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Siege of Stone

The Nicci Chronicles, Book 3
Narrated by: Christina Traister
Series: The Nicci Chronicles, Book 3
Length: 20 hrs and 14 mins
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Set in the world of the Sword of Truth saga, the ramifications of New York Times bestseller Terry Goodkind’s Shroud of Eternity extend throughout all of the Old World as familiar allies, dangerous magic, and creatures created by twisted sorcery all work at cross purposes to either save or destroy Ildakar in Siege of Stone.

The Sorceress Nicci, the Wizard Nathan Rahl, and the young swordsman Bannon remain in the legendary city of Ildakar after a great internal revolt has freed the slaves and brought down the powerful wizards council. But as he fled the city, capricious Wizard Commander Maxim dissolved the petrification spell that had turned to stone the invading army of General Utros fifteen centuries earlier. Now, hundreds of thousands of half-stone soldiers from the ancient past have awakened, led by one of the greatest enemy commanders in history.

Nicci, Nathan, and Bannon have to help Ildakar survive this unbreakable siege, using all the magical defenses of the legendary city. Even as General Utros holds Ildakar hostage and also unleashes his incredible army on the unsuspecting Old World, an equally powerful threat arises out in the sea.

Nicci knows the battle won’t remain in the city; if she can’t stop this threat, two invincible armies can sweep across the Old World and destroy D’Hara itself.

The Nicci Chronicles

  1. Death’s Mistress
  2. Shroud of Eternity
  3. Siege of Stone
©2018 Terry Goodkind. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • The Reluctant Housewife
  • 01-01-19

I love the story but narrator is terrible!

I love the story, because I'm jonesing for the SoT world, but the narrator is just terrible and ruins the story with her "valley girl" inflection for the main narration. Just read the book. Obviously it's not great. Goodkind (if it's indeed still him and not a ghost writer) just doesn't bring the world to life like the early books.

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  • Kyle Martin
  • 06-01-19

Terry Goodkind is phoning it in at this point

So, I have been a fan of the Sword of Truth series from the beginning. The main SoT series was great, though Richard was Mary Sue. So, when he had to take a back seat and we get to see the world from Nicci’s eyes, I was really excited. Goodkind’s last works in the SoT world largely redid or retconed much of his own mythology so a story exploring the Old World with one of his least used but most interesting characters was something I was quite excited for.

But the execution has been pitifully done.

First, I think it was the third or fourth grade where we were taught about varying your adjectives and adverbs so that the same one wasn’t used more than once every few pages...

This is a direct quote from the book, “He was exhilarated. “This is exhilarating!” He called.”

And that is only one a small example, but it was in one of the first few chapters and it only went down hill from there.

His dialogue is the worst kind of contrived tripe. Like, did he say a single sentence he wrote from this series out loud? His dialogue has never been top shelf, but seriously some of the sentences his characters say are downright absurd in this series.

Beyond the lack of imaginative or descriptive language or inability to have his characters converse in any kind of normal way (that was more prevalent in his original series), Goodkind also has his amazingly interesting characters... being completely unlike the characters he originally wrote.

Nicci and Nathan’s dynamic together is just bad. They almost never refer to each other by their names, instead calling each other wizard or sorcerous. And they don’t treat each other in a way reminiscent of the dynamic they had at the people’s palace when Jagang was laying siege to it.

Speaking of which, why is it that almost no one seems to know who Richard is when he used Orden to talk to LITERALLY EVERYONE!?! Millions of people stepped over to the place without magic because of the chapter long speech Richard gave to all of life at the end of Confessor.

And how is it that Jagang didn’t instill the law of the Imperial Order in cities he conquered in the Old World. Nicci visits one port city in this book and the leader if the city talked about how Jagang just charged a heavy tax and largely left them alone. Seeing as an entire novel was spend with Richard and Nicci in the Old World learning about the the rule of the Imperial Order, you would think that callbacks to the world Goodkind built would be easily ised to build page count, but no.

Instead halfway through the book we are being told once again (for the third time) about the nature of magic, or Life’s Mistress, or some other repeated story from a previous book within this new series. I understand trying to make a series novel friendly for new readers who might stumble across it, but really how many people pick up the third book in a new series that takes place in a larger universe that has 20+ other books to read first? You can reference other events without treating the audience like first timers or idiots.

I had a lot of hope with the Law of Nines. Somewhat less home with First Confessor. Grudging optimism with Omen Machine, and downright dread once I realized he was going the zombies route. It ended quickly though and Goodkind wrote about Nicci and I was excited again.

But honestly, these books don’t even sound like his typical narrative or cadence style. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was just writing outlines at this point and giving them to an intern/grad student to ghost write for him.

It’s the only explanation besides Goodkind not caring any more about these characters and just wanting his check.

Regardless, he needs to step up his quality control, his editor needs to step it up, or he needs to hire an intern who has actually read the previous books because this is really starting to suck. Its a great world idea, but it is being lost in the mediocrity of its implementation.

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  • fpatrickmccoy
  • 04-04-19

Love the story, hate the narrator

I love Terry Goodkind and his stories. I am struggling with this series because of the narrator though. if book 4 is narrated by the same person, I'm not sure I'll get it.

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  • Michelle
  • 20-03-19

Full of action!

This book seemed to have a lot more action than the previous Nicci books. The characters are fleshing out nicely. I was pleased to hear hints of the Mord-Sith ancestry, and a small morsel about Nathan's childhood as well.

It left me anxious for the final book--I'm looking forward to it already!

As for the narration, it was great. I often listen while in an extremely noisy environment, and the narration was clear and easy to understand through it all.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-10-19

I'm Done

I've loved the Sword of Truth Series. Faith of the Fallen is probably one fo the best books I've ever read. I've read most of them multiple times and enjoyed them each time. That being said, The Nicci Chronicles has killed some of the best characters they had. I can't wrap my head around how a Wizard with Nathan's experience and knowledge would automatically go to "yep I need a heart transplant" when told he needs the heart of wizard. It's a metaphor for the love of Pete! Also how many times do I have to hear about "now that I have the heart of a wizard again" and "my gift is strong within me again". It takes an intriguing character and turns him into a vapid and mewling waste of time.

On that same note how many times does Nicci have to explain that she was a Sister of the Dark. And seriously, even if you've changed your life, forsaken your past, and are doing everything you can to atone for it. Maybe running around telling people that you've killed puppies and sacrificed babies isn't the best move, and that info should be kept on the down-low.

Bannon is still an absolute moron however, there is obviously more to him than we know so far.

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  • JStaR
  • 16-10-19

The 1st Goodkind Novel I Did NOT enjoy

I am a huge Goodkind fan but this one was just not good. There was way too much time spent recapping the prior novels. The story line was weak and the end abrupt. The flow was constantly broken up by references to things that happened before. The excitement just wasn’t there. The character development was almost non-existent. I would have given this a one star but I still am a Goodkind fan

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  • StarbuckUnited
  • 09-09-19

amazing story as usual

I am loving the continued adventure of these well k own characters from the Sword of Truth series. please keep them coming!

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  • brittney musser
  • 28-08-19

Much better!

Way better than the first 2 Nicci chronicles. The storyline was much stronger and not so predictable.

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  • Bobby
  • 26-08-19

loved it

loved it already pre orderd the next one can't wait for the story to continue

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  • P&T Bears
  • 09-08-19

It's great

I have enjoyed all of The Sword of Truth by Terry and really like these.Written very well as are all of his books