My first thought on reading this book: for someone trying to go in a totally new direction he sure didn’t get very far. Maybe Goodkind, author of the eleven book fantasy series Sword of Truth, wasn’t quite ready to leave the universe he’d spent so many years creating, because anyone who has read the series will immediately realize that The Law of Nines is just a sequel set in modern day Earth. As a stand alone book TLON is a fast-paced, but cliched thriller that doesn’t offer much in the way of character development. Long-time fans will be disappointed, but if you like pure adrenaline this may be a book for you.