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Stone of Tears (The Sword of Truth #2) [Kindle Edition]

Terry Goodkind
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With Darken Rahl defeated, Richard and Kahlan head back to the Mud People to be married. As they wait for their wedding day to approach, they discover three Sisters of Light are pursuing Richard, intending to take him back to the Old World to be trained as a Wizard. Additionally, unbeknownst to Richard and Kahlan, the veil has been torn and the Stone of Tears has entered the world. According to prophecy, the only person who has a chance at closing the veil is the one bonded to the blade, the one born true.

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From Publishers Weekly

This satisfying sequel to Goodkind's powerful debut novel, Wizard's First Rule, has everything one could ask for in an epic fantasy. In the earlier book, Seeker of Truth Richard Cypher tricked the sorcerer Darken Rahl by using Wizard's First Rule (that people are stupid and can be easily misled) into opening the wrong Box of Orden. Though this saved humanity from the evil mage's tyrannies, it also tore the veil between worlds, so the diabolical Keeper of the Underworld can now reach through and seize permanent control of the living. To stop this from happening, Richard must now learn how to be a wizard. The Sisters of the Light promise they will teach him to wield his powers, but they require that he wear a collar of obedience, something he has sworn he would rather die than do. Events sweep Richard and his betrothed, the Mother Confessor Kahlan Amnell, apart from one another; later, in one of the most vigorous battle sequences written for a heroine in modern fantasy, Kahlan leads her underage troops against battle-hardened soldiers, the young warriors naked except for a spectral coat of whitewash intended to make them look like "spirits." Those who like their fantasy big and brassy will revel in this exemplar of the genre.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

After the death of Sorcerer Darken Rahl, Richard Cypher?a woods guide turned reluctant hero?finds that his responsibilities have only just begun. He seeks a teacher to help him control his magical gift but is caught in a difficult struggle to retain control over his destiny. Goodkind's talents for world building and characterization are again featured in this sequel to Wizard's First Rule (LJ 9/15/94). He explores not only the deeds but the innermost thoughts of his heroes and villains. Graphic depictions of sex and violence, though integral to the story, limit this powerful saga to mature audiences.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1612 KB
  • Print Length: 996 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0812548094
  • Publisher: FINE Group (December 2, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812548094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812548099
  • ASIN: B004LP3AYI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,969 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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173 of 185 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware the Kindle version February 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This review is not about the novel, but the ebook version. I can understand some errors during the conversion process, but to misplace an entire section is unforgivable. A key section dealing with the Sisters of the Dark, originally taking place at the end of chapter 64, has been moved to the end of the book, AFTER "The End". Obviously, no one bothered reviewing the ebook prior to publication.

Editing errors continue in the next book, "Blood of the Fold". Upon checking to see if any sections had been misplaced in that book I discovered sections were divided not by a sword, as in "Wizard's First Rule", nor by asterisks, as in "Stone of Tears", but by the words "1 Line Space". I did not look beyond the last chapter to see if this occurred throughout the book.

I understand Amazon and the publishers' reasons for encoding their products with DRM (digital rights management). But I consider this a breach of the unwritten agreement between publisher and reader. If they continue to provide us with inferior, error-ridden products, they should not complain when we strip their protections so we can re-edit their books into something readable.
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108 of 125 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It moved me April 22, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read Wizards First Rule in one extended sitting during a 30 hour trip from Sydney to Frankfurt. I wanted a book that would take my mind off of being cooped up in airplanes. It worked really well for that.
I read Stone of Tears because WFR got me hooked on the characters, particularly Richard, the hero, and I wanted more. For me, Stone of Tears was an even better story. Do you know that feeling when you identify with a character so much that you start writing your own dialog for him? I hope that's not just me who does that...
I agree with a lot of reviewers who talk about wooden dialog and some unbelievable situations. Most of the men and some of the women in the story seem to have physical abilities and endurance that would sweep the olympic games if they ever tore the veil between that world and ours. But, listen: that's not important. To me, emotions are important, and intelligent characters. I don't want to be yelling at dumb characters, in my head.
I identify with Richard. He's an angry young man with a strong personal code. He's no wuss. He's smart. I once was a young man like that, too, so it felt good to slip into his skin.
Ultimately, my test for a good book is whether it changes how I experience the world. This series is doing that. I'm thinking about my own experience as a Seeker, and my own personal Sword of Truth. Sound silly? In 1999, I quit a safe job and became a consultant. I had no savings, nor equipment, nor preparation. This was a Sword of Truth moment, I now realize. It's a moment that comes rarely in life-- when you see what you must do and you do it despite the pain it will cause you. We're caught up in so many complicated threads in our modern lives, Terry Goodkind is the kind of writer who helps me reflect on how I can maintain my moral compass.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Stone of Tears" by Terry Goodkind picks up right after the first novel, "Wizard's First Rule", and really hits the ground running. The story transitions pretty seamlessly, and the reader is again struck with Goodkind's relentlessly brutal storytelling ability. This book greatly expands the world of The Sword of Truth series beyond what had been revealed in the first novel. The readers are given several new major characters, along with a host of minor ones, and an entirely new land of people only previously mentioned in passing. At almost one thousand pages, this is probably the longest novel in the entire series, and a lot of ground is covered here. The events of Stone of Tears set up the direction the rest of the series takes, which, as of this writing, is currently at it's tenth book and set to end with two more.

There are so many different plotlines that it's difficult to summarize it all in one review, but the main plot here is that Richard is taken, mostly against his will, by a group called the Sisters of Light to their palace in the Old World. It seems the Sisters aren't fond of untrained wizards running around, as they have a tendency to cause unnecessary problems (and a wizard's gift can kill him if he doesn't know how to keep it under control). At this point there are no other wizards left to teach Richard, so they take it upon themselves to ensure he gets the proper training. Several reviewers of the books later on in the series try to point out that Richard is invincible, all powerful, never makes mistakes, etc. To them I would firmly point right here, where the far-reaching extent of Richard's mistakes begin to manifest.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Kreagon
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I own both book and ebook. However, due to a disability I can no longer hold those thick books for very long so I bought the kindle version; after finding out it was supposed to have been "revised" in June. But the FINE Group didn't go far enough on the "revisions." What a waste of money.

I love the series! However, buy the book not the kindle version of Stone of Tears period!

According to FINE group: The ebook was corrected on June 2012.

Stone of Tears (The Sword of Truth #2) (Terry Goodkind)
- Highlight Loc. 36-37 | Added on Sunday, July 29, 2012, 01:48 AM

"First electronic edition published 2011 FINE Group. Corrected and revised June 2012."

The only thing I see that was changed was the major snafu of having the last chapter showing up after the end of the book.

I have seen better editing from self-published authors than Stone of Tears ebook.

It seems like the "publisher" did a classic Find / Replace All when it came to places where "than that" or even "than" should up as "that that" or "that" instead of than. With the number of mistakes made in the book I wonder if someone retyped everything, for what ever reason, but I got that feeling on several occasions.

Get it in gear FINE Group. I paid money for this crap! You have ruined an authors work. I sure hope his lawyers find a way of taking some of your hide off.
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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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