the sword of truth

by Terry Goodkind

3.43 avg rating
Book 20 of 167 in the Best Epic Fantasy Books
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Anonymous | 2013-01-18 08:52:13
God awful.
Anonymous | 2013-01-23 12:33:26
So pornographic that I wanted to vomit. Got halfway to the book and put it down without a second thought.
Strider | 2013-01-29 12:41:50
One of the greatest fantasy epics ever written. This is not a series for the weak of heart, stomach or mind. Consequences hold weight in this realm. George Calin's quote of "teach your kids to question everything" comes to mind when examining the value stance of the author. So to does the role of choice vs fate; self determination vs learned helplessness; Love as an act of free will and interdependence vs love as possession and ownership. Ironcially I can see it gets right up the noses of people of fixed and rigid beliefs whether they be political, religious or cultural. There are many battles in this series so the politics of war plays pinical role in the plot development and it's great to see the sparks fly as readers debate the very real consequences of the "good guys" on various forums - e.g. the role of pre emptive strikes and civilian targets comes to mind. The author is not subtle about his value viewpoint at times: sometimes it can be laid on a bit think... But inevitably some of this type of narration is the characters coming to terms with the obstacles that confront them. The chacters are neither one dimensional, nor are they static. There are female characters that can be admired for their brains, the wit and their humour as well as their stunning beauty. The high drama and epic scope of the story is often earthed by the nature, good will, wit and humour of the various characters throughout the series.
Anonymous | 2013-10-23 08:57:49
It's ok. I don't see why there is so much love for this book or so much hate either. Somewhat kinky though, at times. It took me an incredibly long time to get through.
Anonymous | 2013-10-30 08:27:28
Amazing! One of my favourite fantasy series and have read all 12 books at least three times!
Anonymous | 2013-11-01 11:37:15
It may behold some controversy with different personalities. If you have a open mind it turns out to be a great series. But on the other hand the same things seem to happen on a certain pattern. It's just about predictable at times. There's also nothing wrong with the author's philosophy of life. Life isn't as easy as the series is depicted yet it holds a strong mentality for people to stand up for themselves. it's an overall decent read if you have the time.
Anonymous | 2013-12-29 04:12:41
Worst fantasy novels ever written. Mind numbingly repetitive. If you are simple of mind enough to enjoy Ayn Rand philosophy then you may find some enjoyment in them.
Anonymous | 2014-05-09 08:07:32
My first foray into fantasy started with Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever. That was in high school. Then, I picked up The Wheel of Time and then The Sword of Truth. I love the Sword of Truth series and have read it twice. I was bothered by the graphic sex and death/torture (unrelated to sex) scenes. However, I don't think they were gratuitous, but contributed to the angst of the main character and moved his character forward. Also, in the later books, the author does get a little preachy, but it did not take away from my enjoyment of the series.
Anonymous | 2014-05-14 08:22:14
This was right on point! I read the first one, second, third... debated getting the fourth... but I'm no quitter. Then, I had enough. Who can stand to read that obnoxious bullshit which obviously has nothing to do with a plot and everything to do with telling me how I'm supposed to think. I can truly respect this website now.
Anonymous | 2014-06-16 08:21:51
I think it is a crime that I, being of the blind community, have to listen to books on tape and am unable to just go tho the library and check out books. Oh, but wait I can. There is a library for the blind on the internet free for blind members thanks to the library of congress. Oh, in that case I'd like to read the Black Company by Glen Cook. No sorry, then I'll buy it. Nope not an option. Fine then how about Mark Lawrence, nope. Lies of lock Lamora yes but you have to buy it. What do you have Library for the Blind? Oh we have, all the Terry brooks books of shannarah, all the Terry Goodkind sword of truth books, All of the Mercedes Lacky books or most of them since we have 43 book recordins listed, most if not all the R.A Salvatore books, David Eddings, Brandon Mull, and Richard Pulman His Dark Materials (I think those two should be on here). How much are you paying people to read this stuff? Nothing they are volunteers. We jsut finished the Eragon series AAAAAHHHHH! Twilight yes, house of night of course we have that trash, Vampire acadamy here you go, Anita BLake why wouldn't we include it? Please authors and readers recomend the library for the blind AKA BARD good books to have volunteers read.
Anonymous | 2014-09-01 10:39:43
Goku pulled out a super new ability only once, and proves more than once he's selfish and naive. The two are not even remotely comparable here. Goku also often loses and makes poor choices (see: Cell Games).
Anonymous | 2014-09-15 11:32:12
I'm actually amazed that people love this book. I'm one of those people who have read through Dostoyevsky and the supplements for LoTR without breaking a sweat, but I JUST COULD NOT GET THROUGH this series! I'll put this in plain words: THIS SERIES IS AWFUL. Usually the characters waver, wonder, make bad choices, learn from them, have moral struggles... but nope, not this one. It's basically Batman with a babe on his arm. Oh wait. Make the babe like twelve babes. Richard just can't make wrong choices, he IS the right choice! Whatever he does is right! Ugh. Gary Stu much? And his main babe... is a Mary Sue. If you want to read about Gary Stus and Mary Sues and 50 Shades of Grey, go to you can read all that for free. If you want to read about a love between a strong man and an independent woman, you're better off with Jennifer Roberson. If you want to read about special peeps with special powers doing special things, you're better off with Melanie Rawn (and I hated that series). If you want an epic loooong series, you're far better off with Erikson or Martin. And if you want morals, don't read fantasy like this, go read Ayn Rand or some other, more substantial texts. Good grief. I have to say that DRAGONLANCE is written better than this series. At least that series had memorable characters that weren't so black and white.
Anonymous | 2014-10-06 09:21:09
The series started out well and then lost the plot. One thing that really grated on me was the idea of "freedom" and what appeared to be the writer's fear of communism. Hell, the fact that women were not even allowed to have long hair isn't exactly freedom.... I stopped reading it after the first 8...
Anonymous | 2014-10-27 03:22:53
Pornographic my ass, as if game of thrones doesn't contain more. biased foo's.
Anonymous | 2014-10-27 03:39:27
The owner of this site should write his own book and let me read it, then he can come before to spoil a good book if his is better than it.
Anonymous | 2017-05-08 11:25:24
Badly written, ill-concieved drivel.
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