Phantom – A Book Review
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The end is in sight, and I’m not stopping now. As I mentioned in my Chainfire review, I’ve refound the drive to power through this series. Phantom is book ten in The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. One to go after this.
There will be spoilers here.
Our protagonist, Richard, is being forced further into a corner by Emperor Jagang and he is running out of time to find a solution. He is torn between his desires to stop the Order and to find Kahlan. He knows fighting a formal battle like the Order wants is only going to cost them thousands of lives. Richard disbands his army and sets them to haunting the Old World and stopping the supplies that are keeping the Order alive. He tells the D’haran soldier to become phantoms and regain their reputatios to strike fear into the hears of all who think of them.
Richard’s orders are brutal, but he is left with few other options, and this choice will at least keep the majority of his people alive. His men may not like their new task, but they know it will keep them alive longer, and they thank Richard for that. This also buys Richard some more time to solve his problem.
I love that Phantom keeps up the momentum Chainfire brought back to the series. The Order’s siege upon the New World is coming to a close. I feel like it’s beating a dead horse at this point to describe why I love this series (I’ve mentioned that here, here, here, here, and here). Yes, there have been books that I’ve liked less than others, but I wouldn’t have read this far if I didn’t love the characters, the writing, the story, and the struggle.
Wrtiting this, I’ve already finished the next and final book of this series, so I find it hard to separate praise for one book from the series. And I have no complaints for this one. Goodkind keeps his story moving and is more brief than he has been in some books.
If you are a lover of fantasy and haven’t read this series or started to yet, then I will continue to recommend it to you. I hope some day I will be able to reread this story and continue to love it.
Time to go work on a review for the final book: Confessor. I’ll be better able to articulate my love for the final piece than I’ve been able to for this one. ‘Till next time, thanks for reading!