Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Law of Nines by Terry Goodkind

Terry Goodkind is well-known in the Fantasy world for his Sword of Truth series, which I have not read. In The Law of Nines he is getting away from strictly fantasy and more into the thriller genre although there is still a lot of fantasy in the book. Apparently there are also a lot of tie-ins to his Sword of Truth series although the book works just fine as a stand-alone novel.
Alex Rahl is having a birthday, turning twenty-seven, which happens to be the exact age his mother was when she went crazy. His father died in an accident before his 27th birthday so the fact that Alex is 27 is a big deal. Actually it's an even bigger deal than he thought because the law of nines has special significance for Alex who was born on Sep 9 at 9:09, although I don't think I could really explain why because I never really understood the significance in the book.
Alex saves a woman named Jax who turns out to be from another world. She tells him to be careful of mirrors, that other humans can watch him through mirrors which is the same thing his mother had said. Alex and Jax end up being chased by a bunch of bad guys from the other world while they try to get to Maine where Alex has inherited land, very important land it turns out.
I enjoyed this story but was left with a whole lot of questions about things. There wasn't enough background on the other world or why they would be after Alex. I wanted a lot more depth into the real story and could have done with a lot less chase and fighting scenes. And just how does an artist like Alex fight like a trained assassin anyway? Maybe there will be a sequel that will explain things more.
On the whole this book was fairly clean but there was one very blatant, in capital letters, f-word and there was a fair amount of violence, oh and the scene where Alex is nearly raped. But it really is cleaner than a lot of similar novels out there. Still have to rate it R though.

1 comment:

Mary S said...

I started reading his Sword Series a few months ago. There is definitely a violent nature to his stories, but for the most part he leaves some of it to the imagination.

I brought it up, as well, in my last review of Blood of the Fold.

Thanks for the review! I'm on the fence if I should try this one out.