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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9 comments
Anonymous | 2012-10-25 07:39:24
Great review. This perfectly expresses my rage towards Terry Goodkind in a succinct and effective manner. Some people should just stick to carpentry.
Anonymous | 2012-11-02 11:49:57
Hey I totally agree with you I read the first three books then stopped because of how dumb the plot was getting if there was one up till then. I really didn't know why I stopped reading this series until I read the review and it clicked. I guess my subconscious was warning me lol. Also after I finished the third book and found out there were twelve books I was thinking how can this keep going on I mean hes already a Seeker a War wizard and a ruler how can they add anymore.
Zedd | 2012-11-04 12:35:36
This was one of the best series written. Temple of the Winds and Chainfire were some of the best reads. They are easy to read and always a great adventure.
Anonymous | 2012-11-09 08:16:32
Well I started this series cause I heard it was good and it was back when I was fairly new to the fantasy genre. I agree that it's a bad book and if I remember well in the last book in the series there were like 5 pages of Richard ranting Goodkind's philosophies but skipping these stuff it was mildly entertaining
Angelica | 2012-11-26 07:54:29
I don't agree with you at all. Sure, it has flaws and can be a bit overbearing at times. However, the world that Goodkind has created is fantastic, even though it can be offensive at times. Either you like it or hate it, most people are discuraged by the way Goodkind expresses and develops his political and philosophical views.
Anonymous | 2012-12-07 04:43:26
I have read all the books, and honestly, I'm torn. Half the time, I was so immersed in them that I wouldn't eat all day, but then you would get to a certain part where, goodkind would just force his anti- religious views down your throat, or sometimes, he would describe things in too great or detail, in which cases I found myself skipping redundant paragraphs of "she had him, he was hers, she could feel him through her magic, he was hers she had him. Overall, when it was good, it was immersing, yet graphic, and when it was bad it was tedious.
Anonymous | 2012-12-10 05:43:26
This is my all time favorite series. Ive read all the books and i cant wait for the rest of the series to come out. Goodkind has created an amazing, detailed world full of war, honor, love, loss and adventure. The main charachters are strong, smart, and face conflicts that are easy to relate to. The 'Wizards rules' are rules to live by, even in real life.
Definition Concord Fallacy | 2012-12-15 10:26:27
After spending so much time reading this series I can't help but like it no matter how bad it was so I CAN CONVINCE MYSELF THAT I DIDN'T WASTE MY TIME.
Anonymous | 2014-05-03 11:38:20
This was by far my favorite fantasy series. I have read it twice. I love that he actually brings everything together in the end, I love the love story throughout, I love the social and political commentary. Richard is my ultimate hero.
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