During the last video regarding the Sword of Truth Series of books, I mentioned that Temple of the Winds was an excellent read and that I was eagerly looking forward to continuing the story with Soul of the Fire.
I have since finished reading the book and went on to record another video the very night I finished reading. With such an “in the moment” kind of video, I went on to say that I was very disappointed with the ending.
A few days later, the ending was allowed time to settle on my mind and be viewed a little differently. While I still feel that the ending was disappointing, I now understand it a little better. The main reason for this understanding is most likely due to the fact that I have started reading the next book in line.
Soul of fire, just like the others, picks up immediately after the previous book ends. At this point the story has gone on for about a year and covered a vast number of situations for each substantial character.
The author has had a tendency to break apart the characters during the story so that multiple key events could happen simultaneously. As a result, the story tends to get very interesting as all of these characters hit their stride throughout the book.
Soul of Fire was a slow starter and good a good amount of time to finally hit its stride. This was due to the introduction of new characters in a city which played a pivotal role in the resolution to this books problem. The book tends to drone on a little about the lifestyles of the people and the history of their land. Granted, this is important to know if you want to understand how the hero comes to his problems resolution.
As mentioned already, I wasn’t overly pleased with the ending of the book, however, it made me all the more eager to read the following book. I struggled to understand why the book took the “easy” path that it did and the beginning of the next book does an excellent job of explaining that decision to you.