This is probably the worst book I have ever read.
I've loved the first 6, and from this book onwards - and especially with this book - I find Goodkind's work to be totally empty and denuded of interest.
I can't begin to understand why, as one of the other reviewers wrote "did he even write this book" ?. I personnaly believe that success made Goodkind fall head over heels into self-admiration and lust to sell more, to the detriment of his books' quality. The plot is staightforward, the characters unsurprising and simple, the "philosophical" (I would rather quote this term in this context) statements simplistic, boringly long, and frankly laughable.
I read the two following 'Pillars of Creation' : 'Naked Empire' and 'Chainfire', which are a little better. To tell the truth, I felt that I was taken hostage and forced to read these books because I so much liked the previous ones that I bought all three at once.
These will definetely be the last Goodkind I read