Review published on April 15, 2017.
She has been called Sister of the Light and even Sister of the Dark; Nicci has been the lieutenant of a tyrant and pledged to destroy a man who she then fell in love with. But that was in the past. It is a new and safer world out there, and Nicci’s new role is telling the people how Lord Rahl’s rule will bring peace and prosperity to their world. But the first job is keeping the wizard and prophet Nathan out of trouble…
Nathan wants to visit the witch called Red, whom he wishes to tell him his life story. She does, but she also issues a cryptic message to him: He must seek the place known as Kol Adair, where the answers and solution to his fading magic will be found. It is a place that no one has heard of and its name appears on no chart. They make haste in their preparations to travel south and whilst getting provisions, Nicci saves the life of a traveller called Bannon, who is being robbed. He is so grateful that he recommends the ship he is sailing south on and pledges his services to her. So begins their perilous journey south to find this mystery place. They will face threats from the sea, the land, bargain with dragons and face the greatest threats to the world that they know.
I do read some fantasy every now and again. It is a genre that can either be excellent, full of intrigue and political shenanigans or can fall a bit flat as it is broadly similar to other stuff that you have come across. This is the first of Terry Goodkind’s books that I have read and overall it wasn’t too bad. There was plenty of pace to the story, with a mix of dramatic events and the standard tropes from the fantasy genre. It did suffer from being a bit formulaic, though, but that is the problem that I have with a lot of the quest style fantasy. Not bad, though, might even read the sequel!
Paul Cheney 3/2
Death’s Mistress by Terry Goodkind
Head of Zeus 9781786691637 hbk Jan 2017
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