This review will contain spoilers and will probably be less of a review so much as a rant…
Faith of the Fallen is the sixth book in the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. It would probably be considered part of the High Fantasy genre, which was my favourite genre until about high school. I enjoyed the first book of this series very much, largely because it contained an entire story, which I wasn’t used to in High Fantasy. The second book was slightly disappointing in comparison and by book three I was struggling to continue on. There were two things keeping me going: 1. I don’t like not finishing series, and 2. it had been recommended to me by someone who I cared about and who had passed away, so I felt if I gave up on the series I would somehow be dishonouring him.
I’m telling you all this because I want you to understand that I’ve generally had good experiences with the High Fantasy genre and that I really did want to enjoy this series, but after Faith of the Fallen, I will not be continuing the series.
It’s not just because the plot is repetitive and there are character inconsistencies and filler chapters up the wazoo, though none of those helped. My main issue is with the treatment of women in this series.
There are tons of “strong” women in this series: the Sisters of the Light, the Mord Sith, the Confessors, but all of them are weak and stupid when compared to Richard Rahl. Because, you know, he’s a man. The Mord Sith are turned into a mixture of broken little girls searching for a father figure and dominatrixes in red leather. The Sisters of the Light are blind to how they should really treat men. The Confessors are all wiped out. And the Mother Confessor and wife of Richard, Kahlan,…well she gets to be raped and she enjoys it.
And that’s the point I decided I could not take any more of this shit.
Thinking about it I get so filled with rage that I can’t come up with a coherent argument. This book was published in 2000 and it contained a pseudo rape scene where the woman is described as enjoying it even though she feels disgusted with herself for enjoying it. This is not right. This will never be right. I am so, so, SO tired of people thinking this is all right.