Monday, November 19, 2012
YEAR 1994: KAHLAN AMNELL
I haven't featured many characters as yet from the genre of prose fantasy, but I would remiss not to mention one of the better ones of the 1990s, Kahlan Amnell from Terry Goodkind's SWORD OF TRUTH series.
However, for the time being, this will have to be something of a placeholder, since I confess I've only read the first in Goodkind's multi-book series. I can provide no overall perspective as to how the character of Kahlan develops over the course of the series. Like many fantasy-fans I've seen the LEGEND OF THE SEEKER teleseries, but as this changes up the events of the books, this can hardly be a resource.
I might go out on a limb and say that Kahlan is notable for being an equal partner to the male hero in the course of the series, and that her particular power as a "Mother Confessor" is integral to Goodkind's take on magical power in his fantasy-sphere.
To top it off, I quote from the Sword of Truth Wiki:
"Outside of the Sword of Truth universe, Terry Goodkind reports that Kahlan was the first character he thought of, and that her iconic scene running from the D'Haran quad sparked the entire series."