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Product Details

  • Series: Sword of Truth (Book 11)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 757 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Forge; 1st edition (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765354306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765354303
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (516 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“Makes an indelible impact.” —Publishers Weekly on Faith of the Fallen
 
“Few writers have Goodkind’s power of creation…a phenomenal piece of imaginative writing, exhaustive in its scope and riveting in its detail.” —Publishing News on Temple of the Winds
 
“Highly recommended.” —San Diego Union Tribune on Temple of the Winds
 
“Goodkind’s greatest triumph: the ability to introduce immediately identifiable characters. His heroes, like us, are not perfect. Instead, each is flawed in ways that strengthen, rather than weaken their impact. You’ll find no two-dimensional oafs here. In fact, at times you’ll think you’re looking at your own reflection.” —SFX on Blood of the Fold

About the Author

Terry Goodkind is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. His books include the eleven-volume Sword of Truth series, beginning with Wizard’s First Rule, the basis for the television show Legend of the Seeker. Goodkind was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where he also attended art school. Alongside a career in wildlife art, he has also been a cabinetmaker and a violin maker, and he has done restoration work on rare and exotic artifacts from around the world -- each with its own story to tell, he says. While continuing to maintain the northeastern home he built with his own hands, in recent years he and his wife Jeri have created a second home in the desert Southwest, where he now spends the majority of his time.

More About the Author

Terry Goodkind is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sword of Truth series, Richard and Kahlan stories, author of The Law of Nines, The Omen Machine, and The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus, as-well-as collaborator for Legend of the Seeker, the Sam Raimi produced, ABC television series based on The Sword of Truth books.

Goodkind was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where he also attended art school, one of his many interests on the way to becoming a writer. Besides a career in wildlife art, he has been a cabinet maker and violin maker, and he has done restoration work on rare and exotic artifacts from around the world -- each with its own story to tell, he says.

While continuing to maintain the northeastern home he built with his own hands, in recent years he and his wife, Jeri, have created a second home in the desert Southwest, where he now spends the majority of his time.

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Customer Reviews

Now I know that reading a series to the end doesn't make sense.
Carmelino H. Guiao
I'm not telling Goodkind how to write a book, but any reader of fantasy is not going to put up with that much repetitive dialogue.
Steve Eagle
The book was satisfying in that it wrapped up most of the major loose ends and conclusively ended the story.
S. Conrardy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

535 of 606 people found the following review helpful By Samuel N. Starkey on December 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Lets take a look back at the series so far:
1 Wizard's First Rule - great book, Richard meets Kahlan and defeats Darken Rahl.
2 Stone of Tears - even better, Richard captured by sisters of light, Kahlan leads a ragtag army to victory.
3. Blood of the Fold - good book, enter new villain Jagang, Gars vs. Mirswith.
4. Temple of the Winds - ok book, evil brother, cool plague, Kahlan uses chimes to save Richard. Why did he not know the consequences of this while in the Temple?
5. Soul of the Fire - another mediocre book, wedding, Anderith, Fitch gets killed.
6. Faith of the Fallen - back to a good book, but Richard is getting a little preachy, Nicci captures Richard (kind of like he was captured in books 1 and 2), carving the statue.
7. Pillars of Creation - I don't know how to rate this one, I admire an author of a series like this to take a big chance and set a whole book around a new character (Richard's sister) but she doesn't play much of a role in the next two books, so what was the point?
8. Naked Empire- The worst of the bunch, we were introduced to the idea of the supremely ungifted and their threat to magic in book 7. This book just reiterates that and contains some of the worst preaching by Richard.
9. Chainfire - Kahlan missing, only Richard remembers her. The sisters of the dark have used an incredibly complex spell with huge side effects to do something that Zedd did simply in the 2nd book. Richard goes to Shota then to Zedd looking for answers but they cannot help him. Ok now you know what happens in the first 564 pages. I would recommend skipping those first 564 pages other than a few good scenes that are recycled from earlier books.
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129 of 154 people found the following review helpful By J. Pullen on February 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'm under no illusions: this review is almost perfectly irrelevant. It's irrelevant because if you have enjoyed Goodkind's Sword of Truth up until now, there's no way you're going to read the first ten books and then not finish the final novel. There is nothing bad that I could say that would keep you from seeing how the story resolves. If you've started the series but have misgivings about how preachy and tiresome Goodkind has become, the books that preceded this one were probably enough to deter you. Rest assured, Goodkind does not magically change his tone in this book. Thus, if you like the previous books, this will be a fitting conclusion. If you were fed up with Goodkind, you'll find more of the same dreck.

There is a small subset of people who might benefit from a review of this book. Two subsets, actually. The first is comprised of people who have not yet started the series, and are reading reviews of the last book to see if the series is worthy of their time. (Short answer: NO.) The second is a group that I'm a part of: people who were initially entertained by Goodkind's story, but think he totally jumped the shark and now read purely from a sense of morbid curiosity about where Goodkind will take this absurd screed next.

In this final book, Goodkind manages to plumb depths of awfulness not yet explored. Some of the failings are familiar: he attempts to be poignant and is instead awkwardly maudlin; he attempts to be profound and deep but is instead narrow and shrill; he attempts to create richness of character and instead renders his cast as absurd cartoons. But as he wraps the series up, Goodkind slips even further as he ham-handedly ties off the lingering loose ends.
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60 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Don W. Dotson on December 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Richard and Kahlan started out as such wonderful characters in Wizard's First Rule. Somewhere around the end of book 4, Goodkind switched from storytelling to preaching. I never quite figured out what straw man he was preaching to, but I kept hanging around hoping that he would recapture the sizzle of his earlier works. It never happened. A huge disappointment, but at least its over!

Thanks to Goodkind and R. Jordan, I have learned to never, ever start reading a series until it is finished! I have also learned from both that any series longer than a trilogy should be sold with a warning label. Something like: "CAUTION! Production of another book in this series does not mean that there is more story left to tell. Side effects from consumption include headache, nausea, and indifference to fate of protagonists."
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317 of 398 people found the following review helpful By Brian Hawkinson VINE VOICE on November 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was a huge fan of Goodkind through the first four books, then I began to dread a new book by him. It seemed that with each new book his writing became worse and worse. Knowing that this was the last book in the series I became hopeful that he would pull a rabbit out of a hat and finally write the way he did in the beginning and allow the reader to become invested in the plot again. It was this very hope that I allowed myself to feed off of that let me down and brought me back to the realization that Goodkind has fallen off his rocker.

Goodkind's writing style can be summed up easily. First, he takes a monotone style of writing about characters and their dialogue and doesn't inject anything into the characters. You could be reading a line from Jagang, from Richard, Zedd, Six, Khalan, Rachel or any character and without the reference to the storyline you wouldn't be able to tell who was talking! There is no character development that distinguishes one from another. And his attempt at characterizations are childish. Take, for example, an interaction between Richard and a bunch of rough and tumble tough guys who are captives or soldiers. Richard is trying to explain why they need their faces painted and one of the men pipes up "Do me next, will you, Ruben?" then another says "Then me" and Richard says "One at a time". These supposed tough guys are acting like 3 year olds with their mother, and this is Goodkind's attempt at characterization?

Then Goodkind needs filler, so he writes and writes about nothing. A typical conversation is actually a 2.5 page monologue without a break or a stop at all. They just keep talking. Or sometimes he will try to explain something over and over again in different ways. You know, to make you understand.
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