I was thinking last night that I love the fact that I love to read. There are so many people now that don't read - and I notice that most kids today would rather spend their time in front of a video game than pick up a book. I love when I can immerse myself into a story and feel my heart race for the protagonist - to want to get to the end to see what happens but yet be sad when I do because I know that story is over.
I wish I had the gift of storytelling. I am one of those that never look for an ending until I get there - and am just happy to be along for the author's ride. The book I just finished, Stone of Tears by Terry Goodkind, is one story I was happy to be along.
It's book two of The Sword of Truth series and I enjoyed it just as much as the first one (Wizard's First Rule). My only complaint was the story was woven so intricately and detailed that when the end came I felt he figured 900+ pages was enough and he just needed to end it. Wrapping up the ends came at the price of short changing the reader of detail of the "battle" so to speak of the end. I wouldn't let that dissuade you from reading it, though. It was satisfying to have a series book that could be taken on its own and be stand alone if you wanted - yet know there is more to the story if you wish.
The story itself is fantasy - a story about one man trying to find himself in the magic and protect the world from utter destruction. Of course there's a love interest - and she has a unique personality of her own - and in most of the book they are apart on their own quests to save the world they know. The beginning of the book I was frustrated with the main character and his whiny attitude, but he grows into himself and becomes more likable as the book goes along.
I'd recommend reading the first book before this one - it gives you a little more insight into what's going on. The way I started, though, was watching a few episodes of "Legend of the Seeker" on Netflix. It's the series based on the books - though not true to the books a good story nonetheless. The third book, Blood of the Fold, is next on my list.
One thing to note, though, if you have a Kindle and wish to read the book, DON'T BUY IT - go buy the paperback version. I'm not sure who the editors were, but the formatting was so bad I couldn't read it. No paragraph indentations, and from what I was reading on Amazon, even one of the chapeters was removed from the book and placed at the end.
Happy reading! :-)