I know the feeling Banestar.
Things I dislikes about this book (My god, this got long so I don't blame anyone for not reading it)
The sudden change in what the Imperial Order stood for. By the way they raped, pillaged and murdered there way across 3 books they were far from the cleansing fire of a fanatical religious sect, which is what they were made into in Faith of the Fallen.
Kahlan's hatred towards the Sisters of the Light that was never really resolved. She warmed up to them alot during the war, yeah, but we are given no indication of her forgiveness, or even if she still beleives that Prelate Ann was the cause of all the catastrophe around her.
Richard's betrayal of the D'haran people. Spin it any way you want, but Richard abandoned the people who dedicated their lives to him to be massaccared at the hands of the Order. He claimed fighting would only cause more death, although we have plainly seen that when the Order invades a city they slaughter every man woman and child in sight, leaving no survivors. It makes no sense, the soldiers would have died anyway, regardless of whether they fought or not. At least their way, they killed over a million of them in the process.
Brother Narev who was quite clearly singled out as being a special type of wizard, a Sorcerer, who never once casted a fricken spell. What was the point of mentioning that he was a rare type of wizard if he died without doing anything of note. It was just a cheap workaround to explain how Janang was going to slow the aging process down in his palace, which never happened anyway.
A wasted oppoertinity with Kalahns Half-sister, the mad Queen of Galea. We get told that her kingdom was taken by the Order by a passing comment from a soldier. I just found the premise interesting.
Kadar Kadeef. No one in that day and age could survive those types of burns. They were too severe, he didnt even get healed with magic. Impossible, simple as that.
It was too simplistic. This book is obviously more heavily laden with Goodkinds personal views on life and society than any of his other books (that ive read). Yes yes, Goodkind, communism and all it stands for is steaming dog poo with the blood of sick babies mixed in, while capitalism is a sugar-coated Jesus with gold gilding and a lemony scent. God forbid there be shades of gray. I mean, Capitalism never made anyone poor, right? Remember kids, if anything bad ever happens to you, you brought it on yourself for not trying hard enough.
The ending was obviously rushed. Months would pass between chapters. Not to mention the absolutely ridiculous scene where Richard was on the ground after being stabbed. First of all Kalahn is leaning over him to check if he is okay, but then she collpases to the ground because Nicci is doing...something, who knows, never explained. Anyway, then Sister Allessandra appears to check if Richard is okay, but then she collpases to the floor because she has been stabbed by brother Neal. But then HE collapses to the floor because some fucking RANDOM woman comes in and hits him over the head just in time, then runs away again, but then Brother Narev appears over Richard, and falls to the floor after Richard somehow bests him.
We never learn if Sister Allessandra was healed. She wasn't stabbed for a FRACTION of the time Richard was, but she was completely useless throughout the entire book, so why should she live, really?
If Nicci had no magic, how was she able to cloak Richards link with the D'haran people?
Things I did like though were,
Cara is still awesome in this book, she is steadily becoming more emotional, which I'm not that keen on really because most of the books comedy comes from her dark sense of humor, ignorance in emotional matters and simplistic view of solving problems, which usully consisted of killing the problem in a horrible way.
Verna's idea of using tiny shards of glass to blind the enemy. I just thought it was a cool little idea that got around the enemys magical protection and the way Kalahn delevered it was a rather beutiful image.
The cottage Richard built really did seem like an idealic place that would be wonderful to live in.
Christ, that list is awful unbalanced. Maybe i wont get the next book, I obviously loathed a lot of this one.