ChainFire continues the story of the New World's struggle against the troops of Jagang and the Imperial Order. Through the prophecies, it is understood that Lord Rahl must be present for the final battle. But much to everyone's dismay, Richard Rahl seems to have suffered mentally after Nicci uses Subtractive magic to heal him from an arrow wound to his chest. Richard believes he was married to Kahlan, the Mother Confessor, and in reality he was. But the Sisters of the Dark have made everyone forget Kahlan using ChainFire, a dangerous magical power that eventually may lead to the destruction of the World. Only Richard understands the true danger of what is happening and that the final battle is fighting this unpredictable threat. Richard must convince his friends and family in time to save not only Kahlan but also all that they have fought for until now.
Overall, ChainFire is a pretty compelling and dramatic novel. Terry Goodkind does explain everything in great detail, which is great for someone who may have started this series in the middle, but for a reader who has been following the novels, it really slows down the action and thrill of the events. There are a couple of subplots that I would have enjoyed reading more about, but this novel seemed dedicated to following Richard Rahl in finding Kahlan. And although the ending is disappointing after reading such a long book, it really creates excitement and anticipation for his next novel.