slabs of meat before escaping at the last minute. I am hoping that the novella idea was a one time thing. I would guess that the growth in size of the installments as the story progressed is a result of the publisher having had enough of the story and wanting to be done with it. Had this been a regular release book, with an editor, the story may have been tightened to 500 pages of well written prose instead of hundreds of pages of conversations without much action. I am glad I got all of these at the library.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Ransley

    I give this a 3 starts because it was "good" in the sense that I am so familiar with this world and these characters, it's hard not to enjoy it, but I seriously considered giving it 2 stars, because of a couple fundamental flaws. Firstly, I am not sure you can count a nearly 400 page book a "novella". There were several places this story could/should have naturally stopped, (view spoiler)[like after they defeated Shota or when Richard and Vika went to the Glee world, (hide spoiler)] that would ha I give this a 3 starts because it was "good" in the sense that I am so familiar with this world and these characters, it's hard not to enjoy it, but I seriously considered giving it 2 stars, because of a couple fundamental flaws. Firstly, I am not sure you can count a nearly 400 page book a "novella". There were several places this story could/should have naturally stopped, (view spoiler)[like after they defeated Shota or when Richard and Vika went to the Glee world, (hide spoiler)] that would have followed the same story pattern of the other 4 novellas in this series. It actually seemed unnatural to keep it going. And considering pretty much every single book in this whole universe starts up seconds after the last ended, I think that really shows what a poor choice it was to have it in one volume. Secondly, I am not sure if this is just an intentional "unreliable narrator" scenario or a poor way of creating tension, but (view spoiler)[the whole thing with Richard just "accepting" that he was going to be stuck in the Glee world, without telling anyone or even saying goodbye to Kahlan (hide spoiler)] did not make sense. (view spoiler)[Yes, Richard is the "sacrificing hero" type, but this would have been a huge conflict and the weight of it was not accurately portrayed. Furthermore, once in the Glee world, when they "easily" stopped the Golden Goddess and Richard and Vika could have left as the immediate threat was neutralized, he didn't even consider that as an option. I understand he was thinking it could again be a threat, but, again, even if that "right" choice was to stay and destroy it, that should have been much more of an internal conflict for Richard, as it would for any person. (hide spoiler)] Fleshing out these conflicts would have somewhat extended the 2nd part of the story and is just another reason why this should have been 2 books instead of one.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Michael Gallen

    Unlike its precursors, the final entry of Terry Goodkind’s Children of D’Hara series, a successor to the Sword of Truth books, is a full-length novel, opening with Kahlan having issues with her pregnancy that the plant mother’s breath can rectify. Richard and company go to the city of Bindamoon, whose streets are deserted, with its queen desiring to meet them. Glee and a man named Iron Jack hamper their progress, with a meeting with the queen ultimately coming, in whom every member of the compan Unlike its precursors, the final entry of Terry Goodkind’s Children of D’Hara series, a successor to the Sword of Truth books, is a full-length novel, opening with Kahlan having issues with her pregnancy that the plant mother’s breath can rectify. Richard and company go to the city of Bindamoon, whose streets are deserted, with its queen desiring to meet them. Glee and a man named Iron Jack hamper their progress, with a meeting with the queen ultimately coming, in whom every member of the company sees a vision of their mother. Richard is quickly separated from Kahlan, taken by a coven of witches that wants her to birth her twins, in which case they would kill them, given the prophecy that one would be a “monster.” The Lord Rahl and his companions give chase, and the journey soon takes them to the city of Aydindril. A confrontation with the Golden Goddess ultimately comes, and Richard finds himself stuck in the world of the Glee, with one of them, named Sang, helping the Lord Rahl. The fate of the sequel series’ eponymous children of D’Hara is naturally resolved at the end. Overall, I definitely enjoyed the Children of D’Hara series, having liked its prequel books, and it somewhat goes quickly, given the relative brevity of the chapters, with plenty of addition to the world of Richard and Kahlan. Not all is perfect, however, as Goodkind’s editor overlooked some misused punctuation, and I had a bit of a difficult time imagining the appearance of the Glee. Regardless, if this sequel series was meant to bridge the gap between The Sword of Truth and its chronological successors, The Nicci Chronicles, I’m definitely game for those books.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I took my time with this novel since it is the last one in the long running Richard and Kahlan story. It is definitely bitter sweet to see this tale end. Overall, I loved the story, I loved being able to finally see the Children of D'Hara, even though it was less than a chapter (it definitely feels like there was supposed to be at least one more novel / novella). And the twins names? *que the waterworks* That being said, I had a few mild annoyances with the story. Reading it while listening to Wi I took my time with this novel since it is the last one in the long running Richard and Kahlan story. It is definitely bitter sweet to see this tale end. Overall, I loved the story, I loved being able to finally see the Children of D'Hara, even though it was less than a chapter (it definitely feels like there was supposed to be at least one more novel / novella). And the twins names? *que the waterworks* That being said, I had a few mild annoyances with the story. Reading it while listening to Wizard's First Rule on audible, I can't help but notice the drop in the quality of writing. Don't get me wrong, you can still tell this is Terry Goodkind's work, there is exquisite detail in the world around the characters, and a lot of it, but there were points when it got too much. And a lot of the long winded paragraphs that bothered me the most were the repetitive descriptions of what we knew from other books (i.e. confessor power, and others). The last chapter also kind of ruined the ending, it made it feel unfinished. But ignoring that last chapter, the ending was as solid as it could have been (I get the feeling it was a little rushed considering the news from September). If you are a long time fan of the Sword of Truth series and beyond, I definitely recommend reading it. It was a quality story that I fully enjoyed and it leaves a good feeling about the ending of Richard and Kahlan's story. This novel, if anything, made me want to relive this series and I cannot wait to journey with characters long past again.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kara Prem

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 4 stars because there is a satisfying ending, although there are frustrations with the series. Kahlan was miscarrying at the end of the last book, and Richard has gone to search for a plant to save her and the babies with Vika's help. The plant is conveniently found and the party continues their mountain journey only to be forced to try and cross the boundary through a fortress town. Naturally the town is not what it seems and escape is impossible. They must deal with Iron Jack, a wizard who is 4 stars because there is a satisfying ending, although there are frustrations with the series. Kahlan was miscarrying at the end of the last book, and Richard has gone to search for a plant to save her and the babies with Vika's help. The plant is conveniently found and the party continues their mountain journey only to be forced to try and cross the boundary through a fortress town. Naturally the town is not what it seems and escape is impossible. They must deal with Iron Jack, a wizard who is easily defeated when the Glee appear. However, the "Queen" of the town is none other than Shota. She has created a coven and tries to kill Richard while escaping with Kahlan. Shota says she will kill the babies when they are born, but Kahlan realizes that Shota's true plan is to kill Kahlan and raise the babies as her own. Some of the witches in the coven are evil, and some are there against their will. This is all resolved just before the witches reach Shota's home. When they finally reach the Wizard's Keep, Richard sees the "friendly" Glee again. Along with Vika he travels to the Glee's home planet for a lot of repetitive dialogue (we have to go through the dry waste, but we'll die, but we have to go through the dry waste, but we'll die). The final confrontation with the Glee is rather anticlimactic with an almost battle occuring later as Richard "resets" the travel device to keep others from using it again. He returns to discover his powerful children have been born.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Véronique Laplante Grenier

    Into Darkness is the final book in the Children of D'Hara series as well as Richard and Kahlan story. Its supposed to be a novella but the fifth book is really big, like more than 600 pages. Kahlan pregnancy doesn't go very well and Richard must find a rare flower called Mother's breath. After finding it there's still the Glee problem and the Golden Goddess. He need to take Kahlan to the Keep first to protect her and their unborn childrens but Kahlan got kidnapped by witches and Shota. After find Into Darkness is the final book in the Children of D'Hara series as well as Richard and Kahlan story. Its supposed to be a novella but the fifth book is really big, like more than 600 pages. Kahlan pregnancy doesn't go very well and Richard must find a rare flower called Mother's breath. After finding it there's still the Glee problem and the Golden Goddess. He need to take Kahlan to the Keep first to protect her and their unborn childrens but Kahlan got kidnapped by witches and Shota. After finding Kahlan back and finally reaching the Keep a lonely Glee names Sang want to talk to Richard. Sang doesn't want to fight and the Golden Goddess and her followers don't included all the Glee. Don't want to spoil to much so I will stop there. I have really loved this serie and the SoT series too. Richard and Kahlan are some of my faves characters from fantasy books and I will miss them. Wish there will be books about they're childrens but since unfortunatly, Terry Goodking passed away not long ago, I know this won't be possible but I still have two more book from The Nicci Chronicles to read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    The “final” installment of the Children of D’Hara series and it was an extremely fun and satisfying journey. At times in this series I had a suspicion that Mr. Goodkind may be getting a bit fed up with writing Richard and Kalahn. The Mother Confessor just wasn’t the strong willed and intelligent woman that I know and love in this. Richard seemed a bit off as well but you can feel the old Richard come in and out of focus throughout the series. A few characters I missed a lot have a little cameo ap The “final” installment of the Children of D’Hara series and it was an extremely fun and satisfying journey. At times in this series I had a suspicion that Mr. Goodkind may be getting a bit fed up with writing Richard and Kalahn. The Mother Confessor just wasn’t the strong willed and intelligent woman that I know and love in this. Richard seemed a bit off as well but you can feel the old Richard come in and out of focus throughout the series. A few characters I missed a lot have a little cameo appearance and I literally clapped my hands in joy. I found the Glee to be an exciting new addition. Mr. Goodkind knows how to make new creatures well but apparently got a little annoyed and decided to clear it all up quite quickly. The same with a certain witch woman. There was yet again another open ending so hopefully we wont have to wait long to see what happens. To wrap everything up, I feel that this installment was more for the fans than anything but I know I will always enjoy reading about this world and will keep on reading.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan O'Brien

    This installment in this series is moderately better than its immediate predecessor, though it has some of Goodkind's characteristic flaws as a writer in evidence. For instance, it made no sense that Richard would trust the Glee named Sang immediately, to the extent of leaving his own world with his wife about to have twins and supposedly with no way to return. That was just ridiculous. Also, the whole battle scene with the Golden Goddess was pretty abrupt. Finally, the overdone dialogue has jus This installment in this series is moderately better than its immediate predecessor, though it has some of Goodkind's characteristic flaws as a writer in evidence. For instance, it made no sense that Richard would trust the Glee named Sang immediately, to the extent of leaving his own world with his wife about to have twins and supposedly with no way to return. That was just ridiculous. Also, the whole battle scene with the Golden Goddess was pretty abrupt. Finally, the overdone dialogue has just reached cringe-worthy levels. Is there not an editor for these books? The repetition is sleep-inducing when it's not infuriating. Goodkind likes to be painfully obvious with everything he writes, basically an anti-Steven Erikson. I really only read the series because I like the characters of Richard and Kahlan and some of the creations like the Mord Sith. Goodkind is evidently a repellent person, and his abilities with narrative are at the lower end of the scale of fantasy authors. But he created some good characters. Overall, unless you've read the series, I would not start here.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    Into Darkness by Terry Goodkind is the fifth and final novella in the Children Of D'Hara series. Let me say upfront that he got a little carried away with the length on this one. This “novella” is nearly as long as the first four combined. The story was good and it was a good ending for this serial novel. My problem with this book, as with all Terry Goodkinds books is that he can be quite repetitive. It's as though he doesn't think the reader could possibly understand his concepts. He repeats th Into Darkness by Terry Goodkind is the fifth and final novella in the Children Of D'Hara series. Let me say upfront that he got a little carried away with the length on this one. This “novella” is nearly as long as the first four combined. The story was good and it was a good ending for this serial novel. My problem with this book, as with all Terry Goodkinds books is that he can be quite repetitive. It's as though he doesn't think the reader could possibly understand his concepts. He repeats the same idea over and over just rearranging a few words. After a while you can't help but start to skim. The action scenes are well paced but as soon someone stops to think it's like the breaks are slammed on. Also I thought we would see more about the kids since it is titled “Children of D'Hara” The book is more about Kahlan's pregnancy than the twins themselves. I really hope that Terry will eventually give us some stories about the kids, when they are old enough to be interesting, where he can explore how their personalities mesh with their powers. Cara and Zedd could be a lot of fun!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alex Kyushterov

    It's been a bittersweet ending, after 11 years and a lot of books it seems this is the end of an era. The final was hinting on more to come, sadly that is probably never going to happen with the loss of the author :( It was a pleasure to be part of that incredible world and on the epic journey Terry Goodkind brought us with the lives of Richard, Kahlan and many more favourite charachters in the series. I will definitely miss reading about them, since while i was reading the books i have grown to It's been a bittersweet ending, after 11 years and a lot of books it seems this is the end of an era. The final was hinting on more to come, sadly that is probably never going to happen with the loss of the author :( It was a pleasure to be part of that incredible world and on the epic journey Terry Goodkind brought us with the lives of Richard, Kahlan and many more favourite charachters in the series. I will definitely miss reading about them, since while i was reading the books i have grown to feel the charachters as my friends and me being part of their group on that journey, so for that reason i'm sad that it's over but in the same time grateful that i was a part of that adventure and i can say without a doubt that this is the best fantasy series i have ever read and i will keep the fond memory of Richard, Kahlan and every great charachter and the whole world of the Sword of Truth in my heart. The legacy of Terry Goodkind will live on and forever be one of the greatest fantasy ever created! =]

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kelli

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It saddens me that it is over. And honestly I was hoping to see one of the mordsith use their gift. But the idea that Cara and Zedd will never have their story told is sad. But it was a beautiful ending. **So I wrote the above sentences after I had finished it at midnight last night, so here is something more detailed. I think I would probably rate this overall a 4.5 out 5 (I rounded up though because why not). I thought some moments seemed really contrived and almost "too easy" of a fix. Plus it It saddens me that it is over. And honestly I was hoping to see one of the mordsith use their gift. But the idea that Cara and Zedd will never have their story told is sad. But it was a beautiful ending. **So I wrote the above sentences after I had finished it at midnight last night, so here is something more detailed. I think I would probably rate this overall a 4.5 out 5 (I rounded up though because why not). I thought some moments seemed really contrived and almost "too easy" of a fix. Plus it super pissed me off that he wasn't there for the birth of his children, which I thought was kind of a cop-out for Goodkind so he didn't have to describe it. Also, I found the sheer lack of mention (besides one line) about Nicci odd since she was such a huge part of their lives and Nicci's chronicles is constantly mentioning them. Again though, I was happy to have read this story and I liked the ending, especially the names and I'm sad that these stories have officially drawn to a close.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Maeghan

    POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD (not technically spoilers if you read the first 4 but just in case?) So I LOVE the SoT series, they were amazing and i cried when I finished them. Starting this little series was so exciting, especially since it centered around the birth of Richard and Kahlan's babies!! Overall I was kinda disappointed. While I liked that it still introduced familiar characters and interesting plots, I couldn't get over the writing. Now I'm not sure if this is just Terry getting a little o POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD (not technically spoilers if you read the first 4 but just in case?) So I LOVE the SoT series, they were amazing and i cried when I finished them. Starting this little series was so exciting, especially since it centered around the birth of Richard and Kahlan's babies!! Overall I was kinda disappointed. While I liked that it still introduced familiar characters and interesting plots, I couldn't get over the writing. Now I'm not sure if this is just Terry getting a little older, a new editor, or just the rush to get it out but I found a lot of grammatical errors, double words where they shouldn't of been, and the verbatim repetition of a sentence following eachother (almost like they copied the text and just didn't backspace enough?). Obviously I enjoyed the book for the events but it fell short compared to others in the series. SPOILER PART: Can someone explain the ending! Babies born!! Yay!! But what's the biggie about them holding hands??

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