Let me say first of all that I will try not to drop any major spoilers for those of you who wish to read it... so there shouldn't be anything too horrific that you can read here.
As I was reading, there was a certain plot point that I was waiting for, waiting waiting waiting, and I thought that if it didn't happen by the end of the book I was going to be pissed.
Well it DIDN'T happen, but something else did, which made me not be pissed off about it. First of all I thought the last scene was damn cool; it made me say "Awesome!" very loudly.
And then, down at the bottom of the last page, in all mini caps:
BE SURE TO WATCH FOR THE NEXT AND FINAL INSTALLMENT
OF THE SWORD OF TRUTH SERIES
Bold words, Goodkind, bold words. I'm really excited for the next book, now, and also impressed that he had the cojones to just come out and say that the next book would be the last one. I mean, there's just not a lot of waffle room with a statement like that, and we all know how some of these giant fantasy series can get drawn on and on when the author makes a less distinct claim about the end of a series.
All in all, I was pleased.
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