Great beginning and end. Very very very long in between. A lot of new characters introduced and a few I struggled to remember from the 900+ pages before (or the 46+ hrs of listening pleasure if you go the audio route), but they weave in and out of the plot while you try to remember if they are good or dark, friend or foe. Could do without the rape and torture moments that seem to be each installment, starting to see a pattern. Then the ending once again is good and lures you back in and you just have to know what challenges Richard and his love Kahlan, Jed and crew will face in the next edtion to this series.