The power she has showed this far has got to have more with her. I am sure that her character was not only for her to kill the Mother Confessor only to have Richard bring her back. To many loose ends, more closurer is needed
Yes, she has to be back in the next book. She couldn't let Kahlan be alive again and, if Richard is also somehow restored to life, she'd be after him too. But she is powerful, with some nasty magic, and would be pretty hard to deal with. Perhaps only Nicci could deal with her, as she has both kinds of magic which even Nathan does not. And the Mord-Sith might not be able to stop her as her magic may be similar to Ludwig's occult magic, which they couldn't take when he used it on them. Could be an interesting storyline.
I think Samantha will understand, what kind of person her mother was. It is probably, that she will come back to the citadel in Saavedra and find her mother's journey book (and Dreier's as well). It's only one of possibilities. Maybe TG isn't going to choose this way. One thing is certain - she has to be back in "Warheart".
Do you really think that Samantha has occult powers like Irena had? I doubt it. She is powerfull sorceress, but I think that her mother possessed occult powers because of dealing with Dreier (not because she lived close to Great Barrier, as she claimed). Maybe I am wrong (TG often surprises me).
I agree that Samantha will be back however it should be noted that Dreiers Journey Book was erased by him so it does not have the messages in it. The one that does is her Mothers copy of the book that Richard had, not sure what became of this one though.
There has not been any indication that Samantha posesses subtractive magic OR Occult powers so I believe that Cara will probably deal with her. Or Zedd if he is still alive.
Her death definitely suited her recklessness, but I still felt sorry for her; she'd done so much good for the group until that point and to suddenly turn her evil seemed a bit jarring. That said, I guess it would have been unrealistic to expect a teenage girl to just forgive the murder of her mother after a couple of lectures. Oh well, maybe she got some kind of redemption in the underworld?
I can't decide if her mother was a baneling or just an old fashioned psychopath.
The truth is that the Keeper and Banelings did not seem to have much of an impact in the newer series. Baneling is just a word to describe someone who works for the Keeper (aka Devil). It originated in the homeland of Adie and the Blood of the Fold.
Agent is another term although tbh Agent is usually used for someone who is of a much higher rank/usefulness to the Keeper, I think, like Darken Rahl or the Sisters of the Dark.
As for Samantha I really think Terry was really unfair here. I mean really what was she supposed to think when all she saw was her Mother dead at Richards feet?! She was the only family the girl had left and she's pretty young. The fact is that this would have been the PERFECT opportunity to use the MordSith in a good way since I don't think they really new anything about them or that it's deadly to use Magic against them. After all Samantha grew up in a VERY isolated place. They wouldn't have even had to use the ability to give her pain or break her, just keep her under control so that she could perhaps have a chance to look at the facts and not be able to just lash out in the pain of loss. I mean they had the book her mother kept and it probably contained details from before Richard came on the scene that the girl could verify. Such a wasted opportunity.
I agree that I don't think Samantha really got justice; yes, she made some terrible choices, but as the above commenter said you can't expect a fifteen year old girl to react to her mother's sudden "murder" in a mature fashion without hurting others, especially when she had no evidence of her own that her mother was a psychopath. She also did way too much good to believably have turned irrevocably evil. Terry could at the very least have her die in the same way, but have her repent as she was dying under the rubble somehow. A good example of that was Harold from The Stand.
Richard had the journey book in is hand when he confronted samantha in the field in the woods she wouldnt look at it or bealive reason she stated " i will not read these lies that you wrote about my mother to make her murder look better for you" she refused to listen to reason and let her passion rule her.......,.. "passion rules reason, for better, or worse" yes she could have been a great asset and may have been use full but her power grew far faster than her ability to controll and thus she crushed her self. mcuh life a refrence to and impereal order solider "His muscles grew faster then his ability to controll them"