"Confessor", the eleventh novel (yes, you read that correctly), at long, long last winds the series up and, to Goodkind's credit, effectively ties up all the loose ends. I don't think it will constitute a spoiler or an overwhelming surprise if potential readers know up front that it's a happily-ever-after-all's-well-that-ends-well conclusion. The slow destruction of magic by the chimes and the blood taint of the pristinely ungifted is resolved. Richard and Kahlan are re-united and the Emperor Jagang is defeated in a suitable climax. Richard, of course, has recovered his Sword of Truth. The Sisters of the Dark and the Sisters of the Light receive their just rewards. Zedd happily retires to the role of an aging wizard. Cara, indulges her realization that love is possible and so on.
I'm not sorry that I read the series nor am I sorry that it took almost a decade of waiting and reading effort to finish it. But it's a sure bet that the series would have been much more effective in half the length and with some serious editing.
As I closed the book on the final page of this monstrous series, I realized with a smile that I still enjoyed it. I haven't seen any other reviewer mention it but I also thought that Goodkind had done a pretty darn good job of creating a fantasy version of the explanation for the European medieval world being forced to suffer through the bleak, anguished period we now call the "Dark Ages". You NEVER know ... it could be the truth!
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