Book Review: The Scribbly Man by Terry Goodkind

Title: The Scribbly Man

By: Terry Goodkind

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 149

Release Date: April 4th, 2019

Publisher: Head of Zeus

Rating: ★★★☆


Summary from Goodreads:

From the internationally bestselling author of the Sword of Truth series comes a new Richard and Kahlan novella.

"They are the monsters under the bed when you are little, the shape just caught out of the corner of your eye when you thought you were alone, the shadow of something in a dark corner that surprises you and then isn't there. They stop you dead with a knot of unexpected terror in the pit of your stomach. We have all seen fleeting glimpses of them. Never long enough to see them as I saw them, but it was them. I recognized it the instant I saw it.

"We've all seen flashes of them, the dark shadow just out of sight. They could briefly terrify us before but never hurt us because they came from so far distant. They were never able to fully materialize in our world so we saw only transient glimpses of them, the shape of them if the light was just right, if the shadows were deep enough . . . if you were afraid enough.

"I think that the star shift has brought us closer to their realm so that they now have the power to step into our world and hurt us." — Kahlan Amnell.

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This book was classic Terry Goodkind. I was unhappy with the length though, and now that I have read almost all these short books, I realize that it was one long story split into five parts and each book leaves you on a cliff hanger that makes no sense.

I do love Richard and Kahlan, have since I picked up the first book, but I felt like this story was lacking because it was so short. Goodkind often takes a while to really get rolling with the story line, and I found that this was just a hint of what was to come, but not always enough to really excite me.

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