The Sword Of Truth Series

by Terry Goodkind

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The Sword of Truth, Boxed Set I, Books 1-3
Wizard's First Rule, Stone of Tears, and Blood of the Fold

Book 1: Wizards First Rule
The masterpiece that started The New York Times bestselling epic Sword of Truth

In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, appears in Richard Cypher's forest sanctuary seeking help . . . and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

In a dark age it takes courage to live, and more than mere courage to challenge those who hold dominion, Richard and Kahlan must take up that challenge or become the next victims. Beyond awaits a bewitching land where even the best of their hearts could betray them. Yet, Richard fears nothing so much as what secrets his sword might reveal about his own soul. Falling in love would destroy them--for reasons Richard can't imagine and Kahlan dare not say.
In their darkest hour, hunted relentlessly, tormented by treachery and loss, Kahlan calls upon Richard to reach beyond his sword--to invoke within himself something more noble. Neither knows that the rules of battle have just changed . . . or that their time has run out.
This is the beginning. One book. One Rule. Witness the birth of a legend.

Book 2: Stone of Tears
An Epic of Awesome Power

Kahlan has at last gained the one goal she had always thought was beyond her grasp ... love. Against all odds, the ancient bonds of secret oaths, and the dark talents of men long dead, Richard has won her heart.

Amid sudden and disastrous events, Richard's life is called due to satisfy those treacherous oaths. To save his life, Kahlan must forsake Richard's love and cast him into the chains of slavery, knowing there could be no sin worse than such a betrayal.

Richard is determined to unlock the secrets bound in the magic of ancient oaths and to again be free. Kahlan, alone with the terrible truth of what she has done, must set about altering the course of a world thrown into war. But even that may be easier than ever winning back the heart of the only man she will ever love.

Book 3: Blood of the Fold
An Epic of Two Worlds

In a world as rich and real as our own, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell stand against the ancient forces which besiege the New World-- forces so terrible that when last they threatened, they could only be withstood by sealing off the Old World from whence they came. Now the barrier has been breached, and the New World is again beset by their evil power.

War and treachery plague the world, and only Richard and Kahlan can save it from an armageddon of unimaginable savagery and destruction.

Terry Goodkind, author of the brilliant bestsellers Wizard's First Rule and Stone of Tears, has created his most masterful epic yet, a sumptuous feast of magic and excitement replete with the wonders of his unique fantasy vision.

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7 comments
BenC | 2013-01-07 01:04:14
Not that you feel strongly about Goodkind at all 'Due'!! I think you're a bit harsh but you are TOTALLY on the money about Goodkind beating us over the head with his Ayn Rand take on life. Your pretty spot on with your not so subtle inference that the late teen,early 20's pimply hormone driven boy brigade are the major market. You have to be that young to be into Ayn Rand too so it kinda makes sense. I think the later books simply play more and more that audience. But to disagree with you slightly, I think this thing you have with 'grey' characters is a bit self conscious of you - almost a bit faux sophisticate. Does a character have to be beset by all sorts of unresolvable moral quandaries to be a rich well drawn character? Don't think so. In fact, I think there is a bit of a tendency for authors to get into deliberate vagueness and 'greyness' to the point of absurdity.
OK | 2013-06-30 11:13:49
I am now going to find a Goodkind novel, laugh remembering this review, and read it just to see if its bad.
Anonymous | 2013-07-06 01:25:11
Vastly exaggerated. Goodkinds novels are no better than The Wheel of Time novels, or worse for that matter. Regardless, I could actually finish this series, whilst I started convulsing shortly after reading book 8 from the WoT.
Graeme | 2013-07-20 05:07:15
I greatly enjoyed the first book, the rest were hit and miss. I think his world building could have been better and the ending sucked. I finished the series, so thats something.
Sagaku | 2013-07-29 08:01:39
Really... THIS is high up your list, with all the other crap in there? I loved the sword of truth series...
Anonymous | 2013-08-12 07:29:56
As a woman who was thoroughly disturbed by Goodkind's extreme misogyny, I can only applaud your placing this book in your list of worst fantasy novels. I agree completely with your review, save for one relatively minor detail: Kahlan Amnell is not, to my mind, the utter/uber Mary-Sue but rather the ultimate macho male fantasy of the 'perfect woman'. In other words, she exists as a type of self-insertion of the male author who is incapable of viewing women as independent beings, but rather sees them only as devices to be used. In this case, she is the Perfect Virgin (and yes I am aware of the fact that this character does not remain in this state throughout the novels) -i.e. in opposition and contrast to the Whore through which this type of author expresses their true sentiment(s) towards women who do not fit the mold of the 'virtuous' woman.
Mankind1958 | 2013-09-11 03:30:45
So you don't like Terry Goodkinds novels. I do and will continue supporting him by buying his book, on paper and on Audiobooks.
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